History Exploration

Today you can uncover the life and times of a legendary wilderness guide or follow a family of immigrants on their long journey to Minnesota. Investigate the farmstead that transformed the Upper Midwest into America’s Dairy Belt, or relax lakeside on a Gilded Age estate whose majestic gardens have been inspiring guests for over a century. By exploring history, you’ll unlock the stories of life on this land and see how it still influences us today.

Programs and Events

Upcoming history exploration programs and events.

Other things to do

Educational Farming

Educational Farming

Child with fresh picked carrots

At Three Rivers, those who might not have an opportunity to see the ins and outs of a real working farm get a chance to learn where their food comes from, meet some animals and explore farm life.

Formal Gardens

Formal Gardens

View of garden columns

Take in the beauty of the colorful blooms. Smell the sweet, fragrant flowers. Breathe in the fresh air. Relax to the sound of chirping birds and rustling leaves. Our formal gardens are meticulously maintained to offer our visitors a spot of breathtaking beauty and serenity.

Nature Education

Nature Education

Children looking at minnows in a net

If you want to get up close and personal or learn a little more, try visiting one of the nature centers. Hike the trails, interact with seasonal exhibits, observe up close the unique characteristics of different wildlife species, conduct your own science experiment and meet a live animal. 

Play Area

Play Areas

Colorful play area with slides and climbing strutures

Create new memories at our play areas. Three Rivers has multiple areas designed for varying ages and abilities where toddlers to teens can let their imagination run wild. Monkey business never sounded so fun.

Art Education

Art Education

Silverwood Park offers nature-inspired art programs for children and adults.

Archery

Archery

Girl pulling arrows from a target

Stationary ranges at Elm Creek or Carver Park Reserve offer targets at a variety of distances, as well as a shooting tower. Or test your marksmanship with a walk-through range featuring multiple shooting stations. Open year-round.

Upcoming events

May 6 & 7, 2017
See how Minnesota's soldiers lived and worked during the "War between the States." Hear the roar of musketry and learn to march. Horse-drawn trolleys provide transportation through the park.