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Hennepin County and the Three Rivers Park District invite you to participate in NatureFest, an environmental education field day for 5th grade classes.

The goal of this field trip is to provide environmental and outdoor education experiences to students from area schools.

About NatureFest

  • Location: Mississippi Gateway Regional Park in Brooklyn Park
  • Dates: October 4, 5, or 6, 2022 (schools will attend one day)
  • Time: This is a full-day field trip; classes will be on-site for about 4 hours. Exact timing will be determined once schools are selected to accommodate school start and end times.
  • Cost: Free
  • Bus costs: Hennepin County has funding available to cover the costs of bus transportation to this event. Information about applying for bus funding and arranging transportation will be sent if your school is selected to participate.

Apply to participate

If your school is interested in attending, please complete the NatureFest application form by June 15, 2022.

Space is limited, so participation is not guaranteed.

Activities and standards

NatureFest helps meet many state education standards in science, social studies, and physical education. Education station topics include ecology, biology, collecting environmental data, assessing water quality, taking action to protect the environment and more.

Activities may include wading in the river to collect bugs and small fish, catching insect with nets, fishing, playing educational games to learn about water and climate issues, and discussing actions that can be taken to protect the environment.

Healthy and safety considerations

In order to be mindful of current and potential future health and safety guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic, only one school will be on site at a time during NatureFest. The event will he held entirely outdoors, and NatureFest staff and volunteers will follow masking and other health guidelines requested by the participating school.