Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is one of the premier park systems in the United States. Its picturesque lakes, neighborhood parks, recreation centers and diversified programming have made the park system an important component of what makes Minneapolis a great place to live, play and work. The Minneapolis Park System consists of 182 park properties, including local and regional parks, playgrounds, golf courses, gardens, picnic areas, biking and walking paths, nature sanctuaries and the 55-mile Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. Together, these properties total nearly 6,732 acres of land and water. The backbone of the park system is its 47 full-service neighborhood recreation centers.
The Minneapolis Park Board provides several different kinds of environmental education programs. The cornerstone of these programs is the Neighborhood Naturalist program. Each year this program reaches 15,000 students. The programs primarily take place at the neighborhood recreation centers but also include trips to nearby lakes, streams and natural areas.
Come Out and Play is a monthly free, no-registration, no-obligation program that encourages families to get out and enjoy nature. Our club leader and her children meet participants in a natural setting for some unstructured play and exploration. Kids of all ages and their adults are welcome.
The park board is also home to the nation's oldest public wildflower garden. Founded in 1907 the 15 acre Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden receives 60,000 visitors per year and is a home base for several different programs environmental education programs offered from April to October.
In a picturesque corner of Theodore Wirth Park sits the one-acre JD Rivers' Children's Garden. For a quarter of a century, the garden has provided programs focused on children and teens, horticulture therapy and intergenerational programming with recent immigrants.
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
2117 West River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55411