May 7 Thursday Reading: Goodnight Loon by Abe Sauer
The Outdoor Recreation School offers outdoor adventure recreation throughout Three Rivers Park District and in local communities.
The Outdoor Recreation School is part of the Three Rivers Park District and promotes environmental stewardship through outdoor recreation in a natural resources based park system.
May 7 Thursday Reading: Goodnight Loon by Abe Sauer
We will be LIVE for Reading Thursday with Goodnight Loon, a Minnesota twist on a classic, at 4:00 here on our page! Join us to listen in!
Join Allie on this week’s Try it Tuesday to learn how to set up a simple tarp shelter for protection from the sun, wind or rain! All you need is a tarp, 4 pieces of rope and some basic knots. Not familiar with the bowline or trucker’s hitch that Allie uses? Scroll to April 26 on the Outdoor Rec School page when she taught us those skills! (link to knots video: https://www.facebook.com/ThreeRiversORS/videos/606236203304785/)
#shelter #raintarp #sunshade #campingskills #threeriversparks
Join Allie from Outdoor Recreation School of Three Rivers Parks on this week’s Try it Tuesday to learn how to set up a simple tarp shelter for protection from the sun, wind or rain! All you need is a tarp, 4 pieces of rope and some basic knots. Not familiar with the bowline or trucker’s hitch that Allie uses? Scroll to April 26 on the Outdoor Rec School page when she taught us those skills! (link to knots video: https://www.facebook.com/ThreeRiversORS/videos/606236203304785/)
#shelter #raintarp #sunshade #campingskills #threeriversparks
Note: the knots video is also on the ORS IGTV on April 26th
Think back on the books you remember from your elementary and junior high years – those first forays into another world. Think about the stories that had you hiding a flashlight under your pillow so you could keep turning the pages well past “lights out.”
For many of us at the Outdoor Recreation School, the books that come to mind are tales of wilderness survival and outdoor adventure. Check out this weeks blog for some recommended reading from our team!
Think back on the books you remember from your elementary and junior high years – those first forays into another world. Think about the stories that had you hiding a flashlight under your pillow so you could keep turning the pages well past “lights out.” For many of us at the Outdoor Recreati...
Hiking 2,168 miles in Keds sneakers, 67-year-old Rowena Gatewood became the first woman to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 1955. It wasn't about fancy equipment or setting records; it was about setting out to do something and not quitting. Thanks for the inspiration, Grandma Gatewood!
After surviving thirty years of domestic violence, Grandma Gatewood became a record-setting hiking pioneer who helped to save the Appalachian Trail from ruin.
FYI: we have a Red Flag Warning this evening meaning we should not have fires, even in contained pits tonight. Dry conditions and lots of wind 💨 can make a contained fire 🔥jump to things we don’t want to burn quickly!
Whether you’re getting ready for the summer paddling season, planning for next winter’s xc ski season, or just staying fit, core strength is key for power and form. Today Tyler teaches us three of his favorite core exercises. Try them for 10 seconds or 2 minutes - whatever works for you - and set yourself up for success in your favorite outdoor pursuits!
Join Brent as he flips the classic fire structure on its head and builds an upside-down fire for this week’s Fire Friday! Remember to always keep water near by to extinguish your fire and to never leave your fire unattended. Enjoy yourself an upside-down fire this weekend!
What a gorgeous afternoon! Have you been to The Landing - Minnesota River Heritage Park, Three Rivers Park District before? It is a fun time capsule to walk though.
Reding Thursday: The Wind in the Willows by Kennith Grahame
Today’s Reading Thursday: a 1903 classic - The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. We will be reading live at 4:00 right here on Facebook!
Dare we call it Wilbur Wednesday? Did you know that we have a fully functioning educational farm, Three Rivers Park District-Gale Woods Farm?! Check out their page for even more signs of spring as the piglets and lambs have been making frequent appearances these days! An added bonus to the fresh greenery popping up after yesterday's rain.
Sure looks like this final April shower was right on cue for some May flowers! Spring has sprung!
As the weather warms, we are seeing lots of people getting their canoes, kayaks and SUPs back on the water. Today Grant teaches us how to mitigate some the risks of spring paddling and cold water through both equipment and planning. Early season paddling should happen in familiar environments with familiar paddle craft. Remember to always wear your life jacket and to choose a venue that is appropriate for both the weather and your skills. We’ve got lots of options throughout the Park District!
As the weather warms, we are seeing lots of people getting their canoes, kayaks and SUPs back on the water. Today Grant from Outdoor Recreation School of Three Rivers Parks teaches us how to mitigate some the risks of spring paddling and cold water through both equipment and planning. Early season paddling should happen in familiar environments with familiar paddle craft. Remember to always wear your life jacket and to choose a venue that is appropriate for both the weather and your skills. We’ve got lots of options throughout the Park District!
#springpaddling #kayaksafety #canoesafety #paddlesmart #coldwater #planning #riskmanagment #threeriversparks
Over the past few weeks Nick has been teaching us how to get our rod, reel, and tackle box ready to go for the season. These are the tools he recommends for both prep and fishing!
