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Free First Saturday: At Home in the City

Part of Artist-in-Residence: Fritz Haeg

Many species call the garden home. Come to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden to help kick-off Foraging Circle, a new project by artist Fritz Haeg, and learn about ways that animals, birds, plants, and people share the land through a range of activities led by Silverwood Park, Richardson Nature Center, Kroening Interpretive Center, the Landing of the Three Rivers Park District, and Westwood Hills Nature Center.

Gallery admission is free for everyone on the first Saturday of each month from 10 am to 5 pm. In June, a variety of family activities are scheduled in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Activity: Celebrate Urban Birds

10:30 and 11:30 am
Become a citizen scientist and learn basic birding skills to use everywhere you go. Amateur naturalist Abbie Anderson will share tips for identifying birds by size and shape. Join her for a 10-minute bird count to collect data for scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Activity: Garden City Fort

10 am–3 pm
Team up with guest hosts from Silverwood Park and the Landing for a construction challenge among the trees! Budding architects and the young at heart use sticks, blankets, boxes, and rope to create a magical human habitat. These fort-building techniques are perfect for secret hideouts, summertime reading, or make-believe adventures in your own backyard.

Activity: It’s Alive

10 am–3 pm
Meet amphibians and reptiles from Kroening Interpretive Center up close. Observe birds of prey from Richardson Nature Center. Discover ways that these avian hunters have adapted to urban life and find out how you can help them thrive.

Activity: Natural Architects

10 am–3 pm
Urban birds take on an architectural challenge every year to build functional, sturdy, and well-hidden nests. Take a look at samples of Minnesota birds’ nests to appreciate their construction and identify the materials preferred by each “architect.” Then design your own bird nest and put it to the test!

Activity: Nesting Ornaments

10 am–3 pm
Attract our feathered friends to your yard by offering nest construction materials that can be hung right where they need them—in the trees.

Activity: Photo Scavenger Hunt

10 am–3 pm
Keep your eyes peeled and cameras ready! There’s so much more than sculpture in this garden. Search and find the items on the Photo Scavenger Hunt list, then share your pictures with Three Rivers Park staff to receive a prize.

Activity: Pondering the Pond

10 am–3 pm
A naturalist from Westwood Hills Nature Center will help you find and identify fascinating creatures that call the pond home for at least part of their life cycles. Use a dip net, bowl, and spoon to catch and release some extraordinary critters that live in and around the water.

Activity: Sculpture Garden Survey

10 am–3 pm
Find out about what you’ve been missing as you challenge yourself to search for nature hidden in the urban oasis of the Garden. Keep a record as you explore, then add your data to our giant grid.

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