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Jay Cooke State Park announces 125th anniversary celebration

Jay Cooke State Park is offering a free Sharing Community Picnic Gathering event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at the park. This event helps commemorate the 125th anniversary of Minnesota State Parks and Trails.

You are invited for a fun and engaging day of activities that are co-hosted with the Fond du Lac Tribe of Lake Superior Chippewa. Some of the activities include drumming, archery, Ojibwe language puppet shows, cultural and resource management displays and tables, nature tables on park animals, moccasin and beadwork demonstrations, primitive skills and cultural plant walks. Bring your own picnic. Fruit and lemonade will be served at 1 p.m.

Although the event is free, a Minnesota State Park vehicle permit will be needed to enter the park. They can be purchased upon arrival for $5 per day or $25 for annual.

For more information, call Kristine Hiller, park naturalist, at 218-673-7005.



Sharing Community Picnic Gathering Schedule

11 a.m. — Welcome and Opening Drums

11:30-Noon — Ojibwe Language Puppet Show

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. —  Archery in the Park

1 p.m. — Fruit and Lemonade, while supplies last

1:30-2:15 p.m. — Cultural Uses Plant Walk

1:30-3 p.m. — Archery in the Park

2-2:30 p.m. — Ojibwe Language Puppet Show

Ongoing — Animals of the Park Nature Table

Ongoing — Fond du Lac Reservation Cultural Museum, artifacts table

Ongoing — St. Louis River Watch, macroinvertebrate table

Ongoing — Early Fire Building Skills Demonstration

Ongoing — Great lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission, informational table

Ongoing — Fond du Lac Drumming and Singing

Ongoing — Moccasin and Beadwork Craft Demonstration