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Detroit Lakes, 56501
Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

A mere hour drive from Detroit Lakes is Itasca State Park, where there are plenty of things to do and see.

July 3: Itasca's Music Under the Pines: Dancing Light, 7-9 p.m. in Forest Inn. Dancing Light's talent for music and songwriting make Kiki Carter Webb and Greg Webb a dynamic musical duo.

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July 6: Pack-a-Snack Story Hike: "My Little Pine River" by Alice Palace, 10:30-11 a.m. at the front doors of the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. Families with children ages 2-6 years old, pack a snack in your backpack and join a naturalist on a short hike in the woods to our destination, which includes sitting on a blanket, reading this week's story "My Little Pine River," and enjoying a snack (if you choose to bring one).

July 7: Drawn to the Outdoors: "Nature Cartooning for Kids" with Characters creator Gary Harbo, 11 a.m.-noon in the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center Classroom. Minnesota-raised artist and author Gary Harbo will teach kids the art of nature cartooning.

July 10: Itasca's Music Under the Pines: Jim and Molly Bauer, Acoustic Guitar, 7-9 p.m. Relax inside the historic Forest Inn and enjoy familiar folk and folk rock songs.

July 13: Pack-a-Snack Story Hike: "Rocks, Rocks, Rocks." See July 6 entry for details.

Itasca's Presenters Under the Pines: Raptors Rule! with Chris Tolman, 7-8 p.m. in the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center classroom.

July 14: Circle Time Under the Pines: O is for Owls, 10:30-11:30 a.m. by the Museum Amphitheater. Children 2-5 years old, come explore and have fun as we learn about owls through stories, songs and crafts.

July 17: 16th Annual Butterfly Hike, 1-3 p.m. at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. Discover the wonders of butterflies on this guided walk with guest presenter John Weber, local butterfly monitor.

July 18: Music Under the Pines: Eric Bervig, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center.

July 20: Pack-a-Snack Story Hike: "The True Story of Smokey Bear." See July 6 entry for details.

July 21: Circle Time Under the Pines: B is for Bears. See July 14 entry for details.

July 22: Itasca's 7th Annual Smokey Bear Day, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. Make a variety of forest crafts, wear "fire" art face paintings, have your picture taken with Smokey and more.

July 24: Itasca's Presenters Under the Pines: Wolves, 8-9 p.m. at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. Join Tom Stursa with the Park Rapids Area MN DNR Wildlife Office, as he shares interesting facts about the life history of gray wolves.

July 25: Itasca's Music Under the Pines: Alabaster Falls, 7-9 p.m. inside Forest Inn.

July 27: Pack-a-Snack Story Hike: "Are you a Dragonfly?" by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries. See July 6 entry for more details.

July 28: Circle Time Under the Pines: The Moon and Stars, 10:30-11:30 a.m. by the Museum Amphitheater.

For more information on any of these events, call (218) 266-2100 or send an e-mail to itasca.park@dnr.state.mn.us.

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