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Lowry Nature Center was the first public nature center built in the Twin Cities. The building's architecture is prairie-style to match the landscape of Carver Park Reserve, where it is located. Families can check out seasonal interpretive displays, visit live animals and observe birds through the viewing windows.
Lowry offers free and inexpensive family programs throughout the year, mostly on weekends. During the week it hosts both preschool drop-off programs and those a caregiver attends with the child.
Kids will love playing outside at the two "nature playgrounds" at Lowry. One is more of a traditional playground with a nature theme and the other is a true natural playground, where the elements to play with are stumps and logs and sticks to build with.
Sensory Friendly Sundays at Lowry Nature Center
Three Rivers and AUSM have partnered to offer “Sensory-Friendly Sundays,” on the fourth Sunday of each month from 9 a.m. – noon, at Lowry. In an effort to reduce stress that can be caused by new experiences at the park, Three Rivers has created this program to include support from trained staff and volunteers and a comfortable, welcoming environment for everyone. Noise-reducing headphones, ear plugs, nose plugs, sunglasses, variety of fidgets, weighted blankets, and other sensory supports will be available to borrow on these days as will a space to take a break.
The park also plans to add sensory signage, online social narratives, and virtual tours This program is free and open to all ages. Find the next Sensory-Friendly Sunday on our special needs calendar.
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