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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    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.

    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.

    Trees of the Big Woods @ Nerstrand Big Woods State Park
    Sep 16 @ 10:30 am

    Talk by Breanna Wheeler, meet at the park visitor center.