In order to help you stay connected, healthy, and active during this time, we have launched a new webpage where you can stay up-to-date with all of our digital and alternative programming options. Visit this page often for the latest virtual programs, activity ideas, and other ways to live an active lifestyle and stay connected to nature in our parks, at home, and in your own back yard. We will continue to update this page as new programs an activities are introduced.
Some of our amenities are currently closed or have additional restrictions in place. Before you leave your home, carefully read through our Parks & Recreation COVID-19 Information page for the most up-to-date guidelines and information.
What's Happening in Saint Paul Parks
Our staff have been busy working hard to keep our parks open and to create a variety of virtual and self-led programs to help Saint Paul residents stay active and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are a few highlights on what’s happening in our parks this summer.
We Miss You!
It's been a while since we've seen you so we want to remind you that we miss you and we can't wait to see you soon! Though our summer will look a little different, we will continue to provide you with virtual and outdoor recreation activities. Browse the current programming options below and stay tuned for additional opportunities throughout the summer.
NEW! Aquatics Programs
Great River Water Park will reopen to the public starting Saturday, October 3. Advance reservations are required and CDC and MN Public Health guidelines will be in place. Some activities, amenities, and features may not be available at this time. View the Great River Water Park website for full details.
NEW! Fall events (in-person and virtual options)
Halloween will look a bit different this year but Saint Paul Parks and Recreation and our partners are finding alternative, fun, and safe ways to celebrate the fall season! All events will adhere to the CDC and MN Department of Health guidance on COVID-19.
Rec Check (for the 2020-2021 school year)
Our popular Rec Check after-school program is back with some safety modifications to align with the CDC and MN Department of Health guidelines on COVID-19. This program is free. Registration is required.
S'more Fun (for the 2020-2021 school year)
S’more Fun is a recreational childcare program providing structured and unstructured activities offered at limited sites around the city. Registration is now available for school year 2020-2021 and will adhere to the CDC and MN Department of Health guidance on COVID-19. Registration is required.
Recreation for Preschoolers (for the 2020-2021 school year)
Recreation for Preschoolers encourages children to play, socialize, and grow from daily lesson plans that prioritize educational experiences and recreation. Recreation for Preschoolers registration is now available for school year 2020-2021 at limited sites and will adhere to the CDC and MN Department of Health guidance on COVID-19. Registration is required.
NEW! Mississippi Park Connection events: Coffee with a Ranger
Coffee with a Ranger is a video series for folks at home to interact with a park ranger via Facebook Live. Tune in every Friday at 10am to watch it live and ask questions in the comments section. (You do not need a Facebook account to watch the videos but you do need to be logged into an account to ask questions.) The series now features a live ASL interpreter. Check out Mississippi Park Connection's Facebook page to watch previous segments covering birds, flowers, beer and more!
Seed Squad fall events
Our Natural Resources team needs individual and small group volunteers to harvest native seed from some of our highest quality natural areas. The collected seed will later be sown and/or propagated and planted to increase diversity for wildlife and pollinators. All ages are welcome, but may be best suited for ages 8 and up. No experience necessary.
NEW! Meditation for Seniors (class begins Oct 1)
All are welcome for this meditation and gentle movement class designed for Seniors 55+. No previous meditation experience required. Class is led by Como Park Living-at-Home Block Nurse Program and will explore a variety of meditation experiences and techniques designed to improve mental wellness and reduce isolation. Registration deadline: Oct 23
Virtual Gardening Classes (New fall topics!)
Learn how to expand your home garden with these free online classes taught by U of M Ramsey County Master Gardeners. Fall class topics include food preservation, houseplant success, and growing microgreens. Beginner and advanced gardeners welcome!
Digital Rec Check
An online version of our popular Rec Check after-school program. Originally aired Spring 2020.
Minnesota Vikings at home workout with C.J. Ham
Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is teaming up with Minnesota Vikings fullback C.J. Ham to offer a home workout directly from his home to yours. C.J. demonstrates drills and skills you can do from your living room or yard. Read about our partnership, including thoughts from C.J. Ham and Mayor Melvin Carter, in the Viking's blog post (link below.) Follow along with the video, take a photo after your workout, and tag us on social media to let us know how you did!
Minnesota United Football Club Workouts and "Funtivities"
Try out some exercises you can do from home with Head Athletic Trainer at Minnesota United, Stacey Hardin. Then as your body cools down, warm up your brain with MNUFC-themed "funtivities" such as downloadable puzzles, word searches, mazes, and coloring pages.
Minnesota Twins Virtual Academy Webinars
These webinars are an opportunity to learn from Twins staff and Play Ball! Minnesota partners in an easy to use online platform. Presenters will cover various topics and show youth players and coaches things they can do to help their development. You can watch past webinars from Spring 2020.
Outdoor & Environmental Recreation
Our Explore Outdoors team has put together a variety of self-guided activities for everyone to enjoy the outdoors, whether it's visiting a local park or staying in your own backyard. This is a great resource for all your park information, virtual tours and live streams, community science projects, Nature Bingo, outdoor wellness tips, and more!
Como Zoo & Conservatory
Como Zoo & Conservatory is offering LIVE zookeeper talks and gardener talks. Tune in Monday – Friday at 1:30pm on their Facebook page. Can't watch live or don't have Facebook? Visit their website for a full archive of posted videos. Como Zoo and The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory have reopened and are now taking reservations for visitors.
Saint Paul Library
Stay safe and stay connected with the help of Saint Paul Public Library. Whatever you’re in the mood for, Saint Paul Public Libraries has curated popular library resources as well as their favorite experiences from across the web that they think you’ll enjoy. We want to highlight a special program for your "little learner" to experience Story Strolls--get outside in a Saint Paul park and walk your way through a story.
Saint Paul Public Schools
Look to Saint Paul Connect for no-cost summer courses and activities delivered by trusted community partners. You’ll find a variety of opportunities to keep your children active. Saint Paul Connect is a website built to share free youth programs, hosted by Saint Paul youth-serving agencies, including Saint Paul Parks & Recreation, Saint Paul Public Library, and Sprockets. Check back often as programs will be continually created and added throughout the year.