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History on Ice: 25 Years of Ice Harvest Celebration at Three Rivers
By: Andy Sima
January 18, 2023
Learn about the 25-year history of Three Rivers’ ice harvest celebration and what this event can tell us about the climate.
The History of Finding Peace in the Parks
By: Mandy Wintheiser
May 19, 2020
For centuries, parks have provided people an outlet from the stress of daily life. Learn about the history of parks in the U.S., including Three Rivers Parks, as places for relaxation and leisure.
Winter Solstice: Stories and Traditions From Around the World
By: Michelle Bierma & Tim Reese
December 09, 2019
Winter solstice falls on December 21 and marks the shortest day of the year. Discover solstice stories told around the world and explore ancient celebrations honoring this magical time of year.
Nature’s Classroom for 50 Years: Early Citizen Science and Monarch Research
By: Laurel Sundberg
July 08, 2019
Little was known about the winter whereabouts of the monarch butterfly until the mid-1970s. Subtle factors, persistence and a network of people working across borders came together to finally reveal the mystery of the great monarch migration. Read on to learn how Minnesota occupies an important place in the history of monarch research.
A Tale of Twin Cities: Nature's Starring Role in the Founding of Minneapolis and St. Paul
By: Bill Walker
April 03, 2019
Did you know that nature is at the very heart of the story of how the Twin Cities came to be? Like this year’s spring floods, it all started with an extreme buildup of snow and ice. Learn about the series of events that led to the founding of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Nature’s Classroom for 50 years: Lowry Nature Center’s Oldest Tradition
By: Brianna Rodgers
March 18, 2019
Lowry Nature Center has been connecting families with nature through a rock hunt for almost 50 years. Explore how Lowry's oldest tradition has changed over the years.
By: Tim Graf
January 21, 2019
Have you ever wondered how food and drinks were kept cold in the years before electric refrigeration? Learn more about the history of the ice harvesting industry and try it out for yourself at Ice Harvesting Day on January 26.
Nature's Classroom for 50 Years: The Dream of Lowry Nature Center
By: Allison Neaton
January 09, 2019
Lowry Nature Center turns 50 years old in 2019. Discover how the dream of one man became a reality and how Goodrich Lowry helped shape the future of what is now Three Rivers Park District.
A Festivus for the Rest of Us: Midwinter Holiday Traditions in America
By: Bill Walker
December 03, 2018
Have you ever wondered why we “deck the halls with boughs of holly” each December or why we light Hanukkah menorahs on midwinter nights? Read on for more about the unknown stories and history behind some of our holiday traditions.
Hard Cider: A Story of War, Immigration and Prohibition
By: Brandon Baker
October 11, 2018
Making apple cider is an annual tradition at Eastman Nature Center, and it is a tradition that goes back thousands of years. Even though hard cider was the drink of choice early in American history, people hardly drink apple cider today, and hard cider is only recently making a resurgence. Why did cider disappear, and how did this affect our parks?