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Itasca State Park schedule this week, July 1-9

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Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Tuesday, July 2

 

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Pack-a-Snack Story Hike: Birdsongs by Betsy Franco and Steve Jenkins

10:30-11 a.m.

Meet at the front doors of the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. (If raining, the program will be held inside the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center.)

Families with children ages 2-6 years old, pack a snack in your backpack and join a naturalist on a short hike in the woods to our destination which includes sitting on a blanket, reading this week’s story and enjoying a snack (if you choose to bring one). This safe, stroller friendly hike is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the park. NOTES: Adults must accompany children.

Itasca Mystery in History: Itasca Cemetery Stroll

11a.m.-Noon

Meet outside the Itasca Sports Rental, near the Lake Itasca Boat Launch

Come learn about the history of Itasca’s Pioneer Cemetery and many interesting stories of early settlers to the Itasca area.

 

CCC Buildings Walk and Talk

1-1:30 p.m.

Meet outside Forest Inn (across from Douglas Lodge)

Learn about the ‘boys’ that built Forest Inn. Come for the walk as we talk about the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) on this walking tour of buildings around the Douglas Lodge area, ending at the CCC Old Timers Cabin.

CCC Old Timers Cabin, Open Tour

Cabin open from 1:30- 3 p.m.

Held at the Old Timer’s Cabin, located along the boardwalk below Douglas Lodge

Learn more about this Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed building. The Naturalist staff will have the cabin open for you to tour at your leisure.

 

Five Facts in Five Minutes

1:30-3:30 p.m.: Whose Scat is That?

Near the Mississippi Headwaters (under the porch of the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center if rain.)

Only have a minute to learn about Itasca State Park? Check out a unique feature at the naturalist station as you visit the Headwaters of the Mississippi River.

 

 

Wednesday, July 3

Archery in the Park

10-11:30 a.m.

Meet in the back lot of the Indian Mounds/North Picnic Grounds Parking area

Join certified archery instructors for hands-on training and coaching on compound bows, then try out our archery range. This activity is suitable for anyone age eight and older. Beginners welcome! Children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Personal archery equipment is not allowed due to weapons rules in Minnesota State Parks. Equipment is provided. Stop by the archery area anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Cancelled if raining.

 

 

Outdoor Kids—  Boat Building

2-3:30 p.m.

Meet by the Swim Beach/ Playground (at the south end of the picnic grounds on Lake Itasca)

 

Kids of all ages come out and explore nature at your leisure and have fun at Itasca while hanging out at the swimming beach or playground. This program series allows kids to connect with nature through crafts and other hands-on activities. Topics vary with many of the programs focusing on life around the lake.

Thursday, July 4

Aiton Heights Fire Tower Hike

10:30-Noon 

Meet at the Fire Tower parking lot (accessible from Wilderness Drive or from a 1.5 mile hike from Douglas Lodge).

Learn about the history of fire spotting in Itasca and the surrounding region as we walk to the Aiton Heights Fire Tower, then enjoy the spectacular views as you climb to the top!

Five Facts in Five Minutes

1:30-3:30 p.m.: Minnesota Symbols

Near the Mississippi Headwaters (under the porch of the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center if rain.)

Only have a minute to learn about Itasca State Park? Check out a unique feature at the naturalist station as you visit the Headwaters of the Mississippi River.

Jr.Naturalist: X Marks the Spot!

2-2:45 p.m.

Meet in Bear Paw Campground at the grassy area, Lakeside (near the tiny log pump house and campsite #70 along the bike trail). Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on.

Kids, come follow the treasure map and see if X really does mark the spot! Make and take home your very own treasure map. Note: Parent/guardians are asked to accompany their child.

Campfire Stories: Legends of Minnesota

7-7:30 p.m.

Meet at the Museum Amphitheater, below Wegmann’s Store

Join us for a peaceful campfire; sit back, relax, and enjoy listening to a few legends of Minnesota.

Friday, July 5

I Can Fish! Kid’s Fishing Fridays

10:30-Noon

Meet at the Itasca Fishing Pier, below Douglas Lodge

 

Kids, bring an adult with you and learn the new skill of fishing as you try to catch one of Itasca’s whopper sunfish!Appropriate for ages 6-12.

NOTES: An adult must accompany children. Bring your own fishing pole or use one provided (limited number). Poles are available on first come first serve, take turn basis. Artificial bait provided. Non-Minnesota residents will need to have a fishing license (within the park, purchase at Itasca Sports Rental).

 

Headwaters History Hike

11—11:30 a.m.

Meet at the compass rose under the porch of the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center

Learn about fun facts of the Mississippi Headwaters during this short naturalist-led walk to the Headwaters of the Mississippi River.

 

Five Facts in Five Minutes

10 a.m.-Noon: Bald Eagles

1:30-3:30 p.m.: Bears

Near the Mississippi Headwaters (under the porch of the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center if rain.)

