Wild River hosts voyageur encampment, free admission June 8

Enjoy your Minnesota State Parks for free on Saturday, June 8, during the statewide open house event.

Locally, Wild River State Park will be celebrating the 30th annual Seegwan. Start your day with an early morning bird walk led by members of Wild River Audubon at 7:30 a.m. Activities will be ongoing throughout the day including a last-chance native plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., wildflower walk at 11 a.m. and archery from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This year the park also will have special guests dressed in character and reenacting a live voyageur encampment. La Campagnie des Hivernants de la Riviere Saint Pierre will take you and your family back in time to the fur trade era along the St. Croix. Voyageurs and bourgeois await you from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To top the day, this is your chance to plant a seed to leave your legacy at Wild River State Park by helping in the annual seed spread at 2 p.m. Whether you’re a regular visitor to Minnesota State Parks or want to check them out for the first time, this is a unique opportunity for a free day of discovery and exploration.

For more information on Wild River State Park’s Seegwan celebration call 651-583-2125 or visit www.mndnr.gov/wildriver or www.friendsofwildriver.org. Wild River State Park, 39797 Park Trail, Center City, is located 15 miles east of North Branch and 12 miles north of Taylors Falls just off of Highway 95 near Almelund. The interpretive naturalist of the park, Kacie Carlson, can be reached at 651-583-2125, ext. 227, or kacie.carlson@state.mn.us.

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