Come join friends for mid-winter fun and a community potluck and fire at scenic Lake Elmo Park Reserve! Gather at the Nordic Center at 1:00 pm to meet old friends and new acquaintances. Activities include cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, games, and a Shinrin-yoku walk.*
1515 Keats Ave N
1:00 - 8:00 pm
Come join friends for mid-winter fun and a community potluck and fire at scenic Lake Elmo Park Reserve!Saturday, January 23
Lake Elmo Park Reserve
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
After enjoying an afternoon outdoors, we’ll share a potluck dinner in the Nordic Center, then gather around the fire to share stories from our adventures. Musical instruments are welcome. The evening will wrap up around 8:00 pm.
*Shinrin-yoku is Japanese for 'forest bathing', or full immersion in nature with all the senses awakened.
Chris Brandt will serve as forest guide to guide you through a walk of exploration and discovery. Participants are invited to experience the present moment and restore health and well-being through deep nature connection.
3:00: Meet back at the Nordic Center for active outdoor games & Shinrin Yoku Walk.
5:30: Potluck dinner in Nordic Center
6:30: Fireside s’mores, stories, and song
Bonus Activities! Our gathering overlaps with the Lake Elmo Winter Festival, which runs 10am - 3pm the same day. We encourage you to take advantage of Winter Festival activities, including free cross country ski lessons and Fat Bike demos. Get information about the Winter Festival here. Register here for a ski lesson (pass required, equipment included) or Fat Tire Bike demo at 11 AM, 12:30 PM or 2 PM.
Are there fees for parking or skiing?
A Washington County Parks vehicle fee is required for the park ($5 per day or $25 for the season). Season passes are also good at Anoka County Parks and Carver County Parks. Skiers age 16 and over need to have a Minnesota State Ski Pass ($20 for the season or $6 per day). Arrive early to secure passes, find parking, and get fitted for ski equipment.
How are trail conditions for skiing?
Check out Washington County Trail Reports
and Skinny Ski Trail Reports
for the latest info
What should I bring for potluck?
Bring a dinner main or side! We don’t have access to a kitchen, so please bring hot items in a thermos, cold items in a cooler, and be prepared to get creative with food sharing. We cannot use crock pots or other warming devices in the Nordic Center, but camp stoves are welcome outside.
What should I wear? It’s cold out there!
Check out this helpful resource from REI about dressing for cold weather. For more tips about staying warm, dry and comfortable outside in the cold, take a look at this page from The Big Outside. Feel free to bring a change of dry clothes as we will be more active in the afternoon and less active in the evening. There are places in the Nordic Center to change clothes.
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