About Forest History
Visiting the Site
Show your students this video so they're ready for your fieldtrip!
|The Forest History Center works with students to encourage them to understand the story of the forests of northern Minnesota and the ways people from all cultures have used and valued this eco-system. We bring the story from the past to the present and on into the future. Through live interaction with costumed interpreters working in a "Living History" setting, the Center staff engages students in curricula-centered learning. The Forest History Center field trip is an inter-disciplinary experience which can be tailored to meet teacher's standard-based needs.||
Call or use our online field trip request form to reserve your field trip to the Forest History Center. Please call well in advance if you have specific dates for your field trip.
Legacy Field Trip Support Fund
We can accommodate groups up to a maximum of five classes or about 125 students for each program. Large groups are divided into classroom-sized groups.
Admission is $5 each for students, teachers and chaperones in educational groups.
School Tour Season:
The Forest History Center is open for reserved field trips from late April through Oct. 15 each year.
Hours of Operation:
Our educational programs run up to two and one half hours, but can be adjusted for bus and school schedules. Field trips are scheduled between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.
The Forest History Center is accessible to all students and visitors and is ADA compliant. Wheelchairs may be reserved at the Interpretive Center and sign-language interpreters will be provided upon request. Please provide three weeks notice to arrange for a sign-language interpreter.
The Forest History Center offers tours on a variety of different themes and activities to meet the needs and learning objectives of high school, college and adult learners.
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
The Forest History Center offers three specialized learning areas:
|The Center features a specialized tour package—The Discovery Tour—which was awarded the Minnesota Historical Society's Vera Stanton Award for Excellence in Interpretation in 1998. The Discovery Tour focuses on an object-based environment, allowing students to use critical thinking skills and inquiry methods to participate in learning. Students will use skills in listening, viewing and reading, analyzing, speaking out and defending responses during their visit.|
The Center also features Forest History Curriculum Units for in-classroom and pre- and post-field trip use. Modeled after the Expanding Horizon Social Studies format, these units are easily integrated into existing classroom curricula. The Units are divided into Primary (grades 1-3) & Intermediate (grades 4-6) sets. Units can be purchased from the Forest History Center.
Gary Gannon, an elementary school science teacher at Randall, Minn., has brought several classes to the Forest History Center. "These people are so convincing that the children have often asked to go into the woods to see the lumberjacks working or to stay until dark when the men come back ," he said.
"This place is wonderful," says LuAnn Siekas, a Crookston elementary school teacher who has brought children here for four years. "It's so kid friendly. The children love it here."
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