Lowry Nature Center

Carver Park Reserve
7025 Victoria Dr
Victoria, MN 55386

Homeschool ClassesField Trips

This beautiful, prairie-style building nestled in the middle of the Carver Park Reserve was the first public nature center built in the Twin Cities. The interpretive area features seasonal interpretive displays, live animals, wildlife viewing area, bird watching and two unique play and exploration areas: "Habitats" invites children to interact with giant flowers and a "beaver lodge" while learning about animals that would live in those habitats. The Nature Exploration Area encourages free play in the outdoors where children can explore, dig, build, and learn.

Explore diverse habitats on hiking trails that weave through the 250-acre interpretive area's lakes, tamarack bogs, cattail marshes, and hardwood forests which are home to beaver, deer, fox, coyote, muskrats, bats, turkeys and 250 species of birds.

Phone: 763-694-7650

Homeschool Classes

Lowry Nature Center offers a series of Monday morning homeschool classes on a variety of topics including invertebrates, astronomy, archeology, habitats, ecology and much more. Each season offers 4 interrelated programs which may be taken as a series or à la carte.

  • Find and register for homeschool programs online.
  • Check the Homeschool page for a link to a PDF brochure of all homeschool programs at all Three Rivers Park District locations for the current school year.
  • Call Three Rivers Park District Reservations at 763-559-6700 to ask about and register homeschool programs by phone.

Field Trips

The professional naturalists at Lowry Nature Center can customize outdoor education programs for your group. Aquatic studies, insect programs, animal adaptations, birding, live raptors, snowshoeing, and maple syruping are some of Lowry's most popular options and naturalists can customize a program to meet the specific needs and interests of your group.

Programs are generally two hours in length and cost depends on the number of participants.

These interactive programs frequently incorporate math, language or art activities. Young students use their senses to explore the park and older students engage in scientific experimentation, measuring water quality, calculating the age or trees and classifying fish. Pre- or post-visit material is available for many programs.

Find more information online or contact Lowry Nature Center at 763-694-7650.


Information subject to change. Please check with Lowry Nature Center for the most current information. Last updated on Fri, Dec 15, 2017.

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