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Northern Landscapes Festival

Fri, May 29, 2020 - Sun, May 31, 2020
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Overview

Spring is an explosion of life in the North! Discovering the birds, wildflowers, insects and more of this dynamic and rich northern landscape is the focus of this festival. Participation in the festival is open to anyone interested in hands-on learning and curious about the dynamics of the northern landscape. More than a dozen field-focused courses form the backbone of the event, with evening presentations rounding out the full weekend schedule.

Special thanks to East Bay Suites for their support of Northern Landscapes Festival and for extending a generous 20% off for North House students.

View the available courses here

Event Details

FEATURED PROGRAMS

PRESENTATION: Birds in Minnesota with Bob Janssen 

Friday, May 29, 7:00pm

Bob Janssen, the dean of Minnesota birding and beloved North House instructor, has published a revised and expanded edition of his classic book, Birds in Minnesota. In the nearly half-century since the first publication of the landmark Birds in Minnesota, the state and its bird populations have undergone dramatic changes. This new edition reflects those changes as well as the most recent advances in birding, making it the indispensable resource for birdwatchers in Minnesota, both passionate amateur and professional. Bob will share stories and answer questions about his eight decades of Minnesota birding. 

PRESENTATION: Biomimicry: Brought to you by Nature with Sue Okerstrom  

Saturday, May 30, 7:30pm       

Nature is serving as a model for innovation in a new field of study called Biomimicry that offers solutions and hope in a rapidly changing world. From large, self-cooling termite mounds in Zimbabwe to nano-structures creating color on butterfly wings, nature has developed strategies and mechanisms over 3.8 billion years to enable species to “fit” into their environment. Velco is an early example of biomimicry. It was created by a Swiss engineer that noticed how well the hook structures on burrs attached to the fibers in his wool pants during a hike. Emulating forms, processes and systems in nature can result in more elegant, efficient, cost effective and sustainable materials and designs. Sue Okerstrom of Lichen Labs and Biomimicry 3.8 will share ideas and examples of how biomimicry can be used to create new products inspired by adaptations including those used by Kingfishers, black bears, lighting bugs, walleyes, and our own human anatomy.

Sue Okerstrom is Principal Scientist/Owner at Lichen Labs LLC and a lifelong Minnesotan. Lichen Labs is a microscopy lab and a biomimicry research and consulting business supporting R&D and problem solving in companies and new experiences using biomimicry and microscopy in education. Prior to Lichen Labs, Sue was a Technical Fellow at Medtronic Inc., performing and directing failure analysis, microscopy, and mechanical and metallurgical testing on for over 25 years. Sue completed a MS in Biomimicry degree from Arizona State and Professional Certificate in Biomimicry from the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute. She also holds an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Bemidji State University.

Course Offerings

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Fly Casting Workshop

Join Wait List
Thu, May 28th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Erik Swenson
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Spring Birding on the North Shore

Almost Full
Fri, May 29th, 2020
7am-3pm
Instructor: Michael Karns
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Birding By Ear

Space Available
Fri, May 29th, 2020
6am-2pm
Instructor: Ann Russ
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What’s This Rock? Unraveling the Geologic Story of Minnesota's North Shore

Join Wait List
Fri, May 29th, 2020  –  Sun, May 31st, 2020
Day 1:5-8pm, Day 2: 9am-5pm, Day 3: 9am-2pm
Instructor: Jim Miller
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Master Naturalist: Northwoods and Great Lakes

Join Wait List
Wed, May 27th, 2020  –  Sun, May 31st, 2020
9am - 5pm, with some optional evening sessions
Instructors: Margie Menzies, Lisa Tracy
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Spring Phenology in the Field: Wildflowers and Beyond

Space Available
Fri, May 29th, 2020  –  Sat, May 30th, 2020
Day 1: 9am-6pm; Day 2: 9am-4pm
Instructor: Jim Gilbert
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Biomimicry: How to Develop Sustainable Designs Inspired by Nature

Space Available
Fri, May 29th, 2020  –  Sat, May 30th, 2020
Day 1: 1pm-5pm; Day 2: 9am-noon
Instructor: Sue Okerstrom
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Boreal Birding Workshop

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Fri, May 29th, 2020  –  Sun, May 31st, 2020
Day 1: 7am-4pm; Day 2: 6:30am-4pm; Day 3: 7am-noon (Note: Due to the early start time, please plan to arrive at North House at 5pm the day before class starts for a brief introductory session)
Instructors: Joshua Watson, Bob Janssen
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Wool: The Full Experience

Space Available
Fri, May 29th, 2020  –  Mon, Jun 1st, 2020
Day 1: 5-8pm, Days 2 - 4: 9am-5pm
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On Being a Naturalist

Space Available
Sat, May 30th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Joe Walewski
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Lichens: Pioneers of the North Woods

Space Available
Sun, May 31st, 2020
9am-4pm
Instructor: Joe Walewski

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