Current Programs and Events

Wood Lake has a variety of programs and events throughout the year for people of any age.  Note that pre-registration is required for most programs. COVID restrictions are enforced: social distancing and mask-wearing.

Current Programs & Events
Wood Lake has a variety of programs and events throughout the year for people of any age.  Check back for updated information on our Programs and Events Page. Pre-registration is required online for programs at www.richfieldmn.gov/onlineregistration

Maple Syruping Kits
Make your own pure maple syrup at home! All you need is a maple tree at least 12” in diameter at chest height, a ½ “ drill bit and drill, and a tree tapping kit which includes a spile (spout), a sap bag and holder. Each tap will produce about 15 gallons of sap over an average season, which will boil down to about 48 ounces of syrup. Kits are $10 each. Replacement sap bags are $1 each.
PICKUP TIMES (ring the front door bell)

Wednesdays

March 3-March 24

1:00-4:00 pm

Saturdays

March 6-March 27

11:30 am-12:30 pm

 
Afterschool Explorers (AGES 5-12)
Tuesdays Through March 23, 3:00-4:30 pm
Thursdays Through March 25, 3:00-4:30 pm
$10/child/day, Sign up for each single day

Join Wood Lake Nature Center naturalists after school for some engaging 100% outdoors exploration and nature-based recreation activities! With a naturalist, explore different habitats, play games and learn stewardship along the way! Sign up for each day separately ($10/day). Classes are held outside in our Picnic Pavilion (with access to a portable restroom).
 
Nature Adventurers (PARENT/CHILD‐KIDS AGES 3‐5)
Wednesdays, 10:00‐11:00 am, $10/child/day
Mar 3: Tracks On Snowshoes
Mar 10: Sap to Syrup
Mar 17: Winter Fun
Mar 24: Storybook Hike: The Lost Mitten
Mar 31: Mad Migration
Preschool kids, accompanied by an adult, will have an exciting time exploring different nature topics together each visit! Enjoy circle time, stories, songs, puppets, crafts, activities and hikes in nature. Each class is fully outdoors and located in our picnic pavilion with access to portable bathrooms. Please dress for the weather!

Other Activities at Wood Lake
Ski and Snowshoe Rental
The trails are open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Ski and snowshoe rental is available (online in advance) as weather permits. For current conditions and a link to the registration page, visit the Wood Lake Ski/Snowshoe web page.

Nature Exploration Backpacks
Wood Lake has nature exploration backpacks that families can check out for free! Available backpack themes:

  • Birding Exploration
  • Forest Exploration
  • Winter Exploration

The backpacks have handy tools and information for doing some independent exploring! Indicate the time you'll be picking up the backpack (9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday-Saturday, and 12:30-3:00 pm Sunday, then ring the doorbell on the outside of the main Nature Center building when you arrive. Backpacks are all sanitized after each use. Backpacks must be returned to the building by 4:30 pm.
(Pre-registration is required for check-out times). www.richfieldmn.gov/onlineregistration

Geocaching at Wood Lake
Did you know there are geocaches hidden inside of Wood Lake's 150 acres, waiting to be discovered? If you love being outdoors, exploring new places, or going on a nature hunt, this is the perfect activity for you! Geocaching is a great outdoor recreation activity for all ages and experience levels (beginners welcome). Geocaching uses the Global Positioning System (GPS) system; points can be located on a GPS receiver or mobile device to find hide-and-seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", hidden at specific locations and marked by coordinates. A typical cache is a small waterproof container with a logbook in which notes can be added by the finder.
Want to try geocaching at Wood Lake? Download the geocaching.com app on your mobile device and create an account for free. Don't own a mobile phone? Reserve one of our GPS receivers for free by registering at www.richfieldmn.gov/onlineregistration (search geocache) to get you on your way!

Pre-register at www.richfieldmn.gov/onlineregistration

Women’s Snowshoe Hike
Grab your girlfriends, mothers, sisters, daughters and head out to enjoy the wintery trails on snowshoes. (If snow conditions are poor, a guided hike will be offered.) Ages 15 and up. $10/person, $5 for Friends of Wood Lake Members. Pre-register online at www.richfieldmn.gov/onlineregistration
Mar 11, 8:00-9:00 am

Wood Lake Book Club
Join other adults via virtual WebEx meeting to discuss environmental and outdoor recreation-based books with the Wood Lake Book Club. All are welcome! Most books are available at local libraries and meetings are held online on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 pm. Pre-registration is required at www.richfieldmn.gov/onlineregistration (search "book club"). No cost. A meeting invite will be emailed out prior to the meeting date. You can use a computer/tablet/phone to access meeting room link. Upcoming meetings/books:
Monday, March 8, 6:30 pm-The Home Place by J. Drew Lanham 
Monday, April 5, 6:30 pm-Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Monday, May 3, 6:30 pm-The Falcon Thief by Joshua Hammer

Maple Sugarin’ Time!
Hike into Wood Lake’s ‘sugar bush’ to help tap trees and collect maple sap that will be processed into syrup. Discover the science magic and natural history of these amazing trees that give us delicious syrup and sugar! Watch as maple syrup is transformed into maple sugar in the Native American tradition. This class will be all outdoors, masked and social distanced so dress warm and plan accordingly. Last season’s syrup will be available for purchase. Pre-register online at www.richfieldmn.gov/onlineregistration
NOTE: Many of the time slots below are filling up fast.  Any slots that fill will say have a "waitlist" button instead of a "register" button.
Saturdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27,  10:00–11:00 am or 1:00–2:00 pm, $5/person, free for members
Sundays, March 7, 14, 21, 28, 1:00–2;00 pm or 3:00–4:00 pm, $5/person, free for members