Due to the coronavirus outbreak the Forest History Center has been temporarily closed.
This environmental learning center is located in the city limits of Grand Rapids. When you arrive to the Forest History Center you feel like you are in the middle of the northwoods. Experience the stories of the north woods and the lumberjacks who called these forests home. Meet the colorful inhabitants of a recreated 1900 logging camp — and learn about Minnesota’s forests of yesterday and today through interactive exhibits and nature trails.
Use your power of imagination to experience life as it was in 1900 at the Forest History Center. Walk back in time to Northwoods #1, an authentically recreated white pine logging camp complete with cook shack, bunkhouse, blacksmith shop, office wanigan, filer’s shack and horse barn. Stop and visit with the cook, clerk, bull cook, blacksmith and other lumberjacks who may be in camp. Try your hand at sawing and pet the Percheron draft horses.
Wander down to the 1901 Mississippi River Wanigan, drop in on the 1934 Forest Service patrolman and get a bird’s eye view of the forests from atop the 100-foot fire tower. Explore the visitor center’s interactive exhibits and browse the gift shop featuring items unique to northern Minnesota. Stroll the nearly 5 miles of accessible trails that wind throughout the beautiful forests and along the river’s edge. Call ahead for the special nature programs.
Visitor Center open with nature and logging camp tours available: