Naturalist Programs and Activities


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Find naturalist activities in other Minnesota state parks and recreation areas on the statewide events calendar!

05/29/16

Itasca State Park

Jr. Naturalist: Bugs -n- Stuff

05/29/16

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Music Under the Pines: Unpolished

06/02/16

Itasca State Park

Five Facts in Five Minutes: Turtles

06/03/16

Itasca State Park

Five Facts in Five Minutes: Mammals of Itasca

06/03/16

Itasca State Park

Headwaters History Hike

06/04/16

Itasca State Park: Meet at the North Country Trail Head at the South Entrance Itasca State Park (along Highway 71) at 1 p.m. to carpool to the Spider Lake Road trail head.

National Trails Day Glacial Hills Hike: Exploring the North Country Trail and Itasca State Park

06/04/16

Itasca State Park

Five Facts in Five Minutes: Whose Track is That?

06/04/16

Itasca State Park

Jr. Naturalist: Busy Beavers

06/04/16

Itasca State Park: Meet inside the lobby of Douglas Lodge.

Take Flight! Spotting Spring Birds

06/04/16

Itasca State Park

Creepy, Crawly Critters, Campfire

06/05/16

Itasca State Park

Five Facts in Five Minutes: Otters

06/05/16

Itasca State Park

Historic CCC Buildings Walk

06/05/16

Itasca State Park

Old Timer's Cabin, Open Tour

06/08/16

Itasca State Park: Meet at the Picnic Shelter near the park swim beach.

Learn the Skill of Fly Casting! Mini-workshop

06/11/16

Itasca State Park: Meet at the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Showgrounds.

Itasca State Park Centennial Wagon Train Reunion

06/12/16

Itasca State Park: Meet in the picnic grounds just north of the Lakeside Museum, watch for signs. (lakeside from Wegmann's Store/cabin)

Yoga Under the Pines

06/15/16

Itasca State Park: Meet at the Picnic Shelter near the park swim beach.

Learn the Skill of Fly Casting! Mini-workshop

06/16/16

Itasca State Park

Circle Time Under the Pines: F is for Frogs

06/18/16

Itasca State Park: Meet by the Swim Beach/ Playground (at the south end of the picnic grounds on Lake Itasca) .

Outdoor Kids: Nets, Buckets, Bugs and More!

06/18/16

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Music Under the Pines: Tim Eggebraaten

06/20/16

Itasca State Park: Meet at the new Itasca Campus Center located on the Itasca Biological Station campus (along Main Park Drive, watch for signs).

Itasca's Mysteries in History: The Itasca Biological Station

06/22/16

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Mysteries in History: Itasca's Zoo

06/22/16

Itasca State Park: Meet by the Swim Beach/ Playground (at the south end of the picnic grounds on Lake Itasca)

Outdoor Kids: Boat Building

06/23/16

Itasca State Park

Circle Time Under the Pines: B is for Bugs

06/23/16

Itasca State Park: Meet inside Forest Inn (across from Douglas Lodge)

Itasca's Presenters Under the Pines: "My Endless Childhood" An Evening with a Storyteller

06/24/16

Itasca State Park: Meet by the globe at the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center.

She Had Nerve and a Big Gun! The Mary Gibbs Story

06/25/16

Itasca State Park: Meet at the front porch of Douglas Lodge, within Itasca State Park

Lady-slippers of Itasca: Exploring the North Country Trail and Itasca's Orchids

06/25/16

Itasca State Park: Meet by the Swim Beach/ Playground (at the south end of the picnic grounds on Lake Itasca)

Outdoor Kids: Totally Turtles

06/25/16

Itasca State Park: Meet in the classroom at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center

Itasca Wildlife Wonders- Return of the Trumpeter Swan, Evening Talk DATE CHANGE

06/26/16

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Music Under the Pines: Hog Rooster

06/28/16

Itasca State Park: Meet at Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center Parking Lot

Minnesota's Treasures: Iron Springs Bog Scientific and Natural Area Specialty Tour

06/29/16

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Mysteries in History: Douglas Lodge- Minnesota's Own Resort

06/29/16

Itasca State Park: Meet by the Swim Beach/ Playground (at the south end of the picnic grounds on Lake Itasca)

Outdoor Kids: Fish Painting

06/30/16

Itasca State Park

Circle Time Under the Pines: U is for Up

07/02/16

Itasca State Park: Meet by the Swim Beach/ Playground (at the south end of the picnic grounds on Lake Itasca)

Outdoor Kids: Frogs and Toads

07/03/16

Itasca State Park: Meet in the picnic grounds just north of the Lakeside Museum, watch for signs. (lakeside from Wegmann's Store/cabin)

Yoga Under the Pines

07/06/16

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Mysteries in History: The Secrets of Pine Ridge and the 3 C's Camps Bike Tour

07/06/16

Itasca State Park: Meet by the Swim Beach/ Playground (at the south end of the picnic grounds on Lake Itasca)

Outdoor Kids: Eagles and Osprey

07/07/16

Itasca State Park

Circle Time Under the Pines: D is for Dragonfly

07/09/16

Itasca State Park: Meet by the Swim Beach/ Playground (at the south end of the picnic grounds on Lake Itasca)

Outdoor Kids: The Weasels

07/10/16

Itasca State Park: Meet inside the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center classroom

Unraveling Mysteries of the Common Loon with Kevin Kenow, Itasca's Presenters Under the Pines Series

07/12/16

Itasca State Park: Meet at Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center Parking Lot

Minnesota's Treasures: Iron Springs Bog Scientific and Natural Area Specialty Tour

07/13/16

Itasca State Park: Meet by the Swim Beach/ Playground (at the south end of the picnic grounds on Lake Itasca

Outdoor Kids: Minnow Races

07/13/16

Itasca State Park: Meet along the shore of Lake Itasca below Douglas Lodge

Paddling the Route of Schoolcraft Canoe/Kayak Tour: Exploring the North Country Trail and Lake Itasca

07/14/16

Itasca State Park

Circle Time Under the Pines: M is for Monarch Butterflies

07/14/16

Itasca State Park: Meet at Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center Parking Lot

Minnesota's Treasures: Itasca's Wilderness Sanctuary Scientific and Natural Area Specialty Tour

07/15/16

Itasca State Park: Meet by the globe at the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center.

She Had Nerve and a Big Gun! The Mary Gibbs Story

07/16/16

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Presenters Under the Pines: Life of the Monarch Butterfly Display

07/16/16

Itasca State Park: Meet by the Swim Beach/ Playground (at the south end of the picnic grounds on Lake Itasca)

Outdoor Kids: Dragonflies

07/17/16

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Presenters Under the Pines: Life of the Monarch Butterfly Display

07/17/16

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Music Under the Pines: Northern Bass

07/19/16

Itasca State Park: Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center

Itasca's Presenter Under the Pines: "From Palms to Pines--Car Touring 100 years ago along the Jefferson Highway in Minnesota"

07/20/16

Itasca State Park: Meet by the Swim Beach/ Playground (at the south end of the picnic grounds on Lake Itasca)

Outdoor Kids: Animal Tracks

07/21/16

Itasca State Park

Smokey Bear Day: Celebrating 125 Years of Preserving Itasca's Pines

07/22/16

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Presenters Under the Pines: Nature Cartooning for Kids with Gary Harbo, Character Creator

07/23/16

Itasca State Park: Meet by the Swim Beach/ Playground (at the south end of the picnic grounds on Lake Itasca)

Outdoor Kids: Water Birds

07/23/16

Itasca State Park: Meet at the Amphitheater in the picnic grounds by the Lakeside Museum, watch for signs. (lakeside from Wegmann's Store/cabin)

Itasca Wildlife Wonders- Homecoming for the Fisher, Campfire

07/24/16

Itasca State Park: Meet in the picnic grounds just north of the Lakeside Museum, watch for signs. (lakeside from Wegmann's Store/cabin)

Yoga Under the Pines

07/24/16

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Music Under the Pines: Jim and Molly Bauer

07/27/16

Itasca State Park: Meet at Picnic Shelter parking lot

Itasca's Mysteries in History: Vacation Playland- Bygone Resorts of Itasca, Car Tour

07/27/16

Itasca State Park: Meet by the Swim Beach/ Playground (at the south end of the picnic grounds on Lake Itasca)

Outdoor Kids: Bugs 'n' Stuff

07/28/16

Itasca State Park

Circle Time Under the Pines: O is for Otters

07/29/16

Itasca State Park: Meet for the Campfire program at the Museum Amphitheater (inside the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center if raining).

Mary Gibbs Heroine of Itasca with Charlie Maguire Centennial Troubadour for Minnesota State Parks. Happy Birthday Itasca! Weekend Festival

07/30/16

Itasca State Park: Held at Forest Inn, across from Douglas Lodge.

