Star Herald Editorial

Experience the best of our local natural treasures with summer full of prairie events

With this week’s attention on the Blue Mounds State Park and its future recreational opportunities, now is a good time to review the full calendar of events planned this summer at the state park and Touch the Sky Prairie.

Each and every one of these events provides unique opportunities to experience the beauty and wonder of our local natural treasures.

May 6 — Bison Calf Romp at the Blue Mounds State Park 10 a.m. Meet at the picnic grounds and travel via car caravan to the closest access point and hike (up to three miles) to the best vantage point.

May 27 — Vernal Pools and Herps at Touch the Sky Prairie 10:30 a.m. Take a Prairie Nature Walk with Fred Harris and Jeff LeClere of the Minnesota DNR.

May 27 — The Blue Mounds Bison Story 8:30 p.m. Join park manager Chris Ingebretsen in the park amphitheater to hear the story of the North American Plains Bison and how the herd at the Blue Mounds links directly to millions of bison that once roamed the North American continent.

June 9 — “Wagons West” at Blue Mounds State Park Interpretive Center 7 p.m. Master Story Teller Jim Two Crows Wallen shares stories of our pioneer settlers.

June 10 — “Tipi Days (Tepee Days)” at Blue Mounds State Park Interpretive Center 10 a.m. – Master Story Teller Jim Two Crows Wallen offers insight on the lives of Native Americans on the prairie.

June 10 — The Real Story of Hugh Glass Blue Mounds State Park Interpretive Center 6:30 p.m. Live Music with Ron and Jane Cote and Frederick Manfred’s “Lord Grizzly” or “Revenant,” Readings and Comments with Freya Manfred and Thomas Pope and Rowan and Bly Pope

June 11 — “Do You Know Your Prairie Plants?” at Touch the Sky Prairie 11 a.m. Ethnobotanist Jeffrey Emmel leads a tour of plants.

June 23 — Live Music at Touch the Sky Prairie 7:30 p.m. with Jim Groth.

June 24 — Experience Yoga & Massage on the Prairie 7:30 a.m. at Touch the Sky Prairie

June 24 — Rock River Water Trail Canoe/Kayak Trip (July 1 weather date) 10:30 a.m. Reservations only. Contact Luverne Area Chamber (507 283-4061) (luvernechamber@co.rock.mn.us)

July 14 — A Morning Walk on the Prairie at Touch the Sky Prairie 9 a.m.  with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Naturalist Howard Paul

July 16 — Prairie Plants Medicine Walk at Touch the Sky Prairie 11 a.m.  with Ethnobotanist Jeffrey Emmel.  Enjoy short walks and discussions about uses of plants by indigenous and white settlers of the prairie.

Aug. 19 — Pipestone Carving Class at the Blue Mounds State Park Main Entrance – Two classes (12 noon and 2 p.m.) with Bud and Rona Johnston of the Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers  $10/person. Reservations requested; call 507 283-4061. Supplies provided.

Aug. 19 — Pow Wow, Dance and Drumming at the Blue Mounds State Park Interpretive Center 7 p.m. Learn and participate in this special Native American ceremony with Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers.

Aug. 21 — The Not Quite Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Sun Party at Touch the Sky Prairie from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ethnobotanist Jeffrey Emmel presents sky interpretation. Bring a brown bag lunch, beverages and sun or safety glasses.

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