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Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers tours

Get a feel for the early 1900s community of Lake Itasca at the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Showgrounds. Explore various buildings including a country school, dove-tail one-room log house and a logging museum. Tour begins promptly at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, beginning June 17, at the Levorsen Building located on the Pioneer Farmer showgrounds, located on the north side of Itasca State Park.

The Savvy Camper

Earn fabulous prizes while testing your camping IQ on Wednesday, June 21 or Monday, July 19. Join Itasca's campground manager for this family-friendly program of tidbits and trivia. Test your camping knowledge while you get tips and tricks to navigate through Minnesota state park's camping opportunities. Meet in the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center classroom from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Itasca's Mysteries in History: The Itasca Biological Station

In 1907, the University of Minnesota (U of M) held its first field classes in Itasca State Park. Tour the historic Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 22. Visit the new Itasca Campus Center before locating the site of the State Park House, where Mary Gibbs lived in 1903. See one of the few 1930s National Youth Administration-constructed buildings in the state as you follow the route of the 1920s-era Jefferson Highway as it passed through the field station. Meet at the new Itasca Campus Center, located on the Itasca Biological Station campus (along Main Park Drive, watch for signs). For more information, contact Itasca State Park at 218-699-7251 or by email at

Lady slippers of Itasca

June is orchid month along the North Country Trail and the numerous other trails within Itasca State Park. Join this special hike to look for Minnesota's state flower, the showy lady slipper and other orchids that may be blooming. A variety of other wildflowers will also be in bloom during 'strawberry moon' month.

Meet at the front porch of Douglas Lodge on Saturday, June 24. During this specialty hike, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, we will be making a loop trail (approximately 2.2 miles) following the Brower Trail along the shore of Lake Itasca to Preacher's Grove, and returning along the bike trail, past the Jacob V Brower Visitor Center and concluding at Douglas Lodge.

This event is sponsored by both Itasca State Park and the Itasca Moraine and Laurentian Lakes Chapters of the National North Country Trail. Learn more about the North Country Trail in Itasca State Park at the Itasca Moraine Chapter site: and the Laurentian Lakes Chapter site: