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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.
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