State Parks Offering Several Programs for Outdoor Fun and Learning

CARLTON, Minn. – Spring is here and summer is around the corner meaning state parks are beginning to bustle with visitors.

Kristine Hiller, Jay Cooke State Park Naturalist, says many programs are open to all interested.

Hiller points out some are geared toward outdoor enthusiasts, some toward outdoor beginners and some to families and children.

Here are a few she listed:

  • I Can! Program series: 
    • Jay Cooke has three of these this summer (Fish, Camp, and Kayak) and there’s still space available in all three.  Many others are available around the state.
  • National Get Outdoors Day is June 10. All Minnesota State Parks will host an open house and Jay Cooke will have a special water education event that day.
  • In every park there are fishing, geocaching, birding and kids activity opportunities.  All are free and equipment is provided when necessary.
  • The parks offer help with planning your summer park trips. They have itineraries with tips on where to go.
  • There is regular programming such as hikes, kids programs, campfire programs, etc. going on all summer.

For more information on any of this, head to or call (218) 673-7000.

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