Since I am a month behind on my park of the month posts I will be featuring 2 this month. The first is Elm Creek Park Reserve. While many of you have possibly visited the massive playground or swimming pond, you may not have explored the rest of this beautiful gem located in Maple Grove. Some additional park highlights are a large nature center, hiking, biking, mountain biking, disk golf, and an off-leash dog park. Some wildlife the park is known to have are eagles, sandhill cranes, deer, beavers, loons, hawks and trumpeter swans. Some areas we have explored which are already favorites are the pond near the nature center where I have spotted a barred owl, nesting trumpeter swans, a snapping turtle, painted turtles and an otter. There's also a trail that follows along Elm and Rush Creek, which offers wildlife watching opportunities. Please remember to respect any wild animals space and keep a safe distance especially when offspring is nearby.