“We’re off to the best start I think snow-wise and temp-wise that I can remember in a long time,” said Todd Murawski of the Wargo Nature Center. “Great conditions.”
Earlier this month, Erica Koby’s kids got the chance to enjoy Wargo’s nature play area.
“They’re having lots of fun,” said Koby
The snow slide was popular and mom also taught them some things about the great outdoors.
“We had our nature study class this morning with our home school group, so they learned about tracks of animals in the snow and about different mammals in the winter,” said Koby, who resides in Lino Lakes. “How they either hibernate or adapt or migrate.”
Koby and her family came to Minnesota from Arizona and have embraced the snow and cold.
So definitely different,” Koby said. “They’re loving it here with all the snow.”
Wargo is located in the Twin Cities metro, but has an up north feel.
“Just a few miles north of St. Paul this is the Rice Creek Chain of Lakes – 55,000 acres,” Murawski said. “It’s one of the bigger county parks in the state.”
Wargo is a snowshoeing hot spot – and conditions are perfect for those who want to explore.
“So many times we snowshoe in two or three inches of snow but now with this foot and a half of snow, great opportunity to get out snowshoeing…” Murawski said. “This is actually the best time of the year to get out and explore some of these back parts of the park, because you can get on snowshoes, make your way through. Not a lot of vegetation, no bugs to worry about. It’s just a great time to get out and check out some new parts of the park.”
So if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the Twin Cities, Wargo Nature Center is an ideal spot.
“Just a lot of open space,” Murawski said. “Multiple lakes. The lakes are all safe enough now. Ice is in pretty good condition. So a lot of lakes but just a lot of back country like you see here to get off trail.
Wargo’s annual Snow Day event is on January 28 from 1 to 4 pm. There are many activities and it’s free.