Lowry Nature Center
Lowry Nature Center, the first public nature center built in the Twin Cities, is a beautiful, prairie-style building nestled in the middle of Carver Park Reserve. View seasonal interpretive displays, visit live animals, observe birds in the wildlife viewing area, or relax near the fireplace or on the deck.
More about Lowry Nature Center
Outside Lowry Nature Center, the 250-acre interpretive area features hiking trails that weave between diverse habitats such as lakes, tamarack bogs, cattail marshes, and hardwood forests. Along the trails, you might spot some of the varied wildlife that live in the park, including beaver, deer, fox, coyote, muskrats, bats, and turkeys. Some 250 species of birds can be observed in Carver Park seasonally. Opportunities to enhance your experience at the park are available through cell phone audio stops, trail guides, exploration kits and interpretive signs.
The interpretive area also includes two unique play and exploration areas. "Habitats" is a play area where children can interact with giant flowers and a "beaver lodge" while learning about animals that would live in those habitats (open seasonally April–October). The Nature Exploration Area was created specifically to encourage free play in the outdoors. Children can explore, dig and build while adults play along or observe nearby.
Looking to get the wiggles out on a wintery day? Just a short jaunt outside of the entrance to the nature center you’ll find an exciting sliding hill, or try kick sledding on a nearby pond.
Programs and Events
Upcoming programs and events at Lowry Nature Center.
Host your next meeting, retreat, family gathering or other event in a space at Lowry Nature Center.
The professional naturalists at Lowry Nature Center can customize outdoor education programs for your school, scout troop, senior center, homeschool, or other organized group.
Three Rivers relies on the support of volunteers to maintain the high-quality programs and operations at the nature centers.
Looking for something different to do with your little ones? Let Three Rivers teach them about the natural world with fun and creative hands-on activities.
Lifelong memories are made at camp! Camps for kids ages 4–15 are available on topics including nature exploration, outdoor recreation, golf, fishing, farming, art and Minnesota history.