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Events this week at Lake Bemidji State Park

Wednesday, July 4

2 p.m. Junior Park Naturalist: Majestic Eagles! Join a naturalist to learn about our national symbol, the Bald Eagle. Then, make your own eagle to take home with you. This program is ideal for families with young children. Meet at the Playground. In the event of inclement weather, this program will be inside the Visitor Center.

9 p.m. Red, White, and BOOM: A History of Independence Day Celebrations on Lake Bemidji Join a naturalist to learn about the long history of Independence Day celebrations on the shores of Lake Bemidji and the strong connection between Lake Bemidji State Park and the community of Bemidji. Following the history talk will be a beach party. Hang out on the beach to watch the fireworks over the water; naturalists will be around to answer any questions you may have about the park. BYOC (bring your own chair) or BYOBT (bring your own beach towel) to achieve the highest levels of comfort. Meet at the Beach. In the event of inclement weather, the history talk will be moved inside the Visitor Center.  

Thursday, July 5

10 a.m. Eagle Walk Join a naturalist on a short journey to Bass Creek to catch a glimpse of a Bald Eagle nest. The group will stop at the Bass Creek overlook to learn more about the natural history of the eagle. This walk will be on a narrow boardwalk through a marshy area; small children should be accompanied by adults. Meet near the fish cleaning shelter. In the event of inclement weather, this program will be canceled.

2 p.m. Junior Park Naturalist: Five Senses Scavenger Hunt Join a naturalist to learn about the five senses and how different animals in the park use them. For each sense, participants will be tasked with discovering an object in the park that you can use that sense to interact with. Meet at the Playground. In the event of inclement weather, this program is cancelled.

Friday, July 6

8:30 a.m. Kid’s Fishing Friday! Join the park naturalists as we venture out on the pontoon in search of fish. Our fishing group is limited to nine anglers. Sign-up at the park office or call (218) 308-2300. Check-in at the park office at least 15 minutes prior to departure; program starts at the Fish Cleaning Shelter. Non-resident youth need to have a youth fishing license.

7 p.m. Campfire Chef: Beyond S’mores—Bannock S'mores are delicious and fun, but there is so much more to cook over a campfire. Bannock bread has a long history in Minnesota and has endured as a favorite dish among campers and canoeists. Join a naturalist to learn its history, recipes, and cooking methods; then, make some of your own.  Meet at the Amphitheater. This program is ideal for all ages (children under 12 with adult).

Saturday, July 7

9 a.m. Trail Running Get together with other runners to explore Lake Bemidji State Park! Local long-distance trail runners Cris and Jill will lead the way with tips for getting the most out of off-the-pavement miles. Meet at the Visitor Center. Wear comfortable running clothing; water and sports drink supplied. No fee for activity but vehicle permit ($7 daily/$35 annual) required to enter the park.

2 p.m. Lake Bemidji Legends Geocaching Geocaching is a GPS-based treasure hunting activity enjoyed worldwide. Join a naturalist to learn the basics of a GPS unit and then go on a themed geocache adventure through the park. A limited number of GPS units will be provided, or bring your own. This program is ideal for anyone. Meet at the West Picnic Area.

7 p.m. Evening under the Pines: Lost River Band The Lost River Band plays music ranging from country to Celtic, folk to soft/modern rock, all done in that special Lost River way. Vocalist Kari Grace joins Jay Forney on guitar and Jeff Anderson on accordion for a sound that will send you home smiling and singing! At amphitheater.

Sunday, July 8

10 a.m. D is for Dragonflies… Join a naturalist in the park as a new letter of the alphabet is explored in relation to the natural and cultural resources found within the park.This week, explore the beautiful world of dragonflies. A craft activity will follow. This program is ideal for families with young children. Bring your favorite picnic blanket and meet in the Picnic Area, look for event flag. In the event of inclement weather, program will be in the Visitor Center.

2 p.m. Music Under the Pines: Rachel Munson Rachel Munson plays indie/country/folksy music with a bluesy voice. Her inspiration comes from writers like Brandi Carlile, Sia and Jill Andrews. She also likes to take classic songs and cover them in a way that is quirky and fun. Raised listening to Bruce Springsteen, U2, Bob Marley, The Dixie Chicks, Patty Griffin, and the Indigo Girls, there isn't a song she won't attempt to perform -- no matter the genre. Songs you might hear include "Mary" by Patty Griffin, "The Edge of Glory" by Lady Gaga, or "Wayfaring Stranger" by Johnny Cash. at amphitheater.

If you need an accommodation, please contact Larissa at larissa.harris@state.mn.us or (218) 308-2328, two weeks prior to the event.

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