‘Park Rise’ programs feature ‘crawlies,’ Zumba on the beach

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

“Crawlies,” a naturalist-led program focusing on insects, arachnids, and many other invertebrates that are found in the woods and prairies, is 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Lake Elmo Park Reserve. After playing a game that shows how insects fit into the food chain, the group will catch some crawlies in the park to get a closer look.

“Zumba on the Beach” at Lake Elmo Park Reserve Swim Beach continues 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays and Tuesdays, now through Labor Day. Word is spreading and folks love this outdoor fitness opportunity. Join certified Zumba instructor Stephen Blythe for a full body, cardio kick-start full of music, dancing and fresh air. This program meets on the Swim Beach. Dress for outdoor physical activity and bring water to stay hydrated.

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.

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