Forest History Center Hosts Be a Naturalist Family Day

For Immediate Release

Release dated: July 11, 2023

MNHS media contacts: Nick Jungheim, 651-259-3060, or Allison Ortiz, 651-259-3051,

The whole family will experience a day of natural wonder and discovery

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (July 11, 2023) – The Forest History Center is excited to welcome guests to a day of discovery, activities, and outdoor fun on Saturday, July 22.

At Be a Naturalist Family Day, visitors of all ages can explore a range of activities centered around the wonders of nature. Highlights include a 90-minute Trolley Ride at noon and opportunities to meet the Forest History Center’s new draft horses throughout the day.

A raptor show by The Nature Connection will take place at 11 am and 1 pm. Guests can learn more about these birds of prey and their role in the local ecosystem. More wildlife discovery will be available in the Screen House,  where visitors can chase dragonflies and find macroinvertebrates in the Mississippi River.

Various crafting activities will be available, including fly casting demos with Trout Unlimited, building and painting birdhouses, making paper, plaster tracks, and more. 

Additional organizations with booths at the event include the USDA, the Minnesota Naturalist Program, the Master Gardener Program, the North Country Trail Association, and more.

Saturday, July 22, 2023
10 am–4 pm
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Included with regular site admission

More information is available at

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