Program in primitive skills set for July 10 at state park

Published 9:29 am Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Mike McCall will present primitive skills on Saturday, July 10, from noon to 5 p.m. at Myre-Big Island State Park. The program will include demonstrations on ancient hunting techniques, primitive fire starting, and flint knapping, which is the process of making stone tools such as arrow heads, knives, hand axes and more.

This program is part of the new “Outdoors EXTRA!” series that aims to get more people outdoors — especially families with young children — by offering new things to see and do at Minnesota state parks, trails, and recreation areas this summer. More than 50 events will feature known entertainers, musicians, storytellers and outdoor skill-building experts between June 6 and Sept. 25.

These events are free, but a vehicle permit is necessary to enter Minnesota state parks and recreation areas. Permits ($5 for a one-day permit or $25 for a year-round permit) can be purchased at the parks. There is no charge to use Minnesota state trails.

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For more information about Outdoors EXTRA! and other programs and events at Minnesota state parks and trails, visit or contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr(S) or 651-296-6157 (Twin Cities) or 888-646-6367 (toll-free).