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Sharing Community Gathering (Maado’ oonidiwag Akiing Mawanji’ idiwag)
Commemorate the 125th anniversary of Minnesota state parks and trails at this Sharing Community Gathering — Maado’ oonidiwag Akiing Mawanji’ idiwag. Jay Cooke State Park staff and members of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will share food and culture with park visitors.
Pack a picnic and bring friends and family to share a day of fun and learning about Ojibwe culture, artifacts and resource management with the park’s closest Ojibwe neighbors.
Activities, in and around the River Inn interpretive center, will include:
- Welcome, accompanied by drumming and singing at 11 a.m. and throughout the event.
- Archery in the Park (equipment provided, no experience necessary).
- Guided walk, with information about native plants and their uses.
- Nature tables highlighting animals of the park and the St. Louis River.
- An Ojibwe-language puppet show.
- There will also be a Fond du Lac Reservation Resource Management Division display, a display of cultural artifacts and handouts from the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.
- Fruit and lemonade will be served at 1 p.m., while supplies last.
For a full schedule with specific times, visit mndnr.gov/jaycooke.
A vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota state parks ($5 for a one-day permit or $25 for a year-round permit). Those who don’t already have a Minnesota state parks vehicle permit can purchase one online or at the park office.
The park entrance is located 3 miles east of Carlton on state Highway 210.
For more information, contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr @ state.mn.us or call 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.