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Northern Landscapes Festival

Wed, May 31, 2017 - Sun, Jun 4, 2017
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Event Overview

Spring is an explosion of life in the North. Discover the spring-time transformation of our dynamic and rich northern landscape through hands-on coursework out in the field.

Additionally, evening and afternoon programs explore the biology, beauty, and biodiversity of the North. Pre-registration is required for all courses as well as the family program, but our evening presentations are open to the public.

Festival Highlights

Free Featured Presentation: Common Loons of Minnesota

Friday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by the USFS Gunflint Ranger District

The mysterious call of the loon is a sure sign of summer in the north. Non-game Biologist Kevin Woizeschke will discuss the lives and habitat of these birds that are a recognized feature of our landscape. Learn about the latest technology that scientists use to track these magnificent birds and observe their travels. We'll discuss research that continues to provide new knowledge and insights into the biology and behaviors of the Common Loon. We’ll also cover challenges loons have, and explain ways the DNR and its research partners are working together to help increase populations.

Free Featured Presentation: Minnesota’s Changing Climate

Saturday, June 3 at 7:00 p.m.

From extended January thaws to July heatwaves to once in a lifetime storms seemingly every other weekend, there’s plenty of evidence that our Minnesota climate is changing. Join three of Minnesota's leading climate scientists, Chief Meteorologist Paul Huttner of MPR, Dr. Jay Austin of the Large Lakes Observatory and Dr. Lee Froelich of the U of MN Center for Forest Ecology for a wide-ranging presentation on the latest climate science in Minnesota, climate changes on Lake Superior and the Great Lakes and climate change impacts on the forests of northern Minnesota. After a short presentation from each scientist, an in-depth round table discussion with a question and answer session from the audience will follow.

Free Family Program: Bird Banding at Sweetheart’s Bluff

Saturday, June 3 from 6:00–10:00 a.m. Recommended for kids over the age of 7 with an accompanying adult.

Please call us at (888) 387-9762 to sign up. This program takes place at the Grand Marais Recreation Park Nature Trail (map available at North House).

Have you ever wondered where the saying “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” comes from? If so, please join us for an opportunity to actually see a bird in the hand! Superior National Forest biologists will be offering a banding demonstration to learn about the importance of banding and how this tool can be used to help conserve bird populations (not to mention getting close and personal with birds!). This is a free family friendly program, so bring the kids and stop by any time 6:00-10:00 a.m. Walking maps to the banding site will be available at the our school store (the Yellow Building). Remember the other important bit of bird wisdom too: “the early bird catches the worm”!

Course Offerings

Master Naturalist: Northwoods and Great Lakes

Wed, May 31st, 2017  –  Sun, Jun 4th, 2017
Instructors: Margie Menzies, Lisa Tracy

Boreal Birding Workshop

Fri, Jun 2nd, 2017  –  Sat, Jun 3rd, 2017
Instructor: Bob Janssen

Northern Landscapes Photography

Fri, Jun 2nd, 2017  –  Sat, Jun 3rd, 2017
Instructor: Bryan Hansel

Birding Basics

Fri, Jun 2nd, 2017
Instructor: Nate Johnson

Birding By Ear

Sat, Jun 3rd, 2017
Instructor: Ann Russ

Spring Phenology in the Field: Wildflowers and Beyond

Fri, Jun 2nd, 2017  –  Sat, Jun 3rd, 2017
Instructor: Jim Gilbert

Bury Yourself in Your Work: Build Your Own Casket

Fri, Jun 2nd, 2017  –  Sun, Jun 4th, 2017
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich

Wool: The Full Experience

Fri, Jun 2nd, 2017  –  Sun, Jun 4th, 2017

Field Botany

Sat, Jun 3rd, 2017  –  Sun, Jun 4th, 2017
Instructor: Nate Johnson