Minneopa Area Education Programs


As part of the DNR’s effort to connect people of all ages to the natural world around us, these programs are available for schools, youth groups and adult organizations. They are designed to be active with a wide variety of hands-on activities lasting on average; 45 minutes to an hour.

Most of the programs can be presented either at one of the three state parks – Minneopa, Flandrau and Fort Ridgely (a $5 charge per vehicle) – or the area naturalist can come to your location. Some of the programs (Archery, Geocaching 101, Paddling and the What lives in the river series") have limitations due to specific locations.

A full-time area naturalist based out of Minneopa State Park is responsible for education and interpretive programs at Minneopa, Flandrau and Fort Ridgely state parks, the Minnesota River and its tributaries, Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail and the communities of Mankato and New Ulm.

For more information on the programs or to schedule a program contact Scott Kudelka, Minneopa Area Naturalist at 507-384-8890 or scott.kudelka@state.mn.us