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Star Tribune: Grab This List of Autumn Ideas and Activities in the Outdoors, and Go

By: Lisa Meyers McClintick

Fall color, crisp air and the blissful ditching of summer bug spray make late September and October one of Minnesota’s most coveted seasons. Regional and state parks, from prairie to forest, amp up colors and beckon with lakes, rivers and the rich soundtrack of flocks of birds gathering for migration. Grab a bike, paddle, running shoes or hiking boots to enjoy the stellar scenery before ski-skate-snowshoe season arrives. Of course, if you want a deal on winter gear, now also is the time for fall equipment swaps. Here’s a sampling of what’s ahead:

December

Hit the trails (Dec. 8)

Elm Creek Reserve celebrates the “Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Maple Grove. Families can rent equipment for free and take free mini-lessons for all ages and abilities. The event includes a Nordic Ski Expo with ski suppliers, resorts, retailers and clubs. The first 2,000 visitors get a free Buff for keeping necks and heads warmer. 

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