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Currently Scheduled Northern Ecology Courses

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Beekeeping Basics

Hobby beekeeping is growing as people realize how rewarding it can be to collaborate with the amazing honey bee. A few pieces of equipment, a little bit of training, and a lot of patience can lead to not only delicious honey for you and yours, but a new relationship with…
Sat, May 20th, 2017
1 Day
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Birding Basics

The spring migration of birds can be overwhelming, with multitudes of different species singing and passing by all at once. While it is exciting to finally catch of glimpse of a rare warbler, it is just as good to finally know the difference between a Downy and Hairy Woodpecker, or…
Fri, Jun 2nd, 2017
Instructor: Nate Johnson
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 3rd, 2017
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 2nd, 2017  –  Sat, Jun 3rd, 2017
Instructor: Bob Janssen
2.25 days
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Fall Migrants on the Gunflint: Birding up the Trail

Fall birding deep in the boreal forest on the edge of the Boundary Waters offers a tremendous time to spot neo-tropical migrants during the peak of migration. Held at historic Gunflint Lodge, this unique offering will immerse students in the pristine wilderness of the Gunflint Trail with esteemed Minnesota birder…
Tue, Sep 5th, 2017  –  Thu, Sep 7th, 2017
Instructor: Bob Janssen
2 Days
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Field Botany

It's June and here they come, the plants are coming! This course heads into the woods just as the plant life is bursting and take a detailed look at the structures and relationships of what’s in the boreal forest, as well as the general plant ecology of the environment. Day…
Sat, Jun 3rd, 2017  –  Sun, Jun 4th, 2017
Instructor: Nate Johnson
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 13th, 2017  –  Sun, Oct 15th, 2017
Instructor: Jim Miller
2¼ Days
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Gunflint Trail Spring Birding Experience: Up the Trail

Enjoy excellent spring birding in a truly spectacular location on the iconic Gunflint Trail. In this course, part of the Up the Trail series, students will take advantage of the spring migration and enjoy being in the field on the edge of the Boundary Waters. Based out of Gunflint Lodge,…
Fri, Jun 9th, 2017  –  Sun, Jun 11th, 2017
Instructor: Ann Russ
1 day
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Lichens, Mosses, and Ferns: Unsung Heroes of the North Woods

Often overlooked and clearly underappreciated, our lichens, mosses, and ferns 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…
Sat, Jun 3rd, 2017
Instructor: Joe Walewski
5 Days
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Master Naturalist: Northwoods and Great Lakes

North House Folk School is excited to partner with Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center 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 wide variety…
Wed, May 31st, 2017  –  Sun, Jun 4th, 2017
Instructors: Margie Menzies, Lisa Tracy
1/2 day
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Reading the Woods: Forest Ecology in the Field

The woods-- we're surrounded on three sides here in Grand Marais, but there's much more to understand than simply trees. Join Featured Guest Lee Frelich of the U of MN Center for Forest Ecology for an in-the-field introduction to Forest Ecology. After a brief introductory session, students will carpool to…
Sat, Jun 3rd, 2017
Instructor: Lee Frelich
1½ 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 2nd, 2017  –  Sat, Jun 3rd, 2017
Instructor: Jim Gilbert
2½ Days
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What's This Rock Too? Unraveling the Geologic Story of MN's Central North Shore

Lace up some sturdy footwear and head into the field to be immersed in the fascinating geology of the North Shore with UMD geology professor Jim Miller. Using only your powers of observation, we will “read” the rocks ​along the Lake Superior ​shoreline ​to unravel ​its billion year-old​ geological story…
Fri, Aug 18th, 2017  –  Sun, Aug 20th, 2017
Instructor: Jim Miller
2½ Days
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What’s This Rock? Unraveling the Geologic Story of Minnesota's 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? And Lake Superior agates – what do they look like? Where do I find them? How do they…
Fri, Jun 2nd, 2017  –  Sun, Jun 4th, 2017
Instructor: Jim Miller