Group Songwriting-Creating the Itasca Birthday Song. Happy Birthday Itasca! Weekend Festival

07/30/16

Itasca State Park: Meet by the Swim Beach/ Playground (at the south end of the picnic grounds on Lake Itasca)

Outdoor Kids: Tree-mendous Trees

07/30/16

Itasca State Park: Meet at the Museum Amphitheater (inside the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center if raining.)

125th Anniversary Concert Celebrating Itasca with Charlie Maguire Centennial Troubadour for Minnesota State Parks. Happy Birthday Itasca! Weekend Festival

07/31/16

Itasca State Park: Festival events held in the Itasca picnic grounds located by the picnic shelter

Happy Birthday Itasca! Picnic in the Park Festival

07/31/16

Itasca State Park: Held in the Itasca picnic grounds located by the picnic shelter.

Retro Picnic Contest. Happy Birthday Itasca! Weekend Festival

08/03/16

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Mysteries in History: All Aboard to the Mallard Ghost Town, Car Tour

08/03/16

Itasca State Park: Meet by the Swim Beach/ Playground (at the south end of the picnic grounds on Lake Itasca)

Outdoor Kids: Loons

08/04/16

Itasca State Park

Circle Time Under the Pines: H is for Happy Birthday, Itasca!

08/06/16

Itasca State Park: Meet by the Swim Beach/ Playground (at the south end of the picnic grounds on Lake Itasca)

Outdoor Kids: Monarch Butterflies

08/10/16

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Mysteries in History: The Jefferson Highway

08/10/16

Itasca State Park: Meet by the Swim Beach/ Playground (at the south end of the picnic grounds on Lake Itasca)

Outdoor Kids: Fish Painting

08/11/16

Itasca State Park

Circle Time Under the Pines: M is for Mississippi River

08/13/16

Itasca State Park: Meet by the Swim Beach/ Playground (at the south end of the picnic grounds on Lake Itasca)

Outdoor Kids: Busy Beavers

08/13/16

Itasca State Park: Meet at the Amphitheater in the picnic grounds by the Lakeside Museum, watch for signs. (lakeside from Wegmann's Store/cabin)

Itasca Wildlife Wonders- The Yellowstone Elk, Campfire

08/14/16

Itasca State Park: Meet in the picnic grounds just north of the Lakeside Museum, watch for signs. (lakeside from Wegmann's Store/cabin)

Yoga Under the Pines

08/16/16

Itasca State Park: Meet at Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center Parking Lot

Minnesota's Treasures: Itasca's Wilderness Sanctuary Scientific and Natural Area Specialty Tour

08/17/16

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Mysteries in History: "Who Stole My Cheese?!" The Mississippi River Survey Marker

08/19/16

Itasca State Park: Meet by the globe at the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center.

She Had Nerve and a Big Gun! The Mary Gibbs Story

08/20/16

Itasca State Park: Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center

Itasca's Music Under the Pines: Basement Brass

08/24/16

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Mysteries in History: The Lind Saddle Trail Marker Mystery

08/27/16

Itasca State Park: Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center.

10th Annual North Country Hiking Fest: Take on the Challenge!

08/30/16

Itasca State Park: Meet at the new Itasca Campus Center located on the Itasca Biological Station campus (along Main Park Drive, watch for signs).

Itasca's Mysteries in History: The Itasca Biological Station

08/31/16

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Mysteries in History: Life of a Wilderness Forest Ranger at Nicollet Cabin

09/01/16

Itasca State Park

Circle Time Under the Pines: T is for Trees

09/04/16

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Music Under the Pines: Jim and Molly Bauer

09/24/16

Itasca State Park: Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center

Itasca's 9th Annual Autumn Harvest Festival and Lantern Lit Hike: Making Itasca Memories

09/24/16

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Music Under the Pines: Jim and Molly Bauer

10/01/16

Itasca State Park: Meet at the North Country Trail Head at the South Entrance Itasca State Park (along Highway 71) at 12:30 p.m. to car pool to the trailhead.

Fall Colors Vista Hike: Exploring the North Country Trail and the Mississippi River Watershed

10/11/16

Itasca State Park

Circle Time Under the Pines: S is for Skunks

11/15/16

Itasca State Park

Circle Time Under the Pines: W is for Woodpeckers

11/19/16

Itasca State Park: Meet outside Forest Inn (across from Douglas Lodge in Itasca State Park

Discovering the Civilian Conservation Corps: Exploring the North Country Trail and Itasca along the Dr. Roberts Trail

12/03/16

Itasca State Park: Meet at the North Country Trail Head at the South Entrance Itasca State Park (along Highway 71)

Wildlife Tracking Hike: Exploring the North Country Trail in Early Winter