Environmental Education

About Environmental Education

sPARK youth planting at Trout Brook Nature SanctuaryWe offer a variety of outdoor recreation and nature-based activities, primarily in Saint Paul's regional parks. Come out and explore the nature of Saint Paul with us!

Public Programs


Join the Explore Outdoors Saint Paul Meetup to find out about year-round outdoor and nature-based events in Saint Paul. Activities are free or low-cost, and equipment is typically provided. 

Past examples include:

  • Nature play meetups
  • Preschool nature classes
  • Outdoor literacy activities
  • Interpretive tours
  • Wildlife surveys
  • Outdoor recreation (e.g. birding, fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, geocaching)
  • Special events for the whole family

Group Programs

  • Park Ambassadors - We work with groups underrepresented in Saint Paul's regional parks to learn about their interests, address barriers to park use, and introduce them to park amenities.
  • In-hive honey bee classes - Interested in learning about honey bees? Contact us to learn about opportunities to put on bee suits and get a close-up view of a bee colony.
  • sPARK summer youth program - Youth from low-income households and communities of color explore regional parks, learn about ecosystems and water quality, and become environmental stewards.


Looking for support and resources for bringing your family or students outside in Saint Paul's regional parks? Connect with us to learn about:


Cities Connecting Children to Nature - Saint Paul was selected as one of seven cities nationally to receive a planning grant to better connect children to nature. In partnership with the National Park Service, the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, ANEW BAM, Urban Roots, and CLUES, we are conducting a community assessment to uncover strategies for an implementation plan.


We are grateful for support from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment; Capitol Region Watershed District; Cities Connecting Children to Nature partners; Minnesota Historical Society; Cargill; and REI.

Minnesota Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment logo