Field Trips: Forest History Center

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Tower at Forest History Center.

Discover the past, present, and future of Minnesota’s forests at a 1900 logging camp and through action-packed environmental learning programs.

Field trip options

Once Upon a Forest

Preschool–Grade 1
Introduces youngsters to “the healthy forest.” Children meet forest creatures, learn how humans use the forest, and how each of them can help preserve a healthy forest.

Logging Camp Tours

Grades 2-12
Immerse students in the life and times of Minnesota lumberjacks. Costumed interpreters and an authentically recreated 1900 logging camp bring history to life in a discovery learning experience. Adaptable to students of all grades.

Second Adventure

Grade 2
Hands-on activities help students develop an appreciation for the natural environment. Students will create a nature journal, become nature detectives, and play a predator-prey game, plus more.

Stomping on Winter

Grades 4–6
After learning to snowshoe and navigating an obstacle course, students use GPS units and digital cameras to record coordinates and imagery of flora and fauna during a wintry expedition in the forest.

"P" is For Paper

Grades 3–6
Learn what products come from the forest and how to sustainably harvest trees. Make your own piece of paper.

Squirrel's World View

Grade 4
View the forest from a squirrel’s perspective through five structured outdoor learning stations.

White Tail Trail

Grade 5
Learn how deer have adapted to changes in the forest. Students learn how to use GPS units and digital cameras.

Cruising Giants

Grade 6
Students learn about efforts to care for and manage the majestic white pine forest in this science and math-based program.

Academic standards

All programs support state of Minnesota academic standards in social studies.

Forest History Center

2609 County Road 76
Grand Rapids, Minnesota 55744


  • $6 per student, $60 minimum group fee
  • Teachers free
  • One free adult per 10 students

Billing information

No payment will be accepted the day of the field trip. All schools will be invoiced after their trip. For more information see our Program Policies.

Cancellation fee

Cancellations must be received 14 days before your trip. See our Program Policies. Contact us at 1-888-387-5008 if you need to reschedule.


  • Length: 60 minutes to 2.5 hours
  • Free bus parking

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