Children's Nature Activities and the Great Minnesota Pie Extravaganza at the Forest History Center in July

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Release dated: 
June 18, 2014
Media contacts: 

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

Jeff Johns • Forest History Center • 218-327-4482

Quick facts: 

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

Children's Nature Activities and the Great Minnesota Pie Extravaganza at the Forest History Center in July

Visitors to the Forest History Center in July can sample and learn about pies at the Great Minnesota Pie Extravaganza. Young visitors will go "wild" for Children's Naturalist Day, as they explore the plants and animals around the Forest History Center.

The Great Minnesota Pie ExtravaganzaEvent: The Great Minnesota Pie Extravaganza
Date: July 12
Time: Noon to 3 p.m.
Fee: $15 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $11 children ages 6 to 17; $5 for MNHS members.
Reservations: recommended, call 218-327-4482

There is more to pie than meets the eye. A good cook and plenty of food held a logging camp together. While meat, potatoes and beans were the cook shack staples, it was the pies that everyone loved most. Cooks worked with ingredients they had on hand to make delicious and wholesome pies. This event allows visitors to compare and contrast pies served in the logging camps with modern-day creations. Visitors are encouraged to bring a recipe to share.

Event: Children's Naturalist Day
Date: July 19
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 can go "wild" as they join naturalists for an outdoor exploration of plants and animals surrounding the Forest History Center. Inside, they'll get an up-close look at amphibians, reptiles, mammals, soil creatures, birds, raptors, spiders and insects. Through presentations they'll learn about the roles of various wildlife species within forest and wetland ecosystems. Expect creeping, crawling, slithering, climbing, screeching, chirping, hissing and other wild behaviors throughout the day.

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.