Scavenger hunt, birds, painting and exercise

Park District has variety of events to celebrate the month

The Scavenger Hunt will take place at Roosevelt Park which is full of trees, plants, squirrels and much more to offer a good list of items to search. Shyanne Belzer/MDN

Every month celebrates something and for the month of July that celebration is Parks and Recreation. To honor that and the Minot Parks and Recreation, the Park District has planned a variety of events that will kick off with a Scavenger Hunt on Sunday.

Taking place at Roosevelt Park, the Scavenger Hunt will begin at 2 p.m. and go until 4 p.m. Free, laid back, and just for fun, the hunt is untimed and will give all involved a relaxing walk as participants hunt down all the things on their lists.

Items will include small things, like acorns, to more personal choices like finding what you think is special or beautiful at the park.

“We just want to get people out and exploring the park,” explained Park District officials. “It might bring you to a part of the park you’ve never seen before.”

The scavenger hunt is mostly for children, but is a fun event for young families as well to unplug, get outside, and play.

To continue a week of celebrating local parks, they have a birding tour planned along with a fitness event, rock painting and a movie in the park.

The Birding Tour will take place on Monday at the Woodland Trail starting at 6:30 p.m. Led by the North Dakota Birding Society, the tour will teach those involved about the variety of birds in the Souris River Valley. Nothing is needed except for yourself, but if you own binoculars, they are recommended.

On Tuesday, at the Oak Park Amphitheater, a community workout will be held by Whitney Boehm at 6:30 p.m. Get Fit with Whit will be a full-body circuit workout okay for all fitness levels. Anyone can be involved and nothing is needed except for the optional yoga mat.

Minot Rocks Painting Party will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Polaris Park. Guest artist Candace Brekke from EyeCandy will be there to help and show her skills as guests paint their rocks. Minot rocks is a movement where painted rocks are hidden around the town to help encourage kindness and to make someone’s day. Once all rocks are dry, they can be hidden around Minot for others to find and keep or hide again.

The final event planned will take place on Thursday back at the Oak Park Amphitheater. One of the Park District’s movie events, “Jumanji” will be played for all who attend starting at 9:30 p.m.

The goal of the week is to help people unplug and enjoy what all the parks have to offer. While the summer months are slowly dwindling down, all the Park District and others have planned are continuing.