Chirping robins, melting snow and open patios. It can only mean one thing — springtime has arrived in Minnesota. Warmer temperatures also mean there's more to do. Dakota County offers a variety of events and activities in the spring. You can:
Get out on the greenways
Let's face it. Spring can be muddy. Now is the perfect time to re-acquaint yourself with Dakota County's paved regional trails and greenways while hiking trails firm up. Biking, walking and in-line skating are all welcome, as is leashed dog walking. Regional trails and greenways are free to use. Visit the Dakota County Parks Trail Conditions page.
Go fly a kite
Why not harness spring's winds and raise a kite at one of Dakota County's scenic parks? Check out the spacious picnic area near Whitetail Woods' main trailhead or the open spaces on Schaar's Bluff at Spring Lake Park Reserve. Visit to the Dakota County Parks website.
Clean up the environment
Volunteer for the Minnesota River Spring Clean event from 10 a.m.–noon April 30. Help pick up trash along the Minnesota River and Minnesota River Greenway. Email email@example.com to sign up or for information on more volunteer opportunities.
De-clutter your home
If household cleaners, old electronics and used batteries have been piling up over the winter, there's no better time to offload those at The Recycling Zone. For hours, location and more information, visit The Recycling Zone page.
Embrace your inner poet
April is National Poetry Month. Take part in Dakota County Library's annual Poetry Contest and attend a poetry workshop. Visit the Dakota County Library Poetry Contest page.
Attend a virtual teen job fair
An online job fair will connect teens with prospective employers. Event runs April 9–17. A live chat with employers will be 2–4 p.m. and 4:30–6 p.m. Thursday, April 14. Visit the Dakota County Library Virtual Teen Job Fair page.
Dakota County Public Health continues to offer COVID-19 vaccination clinics. To learn more and to schedule an appointment, visit the the COVID-19 Vaccine page.