Take a wildflower walk on Mother’s Day

Take a walk down the Carley State Park Wildflower Trail during the park's Bluebell Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Carley State Park is located in Altura (Winona County), Minn. Photo supplied

Take a walk down the Carley State Park Wildflower Trail during the park’s Bluebell Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Carley State Park is located in Altura (Winona County), Minn. Photo supplied

As the air warms and the landscape turns green, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages people to visit one of the state’s 76 state parks and recreation areas.

On Mother’s Day weekend, state parks will host guided wildflower walks, birding and stargazing workshops, a bluebell flower festival and more. These programs are free with a valid state park vehicle permit ($5/one-day or $25/year-round):

Here’s a look at what’s going on at area state parks:

Saturday, May 11

• “Birding for Beginners,” all ages, Interstate State Park (Taylors Falls), 8:30-9:30 a.m.

• “Is This Poisonous? A Plant Walk for the Curious,” Interstate State Park (Taylors Falls), 2-3 p.m.

wildflowerSunday, May 12 (Mother’s Day)

• “Wildflower Walk,” Wild River State Park (Center City, near Almelund), noon-1:30 p.m.

• “Spring Wildflower Stroll,” at Interstate State Park (Taylors Falls), 2-3 p.m.

For more information, including events at state parks outside the area and directions, visit www.mndnr.gov or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6517 or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Gift card for Mom

Can’t get to a program on Mother’s Day weekend because of the fishing opener or some other conflict? Then consider giving Mom a Minnesota state parks gift card.

wildflower2Gift cards can be redeemed for camping, overnight getaways at camper cabins or modern suites, vehicle permits and to rent equipment such as canoes and kayaks. They also can be redeemed for apparel, outdoor-related books and other gear sold at Minnesota state parks.

Gift cards can be purchased any of three ways:

• By phone (651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 toll-free)

• Online (www.mndnr.gov/reservations)

• In person at Minnesota state parks or at the DNR Information Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul

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