Only have a minute to learn about Itasca State Park? Check out a unique feature at the naturalist station as you visit the Headwaters of the Mississippi River.

 

Jr.Naturalist:Who Made These Tracks?

2-2:45 p.m.

Meet at the Amphitheater (located near the Lakeside Museum below Wegmann’s Store/Cabin).  Held inside the Lakeside Museum if raining.

Animals leave their tracks all over Itasca!  Join a park naturalist to learn about some common animal tracks, then have fun working on an animal track project to take home!

Animal Sounds Evening Stroll

7:30-8:15 p.m.

Meet outside the Forest Inn (across from Douglas Lodge) Cancelled if raining

Join our evening stroll as we listen to some animal sounds you may hear in the park. Then try to make the sounds yourself to win a prize!

Saturday, July 6

CCC Buildings Walk and Talk

10-10:30 p.m.

Meet outside Forest Inn (across from Douglas Lodge)

Learn about the ‘boys’ that built Forest Inn. Come for the walk as we talk about the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) on this walking tour of buildings around the Douglas Lodge area, ending at the CCC Old Timers Cabin.

CCC Old Timers Cabin, Open Tour

Cabin open from 10:30- Noon

Held at the Old Timer’s Cabin, located along the boardwalk below Douglas Lodge

Learn more about this Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed building. The Naturalist staff will have the cabin open for you to tour at your leisure.

 

Five Facts in Five Minutes

10-Noon: Wet and Wild Bugs

1:30-3:30: Wildlife Robbers

Near the Mississippi Headwaters (under the porch of the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center if rain.)

Only have a minute to learn about Itasca State Park? Check out a unique feature at the naturalist station as you visit the Headwaters of the Mississippi River.

 

Jr. Naturalist: Lady Slipper Lollapalooza

Meet at the Amphitheater (located near the Lakeside Museum below Wegmann’s Store/Cabin).  Held inside the Lakeside Museum if raining.

Ever wonder about the life of a lady slipper flower? Come learn about our state flower and make a lady slipper craft!

 

Animals of Itasca Campfire

7:30-8:15 p.m.

Meet by the Museum Amphitheater, below Wegmann’s Store (in the Lakeside Museum if raining).

Join our cozy campfire as we talk about the amazing animals in Itasca State Park.

Sunday, July 7

Five Facts in Five Minutes

10 a.m.-Noon: Beavers

1:30-3:30 p.m.: Owls of Itasca

Near the Mississippi Headwaters (under the porch of the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center if rain.)

Only have a minute to learn about Itasca State Park? Check out a unique feature at the naturalist station as you visit the Headwaters of the Mississippi River.

 

Headwaters History Hike

11—11:30 a.m.

Meet at the compass rose under the porch of the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center

Learn about fun facts of the Mississippi Headwaters during this short naturalist-led walk to the Headwaters of the Mississippi River.

 

Outdoor Kids—  Dragonflies

2-3:30 p.m.

Meet by the Swim Beach/ Playground (at the south end of the picnic grounds on Lake Itasca)

 

Kids of all ages come out and explore nature at your leisure and have fun at Itasca while hanging out at the swimming beach or playground. This program series allows kids to connect with nature through crafts and other hands-on activities. Topics vary with many of the programs focusing on life around the lake.

 

Itasca's Presenters Under the Pines: Little Minnesota: 100 Towns Around 100

7-8 p.m.

Meet in the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center

Join author Jill Johnson and photographer Deane Johnson as they reveal stories about traveling Minnesota in search of intriguing small communities that lie within the state's borders. The book, "Little Minnesota" spotlights 100 towns with populations under 100. Enjoy a fun evening of photos, stories and fun facts that will make you want to visit these towns yourself. Book signing will follow the program.

Tuesday, July 9

 

Pack-a-Snack Story Hike: Are You a Spider? by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries

10:30-11 a.m.

Meet at the front doors of the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. (If raining, the program will be held inside the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center.)

Families with children ages 2-6 years old, pack a snack in your backpack and join a naturalist on a short hike in the woods to our destination which includes sitting on a blanket, reading this week’s story and enjoying a snack (if you choose to bring one). This safe, stroller friendly hike is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the park. NOTES: Adults must accompany children.

 

CCC Buildings Walk and Talk

1-1:30 p.m.

Meet outside Forest Inn (across from Douglas Lodge)

Learn about the ‘boys’ that built Forest Inn. Come for the walk as we talk about the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) on this walking tour of buildings around the Douglas Lodge area, ending at the CCC Old Timers Cabin.

CCC Old Timers Cabin, Open Tour

Cabin open from 1:30- 3 p.m.

Held at the Old Timer’s Cabin, located along the boardwalk below Douglas Lodge

Learn more about this Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed building. The Naturalist staff will have the cabin open for you to tour at your leisure.

 

Five Facts in Five Minutes

1:30-3:30 p.m.: Turtles

Near the Mississippi Headwaters (under the porch of the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center if rain.)

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