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Youngsters often visit Itasca State Park to experience the tradition of walking on slippery rocks to cross over the beginning of the Mississippi. (Riham Feshir / Enterprise)

Spend Memorial Day weekend at Itasca State Park

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Spend Memorial Day weekend at Itasca State Park
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

This Memorial Day, visit the Mississippi Headwaters and participate in activities planned at Itasca State Park. The following are the park's activities planned for this weekend:


'Mary Gibbs Had Nerve and a Big gun!'

In 1903 Mary Gibbs took a stance for the park at a logging dam along the Mississippi River. Courageously she placed her hands on the lever in defense of the park's forests, rivers and lakes, while being threatened by a gun-toting site foreman. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23, walk with the naturalists to the approximate site of the logging dam as you learn more about Mary Gibbs. Meet at the globe at the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center.

Search for Minnesota's state bird, the loon

Feel loony as you learn about Minnesota's state bird, the common loon, through a variety of fun activities. Meet at the Museum Amphitheater (below Wegmann's Cabin) from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 23 to gaze through the spotting scope in search of this aquatic bird.

Frog songs, evening talk and walk

What's the strange sound coming from the pond? It might be one of Minnesota's frogs calling. Meet at the Museum Amphitheater from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Saturday, May 23 for a quick music lesson on frog calls. You'll then wander over to Wegmann's pond in search of these fascinating amphibians.

Discover nature on an exploration walk

Join the park naturalist as you explore the outdoors of Itasca. You'll examine the wildflowers and wildlife that are active this week within the park. Walk starts at 3 and ends at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 24 beginning at the Forest Inn (across from Douglas Lodge).

Music Under the Pines: Jim and Molly Bauer

Relax at historic Forest Inn and enjoy familiar folk and folk songs performed by Minnesota-based acoustic guitarists Jim and Molly Bauer. They will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 24. There will be a brief intermission during the two-hour concert.