School is out! Need some activities for kids? Here you go

School is out! Now what to do to keep the kids occupied and entertained for a few months? Did you know that there are lots of great naturalist programs available through out Itasca County to not only keep the kids busy but also help to educate them on our awesome environment? Here are just a few of the great programs that you can participate in.  Most are FREE!

The Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center: Located in Marcell, just up Hwy 38, sits the Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center. Their 2019 Naturalist Programs include topics such as Bountiful Bears, Rock Talk 2.0, Predators of the Northwoods, and Fantastic Fires. All of the classes include hands-on activities and crafts. Classes are held through out the week and on Saturdays. Visit the Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center’s website for a copy of their scheduled classes. Grandparents, you’re grand kids will love these classes!


Scenic State Park 2019 Naturalist Programs: Scenic State Park is a great family park. Whether you want to fish, camp, hike, or boat, Scenic State park has something for everyone to do. Just like the Discovery Center, Scenic state park offers a Naturalist program. Some of the classes include: Primitive Fire Starting Technologies, A Guided Hike to Chase Point, and Wild about Flowers. You can visit their web page to get all of the details.

Forest History Center: The Forest History Center is located in Grand Rapids and is another great place to take the kids this summer. You can go anyway to visit the exhibits, walk the trails, take a guided tour of the old logging camp, and climb the fire tower. Several Saturdays over the summer, they offer some special events. July 6th is Be a Naturalist Family Day, August 24th you can spend at the Real Horse Power Day, and August 31st is Wonder of the Night Sky. Visit their website for all of the details

Summers are fun in the Northwoods and getting the kids outside is a great way to keep them busy.  There is so much to do and see.  What's your favorite family activity?