UPDATE: Lumberjack Children's Day and Wild Edibles Workshop this June at the Forest History Center

For immediate release

Release dated: 
June 4, 2014
Media contacts: 

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: http://www.mnhs.org/foresthistory

UPDATE: Lumberjack Children's Day and Wild Edibles Workshop this June at the Forest History Center

Visitors to the Forest History Center in June can learn about some of the many wild plants that are edible and how to harvest them safely. Plus, children can visit June 21 for Children's Lumberjack Day and participate in lumberjack "chores" and games.

**THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED** Due to staff changes, the Wild Edibles program will not be offered. Both the June 14 and the Aug. 16 dates have been cancelled.

Event: Wild Edibles
Dates: June 14 and Aug. 16
Time: Noon to 3 p.m.
Fee: $15 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $11 children ages 6 to 17; $5 MNHS members.
Reservations: required, call 218-327-4482.


Sip sumac lemonade, savor sauteed day lilies, nibble on a fresh fiddlehead and munch on acorns. Learn which common plants growing in northern Minnesota forests are edible and how to harvest them responsibly. Join a nature hike to learn where certain plants grow and the best time to pick them safely. Then, head back to the visitor center where you'll learn how to prepare the items. There will be an opportunity to sample nature's delicacies and to learn the cook's recipes. The June class will feature very different edibles from the late summer class.

Event: Children's Lumberjack Day
Dates: June 21
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 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.

Kids are invited to be a lumberjack for a day. At the camp, children can help saw wood, count beans, make nails, mix cookie dough, stamp a log, cross haul a sled and race "gray-backs." Then it's time for fun with games like "prune on a spoon" racing and raisin-spitting, and craft projects that bring out the creativity in kids.

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.