Unique New Programs Offered Saturdays in February at the Forest History Center

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Release dated: 
January 15, 2014
Media contacts: 

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

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

Jeff Johns • Forest History Center • 218-327-4482 • jeff.johns@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Forest History Center
Address: 2609 County Road 76, Grand Rapids MN 55744
Phone: 218-327-4482
Email: foresthistory@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org/foresthistory

Unique New Programs Offered Saturdays in February at the Forest History Center

Explore the Forest History Center this winter with unique programs that showcase many of the connections between people and the forests. The Into the Woods series is offered September through April and includes cooking classes, outdoor activities, nature programs and more.

  • Gourmet Wild Game
    Date: Feb. 1, 2014
    Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Fee: $35/$25 for MNHS members.
    Reservations: required, call 218-327-4482

    Add a touch of class to your wild game cooking with classic French techniques and unique ingredients. Participants will enjoy demonstrations and samples of a variety of different dishes. This class will be held in the Visitor Center.
  • Wildland Firefighting Day
    Date: Feb. 8, 2014
    Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Fee: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6 to 17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

    Wildland firefighters work under extreme conditions as they travel the country aiding in the suppression of fires. Find out what it's like to be a wildland firefighter in this special program. Visitors can try out firefighting tools and equipment, eat a firefighter's lunch, and listen to tales of firefighters in action. This program will be held at the picnic pavilion.
  • Moonlight Skiing
    Date: Feb. 15, 2014
    Time: 4 to 9 p.m.
    Fee: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6 to 17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

    Skiers of all skill levels are invited to participate in an afternoon ski clinic and moonlight trek led by Catherine McLynn of the Northern Lights Nordic Ski Club. The program begins with local artisan John Beltman as he makes an authentic set of wooden skis. After the sun sets the group will explore the Forest History Center's four miles of cross-country ski trails by the light of the moon. Warm up in the cookshack with hot drinks and entertainment by storyteller and musician Casey Aro.
  • Stomping on Winter
    Date: Feb. 22, 2014
    Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Fee: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6 to 17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

    Get out of the house and enjoy a snowshoe trek around the Forest History Center with interpreter Wanda Bunes. During the program, participants will navigate an obstacle course and use GPS units and digital cameras to record coordinates and imagery of flora and fauna. The program also includes a winter picnic in the cookshack. Guests should bring their own lunch.

About the Forest History Center

The Minnesota Historical Society site is at 2609 County Road 76, near Hwys. 169 and 2 in Grand Rapids. It is filled with living-history characters who acquaint visitors with life in a recreated 1900 logging camp and a log-drive floating cook shack moored on the Mississippi river. A 1930s forest ranger's cabin, fire tower and self-guided trails are part of the site, along with exhibits and a renovated visitor center which opened in 2004. For more information, call 218-327-4482.

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at www.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.