Itasca State Park Naturalist Programs
Kids’ Fishing Funday
Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Meet at the Itasca Fishing Pier, below Douglas Lodge
Kids, bring an adult with you and learn the new skill of fishing. Learn to identify the common fish species, how to tie a knot, bait your hook and cast for fish. Suitable for ages 6-12. NOTES: An adult must accompany children. Bring your own fishing pole or use one provided (limited number). Poles are available on first come first serve basis. Artificial bait provided. Non-Minnesota residents will need a fishing license (within the park, purchase at Itasca Sports Rental).
Itasca’s Presenters Under the Pines: Life of the Monarch Butterfly Display
Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 10-2 p.m.
Meet in the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center Lobby
Discover the life cycle of the monarch butterfly, Minnesota’s state insect, with Tom and Carol Uecker. Check out real samples of the caterpillar, chrysalis, and the adult butterflies. Some lucky visitors may even get to see a butterfly come out of its chrysalis! Visit for as little or as long as you like.
Historic Sawmill/Pioneer Village Tour: Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers
Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 10 a.m.–Noon
Tour begins at the Levorsen Building located on the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers showgrounds.* The showground is located on the north side of Itasca State Park. Go out the North Entrance to Itasca State Park, entrance is on the east side of the North Entrance Road (across from the church and gas station).*Tour begins promptly at 10 a.m.
Get a feel for the early 1900s community of Lake Itasca at the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Showgrounds (LIRPF). See the Itasca Historic Sawmill. Explore various buildings including a country school, dove-tail one-room log house and a logging museum.