- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—BEMIDJI — Several programs and special events will take place at Lake Bemidji State Park, 3401 State Park Road this week. Events are free, but require a vehicle permit.Cost for the permits are $5 for a daily and $25 for an annual one.

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Wednesday

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10 a.m. Mother Monarch’s Story Time at the Playground Theater. Join the naturalist for a nature-themed story. This program is suitable for toddlers to elementary-age children. The story will be “The Giving Tree.” Stay for a short craft activity following.

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7 — 8:30 p.m. Explore Lake Bemidji State Park by Water at the Bass Creek Foot Bridge. Take a short half-hour lake tour of the park on the 24-passenger pontoon boat. The trips will leave from the dock on the east side of the Bass Creek foot bridge at 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m. Passengers accepted on a first-come, first-service bases.

Thursday

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7 p.m. Explore the Mississippi River at the Marina. Travel by pontoon boat to the northernmost reach of the Mississippi River and discover the history and lore of this great river. Seating is limited to 24 passengers, so sign-up is required at the park office or by calling (218) 308-2300. Participants must check in at the park office by 6:45 p.m. to avoid losing their seating.

Friday

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8:30 a.m. Kids Can Fish at the Marina. Kids between 8 and 15 years of age are invited on this guided fishing trip with the park naturalist to develop fishing skills and explore our lake environment. For safety reasons, the program is limited to nine young anglers. Sign up is required at the park office or by calling (218) 308-2300. Check-in at the park office at least 15 minutes prior to departure. Out of state anglers will need a non-resident fishing license.

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2:30 — 3:30 p.m. Sidewalk Stop: How It’s Made at the Beach near the Fishing Pier. Stop by the beach area to learn about how things like eggs, nests and shells are made in nature.

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7 p.m. Movie Night in the Park: “WALL-E” at the Amphitheater. Enjoy roasting marshmallows as you watch the film.

Saturday

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11 a.m. Photo Scavenger Hunt at the Amphitheater. Test your observational skills on a nature-themed scavenger hunt. See if you can find and take a picture of everything on the list and win a prize. If you do not have your own camera, don’t worry, the park can provide one for you.

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2:30 p.m. Drowsy Dreamcatchers at the Playground. Make a dreamcatcher with the park’s naturalist. The activity will begin with some Native American tales. In case of rain, this event will be held in the Visitor center.

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7 p.m. Bewitching Bats at the Amphitheater. Separate fact from fiction while learning about this mysterious flying mammal’s special adaptations and abilities.

Sunday

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11 a.m. — 2 p.m. Origami Animals at the Visitor Center. Meet the naturalists to learn how to make paper frogs, turtles, birds, fox and other park- dwelling animals. Open to all levels of skill.

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2 p.m. Music Under the Pines: The Pinetones at the Amphitheater. The Pinetones are an a capella quartet that brings a mix of all kinds of quartet music from madrigals to doo wop and barbershop.

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