Nighttime Programs and Events

Nighttime activities, a campfire, and sunset at Minnesota State Parks and Trails

Adventures after dark

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Minnesota State Parks and Trails are beautiful at all times of day and night. Nighttime events are a great way to see your favorite parks in a whole new light. Get out and experience the allure of outdoor activities after sunset.

  • Lots of parks schedule special events after dusk, such as nighttime hikes, moonlit paddles, or programs about nocturnal critters, or storytelling programs. See the events calendar below for more information!
  • Make a vacation of it! Reserve a campsite or camper cabin and enjoy the full overnight experience.
  • Get to know the night skies with one of the free 90-minute programs presented by the University of Minnesota Astronomy Department. All you have to bring is your cosmic curiosity - telescopes are provided.
  • Seasonal winter candlelight events are a great way to keep your whole family active during the winter. Learn more!

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Events Calendar

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10/01/22Navigating by the StarsSt. Croix State Park - St. Croix Lodge
10/07/22Astronomy and StargazingGlacial Lakes State Park
10/13/22The Story Tree: Sophie's Night Sky AdventureLake Bemidji State Park
10/20/22Like a Wolf in the NightSt. Croix State Park - Amphitheater
10/20/22The Story Tree: MoonLake Bemidji State Park
10/21/22Did You Hear That? Night HikeSt. Croix State Park - St. Croix Lodge
10/22/22Navigating by the StarsSt. Croix State Park - St. Croix Lodge
12/21/22Fight, flight, good nightFort Snelling State Park