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Traditional Harvest of Wild Rice

Course Overview

Manoomin, Zizani aquatica, wild rice… the symbolic grain of the North. Wild rice has been a significant food source for the people who have inhabited the Great Lakes region for centuries and who have harvested this annual grain generation after generation. After an overview of wild rice harvesting, students will spend the first day carving their own set of rice knocking sticks from locally harvested white cedar. On day two students will travel to a local ricing bed for a day of harvesting. Day three will be spent processing the harvested grain using a blend of traditional and modern techniques. Each student will go home with a small amount of finished rice. Participants must have some paddling experience.


Fri, Sep 6th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 8th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 2½ Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: Day 1: 12pm-5pm; Days 2 & 3: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: 14+
Registration Cost: $220.00
Includes materials fee of $20.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • MN Department of Natural Resources wild rice harvester's license (  This can be purchased during class or at any state licensing agency. A one-day license per student (for Day 2) of the course is sufficient (resident or non-resident.)
  • gloves
  • bandana for neck protection
  • sunglasses/ safety glasses with side shields for eye protection
  • change of clothing
  • outdoor clothing including boots, raingear, warm OR cold weather gear
  • day pack
  • water
  • bag lunch (Day 2 only)

Optional Tools

  • small cooler or improvised canoe seat
  • wild ricing pole with fork or duckbill

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.