Restore the
North Shore:
Forest Restoration

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

Learn about our reduced tree fencing program.

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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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Working with you to preserve and restore Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior

Founded in 1993 to protect and restore beautiful Sugarloaf Cove, Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association promotes the restoration and preservation of the entire North Shore. We offer fun, educational programs for all ages at the Cove, and are teaching North Shore landowners how to become better stewards of their land through our forest restoration and invasive plant control efforts.

Upcoming Events

Mar
26
Sun
Iona’s Beach Adventure – March 26
Mar 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Iona’s Beach Adventure - March 26 @ Iona's Beach SNA

Iona’s Beach is a different sort of place on the North Shore of Lake Superior, known for it’s interesting sights and sound.  It’s story is a fascinating combination of geology, the forces of Lake Superior, resident plants and animals, as well as interesting people.  Join us as we weave the tale of Iona’s Beach, explore it’s wonders, and uncover a few of the secrets of this not so well know Scientific and Natural Area treasure on the North Shore. Meet in the upper parking lot at 11:00 am.

Funding for this program is provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).

Apr
15
Sat
Early Spring at Moose Mountain SNA – April 15
Apr 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Early Spring at Moose Mountain SNA - April 15 @ Moose Mountain SNA

Spring is getting here and lots of things are beginning to happen in the forests of the North. Moose Mountain SNA is a great place to brush up on many different species of trees, and how to identify them when there are no leaves. Buds, bark, silhouettes, habitats and more will help us puzzle out the tree species here.  See how many species we can identify in an afternoon, and don’t forget to bring your binoculars so we can enjoy the birds of early spring as well (much easier to see when there are no leaves!). Meet in the parking area, and be prepared for wet spring conditions.

Funding for this program is provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).

May
7
Sun
Stories in Stone at Sugarloaf Cove – May 7
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Stories in Stone at Sugarloaf Cove - May 7 @ Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center | Schroeder | Minnesota | United States

What’s the difference between agates and Thomsonite? Do you look for interesting rocks on every beach? Do you wonder about all those rock faces you see as you drive by on highway 61? Sugarloaf Cove is one of the best places on the North Shore to examine geology up close and personal. Join us to explore how Lake Superior got here, ponder the origins of a beach with some of the greatest diversity of rock types on the North Shore, and puzzle out lava flow features from top to bottom. There’s no better place for rock adventures. Meet at the Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center at 11:00 am, and make sure to wear sturdy shoes for exploration.

Funding for this program is provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).

Jun
18
Sun
Fern Finding at Lutsen SNA – June 18
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fern Finding at Lutsen SNA - June 18 @ Mountain Top Inn, Lutsent Ski Hill Rd

It’s a nice hike into the Lutsen Scientific and Natural Area as well as a great place to explore. How can you tell one fern from another while hiking on the North Shore? This is an amazing place to figure this out as well as see a variety of early summer wildflowers, and hear the unique mix of birds that inhabit this beautiful ridge maple forest. It takes about half an hour to hike into the SNA, but it’s well worth the trip! Meet in the Parking lot at the Mountaintop Inn on the Lutsen Ski Hill Road at 10:00 am. Plan to wear hiking boots or good walking shoes, and bring water, snacks and a pair of binoculars if you have them. You should also be prepared for tick season with long pants and long socks that you can wear over your pant legs. Adventures await!

Funding for this program is provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).

Jun
25
Sun
Life on the Edge at Sugarloaf Cove – June 25
Jun 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Life on the Edge at Sugarloaf Cove - June 25 @ Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center | Schroeder | Minnesota | United States

Living on the Shores of Lake Superior is not an easy task, but the plants and animals that live there are experts in making do. Did you know that some of the plants on Lake Superior’s shore are native to places hundreds of miles away? How do those huge (and not so huge!) cedars that may be hundreds of years old, get the nutrients they need rooted in the rocks? Amazing adaptations! Join us to explore the rocky world of North Shore shoreline and it’s incredible and unique inhabitants. We’ll see where they come from and what they do survive life on the rocks! Meet at the Sugarloaf Visitor’s Center with sturdy shoes for rock exploration.

Funding for this program is provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).