|Lowry Nature Center|
|Post Date:||September 11, 2019|
The exhibits change seasonally and focus on local flora and fauna and phonological events. There is a kid's area in the lower level where reading, coloring, and creating puppet shows is encouraged. Lowry is home to several live, native reptile and amphibians on display in the classrooms as well as two raptors used in education programs.
The interpretive area around the nature center encompasses 250 acres with more than six miles of hiking trails that weave through many diverse natural communities including several trails with boardwalks through wetland habitats. Native plants and wildlife abound in the park's lakes, prairie, woodlands and marsh areas. The park is home to many animals including over 150 species of birds, beaver, deer, fox, coyote, muskrats, bats, and turkeys. Lowry Nature Center is connected to the more than 10 miles of bike trails and 13 miles of cross-country ski trails in Carver Park Reserve which makes the center a popular stop for all park users.
The Lowry Nature Center interpretive area is also home to "Habitats" a unique outdoor play area with structures that mimic habitats found Carver Park and encourage creative play such as sliding like an otter and visiting the beaver lodge. Park guests can also enjoy and learn native gardening skills at the butterfly garden, rain garden and prairie garden areas. Young children are encouraged to explore, dig, build and arranges in the Nature Play Area in the 'backyard'. Families can enjoy downhill sliding on the hill next to the center.
Lowry Nature Center education staff is responsible for programming at the Historic Grimm Farmhouse. The fully restored, National Historic Registry, 1870s home of Julianna and Wendelin Grimm interprets 1870s farm life and the story of Grimm alfalfa. The house features artifacts from the era and interpretive displays telling the story of Grimm and the house.
Who Are We
The naturalist staff perform numerous essential duties such as planning programs and events, working with teachers to design classes to meet specific learner outcomes, maintaining seasonal exhibits, caring for the captive animals, and interacting with park visitors. The daily operation of the center is also dependent on the professional administrative staff who complete all school group reservations, maintain records and calendars, sell passes and merchandise, dispense trail advice and serve as the friendly face that so many people come in to see over and over again.
Lowry Nature Center is also fortunate to have a dedicated corps of volunteers that support programming and operations. The volunteers range from youth to seniors, some come weekly and others come once yearly but all serve a valuable role for the center. Lowry also works with student volunteers from local schools, scout troops, and Eagle Scout candidates.
What We Do
Public programs are offered for all ages and audience types. Family programs are regulars on weekends and several series such as raptors in the yard and bird banding attract large audiences and are an opportunity to introduce the park to new users. Lowry has also had great success with programs offered for specific audiences. Preschool programs, women's programs, birthday parties, and summer camps have all seen great growth and success.
Equipment rentals are a large part of winter business. Rentals of downhill sleds, snowshoes and kicksleds provide family fun opportunities and get new potential program users to the Center.
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|Order information or contact:||Lowry Nature Center Three Rivers Park District Carver Park Reserve 7025 Victoria Drive Victoria, MN 55386 763.694.7650 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.threeriversparks.org/parks/carver-park/lowry-nature-center.aspx|
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