Traverse des Sioux

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  • Free. Adjecent Treaty Site History Center: $5 adults $4 seniors $3 children 6-17


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  • Adjacent to the Treaty Site History Center, on Hwy. 169, 1 mile N of St. Peter. GPS: 44.3485,-93.9505

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  • Open year round Daily, dawn–dusk. Adjacent Treaty Site History Center: M-Sa 10-4 Su 1-4

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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Native American Heritage

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  1. Woods Program, Part 1 - The Prairie Part 2 - Big Woods

    1851 N Minnesota Ave
    St Peter, MN 56082
    Call: 507-934-2160

    Please join us for our “two-part trail tour” presented by Scott Kudelka, Minneopa Area Naturalist. The two programs, one in August and one in September, will take place out on the Traverse des Sioux trails and will teach participants about the two very different landscapes on either side of the Minnesota River – the Prairie and the Big Woods. During the Prairie tour we will learn how prior to Euro-American settlement of southern Minnesota, the tall-grass prairie dominated the landscape through the Minnesota River basin. A hike through our restored prairie will give us a chance to learn about some of the plants and wildlife found in this ecosystem. Scott will talk about its benefits to the natural environment and how people over time have viewed and managed it as a resource.

    During the Big Woods program we will examine how these forests formed in the first place, some of the rare species found in this ecosystem and its history over time. The dense forest dominated by maple and basswood once covered a 3,000 square mile area of southern Minnesota reaching all the way to present-day Mankato. Called “Bois Grand” or “Big Woods” by early French explorers, it was recognized as a distinct area from the band of hardwood forests.

    We hope you’ll join us!

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