Out Outside — our annual open house-style, free family event — returns on Black Friday. New for 2020 are activities in three parks — Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Thompson County Park and Whitetail Woods Regional Park.
Mammoths, Mastodons and Musk Ox, oh my!
Celebrate the outdoors with the whole family on Black Friday. Stop by any of the three participating parks from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. to stroll along the Ice Age Trail and mingle with a variety of ancient critters. Use your own GPS or phone app to search for themed geocaches. For older paleo-adventurers, take on our annual medallion hunt.
Ongoing activities in each participating park:
- Be a rock hound and follow the paleo path on an investigation (find items hidden critters along a trail in the park). Trail distance varies by park.All are stroller-friendly. All ages (especially fun for ages 6 and under).
- Solve the stories in the strata in a geology-inspired geocaching activity. All ages (especially fun for ages 5 and older).
- Solve clever riddles in our medallion hunt to find the Mighty Musk Ox, Mammoth or Mastodon, hidden somewhere in each park. All ages (especially for ages 10 and older). Riddles posted on the Dakota County Parks - forever wild Facebook page at noon daily Nov. 25–27.