Wargo Nature Center is an Anoka County Parks and Recreation Facility located in the Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Regional Park Reserve in Lino Lakes. The interpretive center is nestled on a beautiful peninsula overlooking George Watch Lake, one of seven lakes in the 5,000 acre park reserve. Wargo is an outdoor learning center designed to be used by the community. Interpretive programming is developed to promote positive environmental values and is available for persons of all ages and abilities. Program content changes with the seasons and includes wildlife, maple syruping, pond studies, etc. Snowshoes and Norwegian kicksleds are available to explore the wonders of the winter world, with canoes and kayaks available to discover the lake and shoreline.
Environmental education classes for all grade levels are available to assist educators in meeting environmental education learner outcomes and graduation standards. Classes are designed to provide children with a better understanding of the natural world and of their relationship to and responsibilities for the natural environment.
Public programs are offered on weekends at both Wargo Nature Center and the Coon Rapids Dam East Visitor Center; please call for the current seasonal calendar of programs and activities. Meeting rooms and facilities are available to rent for businesses and organizations.
A partnership with Connexus Energy allows Wargo to present wildlife outreach programs to over 25,000 students each winter and spring as well as 3,000 students who visit our Heritage Lab each fall.
Joseph E. Wargo Nature Center
7701 Main Street
Lino Lakes, MN 55038