If you truly cannot see the forest for the trees, there's a good chance you're looking through the wrong end of a telescope. Get an up-close view of nature with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a family membership to Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield. The membership includes:
- Year of benefits for two named adults residing at the same address and their dependent children or grandchildren
- Free admission to many events and activities
- Free Half-Haunted Halloween, Candlelight & Ice, and Live Animal Show admissions
- Free cross-country ski and snowshoe rental
- 10% discount on programs and merchandise
- Reduced entry fee for Birds and Birdies golf tournament
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.
The first annual Birds and Birdies golf tournament, held September 19, tempts participants with a day of golf, dinner, a goodie bag, and the chance to win prizes. Members can enroll for $150—a reduced rate from the normal $170. Aside from eternal bragging rights, the first prize of $1,000 gives the champ the perfect opportunity to start a thousand-dollar bill collection.
6710 Lake Shore Dr.
Richfield, Minnesota 55423