Education & Community
This year the DNR is celebrating Arbor Day and Arbor Month by encouraging families to play in natural settings such as your backyard, a nearby woodlot, or forested area.
The 2014 State Arbor Month Celebration will be at Oak Hill Park in St. Louis Park. The event will give families a chance to play with nature, while watching some of the best tree climbers in the state compete at the Minnesota Tree Climbing Championship.
State Arbor Month Celebration Schedule: Read more about State Arbor Month Celebration and Minnesota Tree Climbing Championships
Grab your camera and macro lens for an exclusive-access event in the Arboretum’s butterfly exhibit during non-public hours. Take your close-up photography skills to a new level and work on setup and approach when photographing live subjects. The class is taught by professional photographer and photography educator John Pennoyer. $90 for members, $110 for non-members. Thursdays 9 p.m. Snyder Building, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chanhassen; 952.443.1400; arboretum.umn.edu Read more about Butterflies Up-Close: Macro Photography
Nothing says summer quite like a farmers’ market with fresh produce and homemade goods. Stroll through the streets of Excelsior, support local farmers and pick up some fresh ingredients for your own meals, from heirloom tomatoes from Ridgeroll Farms to a fresh loaf of bread from Great Harvest Bread Co. This will be the second year in the new location along Water Street. Free. 2 p.m. Downtown Excelsior, Water Street, Excelsior; 763.238.2702; excelsior-lakeminnetonkachamber.com Read more about Excelsior Farmers’ Market
The Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce proudly produces and hosts the only public 4th of July fireworks event on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, at the Commons Park in downtown Excelsior. Enjoy a 4th of July celebration that kicks off with a boom and ends with a BANG! Read more about Lake Minnetonka 4th of July Celebration
Come to the Wayzata High School cafeteria for a one-of-a-kind food drive. Join local art students raising money for IOCP Food Shelf. Purchase a handmade ceramic bowl from an art student, then enjoy a bowl of soup and delicious bread. Suggested donation $10; 763.489.7500. Read more about Wayzata Empty Bowls
Gale Woods Farm hosts a family event where you can meet animals, do farm chores and participate in other seasonal activities. Gale Woods is located on Whaletail Lake, making it a picturesque location for your family to spend a warm May morning outside enjoying nature. $5. 9:30 a.m. Gale Woods Farm, 7210 County Road 110 W., Minnetrista; 763.694.2001; threeriversparks.org Read more about Mornings on the Farm