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Creativity in Nature: Youth Craft Camp

Have you ever wondered about the trees that grow in Minnesota? What makes them different across the state and special to our region of the country? Explore how to use your curiosity and five senses as tools to begin learning how to look and appreciate the wide world of trees!…
Mon, Jul 26th, 2021  –  Thu, Jul 29th, 2021
9 am-4 pm each day
Instructor: Sarah Nassif
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Mushroom & Fungi Intro

Join us on the North Shore and Superior National Forest as summer wanes and the seasonal mushrooms fruit in all their majesty. In this course students will be introduced to the basics of mushroom foraging and immersed in the bewildering world of general fungal knowledge. Want to learn to identify…
Sat, Aug 14th, 2021
9am - 4pm
Instructor: Michael Karns
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Mushroom & Fungi: A Closer Look

If you've scratched the surface of mushroom identification, you probably have realized that it's a far more complex subject than simply naming toadstools-- these are some of the living organisms we know the least about, a whole ecosystem of mystery. For those students who would like a deeper understanding of…
Sun, Aug 15th, 2021
9am - 5pm
Instructor: Michael Karns
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North Woods Field Exploration: Woods, Bogs and More

The beauty of the North Shore is especially evident in the spring and early summer, when the wide variety of habitats in the neighborhood burst into bloom and are filled with birdsong. Spend three days exploring the natural world on the doorstep of Grand Marais, discovering the ecology of maple…
Fri, Jun 4th, 2021  –  Sun, Jun 6th, 2021
9am-5pm
Instructors: Margie Menzies, Lisa Tracy
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Spring Birding on the North Shore

Spring offers excellent birding opportunities on the North Shore: with the arrival of warblers and  other migrants, there is the potential to see an unusual number of species in a short amount of time. Join Michael Karns, avid outdoorsman and life-long birder (and font of knowledge on many topics for…
Sat, May 22nd, 2021
7am - 3pm
Instructor: Michael Karns
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Youth Craft Camp: Wood, Fiber, Water

This week of Craft Camp will focus on Gitchee Gami, the “Big Lake”, and the ways in which people over time have used small boats for work and play in the Grand Marais harbor. We will learn and practice various wood and fiber skills (such as knife carving, the use…
Mon, Aug 9th, 2021  –  Fri, Aug 13th, 2021
9 am-4 pm each day
Instructors: Paul Linden, Anna Sharratt