Maplewood State Park
Eight lakes and many ponds offer Maplewood State Park visitors plenty of opportunities for swim-ming, fishing and boating, and there's also a beach, picnic areas and trails.
Maplewood State Park also offers several educa-tional programs, including three this August.
First, there's a class as part of the Minnesota State Symbols Children's Program on Aug. 4 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The subject of this class is the state fish, walleye, and the state mushroom, morel. The class includes short story time, and a creative craft project.
The next class is also on August 4, but in the eve-ning, from 4 to 5. It's a class on "Campfire Cooking Using a Dutch Oven." The class is limited to 25 people. Register at the park office or by calling 863-8383. The class is open to families, but children must register and attend with an adult.
The third Maplewood class available in August is "I Can Camp!" from Aug. 11 to 12 beginning at 10 a.m.
The camping will involve outdoor activities like nature walks, wildlife watching, fishing and geocaching, with trained I Can Camp! instructors.
They'll teach participants how to set up camp with tents, fire starting, outdoor cooking and more.
Established in 1963, Maplewood State Park is known for its hardwood trees including sugar maple, basswood, and oak. These same trees provide a stunning display of fall colors each year. In addition, red cedar and tamarack are found in the park. The park is host to 150 bird species and 50 species of mammals, and the extensive trail system attracts hikers, horseback riders, and cross-country skiers.