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Lake Carlos State Park has special programs designed to introduce children to the natural world. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Friday, July 20 Fishing Frenzy Friday will meet at the fishing docks near the amphitheater. A naturalis...

Lake Carlos State Park has special programs designed to introduce children to the natural world. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Friday, July 20

Fishing Frenzy Friday will meet at the fishing docks near the amphitheater. A naturalist will lead a morning of fishing, with a variety of hands-on stations to hone fishing skills. Young anglers should bring their own bait; worms work best. Also bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and a water bottle. All fishing equipment will be provided. Only non-Minnesota residents age 16 and older need a fishing license to participate.

Saturday, July 21

• Bird's the Word, story time from 10-11 a.m. at the Visitor Center. This program aimed at ages 2-6 includes a story will be followed by an exploration of bird characteristics and behaviors, while acting like birds through activities and games.

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• Wolves at Our Door, from 2-3 p.m. at the Visitor Center. International Wolf Center educators will help children and families better understand the complicated issues surrounding wolves.

Monday, July 23

• Geocaching, from 10-11 a.m., meeting at the Visitor Center. A naturalist will talk about the real-life treasure hunt called geocaching. GPS units will guide hunters from one hidden treasure to the next. All necessary tools will be provided. The search will take treasure hunters along outdoor trails.

• Make and Take: Mason Bee Houses, from 3-4 p.m. Meet at the Visitor Center. A naturalist will talk about pollinators that make beautiful plants and flowers possible. Students will make a house for mason bees to take home.

Thursday, July 26

• Bald Eagle Hike, from 9:30-11 a.m. Starting from the beach area, a naturalist will lead an easy, one-mile round trip walk to an eagle's nest to learn their unique success story and see the chicks.

• Fire Starting, from 3-4 p.m. This session will meet at the Visitor Center. It will cover fire starting as a camping skill, focusing on safety as well as methods, history and tips for making a great fire.

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

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