Evening Programs, American Indian History and Nature Tours this August at Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site

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Release dated: 
July 17, 2013
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Tom Sanders • Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site • 507-628-5591 • thomas.sanders@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site
Address: 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey MN 56019
Cost: All programs are free with admission of $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
Phone: 507-628-5591
Email: jefferspetroglyphs@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/jefferspetroglyphs

Evening Programs, American Indian History and Nature Tours this August at Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site

A full slate of programs awaits visitors to the Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site in August. The signature series, Adventures in Nature, explores American Indian life and the prairie with hands-on activities daily at 2 p.m. Two nighttime programs highlight the petroglyphs, the animals of the prairie and the night sky. And two special family programs celebrate the harvest and American Indian games.

Event: Adventures in Nature
Time: 2 p.m. daily
Cost: Included with regular admission of $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children under age 5 and MHS members.

  • Adventures in Nature: Atlatl
    Thursday, Aug. 1 - Monday, Aug. 5
    The atlatl is an ancient hunting device used by people of the area before the bow and arrow. Considered a symbol of power, it was used for thousands of years. There are many atlatl petroglyphs carved into the Sioux Quartzite at the site. During this program learn how to use an atlatl while trying to “hunt” a life-size buffalo target.

  • Adventures in Nature: Prairie Tour
    Thursday, Aug. 8 - Monday, Aug. 12
    Join a guide on a prairie tour to discover interesting information about the prairie ecosystem while searching for grasses and flowers.

  • Adventures in Nature: Travois
    Thursday, Aug. 15 - Monday, Aug. 19
    Take part in costumed role-playing to experience how American Indian families packed up a travois to move their belongings on the prairie. Reproduction items will be available for hands-on use.

  • Adventures in Nature: Winter Count
    Thursday, Aug. 22 - Monday, Aug. 26
    Learn how American Indians kept track of history by recording symbols which represented memorable events in their lives on hides called winter counts. Create a winter count symbol to take home.

  • Adventures in Nature: American Indian Games
    Thursday, Aug. 29 - Monday, Sept. 2
    Play games popular among American Indians of the past including the moccasin game, awl game and the double-ball game.

Event: Starry Night, Prairie Night
Date: Friday, Aug. 2 and Saturday, Aug. 3
Time: 6 p.m. to midnight
Fee: $7 adults, $ 6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6 - 17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

Explore the Jeffers Petroglyphs when they are best seen – at dusk. Then, after it gets dark, visitors can lie on the prairie to gaze at the sky. (We'll provide buffalo robes or bring your own blanket.) Learn about the constellations as a staff member tells stories from cultures around the globe. Bring your own telescope or use one provided to view stars and planets. Visitors can take a guided tour of the rock carvings at 6:30 p.m.

Event: Animals of the Night
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 10
Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Fee: $7 adults, $ 6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6 - 17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

Take a guided tour of the carvings when they are best seen, just before sunset at 6:30 p.m. After the tour head to the Visitor Center for a 7:30 p.m. presentation about nocturnal animals and how they survive at night. The presentation will include a variety of hands-on activities. Following the presentation, guests can go on a twilight hike of the prairie (bring a flashlight!)

Event: Celebrate the Garden Harvest
Date: Saturday, Aug. 17
Time: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $7 adults, $ seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6 - 17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

One thousand years ago the people of Minnesota, Iowa and the Northern Plains were farmers as well as hunters, growing crops like sweet corn. The ripening of the first sweet corn was a time of plenty that was celebrated with the Green Corn festival. Visit Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site for a taste of fire roasted sweet-corn, bean soup and other seasonal foods while learning about the people of the Great Plains Village period. Guests will also learn how New World farmers invented crops that changed the world.

Event: American Indian Games
Date: Saturday, Aug. 31
Time: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $7 adults, $ seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6 - 17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

Play games popular among American Indians of the past including the moccasin game, awl game and the double-ball game.

About the Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site

The site is located near Comfrey and Windom, three miles east of U.S. Hwy. 71 on Cottonwood County Road 10, then one mile south on County Road 2. The 160-acre site features images chipped into an outcropping of Sioux quartzite from 5000 B.C. to A.D. 1700, a visitor center with exhibits and an object-theater presentation, and nature trails, which explain the prairie environment. For more information, call 507-628-5591.

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