Bring bug repellent and/or hats.
Hawaiian Tropic suncreen repels flies.
Wear long-sleeves and pants (light-colored is best; avoid blue.)
Over twenty-three animal and human-likeness sculpture totems are also found within the garden. Totem animals were the Ojibwe form of government and also defined individuals.
The five largest totems in the MGG are: Caribou, Black Bear, Grey Wolf, Canada Lynx and Moose. Other totems include: Timber Rattlesnake, Bald Eagle, Sandhill Crane, Channel Catfish, Common Loon, Pine Marten, Northern Pike, Merman, Double-Crested Cormorant, Canada Goose, White Sucker, Sturgeon, Lake Whitefish, North American Beaver, Herring Gull, Red-Tailed Hawk.
The MGG is open during daylight hours, June 1 through October, and is self-guided.
Information is posted throughout the garden and brochures with additional information are available at the front gate. Call 320-390-2323 for weather updates. Parking is available across the street.
Suggested donation: $5/person; children under 13 are free. Guided tours are available by appointment for groups of 15-20, or for school groups. A golf cart (holds up to 3 people) is available for $15 fee in conjunction with a tour.
The MGG is a 501-c3 non-profit. The Minnesota Goose Garden does not receive any federal funding and relies solely on public donations and arts grants.
Minnesota Goose Garden
The Minnesota Goose Garden is especially tailored to children, including an educational scavenger hunt. It includes mulitple paths, and is ideal for teacher-led games and nature activities. The MGG is home to many birds and a variety of animals.