Morning ‘Park Rise’ programs continue in county parks

Washington County Parks invites campers and visitors to participate in outdoor, morning "Park Rise" programs on select Saturdays this summer.

"Fact or Fiction Hike" is 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. July 7, at Lake Elmo Park Reserve and is led by a Warner Nature Center naturalist. There’s a lot of information about Minnesota’s animals, but not all of it is accurate. Participants will find out what is true and what are misconceptions as they use real animal artifacts to play "Fact or Fiction?"

After the game, join the naturalist for a hike to explore the habitat of these misunderstood animals. This program will be at the outdoor amphitheater followed by a hike around the area.

Zumba on the Beach continues at Lake Elmo Park Reserve Swim Beach from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays and Tuesdays through Labor Day. Experience the number one dance and fitness craze in the great outdoors all summer long with local and certified Zumba instructor Stephen Blythe. This program meets on the Swim Beach. Dress for outdoor physical activity and bring water to stay hydrated.

Guided Bird Hikes continue from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. July 7 at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park. Participants will learn more about the birds that call the lower St. Croix Valley of Minnesota home on an easy one-hour hike through the park’s scenic prairies and wooded trails. Park volunteer and birding enthusiast Shelley Bowman leads Bird Hikes.

This program meets at the park’s outdoor amphitheater at 8:30 a.m. In case of light rain, an alternate program will be offer at the boat launch picnic shelter. Participants are encouraged to bring along birding tools including binoculars, bird guides and cameras.

Lake Elmo Park Reserve is at the intersection of County Road 19 and County Road 10, one mile north of Interstate 94 in Lake Elmo.

St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park is along the St. Croix River on County Road 21, between County Road 76 and County Road 78, in Denmark Township. The program will meet near the campground amphitheater.

All morning "Park Rise" programs are free with a valid park permit, $5 per day or $25 annually. Camping is available, although reservations are not required to participate. All are welcome. Permits may be purchased at the park contact station. Dress appropriately for each outdoor program. Programs are subject to cancellation due to rain and inclement weather.

For more information on these and future park programs visit www.co.washington.mn.us/parks

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