#fishingseason #toolsofthetrade #springcleaning #threeriversparks
Check out this cool project from the folks over at the Bell Museum! Go find some nature today to participate in this project!
Today is the third day of the #citynaturechallenge2020! It's not too late to do your part... all you need is a phone and some nature! So get out there and *safely* enjoy the spring weather! 🐛🌷🐸
Check out our blog for more details at
#natureneighbors #natureinplace #citynaturechallenge2020
Corrected: the final day is 4/27. Thanks for pointing that out!
Join Allie to learn the two knots we use most often - the bowline and the trucker's hitch! This combination can be used for anything from putting up a rain tarp to tensioning bow/stern lines for a canoe on the roof of your car.
#knotknowledge #bowline #truckersh*tch #threeriversparks
No need to let a flat tire ruin the fun of some spring time riding.
Grant teaches us how to fix a flat tire on a bicycle.
If you are pulling your bike out of storage and the tires are squishy, they may just need some additional air, but if they won’t hold that air or you get a flat while riding, these tips will help you get back on the trail or road in no time!
#fixaflat #bicyclereapair #springriding #threeriversparks #howto #fixit #flattire
We love this!
Sometimes you need a little help from your friends…like when you want to make a video about getting outside during a pandemic. How to do it safely? Our friends explain…
Brent teaches us about the lean-to fire structure for this week’s Fire Friday. Remember to always keep water near by and have the supervision of an adult before building 🔥
#firefriday #leanto #firestructures #learntobuildfire #threeriversparks
Reading Thursday: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss!
Tune in at 4:00 pm on our Facebook Live for this week’s Reading Thursday featuring The Lorax!
To celebrate 50 YEARS of EARTH DAY our team picked up well over 1500 pieces ( we lost count) of trash from our various neighborhoods and parks today! We are love this 🌎 and love sharing it with you! As some of our good friends say “every day is Earth Day,” but today especially is.
#littercleanup #earthday2020 #cleanup #everydayisearthday #treasurehunt
Happy Earth Day! 🌎 You never know what you will find out there until you go look!
Happy Earth Day! Trying to figure out what you will do to celebrate the beauty of our earth today? Our friends up at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center put together this fun digital version of their Earthworks class so we can all appreciate some nature art in our back yards or local park! When Nick from the ORS team worked at Wolf Ridge this was one of his favorite classes to teach. If you get inspired to make one post a photo in the comments!
Express your artistic side! Scroll down to see how artists are shaping nature and nature shapes artist's ideas and your own...
Who is excited to try some geocaching as a the sun comes back out?!
Join Heather from the Outdoor Recreation School of Three Rivers Parks to learn how to turn your phone into a handheld GPS unit and go find some hidden treasures! Heather has some fun tips to keep geocaching safe and fun in this time of social distancing. Remember to keep looking up from your GPS as you navigate your way to a cache so you don’t accidentally walk into anybody or anything! Take a photo of your celebration if you go out and find a geocache in your neighborhood and share it in the comments.
FYI some trail work is about to get underway!
On April 22nd, the Park District will begin construction improvements at two trail crossings on the Dakota Rail Regional Trail- Orono Orchard Road in Orono and County Road 110 in Minnetrista. The intersections will be closed to trail users and an on-street detour map will be posted at each end of the crossing.
Information about the project can be found on our website here:
Nick shows us what he likes to do to get his rod and reel cleaned up and ready for the open water fishing season. When was the last time you cleaned the “ick and eww” off of your reel?
#fishing #rodnreel #hooked #gottacatchemall #threeriversparks
While most of us are excited the snow has melted and spring is here, some of our team is already dreaming about next winter’s cross country skiing season. Join Anne today for some dry land training that orients towards xc skiing but can provide strength for all sorts of activities!
#training #fitness #snowhasmelted #threeriversparks
Ann and Mason have got some
Tips for practicing our backhand throw when playing disc golf! Remember to keep your social distance, and avoid touching connubial resources when possible. A backpack on the ground, or even a fold chair can be great targets for practicing your accuracy!
#discgolf #practice #sunnyday
This week Brent teaches us how to build a teepee fire structure, even on a windy day! Who is planning on having a fire this weekend? It looks like it is going to be beautiful out there!
#firefriday #fire #🔥🔥🔥 #firesafety #backyardfire #threeriversparks
What a day!
Reading Thursday: Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Three Rivers Park District
Today’s Reading Thursday will be Blueberries for Sal! Tune in here at 4:00 for an outdoor reading of one of our childhood favorites.
We are all about outdoor recreation and teaching you all how to safely engage with the sports that allow us to connect with our natural resources from the woods to the waters. Unfortunately, there are UNSAFE ways to recreate and the outcomes of not having the proper safety plans and training can be tragic. You may have seen our video a couple of weeks back about some of the ways to mitigate the risks of cold water paddling (link in comments). We recently came across this blog from 2 years ago that highlights the importance of safety on the water in the spring season. Please give it a read and watch our video in the comments if you are thinking about heading out on the water as this newest batch of snow melts and the temps warm again. Warning: this is a sad story.
This morning I received unsettling — but not completely surprising — news about the identity of a deceased kayaker from Appleton, Wis. Before I tell you about it, let me take you back t…
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