Weekend Showcase Helps Plan Your Weekends from Barbecues to Nature Hikes
We are halfway through August and looking at the back of summer. So what are you going to do with those precious few weekends and beautiful days that you have left? CCX News Weekend Showcase has a few ideas.
Collecting Prairie Seeds at Crow-Hassan Park
Each year, hundreds of volunteers help collect prairie seeds for redistribution in the nearly 2,000 acres of restored prairie managed by Three Rivers Park District. The next prairie seed collection is Saturday at Crow-Hassan Park from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
You need to register online or call the Three Rivers Park District. Other collection days go all the way into October.
“Women, Woods and Wine Hike”
The Eastman Nature Center is hosting a nature hike called “Women, Woods and Wine Hike.” It was originally started to get women together in the outdoors.
The event is for women 21 and up. Participants can enjoy a short hike with a naturalist. Afterwards, there’s social time on the front lawn when you can enjoy a favorite beverage that you bring from home.
The hike starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The event is offered several more times through the fall.
“Back 2 School BBQ” at Zanewood Rec Center
And this Saturday, Aug. 21, the Zanewood Recreation Center in Brooklyn Park will hold its very first “Back 2 School BBQ.”
“We’ll be having backpack giveaways. We’ll be having activities for the youth to do. And engagement with our local PD and fire department,” said Tashawna Williams from the Zanewood Recreation Center.
The event is sponsored by Brooklyn Park-based Honored 2 Help. “Back 2 School BBQ” is free and goes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Maple Grove Arboretum
If you’re just looking for some peace and quiet it doesn’t get a whole lot more tranquil than the Maple Grove Arboretum.
The “hidden-in-plain sight” gem is a 15-acre park along Elm Creek with more than 100 trees for exhibit and study. The arboretum has trails leading to Rice Lake and the Medicine Lake Regional Trail.
It is also the site for the Angel of Hope statue, a place of remembrance for all that have experienced a loss of a loved one. The city’s Parks and Recreation team hosts a candlelight memorial every December at the arboretum.