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Lake Carlos State Park to host multiple events

Lake Carlos State Park will host special programs for kids and adults alike in the coming week.

Following is a list of the events available:

July 28

7 to 8 p.m.

Meet a Wildland Firefighter

Meet wildland firefighter Ryan Anderson at the Lake Carlos State Park amphitheater to learn about prescribed wildfires. Anderson will share tools and tricks of the firefighter and give kids a chance to use the fire hose.

The park entrance is located 10 miles north of Alexandria on State Highway 29, then 2 miles west on Highway 38.

For more information, call (320) 852-7200.

August 2

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Digital Photography Bridge to Nature Teacher Workshop

Participants of these four-hour workshops, targeted for grades 3-9, will learn the use of digital cameras, basic photo tips, a hands-on photo activity, downloading and editing techniques and student project ideas. They will also gain free access to camera kits housed at Minnesota State Parks to check out for their classroom, as well as free access to digital cameras and field guides for students.

All workshops are free. However, a Minnesota State Park Vehicle Pass is required of all vehicles entering the park. Passes are $5 a day or $25 annually. Registration is required. Bring a lunch.

To register, call the park at (320) 852-7200. For more information, call instructor Steve Maanum at (218) 280-6659 or e-mail

August 4

10 a.m. to noon

Trees and Plants along the Trail

Join a naturalist or naturalist volunteer on the Central Lakes State Trail for a 5-mile round trip bike ride. The ride leaves from Big Ole in Alexandria and heads toward Garfield. Bike helmets are strongly encouraged. Children younger than 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

To register, call Lake Carlos State Park at (320) 852-7200.