Exploring the creek…Catching a fish…Learning about native landscaping…What will you discover during one of our programs?


We offer many programs for families and adults throughout the year. All ages and abilities are welcome to participate. Below is a list of just some of the programs we offer.

Visit our upcoming events page for a full list of events.


Summer Education Series

Get outside and enjoy summer! Once monthly programs encourage families and adults to appreciate the wonders of nature within the District. Past programs have included family fishing, shoreline restoration workshops, and creek walks. Watch for more information about this series in the early Spring!

Homeowner Workshops

Learn how you can make your property water friendly with these seminars for homeowners. Topics include yard care, landscaping, and more.

Nature Exploration Backpack Kits

Borrow a nature backpack, and use it to explore the grounds. Search for birds or bugs, and identify what you find! You can check out the Bird bag or the Bug bag from 8-3, Monday through Friday.

Due to limitations from COVID-19, we are unable to provide the nature backpacks at this time.

State of the Water

During the winter, spend time with the watershed learning about topics that affect our water.

“I found a woodpecker!” “We are definitely coming back.” –Discovery Point visitors, after using the Bird Bag.

Community Art

Connect to the environment with us through one of our community art projects. Whether you enjoy photography or crafting, we invite you to share your love of the environment in your own way.

Man fishing in a lake
2019 Photo Contest winner Aldo Abelleira

Photo Contest

The District hosts a photo contest every other year to seek pictures for its bi-annual Photo Calendar. But don’t wait! Start taking pictures now to capture scenes from all four seasons around the District. Pictures must be in horizontal format to be eligible for the photo contest.

The 2021 calendar is in production and will be mailed out and distributed to select city halls in December 2020. The next contest will open in mid 2022 for our 2023 calendar. Go to our Photo Contest page for more details.

Community Art Series

NMCWD partners with local artists to provide art programs for all ages! Past programs have included Boatmaking with Brenda Bell Brown, and Ojibwa Block Prints with Gordon Coons. Check our upcoming events page for an up to date list of programs.

Image of knitted flower with Putting Down Roots textPutting Down Roots: A Community Fiber-Art Project

Putting Down Roots is an eco-art exhibit of plants that benefit clean water and pollinators. In 2016, community members and staff from both NMCWD and the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization created flowers and animals out of yarn and other fibers. Some of the flowers show the long roots of MN native plants, which help soak up water, and hold soil in place. A few exhibits gained a permanent home at Discovery Point; however, due to restrictions from COVID-19, the exhibit is currently closed for public viewing.

Learn more


Want to learn more about one of these programs? Contact Gael, Education & Outreach Coordinator at gzembal@ninemilecreek.org or 952-204-9691.