An arm of the Minnesota Women of Today, the civic-minded ladies at Eagan Women of Today help fund local schools and charities while fostering lifelong friendships and a deep sense of community. The network of friendly volunteers and community leaders contribute to worthy causes and local non-profits while promoting a sense of fun and friendship with regular social events and outings.
For the third year in a row, Eagan Women of Today welcome their friends and neighbors to get fit while raising money for a good cause during their Sweatin to the 80s Charity 5k event. The race's retro theme allows participants to dust off their old wardrobe and hit the track in bold apparel such as Aviator sunglasses, neon-colored workout gear, or "John Anderson for President" campaign t-shirts. Lone runners, whole families, strollers, and pets join together to enjoy the fresh air of Trapp Farm Park, and pledge money to organizations such as the Dakota Woodlands, a scholarship from Eagan High School, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, and Eagan Ambassadors.
Wood Lake Nature Center's 3 miles of trails and boardwalks wind through 150 acres of cattail marsh, bottomland hardwood forest, and restored prairie. The Center's membership program supplies budding naturalists with fun, informative classes and demonstrations. Watchful walkers clutching loaned binoculars and field guides spy for winged creatures in flight on the Spring Bird Hike. Meanwhile, an environmental book club assembles adults into friendly thought circles to discuss eco-related topics and practice tree impersonations. Naturalist Marthe Herbert conducts a live animal show, which lets participants notch a closer look at foxes, owls, and other local animals, and Friday night campfires let kids and parents melt marshmallows in the crisp night air. In the winter months, free snowshoe rentals help feet float through flurries, and families can ring in the new year without playing thousands of simultaneous cell phone jingles thanks to the yearly Candlelight & Ice event, which gathers them to walk candle-lit trails and sit beside a crackling fire.
Fall is in the air at Minnetonka Orchards, where a corn maze is just the beginning of the autumnal adventures that await kids and families. After navigating the twists and turns of the maze, guests can wander through the apple orchard to pick a fresh juicy globe or marvel at how weird bugs look. Visitors can also shop for jams, apples, and other farm fare at the barn, or go on a leisurely stroll on one of the walking trails. Kids' entertainment comes by way of the climbable hay mountain, the corn crib slide, and barnyard friends including goats, sheep, and bunnies.
Keeping folks busy year-round is the main mission at Monticello Community Center, whether viewing movies in the park or splashing around the indoor pool and water slides. Allowing families to stay active, the fitness center welcomes visitors 16 and over to use free-weights, cardio equipment, and mirrors for flexing. Adult sports leagues organize teams for hockey and softball, while more low-key green thumbs can head to the community garden to dig in the dirt, plant, and tend to buds.