Sports, Health & Wellness

State Arbor Month Celebration and Minnesota Tree Climbing Championships

This year the DNR is celebrating Arbor Day and Arbor Month by encouraging families to play in natural settings such as your backyard, a nearby woodlot, or forested area.

The 2014 State Arbor Month Celebration will be at Oak Hill Park in St. Louis Park. The event will give families a chance to play with nature, while watching some of the best tree climbers in the state compete at the Minnesota Tree Climbing Championship.

State Arbor Month Celebration Schedule:

Valley Crossing 5K Run/Walk

Valley Crossing Community School hosts its fourth annual 5K fundraising race. After taking a lap around Colby Lake, head into the school cafeteria for face painting, bouncy houses and free food. This year sees the addition of a wellness fair. Adults ages 13 and older $15 advance, $20 late, $25 race day; kids ages 3-12 $7 advance, $10 late, $12 race day; kids 0-2 free. 9 a.m. Valley Crossing Community School, 9900 Park Crossing; 651.702.5700; vc.k12.mn.us

Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride

This is no ordinary bike ride. The Minnesota Ironman returns to South Washington County for the second time in its 48th year. Riders choose between four loops on the day of the race, each of differing lengths and winding through Lake Elmo, Scandia and Stillwater. For an extreme challenge, routes can be combined to form the 100-mile route. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m., all riders must check in and start their ride before 9:30 a.m. 651.434.9626.

18th Annual Ice Show

Watch Woodbury’s finest figure skaters glide across the ice in matchless routines. Beginners, veterans, young and old, are invited to participate and showcase their prowess. This year’s theme, “Flash Back,” spotlights different eras, styles and music. 651.714.3583.

Geocaching Basics

Discover treasures and gems in hidden geocaches throughout Ojibway Park. Geocaching, a growing phenomenon for kids and adults alike, puts navigation skills to the test and rewards determination. Learn the ins and outs of geocaching and the electronic navigation system. GPS units are provided. Recommended for children ages six and older. 651.714.3583.

The Adventures of Super Stretch

Downward dog. Warrior. Child pose. Yoga isn’t solely for adults; it’s beneficial for kids, too. Join the city of Woodbury for a beginning yoga class focusing on playful yoga poses, breathing exercises and imaginative relaxation techniques. The class develops strength, increases flexibility and improves coordination and focus. Children ages 7–12 are welcome to attend. 651.714.3583.

Carver Lake Walleye Wiggle Snowshoe Race

Put your snowshoe skills to the test. The city of Woodbury hosts its first snowshoe race this February. As a member of the Free Braveheart Snowshoe Race Series, snowshoe racers choose from a 5K, 10K or 1K (quarter mile) kid race. Prizes will be awarded. Adults pre-registration, $20. Adults day of event, $25. Kids pre-registration, $8. Kids day of event, $10. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the races begin at 10 a.m. 651.714.3588.

Outdoor Skating and Skiing

Embrace the beauty of a Minnesotan winter by staying active. Woodbury is home to a handful of outdoor skating rinks that feature warming houses, as well as skiing trails. Park warming houses are open through the end of February, but trails remain accessible all winter during regular park hours. Check the website for park hours, offerings and regulations. 651.714.3500.

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