Venture into the world of British fur traders, voyageurs, and the Ojibwe, and learn about the strengths that each contributed to this early enterprise. Visit the trade shop, voyageur bunkroom, and Ojibwe encampment. Allow additional time to explore museum exhibits and walk the Snake River trails.
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Portage into the Past
Students step back in time and learn about the interaction between British traders and the Ojibwe in east central Minnesota, giving them a glimpse into this important time period spanning almost 200 years before statehood. Through an interactive game they will gain knowledge of hunting and gathering as a successful way of life and discover the importance of the trade by fashioning a voyageur pouch.
Activities at the post quieted down for the winter, but today things are just getting started. During the winter months your students will hear stories told in the wigwam, play a spirited game of snow snake, and identify animal tracks while snowshoeing at the site. Experience winter life as the voyageurs did!
All programs support state of Minnesota academic standards in social studies.
12551 Voyageur Lane
Pine City, MN 55063
- $6 per student, $60 minimum group fee
- District staff free
- One free adult per 10 students. Additional chaperones will be invoiced at the same rate as the students.
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.
Cancellations must be received 14 days before your trip. See our Program Policies. Contact us at 320-629-6356 if you need to reschedule.
- Length: 2 hours
- Free bus parking
- Lunch space is available
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