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Bees and Flowers: Behavior, Physiology and Ecology

The honeybee tends to grab the headlines these days, but the reality is that there are thousands of species of native bees that play a crucial role in ecosystems and pollination. Renowned biologist and author Bernd Heinrich has been particularly fascinated by the bumblebee and its role in northern ecosystems…
Thu, May 31st, 2018  –  Fri, Jun 1st, 2018
Instructor: Bernd Heinrich
1 Day
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Birding By Ear

Most birds are not known for sitting still. By learning to recognize their songs, calls and the habitats they live in, you can have a satisfying birding experience every time you step outdoors, with or without your binoculars! In this one day workshop we’ll travel to various habitats and birding…
Sat, Jun 2nd, 2018
Instructor: Ann Russ
1 day
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Birding by Ear: Searching for Fall Migrants

Many birds have left the area for their wintering grounds, but while the number of bird species may have dwindled, the possibility of spotting rarities increases during the late fall migration. On this birding scavenger hunt, we will search the Lake Superior shoreline and adjacent land areas for waterfowl and…
Sat, Oct 27th, 2018
Instructor: Ann Russ
2 Days
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Boreal Birding Workshop

Spring in northeastern Minnesota is truly alive with life. After a winter of cold and white, there is a veritable explosion of all things feathered. The Boreal Birding Workshop is field focused, offering students a rare opportunity to immerse in this world and develop an appreciation for the wide range…
Fri, Jun 1st, 2018  –  Sat, Jun 2nd, 2018
Instructor: Bob Janssen
2½ Days
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Geology Up the Trail: Exploring the Ancient History of the Gunflint Trail

Head up the trail and experience the unique and ancient geology of the Gunflint area. We are pleased to partner with Gunflint Lodge to offer students an opportunity to immerse in the rich history of this special area using one of Minnesota's premier wilderness resorts as a home base for…
Fri, Oct 12th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 14th, 2018
Instructor: Jim Miller
1 day
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Lichens and Mosses: Pioneers of the North Woods

Often overlooked and clearly underappreciated, our lichens and mosses are wonderfully diverse and surprisingly beautiful. We will explore habitats from the shore of Lake Superior to inland forests and rocky outcrops. Practice with tools and techniques that will catapult you from nerdy novice to local respected authority (you’ll amaze friends…
Sat, Jun 2nd, 2018
Instructor: Mikki Brevig
5 Days
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Master Naturalist: Northwoods and Great Lakes

North House Folk School is excited to partner with Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association and University of Minnesota-Extension to host the Northwoods-Great Lakes Master Naturalist Volunteer Training Course on the spectacular North Shore of Lake Superior. Dig into northern ecology in this five day immersion course that offers a…
Wed, May 30th, 2018  –  Sun, Jun 3rd, 2018
Instructors: Margie Menzies, Lisa Tracy
2 Days
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Spring Phenology in the Field: Wildflowers and Beyond

Nature has its own rhythms and these days, it can be hard to predict! Phenology is the recording of the natural calendar—the arrival times of various migrating birds, lake ice-outs, blooming dates of wildflowers, harvest times for crops, and tree leaves changing color in the fall are all events that…
Fri, Jun 1st, 2018  –  Sat, Jun 2nd, 2018
Instructor: Jim Gilbert
.5 days
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Stargazing for Beginners

Find your way around the night sky by learning the bright seasonal constellations, current planets and satellites. Understand how planets and Moon move, the reason some constellations are visible in one season and not another and where Earth fits into the big picture. We'll begin with a classroom session on…
Sat, Aug 18th, 2018
Instructor: Bob King
2½ Days
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What's This Rock Too? Unraveling the Geologic Story of MN's Central North Shore

How many times have you walked along a cobbled beach or a rocky ledge along the North Shore and wondered - What’s this rock? Where did it come from? Why is it here? Well, lace up some sturdy footwear and head into the field to be immersed in the fascinating…
Fri, Aug 17th, 2018  –  Sun, Aug 19th, 2018
Instructor: Jim Miller
2½ Days
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What’s This Rock? Unraveling the Geologic Story of Minnesota's North Shore

The cobbled beaches and rocky cliffs of the North Shore can inspire some serious geological curiosity: what’s this rock? Where did it come from? Why is it here? Well, lace up some sturdy footwear and head into the field to be immersed in the fascinating geology of the northern part…
Fri, Jun 1st, 2018  –  Sun, Jun 3rd, 2018
Instructor: Jim Miller
1.25 Days
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Wildlife Tracking through Remote Camera Photography

Our wild counterparts thrive all around us often unseen. What if there was a way to open a window to the secret lives of wildlife? Remote camera technology and tracking techniques can provide us valuable opportunities to study and learn about the natural history of the animals in our backyards. …
Fri, Jun 1st, 2018  –  Sat, Jun 2nd, 2018
Instructor: Ryan Pennesi