Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park programs


Friday, June 30, 9 p.m.

A River Runs Through It                   

At the amphitheater

When Europeans first came to Southeast Minnesota they found a landscape rich in natural resources. Take a virtual trip back in time and learn how the natural history of the region made the South Branch of the Root River such a desirable place to live and how it contributed to the unique landscape in the Forestville area.


Saturday, July 1, 10 a.m.

Simple Survival: 

Ferns of Forestville

At the picnic shelter

Within the bounds of Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park some species survive from before the time of the dinosaurs.  The age of ferns may have passed, but ferns live on!  Come with a park naturalist on a walk to discover some of these long lived yet surprisingly simple survivalists.  


2 p.m.

Weaving with

Natural Fibers

At the picnic shelter

Nature provides many different kinds of fibers that can be used for weaving decorative, useful items. During this program you will learn how to collect, prepare, and weave an item out of natural fibers such as nettles or willow. Materials will be provided.


7:30 p.m.

Our Coyote Neighbors

At the amphitheater

Coyotes are a fact of life in Southeast Minnesota with a range that extends as far north as Alaska and as far south as Central America. This program explores myths and facts of these intelligent, adaptable, opportunistic troubadours with which humans share a long and checkered history.


Sunday, July 2, 10 a.m.

Fossil Hike

At the amphitheater

The park is expecting a good yield of 450 million year old brachiopods on this fossil collecting field trip. Meet at the amphitheater for a brief talk followed by a car caravan to a location outside the park where you can keep the fossils you find. Collecting is not allowed in the park. 

* Participants must drive their own vehicle from the meeting location to another site. Sun protection and sturdy shoes are recommended.


4 p.m.

Trout Fishing 101

At the picnic shelter

Learn how to fish at this introductory program. Limited fishing gear will be provided and fishing license requirements are waived for this educational program. Learn about the trout, the food they eat, and how to catch and release them. To register, call 507-937-3251. Meet at the picnic shelter.

* Participants must drive their own vehicle from the meeting location to another site.


9 p.m.

Fireflies! Bright

Lights on Dark Nights

At the amphitheater

Are you amazed by the blinking lights that scatter the fields and road sides during the peak of summer? Ever wonder what it is that lights them up or why it is that we are seeing less of those lights every year?  If so you may want to come down to the amphitheater and learn about this incredible beetle that lights up the night sky during the months of June and July.


Monday, July 3, 9 a.m.

Bluff Land Bird Hike At the Picnic Shelter

Join a park naturalist on a hike through the park to see and identify an array of birds found in the park.  This great for activity is for all ages and for new and experienced bird watchers alike. Bring binoculars and bird identification books if you have them, a limited amount of loaners will be available at the program. Meet at the picnic shelter.


2 p.m.

Stream Hike

At the amphitheater

The park streams are loaded with invertebrates that tell a story about the condition of the water. Find out why fish thrive in the park streams as you help a park naturalist capture and identify the stream life. Shorts and old shoes that can be worn in the water or water shoes are advised for this program. Flip-flops are not recommended.


8:30 p.m.

Fantastic Frogs

and Toads

At the amphitheater

Leap into the world of frogs and toads! Discover which species call Minnesota home and learn about their fascinating life cycle. Find out which frog is the largest, which frog turns into an ice cube, and which frog has special suction cup-like toes. Hop on down to the amphitheater for a closer look and meet some of these special animals in person.


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