Basket Making, Birding, Maple Syrup and More at the Forest History Center this March

For immediate release

Release dated: 
February 12, 2014
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

• 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

Cost: Prices vary for each program
Phone: 218-327-4482
Email: foresthistory@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/foresthistory

Basket Making, Birding, Maple Syrup and More at the Forest History Center this March

Every Saturday in March at the Forest History Center families can explore nature and learn new skills while meeting with experts from various fields. These events are part of the Into the Woods series offered September through April at the Forest History Center.

Hand-woven basketsBasket Making Workshop

Saturday, March 1; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: $45 / $35 for MNHS members

Acclaimed basket weaver Teresa Sills will lead a one-day workshop in the fine art of basket weaving. Students will enjoy the small class size and will take home a handmade basket. Reservations are required; call 218-327-4482.

Birding 101

Saturday, March 8; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6 to 17; free for children 5 and under and MNHS members.

Get the basics of birding with nationally renowned ornithologist Laura Erickson. Erickson will cover everything from field guides to birding equipment in a fun and interactive presentation for the whole family. Take a bird walk in the afternoon and see some of the many birds of Northern Minnesota.

Spring flowersSpring Phenology Fest

Saturday, March 15; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6 to 17, free for children under 5 and MNHS members.

Jump into spring! Host of the Phenology Show on KAXE, John Latimer describes phenology as the study of the rhythmic biological events as they relate to climate. Visitors will meet up with John in the field and learn how to identify the first signs of spring.

Maple Syrup Day

Saturday, March 22; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6 to 17, free for children under 5 and MNHS members.

Start at the Visitor Center to learn about the history and science of maple syrup then head to the sugar bush and pavilion area for demonstrations of traditional and modern syrup making techniques. Visitors will enjoy samples.

WaterfowlWanigan Waterfowl

Saturday, March 29; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6 to 17, free for children under 5 and MNHS members

Greet our fantastic feathered friends as they return from their winter migration. Join local ecologist Harry Hutchins from Itasca Community College for a tour of the Forest History Center's Mississippi River shoreline to discover more about the area's waterfowl.

Forest History Center

The Forest History Center 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.