Star gazing, syrup making, orienteering make up the slate of the parks

Learn orienteering

French regional park

12 p.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

Learn map and compass techniques from the experts at the Minnesota Orienteering Club through classroom instruction, beginner-friendly skill stations, guided practice lessons, and an official “sprint” course with electronic punching. Classes end at 3 p.m. The pre-registration cost is $13; $18 on Saturday. (763-694-7750,

Press the board

Lake Bemidji State Park

1-3:30 p.m. Saturday

Learn from naturalist John Fylppa how maple sap is processed. A similar program is on Sunday. Dress for the weather and wear good boots. (1-218-308-2300;

• Maplewood State Park, 10 am to 3 pm Saturday: The program takes place at the Friends of Maplewood Sugar Shack. At the end, try a taste. (1-218-863-8383;

yoga in the park

Lake Bemidji State Park

9am-10am Sunday

All levels are welcome to practice fundamental yoga poses taught by a certified fitness instructor. Bring a mat if you have one; some available at the park. (1-218-308-2300;

For astronomers

Glacial Lakes State Park

8-10 p.m. Saturday

Join the Glacial Lakes Astronomers and Stargazers Society on the first Saturday of the month at dusk through October. Look through a variety of telescopes and binoculars. Group members will answer questions. Meet at Horse Camp at dusk. No equipment is needed, but binoculars or spotting scopes are encouraged. In case of bad weather, contact the park or visit the group’s website at (1-320-239-2860)

Birds, nests, eggs

Eastman Nature Center

1-3 p.m. Sunday

Match the eggs to the bird architects nest. Design a nest and put it to the test. Come anytime. (763-694-7700,

Dino J. Dotson