Programs for visitors of all ages and interests will be featured at Lac qui Parle State Park near Montevideo in southwestern Minnesota this summer, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. All programs are free, but a vehicle permit ($5 daily or $25 year-round) is required to enter the park.
Here is the schedule of programs:?
Friday, May 25 – “The World According to Billy,” 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Education Center, Billy Thompson, local historian and owner/operator of The Arv Museum, will give a presentation on the history of Milan and the Lac qui Parle area.
Saturday, May 26 – “Go Fly a Kite,” 1 to 3 p.m., Upper Campground, east side. When mom tells you to go fly a kite, come to Lac qui Parle State Park on May 26 to join others in flying kites. Snacks will be provided; participants are encouraged to bring their own kites. There will be prizes for the longest kite in flight and highest flyer. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Saturday, June 9 – “National Get Outdoors Day,” 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at various locations in the park. Admission to all Minnesota state parks is free this day. Lac qui Parle State Park is planning a variety of activities throughout the day, including a chainsaw art demonstration at the Lower Campground Warming Shelter, a fishing demonstration at the Lower Campground boat access, an opportunity to view macro invertebrates through a microscope in the Education Center and more.
Saturday, July 7 – “Lac qui Parle Beach Rocks,” 1 to 4 p.m., Lower Campground beach area.
Bring swimsuits, sunscreen and curiosity to the beach. Stations will be set up with learning activities for kids throughout the afternoon, and Dave Craigmile will give a presentation on local geology from 2 to 4 p.m.
Aug. 4 and Sept. 1 – “Digital Wildflower Scavenger Hunt.” Register at the Education Center between 9:30 and 10 a.m. People may come for one or both program days. Participants should bring a digital camera or borrow one from the park, and bring a team of up to five people. Participants will find and photograph the blooming wildflowers in the park. There will be beginner and advanced divisions. The first three teams in each division with the most correct photos, within the allotted time, will earn a prize.
For more information, including a virtual tour, visit mndnr.govstate_parkslac_qui_parle or call 320-734-4450 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. Lac qui Parle State Park is approximately one-half mile north of Watson on U.S. Highway 59 and State Highway 7, then west on Chippewa County Road 13.