Field Trips

Thank you for your interest. In response to ongoing concerns over health and safety practices, MNHS museums and historic sites will not host any field trips during the 2020-2021 school year.

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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.

Field trip options

All 2021 field trip programs will take place outdoors. Be prepared for the weather!

  • Tour of the carvings: Guides will point out carvings, give possible meanings and information about the people who made them.
  • Prairie walk: As students walk along the path, they’ll discover the diversity of the unique prairie at the Jeffers Petroglyphs.
  • Atlatl range: Students will have the opportunity to learn about the atlatl (spearthrower) and how to use it to throw spears at a bison target.
  • Three Sisters Garden: Students will learn about the 3 Sisters Garden - a Native American traditional method of planting.   The Three Sisters include corn, beans and squash that are grown together in a way that nourish each other.
  • Bison rub: Bison roamed the prairies for thousands of years.  Students will have the opportunity to learn about, observe and touch an actual location where bison scratched themselves along a Sioux Quartzite rock ledge wall.  The rock shines like glass after thousands of years of bison rubbing against it.

Outreach

Can't come to us? We can bring our programs to you! View our outreach program offerings.

Academic Standards

Book a field trip

Field trip request form
507-628-5591
jefferspetroglyphs@mnhs.org

Cost

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

Details

  • Length: 2 hours
  • Free bus parking
  • An onsite picnic shelter can accommodate seating for 30

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