Events and Programs
May 26: Touch the Past: American Indian Handicrafts, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Cordage: 1-3 p.m. - Discover how to use fibers from native plants to make your own string.
Pottery: 3-5 p.m. - Experience the process of creating traditional American Indian pottery by creating your own pinch or coil pot.
June 16: Prairie Birds and Animals, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Discover the wonder of the birds and animals found at the Jeffers Petroglyphs. Local birdwatchers will lead a hike at 10:30 a.m. and help visitors identify common birds found on the prairie (binoculars will be available). At 2 p.m. visitors will learn about various prairie animals by examining their pelts and making plaster animal tracks.
July 7: Early Hunting Tools, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Experience what it was like to be a hunter 5,000 years ago. From 1-3 p.m. make your own atlatl (spearthrower) and then learn how to use it to throw a spear at our bison target. From 3-5 p.m. a flintknapper will demonstrate the process of creating stone projectile points (arrowheads) and then visitors can try making their own. A collection of atlatls will be on display throughout the day.
July 28: Butterfly Discovery Day, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Experience the world of butterflies on the prairie at the Jeffers Petroglyphs. Hands-on activities and displays will be available throughout the day. A butterfly hunt will take place at 2 p.m.
August 18: Celebrate the Garden Harvest, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Step back in time and experience the celebration of the first gaden harvest of the summer. An ongoing food demonstration of a MInnesota diet from 1,000 years ago will take place through the afternoon.
September 1: Adventures in the Tallgrass Prairie, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Immerse yourself in a tallgrass prairie as you go on a visual hunt for animals (targets) that are hidden in the tall grasses.
September 21-22: Starry Night, Prairie Night, 6 p.m. - Midnight.
Visitors are first invited to view the carvings at dusk. A presentation about animals of the night will take place including a twilight tour (bring a flashlight). When the sky is dark enough. gaze at one of Minnesota's darkest skies and learn about constellations through stories from cultures around the globe. Visitors will then have the opportunity to view stars and planets through telescopes.