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Jeffers Petroglyphs is home to roughly 5,000 sacred rock carvings made by the ancestors of today’s Native Americans. Programs incorporate history, anthropology, archaeology, and biology, connecting students with those who traveled our continent in ancient times.
All field trips include a tour of the carvings, atlatl program, and prairie walk. Teachers choose one of the following lessons. Optional activities are also available.
Field trip options
Exploring Culture Through Picture Writing
Students learn about life on the prairie through hands-on exploration of items that Native Americans used in daily life and packed on a travois (drag sled) for travel. Students also discover how Native Americans kept track of history by recording symbols on hides called “winter counts.”
7,000 Years of Native American History
Students work in teams exploring cultural items from the four major time periods (Paleo-Indian, Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian). The program ends with a game in which the teams compete against each other by answering questions about how the people lived and survived for thousands of years.
All programs support state of Minnesota academic standards in social studies.
27160 County Road 2
Comfrey, MN 56019
- $6 per student, $120 minimum group fee
- Teachers free
- One free adult per 10 students
- Length: 2 hours
- Free bus parking
- An onsite picnic shelter can accommodate seating for 60.
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