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Upcoming events for August at Lake Bemidji State Park

Here is a look at some upcoming events taking place during August at Lake Bemidji State Park.

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Lake Bemidji State Park (Pioneer file photo)
Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer
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BEMIDJI — Here is a look at some upcoming events at Lake Bemidji State Park, 3401 State Park Road NE:

  • 10 to 10:45 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 4: The Story Tree: Some Babies are Wild. In this preschool program, attendees will discover nature through a variety of activities like stories, crafts, games and short walks. They will also have time to play in the nature play area. Children of all ages are welcome, but activities will be designed specifically for children ages 3 to 5. Attendees are asked to dress for the weather and bring a snack and water. Meet at the picnic tables next to the park’s marina and if it is raining, meet inside the visitors center. Adults must accompany children. Registration is required for this program.
  • 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 4: Bog Discovery: Ask a Naturalist. Attendees can discover the numerous medicinal plants that grow in the bog at Lake Bemidji State Park. Have all your questions answered by the park naturalist as you stroll along the bog boardwalk. No registration is required.
  • 9 to 10  a.m., Friday, Aug. 5: Kid’s Fishing Friday. Attendees can come and learn how to fish at Lake Bemidji State Park's fishing pier for children ages 6 and older. Registration is required for this program.
  • 2 to 3 p.m, Friday, Aug. 5: Pond Critters. Attendees can stop anytime between 2 and 3 to discover and learn about the numerous critters living in Bass Creek. Interested participants can meet at the picnic tables next to the park marina.
  • 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6: Totally Awesome Turtles. Attendees will learn all about Minnesota turtles along with some of the challenges they face and how they can help them. Afterward, they can stay and make a turtle craft and meet a tiny turtle guest. Meet at the visitor center. 
  • 11:30 to 12:15 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 11: The Story Tree: Baby Bear Discovers the World. See previous description.
  • 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 13: Snakes are NOT Slimy. Attendees will learn about various Minnesota Snakes and the common misconceptions that come along with these fascinating reptiles. Meet in the Amphitheater and if it’s raining, the program will be held in the Visitor Center. 
  • 8 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 14: Lake Bemidji State Park Spring Summer Fun Walk. Attendees walk the scenic trails at their own pace for fun, fitness and maybe make a friend along the way. NorthStar Trail Travelers walks are leisure-time activities for people of all ages, alone or in groups. No competitive requirements, but plenty of awards. Registration is required by the park picnic shelter between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. For more information visit www.nstt.org.
  • 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 17: Totally Awesome Turtles. See previous description. 
  • 10 to 10:45 a.m., Thursday, Aug.18: The Story Tree: The Cutest Critter. See previous description.
  • 1 to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 18: Animal Mystery. Attendees can stop by and test their knowledge about the kinds of animals that live at Lake Bemidji State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center. 
  • 9 to 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 19: Kid’s Fishing Friday. See previous description. 
  • 2 to 3:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19: Archery in the Parks. Attendees will get hands-on instructions on how to shoot a bow and arrow from certified instructors in a safe and supportive environment. A family-friendly adventure designed for children ages 8 and older. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Personal archery equipment is not permitted as all equipment will be provided. Attendees are asked to dress for the weather and bring sunscreen, sunglasses, water, hats, and bug spray and are asked to meet in the west picnic area. 
  • 10 to 10:45 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 25: The Story Tree: Whose Butt. See previous description.
  • 1 to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25: Animal Mystery at Lake Bemidji State Park. See previous description. 
  • 2 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27: Cast Iron Cook-Off. Attendees learn how to cook over a fire with Dutch ovens. Meet at the fire ring next to the Dining Hall to learn and sample hot and tasty food. 
  • 1:30 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 4: Wheel of Fish. At the park’s beach by the fishing pier, attendees can stop by to test their knowledge of Minnesota's fish and those found in Lake Bemidji. 
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 4: Outstanding Owls. Attendees learn all about owls, the challenges they face and how they can help them during a presentation at the amphitheater. If it's raining, the event will be held in the Visitors Center.

Registration is required for all activities unless they are listed as self-guided, to register email christa.drake@state.mn.us or call the park office at (218) 308-2300.

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