Chanhassen, Prairie, Southwest Metro, Prairie Yields Photo Gold

Thomas Cook’s Chanhassen Prairie Plant placed third in the Nature & Wildlife category for the 2018 Southwest Metro Photo Contest.

The wetlands nestled between what are today the cities of Chaska and Chanhassen have a rich history, with roots at the beginning of the last century. Since the early 1900s, the land has changed hands many times.

When it comes to fishing with man’s best friend, Eden Prairie’s Andrew Osowski has seen it all.

Nestled into the scenic Prairie Bluff Conservation Area in Eden Prairie is
the Frederick-Miller Spring, which has attracted thirsty Minnesotans to its
waters for more than 100 years.

Some people dream of flying above trees, and those people will undoubtedly love Kerfoot Canopy Tour.

Some people dread the thought of climbing a ladder, but I’d argue that they still might love Kerfoot Canopy Tour.

When it comes to snapping a great photo, there’s little that can deter Deb Zeller, a Victoria artist by trade and photographer by hobby. She shot “The Walk Along Deer Run 10th Tee Box with Chevalle in the Background” in the midst of last year’s long winter.

Families enjoyed an afternoon spent learning about Amphibians at the Lowry Nature Center in Victoria on December 1. All photos by Henry Hendricks.

Snowshoeing at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Has post-holiday cabin fever set in yet? In December, I was overscheduled, and in January, I purposely under-scheduled. It was a few weeks of bliss, but now I'm getting antsy.

When 16-year Eden Prairie resident Gretchen Docter snapped this photo of her dog, Bear, on the southwest side of Bryant Lake one February morning in 2013, she didn’t realize she’d be earning a place in Southwest Metro Photo Contest history.

Minnesota is a winter wonderland this month, so get some fresh air at the Lake Minnewashta walking paths.

The southwest metro is home to many beautiful beaches, from triathlon-friendly lakes and rustic, natural stretches of sand, to clay-hole swimming dives and chlorinated ponds. Here’s the scoop on where you can enjoy those lazy summer days this year. Chanhassen Lake Ann Beach on Lake Ann1456 W.