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Alexandrians and visitors will get a chance to explore nature, photography and more during upcoming classes and programs offered by Community Education through Alexandria Public Schools and by naturalists at Lake Carlos State Park.

Photography, rock polishing, and fall bulbs

To register for Community Education classes, visit www.alexandria.thatscommunityed.com or call 320-762-3310, Ext. 4272.

Showing Motion in Digital Photography

Van Gooch and Claudine Groove from the Evansville Photo Club will lead an experimental class photographing kinetic sculptures by John Buck on display at the Legacy of the Lakes Museum. Participants should bring their own cameras. The cost is $5 for the single session offered from 5:30-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Rock Cutting and Polishing

The instructor will show students how to cut and polish rocks for setting into metal wire wrapping, or just for admiring. Students may bring their own rocks or use ones supplied by the instructors for a $5 materials fee. The $15 class will be offered from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Lorsung Art Studio in the Alexandria Senior Center.

Fall Bulb Planting for Spring

Instructor Linda Kellerman will cover how, where and when to plant fall bulbs for beautiful spring flowers. The $5 class will be held from 5-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Legacy of the Lakes Museum.

Paint the Gardens

Local artist Leanne Larson will provide supplies for painting outdoors at the Legacy of the Lakes Museum's gardens. The class costs $20 and will run from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, at the museum in Alexandria.

Nature programs at Lake Carlos

Lake Carlos State Park offers special programs for adults and children to connect to the natural world. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the visitors center unless otherwise indicated.

Wednesday, Aug. 22

• 10-11 a.m. Tall and Mighty Trees. Hikers will learn to identify trees and their benefits.

• 3-4 p.m. Bashful Bears. These big fuzzy critters are often more afraid of you than you are of them. A naturalist will talk about how bears survive in Minnesota.

Thursday, Aug. 23

• 3-4 p.m. Pop Can Casters. A naturalist will explain how fishing and fishing equipment has changed over time. Participants will be able to make their own pop can casters to use at Fishing Frenzy Friday. All supplies will be provided.

Friday, Aug. 24

• 9-11 a.m. Fishing Frenzy Friday. A naturalist will introduce fishing newcomers to fishing. Participants should bring worms, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and a water bottle.

Saturday, Aug. 25

• 10-11 a.m. Geocaching. Learn geocaching, a real life treasure hunt using GPS units.

• 3-4 p.m. Power of Pollinators. A naturalist will talk about the many pollinators that call Minnesota home.

For more information, contact Ben at benjamin.eckhoff@state.mn.us or 320-852-7200.

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