Forest History Center Offers Fun and Educational Outdoor Programs in September

For immediate release

Release dated: 
August 20, 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
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6 to 17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
Phone: 218-327-4482
Email: foresthistory@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/foresthistory

Forest History Center Offers Fun and Educational Outdoor Programs in September

This September, the Forest History Center is excited to provide guests with family-friendly opportunities to experience the great outdoors and learn about Minnesota's rich wildlife. All programs are free with regular site admission of $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and college students, $6 for children ages 6 to 17 and free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

Family Outdoor ExpoFamily Outdoor Expo
Date: Saturday, Sept. 6
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn about the wide variety of recreational experiences offered in northern Minnesota. Guests can view the newest models of boats, ATVs and snowmobiles; explore displays and information booths for organizations like the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association and Ducks Unlimited; and check out the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' "Wall of Shame" exhibit of poached wildlife. Guests can also test their skills at the archery range or slingshot gallery. Food and soft drinks will be available.

Critter DayCritter Day
Date: Saturday, Sept. 20
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Guests are invited to see a motley crew of animals from far and wide including chickens, goats, sheep, alpacas, horses, lizards, spiders, snakes and more! The animals will be visiting from Mr. Ed's Farm, Lake Superior Zoo, Headwaters Science Center and the Cairparavel Alpaca Farm.

Fall PhenologyFall Phenology
Date: Saturday, Sept. 27
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn the art and science of phenology. Join expert phenologists and master naturalists as they describe how the coming of fall brings vast changes to the lives of animals, plants and birds, as well as the local climate. Learn useful skills like what to look for in nature and how to keep records of your findings.

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 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.