Events and Programs
May 26: Flintknapping Day, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Also June 23.
Learn how early Native Americans created projectile points (arrowheads). Observe a flintknapper demonstrate the process of creating stone projectile points.
June 2: An Evening Look At the Carvings, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Also June 16, July 7, July 21, August 4, August 18, September 1, September 15.
Explore the rock face without shoes to see 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. 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 9: Native American Pottery Day, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Also July 14.
Learn about traditional Native American pottery and create your own pinch or coil clay pot to take home.
June 30: Make a Spearthrower Day, 1:00-4:00 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 bison target. A collection of atlatls from around the world will be on display.
July 28: Prairie Animal Discovery Day, 1:00-4:00 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.
August 11: Celebrate The Garden Harvest Family Day, 1:00-5:00 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 25: Prairie Photography: A Natural View, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Local photographer Shelley Olson will be available to give instruction on photographing prairie plants. Explore landscape, close-up and lighting techniques. Learn about camera equipment. Visitors are encouraged to bring a camera to take photographs and enjoy the beauty of one of Minnesota’s most unique prairies. The event will be held rain or shine.