SeptOberfest is just a few weeks away! We’re busy making final preparations and already have a number of exciting programs and exhibitors lined up for another great year in 2016! Make the trip to Wabasha and the National Eagle Center this fall and you’ll find plenty of exciting opportunities! We’ll have everything from Native American arts and culture to live reptiles and amphibians to a variety of live raptors! There will be something for everyone, so come have a great time at SeptOberfest!

See you in September!

Thursday, September 29th

5pm – 6:30pm Celebrate Native American Art – Watershed Gallery Exhibit Opening

Join the National Eagle Center as we kick-off a season-long celebration of Native American art, including Native American Heritage Month in November! Come learn about the history and meaning behind some beautiful and engaging pieces as the National Eagle Center’s Watershed Gallery displays works from Native American artists Dick Mindykowski, Gordon Coons and woodcarver Mike Maher.

Friday, September 30th

2pm – Capture the Northern Lights!

Join photographer Larry Ricker as he shows off some of his spectacular photography of the northern lights. Discuss his methods and gain advice on when, where, and how to capture this beautiful, but often elusive, natural phenomenon.

Saturday, October 1st

All Day – Native American Wood Carving with Mike Maher

Join Native American wood carver Mike Maher in the Mississippi River Room. He will be available to talk about his craft and individual display pieces with visitors. Mike is one of the featured artists in the Watershed Gallery Native American Art exhibit on display September through December.

Saturday / Sunday, October 15th & 16th

11am – 3pm – Midwest Peregrine Society

Visit with falconer Jackie Fallon of the Midwest Peregrine Society as she introduces you to a peregrine falcon and talks about her work with these unique raptors!

All Day – Native American Artist Gordon Coons

Discover the works of artist Gordon Coons. A self taught artist, Gordon creates works in a variety of mediums including linoleum block prints, paintings, pen and ink, creations in stone and wood and assembled sculptures. Although his artwork is more contemporary, each piece portrays a unique view of traditional native stories.

His heritage is Ojibwa from Lake Superior Chippewa Band of Wisconsin (father) and Ottawa from Michigan (mother). He is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe of northern Wisconsin. Originally from Wisconsin, Gordon now calls Minneapolis, Minnesota his home.

Thursday, October 20th

12pm – Raptors of the Midwest

Meet raptors, both big and small, arriving from Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center in Lanesboro, MN! Learn more about the raptor families found right here in Minnesota and what you can do to help ensure their success in the wild.

2pm – Hawk Tales!

Enjoy a family-oriented live red-tailed hawk program with a National Eagle Center naturalist and learn about the world of red-tailed hawks! Discover lots of interesting hawk facts, including where you can find them, how they live and what makes these raptors unique. Plus, you’ll get to meet the National Eagle Center’s new red-tailed hawk ambassador up close!

All Day – Native American Arts with Dick Mindykowski

Create your own deer antler or bison tooth necklace ($8) or design a walking stick ($20) with Dick Mindykowski, member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

All Day – Kid’s Arts & Crafts

Bring the kids and let their imaginations take flight! We’ll have arts and crafts tables with materials to let them dream up some bird-themed creations!

Friday, October 21st

11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm – Stokes Live Animal Show

Prepare for laughs with naturalist David Stokes as he shares his knowledge of the natural world in a fun and energetic program featuring frogs, snakes, turtles and more! Fun for all ages!

10am-4pm – Petting Zoo

Experience a variety of animals up close at the petting zoo! Meet animals, ask questions and feel the hair and fur of animals including goats, rabbits, pigs, llamas and more!

All Day – Native American Arts with Dick Mindykowski

Create your own deer antler or bison tooth necklace ($8) or design a walking stick ($20) with Dick Mindykowski, member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

All Day – Kid’s Arts & Crafts

Bring the kids and let their imaginations take flight! We’ll have arts and crafts tables with materials to let them dream up some bird-themed creations!

Saturday, October 22nd

11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm – Stokes Live Animal Show

Prepare for laughs with naturalist David Stokes as he shares his knowledge of the natural world in a fun and energetic program featuring frogs, snakes, turtles and more! Fun for all ages!

10am-4pm – Petting Zoo

Experience a variety of animals up close at the petting zoo! Meet animals, ask questions and feel the hair and fur of animals including goats, rabbits, pigs, llamas and more!

Noon, 2pm – Native American Cultural Program with Larry Yazzie

Join Two-Time World Champion Fancy Dancer Larry Yazzie, member of The Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa/Meskwaki, for native storytelling and fancy dance demonstration. (Rain location is Slippery’s in Wabasha)

All Day – Native American Arts with Dick Mindykowski

Create your own deer antler or bison tooth necklace ($8) or design a walking stick ($20) with Dick Mindykowski, member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

All Day – Kid’s Arts & Crafts

Bring the kids and let their imaginations take flight! We’ll have arts and crafts tables with materials to let them dream up some bird-themed creations!