- $7 adults
- $6 seniors and college students
- $5 children ages 6-17
- Free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
Jeffers Petroglyphs holds many special events and programs throughout the year. Please check our calendar of events for upcoming dates and complete list of events.
Offered each day at 2 p.m. the Adventures in Nature program is a hands-on way to learn about American Indian culture, prairies and archaeology. Topics change frequently and include: American Indian Games, Winter Count, Prairie Animals, Atlatl, Prairie Tour, Travois, and “Hands Upon the Rock.”
Explore some of the survival skills used by Early American Indians. Throughout the afternoon visitors can try to start a fire using primitive methods; from 1 to 3 p.m. they can make an atlatl (spear thrower) and then learn how to throw a spear at a bison target; and from 3 to 5 p.m. they can observe a flintknapper demonstrate how to create stone projectile points (arrowheads) and then try making one themselves. A collection of atlatls will be on display throughout the day.
Explore the Jeffers Petroglyphs when they are best seen – at dusk. Then, after it gets dark, visitors can lie on the prairie to gaze at the sky. (We'll provide buffalo robes or bring your own blanket.) Learn about the constellations as a staff member tells stories from cultures around the globe. Bring your own telescope or use one provided to view stars and planets. Visitors can take a guided tour of the rock carvings at 6:30 p.m.
One thousand years ago the people of Minnesota, Iowa and the Northern Plains were farmers as well as hunters, growing crops like sweet corn. The ripening of the first sweet corn was a time of plenty that was celebrated with the Green Corn festival. Visit Jeffers Petroglyphs for a taste of fire roasted sweet-corn, bean soup and other seasonal foods while learning about the people of the Great Plains Village period. Guests will also learn how New World farmers invented crops that changed the world.