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What's happening for kids?

There are lots of fun events happening every week in Minnesota's state parks, and most of them are perfect for kids! Find an event here.

Patches you can collect through the Junior Park Naturalist program: prairie, hardwoods and pinelands naturalist.Junior Park Naturalist

Earn patches and certificates while you learn neat things about the plants and birds and bugs and other critters around you!

There are three free activity booklets you can pick up at any Minnesota state park office or visitor center. Fill them out — and when you finish, you'll be a Junior Park Naturalist!

Teachers, educators, group leaders, and home schoolers, you can now download the activity booklets from our website.

Picture of the patch you can earn for completing the Minnesota State Parks History Explorer programPark Explorer

Are you already a Junior Park Naturalist? Good for you! The next adventure is to expand your nature knowledge and become a State Park Explorer.

There are three programs: Nature Explorer, History Explorer, and Earth Explorer. You'll earn points for completing fun and exciting projects and activities — just bring your completed activity books to any state park to receive your official Explorer patch.

Park Explorer activity books are available for sale at Minnesota State Park Nature Stores and selected park offices.

Picture of Project Learning Tree LogoProject Learning Tree

The folks at Project Learning Tree have put together a collection of fun family activities to use while you're taking walks through your neighborhood, at the cabin or on a camping trip.

There are puzzles and games to play, and you'll learn some neat things you probably never knew about the forest and trees around you. (Like what's a tree cookie? And what kinds of amazing things live in old logs?)