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  • Introduction to Fly Fishing

    Learn the basics of fly casting and fishing, and where and how to fly fish in southeast Minnesota for trout and other species. This class will get you started with indoor casting instruction and practice, fly fishing knots, stream entomology, flies for this area, reading the water, and more. Following this class, you'll be prepared for the fishing season. Additional assistance provided by Hiawatha Trout Unlimited members.
  • Jewels of the Pacific Northwest

    The Pacific Northwest boasts some of the finest National Parks in the lower forty-eight states. Here we will visit two of them: Mt. Rainier National Park in the state of Washington; Crater Lake in the state of Oregon. Both of these magnificent jewels lie within the Cascade Mountain Range which extends from Canada southward to Northern California. Join John as we investigate some of the scenic and wildlife values unique to each park.
  • Mayo Planetarium's “100 Years of Wonder!”

    In 1924, in Munich, Germany, the optical company Carl Zeiss invented and built the first modern projection planetarium. Now there are more than 4000 planetariums worldwide delivering space sciences and adventures to visitors everywhere! Join us in Mayo High School’s planetarium as we celebrate the first 100 years of planetariums! When Mayo High School was built in 1966, it included a planetarium to help educate our future innovation leaders and thinkers. During this fun evening, a few community guests will share their own planetarium stories as we experience the old and new technologies that fill us with wonder! (If you know anyone, or if you yourself would like to share some stories about planetariums, especially Mayo’s planetarium, please email: bejoslin@rochesterschools.org Thanks!) Suggested ages 8 and up. Please enter through door #6 at Mayo High School.
  • Mayo Planetarium's “Enchanting Eclipses!”

    Who turned off the Sun?? Why was the Moon red?? Come join us as we dive into humankind’s myths, misconceptions, and experiences of solar and lunar eclipses, transits, and conjunctions. We’ll discover why these events happen, and we’ll watch videos from past eclipses. Then we’ll see where the next total solar eclipse on April 8th will be, and how to prepare to see it. Finally, we’ll look at other enchanting events, even some on other planets! - Suggested ages 8 and up. Please enter through door #6 at Mayo High School.
  • Mayo Planetarium's “IMPACT!!”

    Several movies have shown us what happens when something large smashes into the Earth. But, how many times has the Earth actually been hit by meteorites, asteroids, and comets in the past? Will it happen again? What are the real results of an impact? What and where are the potentially hazardous impactors now? Join us as we fly through space to find answers to these and other important questions. This show will be a big hit, so don’t miss it! Suggested ages 8 and up. Please enter through door #6 at Mayo High School.
  • Mayo Planetarium's “Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back”

    With Star Wars Day coming soon (May the 4th be with you), join us to celebrate Star Wars by watching Episode 5: “The Empire Strikes Back”! This movie was originally released in 1980 and follows the continuing adventures of rebels Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo (and others!) as they fight against The Empire, led by Darth Vader. Jedi master Yoda says “See this, you will!” And as always, may the force be with you! Suggested ages 6 and up. It starts at 6:15pm. Please enter through door #6 at Mayo High School.
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    Spring Bird Identification

    Spring is an exciting time of year to observe bird life. Our area serves as a home to those summer residents that will raise their young here in addition to providing a resting place for spring migrants as they travel to areas farther north. We should see a variety of warblers, sparrows, and thrushes as well as those reliable year round residents: cardinals, jays, and woodpeckers, just to name a few. Bring binoculars if you have them. Cosponsored with Zumbro Valley Audubon Society and Oxbow Park. RAIN DATE IS SUNDAY, MAY 19.
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    Spring Wildflower Identification

    Spring is an exciting time in Minnesota for wildflowers as the numbers and variety are astounding. Come along as we explore Oxbow's woodlands in search of these beauties. Trout lily, violets, bluebells, trillium, and wild ginger are a few of the varieties that will be seen. Prior to our trip outdoors, we will view a brief slide presentation showing the early and late spring bloomers that will not be encountered on our trip outdoors. Cosponsored with Zumbro Valley Audubon Society and Oxbow Park. RAIN DATE IS SUNDAY, MAY 5
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    Tree Identification

    Are you curious about the type of trees you have in your yard or the trees that grow in our region? Perhaps you are simply interested in trees. If so, here is just the opportunity for you. Join John as he hikes the trails of Oxbow Park and learn about the various species of trees that inhabit southeastern Minnesota. A brief slide presentation on the utilization of tree flowers as one of the keys to identification will precede the trip outdoors. Cosponsored with Zumbro Valley Audubon Society and Oxbow Park. RAIN DATE IS SUNDAY, JUNE 9.