'Into the Woods' April Programs Feature Birding, Artisan Crafts, Photography at the Forest History Center

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Release dated: 
March 12, 2014
Media contacts: 

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
Phone: 218-327-4482
Email: foresthistory@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/foresthistory

'Into the Woods' April Programs Feature Birding, Artisan Crafts, Photography at the Forest History Center

The popular new series "Into the Woods" concludes in April with unique opportunities offered each Saturday at the Forest History Center. Designed to showcase the many connections between people and the forests, "Into the Woods" is offered September through April and includes cooking classes, outdoor activities, nature programs and more.

Photography Workshop with John Connelly

Date: Saturday, April 5
Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $15 per person
Reservations: required, call 218-327-4482.

Photographer

See the world through the eyes of a professional photographer. Enjoy a walk through the forest with John Connelly, who will share tips on taking nature photographs. Participants are encouraged to bring a camera. Connelly has built his career on taking photographs that "help show that rural American life is vibrant, diverse and continuously evolving. Even better, that it's relevant."

Wood Butchers, Iron Burners and Basket Weavers

Date: Saturday, April 12
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6 to 17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

Basket weaving

See, learn and experience age-old crafts from several of the area's best artisans. Explore stations in the visitor center, logging camp and forest. Visitors will be able to participate in hands-on activities and watch demonstrations throughout the day.

Birding 102

Date: Saturday, April 19
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6 to 17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

Birds migrating

The Forest History Center's favorite birder returns. Join nationally renowned ornithologist Laura Erickson for an interactive program on birding. Erickson will teach participants about migration, record keeping and how birding can be used to further scientific research.

About 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 visitor center. 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.