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February events set at Lake Bemidji State Park

Jan. 25—BEMIDJI — Here is a look at some upcoming events throughout the month of February at Lake Bemidji State Park, 3401 State Park Road NE:

* 6 to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2: Astronomy Series: Night Sky Photography. Interested participants will test their skills as an astrophotographer in this first-ever program of the park's astronomy series. By learning more about basic photography through activities, attendees will then go outside and test their skills if the sky is clear. Ages 6 and older can bring a smartphone or DSLR camera and meet in the visitor center. For questions, call or email Shannon Bungart at the park office at

(218) 308-2300

or

shannon.bungart@state.mn.us.

* 10 to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 3: The Story Tree: Sky Sisters. In this preschool program, attendees will discover nature through a variety of activities like stories, crafts, games and short walks. They will also have time to play in the nature play area. Children of all ages are welcome, but activities will be designed specifically for children ages 3 to 5. Attendees are asked to dress for the weather, bring a snack and water and to meet inside the visitors center. Adults must accompany children.

* 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3: Outdoor Kids: Beginner Snowshoeing. Designed for children ages 3 and over, attendees are invited to come and learn how to snowshoe. Meeting by the park playground for practice, participants will then test their skills by snowshoeing along the Oak Lake Loop of the campground. Dress for the weather and wear snow boots. As there are a limited number of snowshoes for reserve, attendees are encouraged to bring their own.

* 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 9: Secret in the Stars Escape Room. "Your group is enjoying a hike deep in the woods and you soon realize it is getting close to dusk," a release said. "You become lost and no one thought to bring flashlights. As the sun sets and the sky darkens, your group starts to panic. Thankfully you took a class on navigating using the stars and you know how to find north using the North Star. Can you find it in time before dawn?"

Each group will have 60 minutes to complete the challenge, geared toward participants ages 12 and older. The minimum group size is four and the maximum group size is six. The event is free but pre-registration is required. Attendees should meet at the Trail Center next to the Visitor Center at least 10 minutes prior to the start time.

* 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10: Candlelight Ski. Interested participants are invited to tour the park's trails with the warm glow of candlelight. Up to 5 kilometers of groomed ski trails will be lit up for a night of skiing. Attendees over the age of 16 who want to ski will need a Minnesota Ski Pass, available at the park office, and refreshments will be served in the Visitor Center.

* 6 to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 23: Astronomy Series: Night Sky Viewing Basics. Interested participants are invited to the park to learn the history of astronomy, learn how to read a sky map, use a telescope and locate distant objects. If the sky is clear, attendees ages 6 and older, will go outside and test their skills to find celestial objects. Meet in the Visitor Center.

For registration or to request accommodations, email

christa.drake@state.mn.us

or call

(218) 308-2328.