Events

William O’Brien Park has numerous events, programs and instructional classes through out the year.  Each item is listed in chronological order, but take notice, some events occur in multiple months and days.  The item is listed in order by the first occurrence.  

 

 

We will endeavor to be as accurate as possible, and will make changes as the need arise. 

 

 

Please Mark Your Calendar!!

 

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   May 26, 9pm to 10:30 

A Starry Starry Night

 

 

Join amateur astronomer, Kenny Bahmer, as he takes you on a tour of the night sky. We will start indoors with a program on the evening skies and then head outside to view some of these evening delights through a telescope. If it is cloudy, there will still be the indoor program. Meet at the Visitor Center.

 

  June 9, 1pm to 2:30 

Nordic Walking

 

Join us for a walk through the woods. Nordic Walking uses 90% of your muscles and burns more calories! It also distributes your weight more so your knees aren't doing all of the work. Demonstration Poles will be provided for your use. (Trekking/Hiking poles are not the same.) This class is geared to those that walk 45-60 minutes, including small hills, with confidence. Kay Okey, certified Nordic Walking Instructor, and MN Master Naturalist, will point out facts about the Big Woods ecosystem including some of the plants and animals that make it their home on the walk. Wear comfortable shoes with good tread, bring water, and if desired a small camera. Call early at 651-433-0500 to register as there are a limited number of poles! Meet at the Visitor Center.

 

 

   June 9, 2pm to 3

A Chat with Mr. William O’Brien

William O’Brien was one of Minnesota’s most successful businessmen during the heyday of logging in Minnesota and the St. Croix Valley during the 1890’s.  He owned and operated logging camps, saw mills, even trains to move timber from Minnesota’s remote forests to build cities throughout the United States.  His businesses survived despite the damages and losses caused by the Great Hinckley Fire of 1894.  Local storyteller Dwight Wilcox will present an afternoon program as Mr. William O’Brien, explaining how William O’Brien State Park was started through generous donations of the O’Brien family and relating the harrowing events of the 1984 Hinckley Fire.  We will meet around the fire at the Visitor Center!  For more information please call the park at 651-433-0500.

 

   June 16, 1pm to 3 

Archery In The Parks

 

Archery has been a popular sport and life skill for thousands of years. Join certified archery instructors for a hands-on shot at archery. Designed for visitors age 8 and above and beginners welcome! Children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Bows and arrows provided. The program will be on-going at the Picnic Grounds.

 

   June 17, 10am to Noon 

Archery In The Parks

 

Archery has been a popular sport and life skill for thousands of years. Join certified archery instructors for a hands-on shot at archery. Designed for visitors age 8 and above and beginners welcome! Children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Bows and arrows provided. The program will be on-going at the Picnic Grounds.

 

 

  June 23, 2pm to 3

Snake Discovery

 

Slither into the world of reptiles by meeting several of our native species up close! Join special presenter Emily Roberts of "Snake Discovery" at this hands-on program! You'll be able to touch, hold, and even feed some of the critters, all while learning what makes them so unique! Are snakes actually slimy? We'll also be debunking some of the myths about reptiles. This special program will be held at the Riverside Amphitheater

 

  July 7, 8:30pm to 10:33

Universe In The Park

 

The University of Minnesota Astronomy Department will be taking you on a spectacular tour of the night skies. After a short talk on the evening skies, they will take you outside to view some of these celestial sights through telescopes. The moon, planets and more will be discovered on this special night in the park. If it is cloudy, we will still have the indoor presentation. Meet at the Visitor Center.

 

   July 14, 1pm to 3 

Archery In The Parks

 

Archery has been a popular sport and life skill for thousands of years. Join certified archery instructors for a hands-on shot at archery. Designed for visitors age 8 and above and beginners welcome! Children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Bows and arrows provided. The program will be on-going at the Picnic Grounds.

 

   July 15, 10am to Noon 

Archery In The Parks

 

Archery has been a popular sport and life skill for thousands of years. Join certified archery instructors for a hands-on shot at archery. Designed for visitors age 8 and above and beginners welcome! Children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Bows and arrows provided. The program will be on-going at the Picnic Grounds.

 

Text Box: Key to abbreviations:
F - Fee     R -  Registration
                   Required 
Text Box: Contacts:
Naturalist: 651-433-0500 ext 227
Park office: 651-433-0500