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Weekend events at Lake Bemidji State Park

BEMIDJI—Here's a look at activities this week at Lake Bemidji State Park. The park is located northeast of Bemidji at 3401 State Park Road NE. Parking permits are required. See park office.

Friday, Sept. 14

4 to 5:30 p.m. Lake Bemidji Pontoon Tour, Wild Rice: Join a naturalist to learn about the stages of wild rice growth as it reaches its ripening stage. Venture out onto the pontoon to see wild rice growing along the Mississippi River as it flows out of Lake Bemidji. Along the way, you'll find out how important wild rice, or manoomin, is to the local Ojibwe, both historically and now. Check in at the Park Office 15 minutes before departure. Sign-up is required and limited to 20. Call the park office at (218) 308-2300 to sign-up. In the event of inclement weather, program is cancelled.

7 to 8 p.m. Animal Legends: Campfire: Traditional Native American stories about animals are often 'why' stories: they tell us why an animal looks, sounds, or acts the way it does. Join a naturalist to hear a selection of traditional stories around a campfire about animals you may see at Lake Bemidji State Park. Meet at the Amphitheater. In the event of inclement weather, this program will be moved into the Visitor Center.

Saturday, Sept. 15

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nature Playscape Project, Volunteer Day: The Friends of Lake Bemidji State Park are seeking volunteers starting at 10 a.m. to assist with work on the new nature playscape in the park. Volunteer activities will include making trails, transplanting trees, installing fence and other things. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own lunch to picnic during the afternoon break. Tools, equipment and materials will be provided. Proper attire is recommended including shoes or boots, long pants and gloves. The elements of the nature playscape including climbing boulders, hollow log and fort building will help to develop a child's cognitive, physical and social abilities while engaging them with nature and increasing their comfort with the fantastic natural world around them. Questions can be directed to Pete Harrison, Lake Bemidji State Park Manager at (218) 308-2300. Meet at playground.

Sunday, Sept. 16

9 to 10 a.m. Yoga under the Pines: We will practice 55-minutes of fundamental yoga poses in a Vinyasa flow format: standing poses, balancing postures, sun salutations, seated and reclining poses, backbends and core isolation. All levels welcome. Meet in Picnic Area. Classes taught by Angie Gora, American Council on Exercise certified group fitness instructor since 2013. Please bring a mat if you have one; a few will be available on-site. Dress in layers. Be prepared for sun and potential bugs. Free-will donations will support Friends of Lake Bemidji State Park.