Events and Programs
June 3: Make American Indian Pottery Day, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Learn about the traditions of American Indian pottery by making your own pinch or coil clay pot, see demonstrations throughout the day of how clay pots are fired, and hear about the tradition of American Indian pottery.
A New Look at the Carvings, 5-7 p.m. (or longer)
June 10th, June 24th, July 8th, July 22nd, Aug. 5th, August 19th
Explore the rock face in bare feet to see some of the newly uncovered petroglyphs that are located away from the regular path. Visitors can explore on their own, but an interpreter will be available to answer questions and direct visitors to carvings. Over the past several years, an extensive conservation project identified an additional 3,000 petroglyphs, which until recently have been covered in lichen. Visitors should be prepared for walking on uneven surfaces.
June 17: Flintknapping Day, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Explore how early American Indians used projectile points for survival. Observe a flintknapper demonstrating how to create stone projectile points (arrowheads).
July 1: Make a Spearthrower Day, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Learn about the atlatl, or spearthrower, considered by many anthropologists to be one of the world's greatest inventions. Make an atlatl and try throwing spears at a wooden bison target. A collection of atlatls from around the world will be on display.
July 15: Prairie Animal Discovery Day, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Discover the variety of animals that live on the prairie through hands-on activities. Learn about adaptations animals have developed that help them survive. Touch animal furs, make plaster animal tracks and go on a hike looking for signs of animals.
July 29: American Indian Games, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Discover how American Indian games helped children learn important skills while having fun. Learn how to play a variety of games,such as: The Moccasin Game, Double-Ball, Bone and Pin and/or Lacrosse.
August 12: Celebrate the Garden Harvest Family Day, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Step back in time and experience the celebration of the first garden harvest of the summer. An ongoing food demonstration of a Minnesota Diet from 1,000 years ago will take place through the afternoon with samples of roasted corn, bean soup and more.
August 26: Prairie Plant Discovery Day, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Discover the unique and beautiful prairie at the Jeffers Petroglyphs. At 2 p.m. a prairie tour will take place highlighting various grasses and wildflowers that are in bloom. Visitors will also learn how American Indians used plants in their daily life.