As cooler weather heads our way, we here in Minnesota look forward to seeing the gorgeous fall colors on the trees. Did you know the DNR website has a Fall Color Finder to help you out this season? The Fall Color Finder is a trip-planning tool that shows the progression of fall color across Minnesota. It’s updated regularly to keep you in the loop.
Generally colors peak between mid-September and early October in the northern third of the state, between late September and early October in the central third, and between late September and mid-October in the southern third (including the Twin Cities).
In addition, the DNR website lists a number of Fall Programs and Events online. There aren’t as many to choose from this year as there have been in the past (thanks, COVID), but you can still head out to various locations around our state and enjoy the outdoors. Here are a few events that catch my eye:
- Junior Naturalist Program: “Getting Ready for Fall” Walk at Itasca State Park (9/4 from 10:30 – 11 am)
- Fossil Hunt at Forestville Mystery Cave State Park (9/5 from 10 am – 12 pm)
- Snakes of the Blufflands at Forestville Mystery Cave State Park (9/6 from 10 am – 12 pm)
- Frontenac Autumn Fun Walk at Frontenac State Park (9/13 from 9 am – 4 pm)
- Tundra Swan Field Trip at Whitewater State Park (11/14 from 10 am – 12 pm)
Please note: A vehicle permit of $7/day is required to enter a Minnesota state park and recreation area, but at the end of the day you can apply the cost of the permit to a $35 year-round permit, if you so choose.