Events

We Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park invite you to join us in our activities.  Check here often for future activities and opportunities for volunteering.

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    Apr
    29
    Sat
    Bird Banding – Dan and Erika Tallman @ Nerstrand Big Woods State Park
    Apr 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Dan and Erika Tallman will demonstrate bird banding.

    Wildflower Identification and Hike with a Roving Naturalist
    Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Please call park office at 507-333-4840 to make an appointment with a naturalist.

    Apr
    30
    Sun
    Wildflower Identification and Hike with a Roving Naturalist
    Apr 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Please call park office at 507-333-4840 to make an appointment with a naturalist.

    May
    6
    Sat
    Wildflower Identification and Hike with a Roving Naturalist
    May 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Please call park office at 507-333-4840 to make an appointment with a naturalist.

    May
    7
    Sun
    Wildflower Identification and Hike with a Roving Naturalist
    May 7 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Please call park office at 507-333-4840 to make an appointment with a naturalist.

    May
    13
    Sat
    Wildflower Identification and Hike with a Roving Naturalist
    May 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Please call park office at 507-333-4840 to make an appointment with a naturalist.

    May
    14
    Sun
    Wildflower Identification and Hike with a Roving Naturalist
    May 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Please call park office at 507-333-4840 to make an appointment with a naturalist.

    Jul
    1
    Sat
    Geocaching 101 @ Nerstrand Big Woods State Park
    Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Join experienced geocachers Richard and Sharol Nau, who will introduce you to this fun pastime. Explore the park while using GPS devices to hunt for hidden treasure caches. Equipment will be provided, or bring your own GPS or smartphone.

    Aug
    12
    Sat
    Monarch Butterflies @ Nerstrand Big Woods State Park
    Aug 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    The program will include live caterpillars and other hands-on materials. You will learn about the life cycle, migration, population status, milkweed plants, how to look for signs of monarch activity and what you can do to help the population in your backyard. Following the program we will look for caterpillars and eggs on milkweed plants in the park.

    Aug
    26
    Sat
    Monarch Hike at Prairie @ Nerstrand Big Woods State Park Office
    Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Nerstrand State Park’s restored prairie is a late summer gathering spot for Monarch butterflies filling up with wildflower nectar in preparation for their migration to Mexico. Meet at the park office and then carpool to the prairie for a guided tour with Master Naturalists. Long pants and closed toe shoes are recommended. Will be canceled in case of rain.