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Young girl with hat and knapsack kneels on grass and looks at grass through plastic magnifying glass.
A magnifying glass is one item found in the Discovery Pack.

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Discovery Packs

Discovery Packs contain a bird identification book, a pair of binoculars, magnifying glasses and a pack of wildflower cards. They are perfect for walking the trails. On our trails there are several species of flowers, plants and birds. Now you can find out what they are!
It’s simple. All you need to do is ask the ranger at the front desk to check out a Discovery Pack. Have Mom or Dad write down what time you checked it out, their name and phone number. Then hit the trail! When you come back, just give the pack back to the Ranger. Have Mom or Dad sign what time you gave it back.
Discovery Packs are great learning tools. Plus, they’re free!
Bison skull, painted box, and moccasins displayed on a bench that reads please touch.
There are several items displayed on the touch table in Knife River Indian Villages NHS' lobby.

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Hands-on Displays

The museum has hands on interpretive displays for children. Agricultural tools, toys, household tools,and a fur rack provide them with an opportunity to examine and question construction and application of the items. Off site educational programs with hands on trunk items,for all grade levels available throughout the year. Call for more information.
23 completed coloring pages are displayed a green board.
Visitors display their masterpieces on the wall of the visitor center.

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Coloring Pages

A variety of coloring pages are available specific to Knife River Indian Villages NHS. Many pages illustrate a different aspect of village life. Choose one you like or collect them all. There is even a coloring book you can take with you to use while driving to your next national park! When your masterpiece is done, ask a ranger to hang it on the visitor center wall or take it home and share it with a friend.

Table displays yellow paper vote box, 3 cardboard pottery outlines, stack of activity paper, and 2 cups of crayons.
Pottery Design activity page and templates ready for visitor creativity.

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Pottery Design Activity

Do you think you have a pottery design that other visitors would "purchase"? A Hidatsa woman had to own the right to make pottery, as well as a specific design on the pottery. Other women had to purchase this right from her. Create your own pottery illustration and give to a ranger. Then, watch on Facebook for other visitors to "purchase" (by voting) for your pottery design. Need inspiration? Walk the park trails or check out the temporary pottery exhibit in the museum!

2 girls sit next to a bead loom indoors and smile. 1 girl puts beads on a needle.
Kids having fun in our summer bead looming workshop.

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Summer Workshops

Ever wonder how to make bead necklaces or pinch pots? Do you want to learn a language spoken / signed by the Hidatsa tribe? Kids of all ages are welcome to participate in our summer workshops. Most workshops are hands-on, free to attend, and no registration required. Check out the calendar for the upcoming schedule!
Several kids play with games on the floor in the visitor center.
Kids play the plum stone game in the visitor center.

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Village Games

The Hidatsa children played games in their villages. Each game had a purpose to teach specific lifelong skills to the young boys and girls. Come to Knife River Indian Villages NHS and ask a ranger to play one of these games with you! Too hot? Stormy outside? No worries! Plum Stone is a village game that can be played indoors.

Last updated: July 19, 2019

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