A costumed blacksmith with glowing coals with an audience.
Blacksmithing demonstration during Rendezvous Days

NPS Photo

Two people doing handcrafts, seated under a structure made of wood poles.
Staff demonstrate traditional skills in the Anishinaabe Oodena (Ojibwe Village)

NPS Photo / G.M. Spoto

Most of the educational opportunities at Grand Portage National Monument come in the form of demonstrations around the historic site. Learn about trades from the 1700s, as well as cooking, beading, canoe building, and more. Stop by the Heritage Center to explore a collection of Native crafts and to delve into the history of this important link between the Great Lakes and the interior of the continent.

If you are interested in content specifically related to Grand Portage for your classroom, contact us. Our suggested reading list helps you to plan your group's visit to Grand Portage National Monument.

Also, think of your National Parks as off-site classrooms! There are many ways to utilize America's treasures as teaching tools. The National Park Service teacher website is dedicated to educators and offers a variety of lesson plans to suit your classroom.

Educational Ideas for Young Scientists

Find lessons about inventory and monitoring in National Parks on the Kids & Youth page. These are selected from a larger article about the plants, animals, and physical condition of our National Parks.

Last updated: December 14, 2023

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