County & City Outdoor Education

Several Twin Cities County and City Parks systems offer outdoor recreation education. They give hands-on classes for all ages.

three kids cross country skiing

Here’s what’s available out there…

Anoka County Parks & Rec

Anoka County offers a variety of educational opportunities throughout the year for all ages. One cool option is an Activity Backpack from Wargo Nature Center. Each backpack has a different outdoors/nature theme—great for families!

Go to Anoka County Parks & Rec website

Go to the Anoka County Parks Events Calendar

Outdoor Recreation School • Three Rivers Park District

Three Rivers maintains parks throughout Hennepin, Carver and Scott Counties. Their Outdoor Recreation School offers experiential classes at several of their locations. The classes they offer cover a wide range of activities, like:

  • Camping Skills & outdoor cooking
  • Stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing and kayaking
  • Outdoor survival skills
  • Rock climbing
  • even log rolling!

Beginners are welcome, as are groups from schools, businesses, social clubs and families. They can accommodate students with disabilities, too.

Go to the Outdoor Recreation School website

Carver County Parks & Rec

Carver County offers a variety of classes in stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, archery and more. Some are adult-only and others are family-friendly. They also offer several outdoor adventure camps for kids.

Go to the Carver County Adult & Family Programs page…

Tamarack Nature Center • White Bear Township, Ramsey County

Tamarack Nature Center offers classes for all ages in snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

Go to Tamarack’s list of programs

Dakota County Parks & Rec

Dakota County has a variety of classes to learn and participate in outdoor activities like kayaking, canoeing, hiking, cross country skiing and mountain biking. This includes the Adventure Learning Challenge and Ropes Course in partnership with the YMCA.

They have some pretty cool multi-day camps (day camps) for kids:

  • Mountain Bike Camp
  • Wilderness Survival Camp
  • Ultimate Hiker Camp

Go to the Dakota County Parks Programs page…

Washington County Parks & Rec

Washington County offers a few programs and many events in their parks. Free family bird hikes and paid paddle boarding lessons are both offered throughout the summer.

Go to Washington County Parks Programs page…

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