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North Shore:
Forest Restoration

Sugarloaf is working hard with North Shore landowners to restore the North Shore Forest.

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Education and Programs

Enjoy nature oriented activities and learning opportunities at Sugarloaf Cove and along the North Shore.

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Sugarloaf Cove
Nature Center

Explore 1.1 billion year old lava flows and a beautiful cobblestone beach, along the Lake Superior shoreline near Schroeder, MN

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Join us November 6 for our annual North Shore Evening in the Twin Cities

You are invited to an evening of fun and friends at Sugarloaf’s annual North Shore Evening in the Twin Cities.

Our feature speaker this year is Peter Juhl presenting : Center of Gravity: The Art of Stone Balancing.

All funds raised go to support our work at Sugarloaf Cove and along the North Shore.

The evening includes a silent auction of unique items and experience and a lasagna supper.

Make your reservations here.

Nature Programs at Sugarloaf Cove

Explore Geology at Iona’s Beach SNA – October 28
Oct 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Explore Geology at Iona's Beach SNA - October 28 @ Iona's Beach SNA
What geologic forces are responsible for the unique pink tile beach found at Iona’s Beach? There is more to the story than immediately meets the eye at first glance. We will explore two different portions of the beach and learn their rock stories and how they are connected to the larger Lake Superior geologic story.
Meet in the upper parking lot at the public access at 1:00 pm. Wear good hiking shoes and bring water and or snacks. This is not a long distance hike, but we will be walking on uneven surfaces and rocky beach. Program should be completed by 3:00 pm.
Directions to Iona’s Beach: From Gooseberry Falls State Park, 3.1 miles N on MN Hwy 61. Park in Twin Points water access.  Directions here.
Sponsored by the MN DNR – SNA program in partnership with Sugarloaf
Bird Banding Demos – Saturdays
Oct 29 @ 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
Bird Banding Demos - Saturdays

Take a much closer look at songbirds! We will be banding birds and monitoring the populations of songbirds that nest and travel through Sugarloaf Cove and adding to the growing research on North Shore birds. Stop in to learn more about the banding process and its importance in understanding the lifespan, movement, and productivity of songbirds. Weather permitting. Donations gladly accepted.

A North Shore Evening featuring Peter Juhl – November 6
Nov 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm


You are invited to an evening of fun and friends at Sugarloaf’s annual North Shore Evening in the Twin Cities.

Our feature speaker this year is Peter Juhl presenting : Center of Gravity: The Art of Stone Balancing.

Take a glimpse into the ephemeral art of stone balancing with Peter Juhl. Using photos and live demonstration, Peter will show how shape, weight, and friction can be used to create beautiful, fleeting works of sculpture. You won’t believe your eyes.

Dinner includes: Lasagne, salad, bread, butter, desserts, wine and beer.

Get a head start on your holiday shopping at our silent auction. Our silent auction is one-of-a-kind with unique North Shore items and experiences including:

  • A Beautiful Bronze Doorbell
  • Seaglass Art
  • Dinner for 6 prepared for you at your home
  • 5 White Pines delivered, planted and cages at your North Shore site or at Sugarloaf Cove
  • Books and More!

Hosted at the Shulman Residence
2400 Pillsbury Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN


$50 per member; $55 per non member via Paypal.  Be sure to select your quantity when you check out via PayPal.

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Please note: you do not need to have a Paypal account to pay.  When you are taken to the “checkout” page, beneath the paypal log in section there is an option to “pay with an online bank account, debit or credit card.”

Or call 218-525-0001

Keep Your Eyes Peeled – November 12
Nov 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

clipboard01The Cultural Significance of Bark-Peeled Pine

Bark-peeled pine, more broadly considered culturally-modified trees, are biological artifacts that hold records of historical land use patterns in the Border Lakes region since the mid-18th century.  Join Lee Johnson, Forest Archaeologist for the Superior National Forest, as he describes his fascinating recent work studying bark peeled red pine in the BWCAW to shed new light on the economy of the Border Lakes Ojibwe from the late 1700s to the early 1900s. Information on the locations and modification dates of any bark-peeled pine is incredibly valuable and should be formally recorded before the trees are lost forever. He will describe how you can help the Forest Service locate and document these newly discovered artifacts with the help of a newly published brochure.

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Historical records tell us that resin from bark peeled red pine were used by the Ojibwe to produce a waterproof pitch or gum that was used to seal the seams and holes in birch bark canoes. Isolate bark-peeled pine may be evidence of a lakeside repair or an overnight encampment. Large groupings of bark-peeled pine suggest more intensive use of an area, either for canoe construction or repair during the fur trade era. These bark peeled red pine are living symbols of historical land use patterns and indicative of the strategic geography of the fur trade.