Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Regional Science Center and the Buffalo River State Park are holding a variety of outdoor educational activities this Labor Day weekend.

The Regional Science Center’s Buffalo River Site is located 16 miles east of Moorhead, off Highway 10. It is adjacent to the Buffalo River State Park and one of Minnesota’s largest prairie preserves, The Nature Conservancy’s Bluestem Prairie. Events are free and open to the public.

On Saturday, September 5…

Prairie Hike @ 2 p.m.

Meet at the screened shelter adjacent to the bathrooms in the campground for a leisurely walk on the prairies along the Buffalo River valley. Walk the Old Grade trail in search of blooming prairie wildflowers and grasses.

Interpretive Center open house @ 4-6 p.m.

Come see the bison exhibit, prairie grass sculpture and bird observatory at the MSUM Regional Science Center Interpretive Center.

Astronomy @ 7:30 p.m.

Meet at the screened shelter adjacent to the bathrooms in the campground for a short walk to the observation area where you can view constellations, planets, nebulae and star clusters through a telescope. Perhaps we will see some meteors. Bring your own binoculars and enjoy the prairie at night. If it is cloudy a short indoor presentation begins at 9 p.m.

On Sunday, September 6…

Toils on Weak Soils: The Construction of the Stockwood Fill @ 4 p.m.

Join Mark Peihl, Clay County Historical Society Archivist, at the Regional Science Center’s Interpretive Center for a talk and slide program about the unique geology of this area and how it provided many challenges in the construction of the Northern Pacific Railroad.

For more information or special group activities, call 218-477-2904.