Carver Park Reserve - Lowry Nature Center

Victoria, Minnesota

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An easy hike through open meadows, forests, and wetlands with prime wildlife and bird habitat. A Nature Center with many family-oriented activities. Wetlands are some of the most productive ecosystems in the world; a cattail marsh produces more than 20,000 pounds of plant material per acre, which is twice as much as a forest’s production and four times as much as a prairie’s. It’s been estimated that duckweed, muskrats, egrets, and about 900 other plants and animals use wetlands at some point in their life. At the Lowry Nature Center, you get a chance to be close to this wetland habitat on a 1,700-foot boardwalk that zigzags through a marsh, situated between four lakes. Naturalists have also reintroduced the world’s largest aquatic bird—trumpeter swans—to the park. Find out more about these birds at the nature center. Carver Park has miles of paved and turf trails, but some of the best footpaths are at the nature center. The center’s trail also features, in addition to the boardwalk, a rolling prairie and a maple–oak forest, allowing you to visit plenty of habitats on a short and accessible trail.
Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)

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Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)

by John Pukite (Falcon Guides)

An easy hike through open meadows, forests, and wetlands with prime wildlife and bird habitat. A Nature Center with many family-oriented activities. Wetlands are some of the most productive ecosystems in the world; a cattail marsh produces more than 20,000 pounds of plant material per acre, which is twice as much as a forest’s production and four times as much as a prairie’s. It’s been estimated that duckweed, muskrats, egrets, and about 900 other plants and animals use wetlands at some point in their life.

At the Lowry Nature Center, you get a chance to be close to this wetland habitat on a 1,700-foot boardwalk that zigzags through a marsh, situated between four lakes. Naturalists have also reintroduced the world’s largest aquatic bird—trumpeter swans—to the park. Find out more about these birds at the nature center. Carver Park has miles of paved and turf trails, but some of the best footpaths are at the nature center. The center’s trail also features, in addition to the boardwalk, a rolling prairie and a maple–oak forest, allowing you to visit plenty of habitats on a short and accessible trail.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Victoria
Distance: 1.2
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Local Contacts: Hennepin Parks, 612-559-9000
Local Maps: Nature Center trail map; USGS quads: Mound and Victoria
Driving Directions: Directions to Carver Park Reserve - Lowry Nature Center

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