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August 25
Bugs and Blooms at Itasca
Itasca State Park is noted for its diverse plants and animals. Join in on this walk and discover which flowers are blooming and what common and uncommon critters are pollinating them. The program will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 25. Meet outside Forest Inn (across from Douglas Lodge).

August 25
Itasca’s Presenters Under the Pines: Mammals of Minnesota

Cougars and bobcats and bears…oh my! Come learn about Minnesota’s fascinating mammals with Katie Haws, retired Non-game Wildlife Specialist from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, August 25 at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center classroom. Did you know that due to the variety of habitats available in Minnesota, the state has more than 80 mammal species? Some are rare; others very common. Come learn about the fascinating habits of animals such as the star-nosed mole, the black bear and the moose, and what we can do to protect diversity in our great state.

August 26
Minnesota’s Treasures: La Salle Lake Scientific and Natural Area Specialty Tour
Explore natural treasures in Minnesota’s Scientific and Natural Areas (SNAs) on several specialized tours throughout the summer. This week from 10 a.m. to noon, participants on the tour will explore the forces of nature and forest succession on a walk to the confluence of the Mississippi River and La Salle Creek at La Salle Lake Scientific and Natural Area. Bring your binoculars for watching the birds that use this unique site. Registration is required as group size is limited to 15 people. To register, call 218-699-7252 or 218-699-7259. Notes: Pre-registration required. Bring insect repellant, sunscreen and drinking water. Bring your vehicle for travel to SNA locations.

August 27
Itasca Archaeology Tour

Join an Itasca State Park naturalist to learn about the early people who lived in the Itasca area on a tour from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, August 27. Discover what archaeologists have learned about the late archaic site and the copper artifacts.  Continue on to the burial mounds as we learn about the history of the people who built the mounds, and what was discovered during the archaeological excavation of the mounds. The tour starts at the Museum Amphitheater (below Wegmann’s Store) in the picnic grounds.

August 27 (rescheduled from August 6)
2nd Street Stage: Urho

Urho: The magic lasts forever pours out danceable grooves that sit lightly on the palate and satisfy with spicy jaminess. Urho Ransonen’s guitar work balances greasy, chicken-fried blues against lively, salsa-fueled fusion, with fresh hints of jazz. The vivid acidity of his dense, richly-textured leads shimmers through subtle notes of smoke and sweat. As Urho and hand-percussionist Reggie Hopkins trade licks, Nate Koppenhaver’s minty keyboard rhythms support Alys Dean’s savory, biting, earth-laced voice. While Alys sings, shouts and stomps over salty funk riffs, Nate uses his raw strength to hammer out wild, minty organ lines and tangy layers of swing. Meanwhile, Nate’s firm yet light-bodied bass lines lock in with Tom Hanson’s buttery fatback drumming, rounding out the sound’s lively finish with hints of leather and popcorn. The two-hour free concert will start at 6 p.m. with a beer garden and family activities on 2nd Street in Downtown Park Rapids. Bring your own chairs. The Hubbard County DAC is sponsoring the concert in honor of Ed Ranson’s retirement.

August 27
Itasca’s Amazing Animals, Campfire

Did you know that Itasca State Park has a variety of wildlife that make the park home? Sit around the campfire from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 27 to learn about the secretive fisher, the venomous shrew and more! The program will be at the Museum Amphitheater (below Wegmann’s Store) in the picnic grounds. Cancelled if it rains.

August 28
Paws on the Path, Dog Walk

Did you know evidence of domestic dogs was uncovered in the 8,000-year-old bison kill site? Bring your best friend (and dog) on a beautiful walk through Itasca State Park from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, August 28 as we explore how dogs were used traditionally for hunting, transportation, companionship and much more. Meet at the compass rose under the porch of the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center. NOTE: This hike is designed for dog owners, but anyone is welcome to attend! All pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet. Hike follows the Schoolcraft Trail. Bring insect repellant, sunscreen, water and a hat.

August 28
Jr. Naturalist: Learn to Speak Ojibwemowin

Kids, learn how to  say ‘Hello’, ‘Goodbye’, ‘Thank You’, and introduce yourself in Ojibwe! Learn numbers and colors through songs and stories as you learn basic Ojibwe. Make a craft using images of animals, colors, paw prints, with Ojibwe words. The program will be from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Friday, August 28 in the North Picnic Grounds near the Indian Mounds. If it’s raining, it will be in the lakeside museum, located below Wegmann’s cabin in the main picnic grounds.

August 28
Powwow: Everybody Dance Now!, Evening Talk

Learn about the evolution of traditional gatherings to the contemporary powwow in a program from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 28 in the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center classroom. Learn about the different kinds of dancers, the drums and music, the purpose of a powwow, etiquette for visitors and more.

August 29
9th Annual North Country Hiking Fest

Join us at Itasca for a Saturday packed full of family friendly and healthy activities focusing on the National North Country Trail. This is a perfect day to take a hike! There are numerous guided and self-guided hikes available for people of all ages and skill levels. Hikes will explore portions of the North Country Trail as well as several trails within the park. More details will be available closer to the date.

August 29
Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Tour

Get a feel for the early 1900s community of Lake Itasca at the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers (LIRPF) Showgrounds. See the Itasca Historic Sawmill. Explore various buildings including a country school, dove-tail, one-room log house and a logging museum. LIRPF volunteers will guide you on this two-hour tour starting promptly at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 29. The tour begins at the Levorsen Building located on the Pioneer Farmer Showgrounds, located on the north side of Itasca State Park. Entrance is on the east side of the North Entrance Road (across from the church and gas station).

August 30
Jr. Naturalist: Legend Painting

Kids, learn about ‘legend’ or traditional Ojibwe painting that often looks like an x-ray of the subject. You can then make your own legend painting to take home. The program will be from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Sunday, August 30. Meet by the Museum Amphitheater (below Wegmann’s Store). If it’s raining, the program will be held in the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center classroom.

Upcoming events
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August 27 2nd Street Stage: Urho
August 29 9th Annual North Country Trail Hiking Festival at Itasca State Park
September 26 & 27 Art Leap 2015
September 26 Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council's 10th Anniversary Celebration at Armory Square
September 26 8th Annual Autumn Harvest Festival at Itasca State Park