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Itasca State Park - Park Rapids, Minnesota


Project overview

At the headwaters of the Mississippi River, Itasca is Minnesota’s first and largest state park. Within the park is the state’s largest remaining old growth stands of red pine and white pine. The major exhibit topics are the Ojibwe Indians, the old growth pine ecosystem, park establishment and early tourism, and the numerous Civilian Conservation Corps projects at the park.

Work began in 1999 on the new 4 million dollar visitor center and opened with the new exhibits in May of 2002. The exhibit hall is full of many different types of interactive elements – storytelling audios, videos, models, puzzles, discovery boxes, dioramas, guessing games, hundreds of artifacts, and even a wigwam built by local Ojibwe.

Puzzle on carpet mural; kids can also place animal silhouettes anywhere on the mural

Interpretive panel with a touchable black bear pelt, a casting of the rear paw of a black bear, and a diorama

Exhibits about CCC craftsmen, with an old newsreel video, quizzes, and two storytelling audios

Touchable topo model of the park is at the entrance to the exhibit hall with
touchscreen monitors on two corners of the model permit visitors to learn about all aspects of the park

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