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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.
Field trip options
A Child’s World Circa 1804
Through an interactive story about a young Ojibwe child and her rabbit friend, students discover the similarities and differences between the world of 1804 and today. They’ll explore an Ojibwe encampment, visit the traders’ living quarters, and learn how toys of the time were fashioned out of materials at hand.
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!
Who made these tools? How were they used? Investigate tools of the past by handling reproductions to learn the lost art of starting fires without matches. Students learn to look at objects and see the stories that they tell about people of the past.
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
- Teachers free
- One free adult per 10 students
- Length: 2 hours
- Free bus parking
- A picnic shelter and Visitor Center tables can accommodate students who bring lunch.
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