Heritage Lab


The Heritage Lab program is a full day, outdoor historical program that is held for several weeks each fall. Students in grades 1-6 rotate through seven different educational stations. At each station, students participate in hands-on activities related to the overall historical theme.

Role Playing Events

Seven presenters assume roles from a specific time period in Minnesota history. Students rotate through the seven stations, which are led by a presenter in period costume. They are encouraged to participate and immerse themselves in the time period. For example, students may set up a tipi, taste traditional foods, go through the steps of harvesting wild rice or visit a trading post.

Each year brings a new theme as Heritage Lab rotates through five different time periods in Minnesota history. These include: Voyageurs, Native American People of Minnesota, Pioneers and Settlers, Early Minnesota and Milling, Mining and Lumbering.


Thanks to the continued financial support of Connexus Energy, approximately 3,000 students are able to participate in this unique program each year at a reduced cost.

A Rich History

The Heritage Lab takes place at the permanent site in the Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve in Lino Lakes; an area rich in Indian and Settler history.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Wargo Nature Center at 763-324-3350. Registration for this year’s lab will be available mid-August.