Sugaloaf North Shore Stewardship Association

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Daily Nature Programs

This summer, naturalist Margie, will be offering programs every Thursday through Sunday. Drop by and learn something new every day!


Bird Banding: 7 am - noon (stop in any time):
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.


There's No Place Like Home:
Explore Cook County
1 pm, June 26- August 7 except August 21

We all know Cook County is a special place. Here's an opportunity to have a more in-depth exploration of Cook County's special places with your neighbors. Each week will feature a new unique habitat or location which participants will explore with Sugarloaf's naturalist. If you participate in 5 or more sessions you will receive a North Shore field guide. Free. Sponsored in part by the Cook County Community Fund, an affiliate of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.


Guest speakers: 10 am


Superior Rocks! 10 am
Sugarloaf Cove is an incredible place to explore geology. Step back in geologic time and learn about the formation of the Sawtooth Mountains and Lake Superior. Learn to recognize common rocks found in the area and the story of their formation. What does a Lake Superior agate look like? What about Thompsonite? It’s all here under your feet!


Sugarloaf Cove by Chris Sandberg

2015 Calendar of Events

Daily Nature Programs

See the column on the right for more information.

  • Thursdays - Bird Banding: 7 am - noon (stop in any time)

  • Fridays - There's No Place Like Home: Explore Cook County, 1 pm

  • Saturdays - Guest speakers - 10 am unless otherwise noted

  • Sundays - Superior Rocks! 10 am

Special Events


Cruise the North Shore

Saturday, August 8, 5:00 - 7:30 pm

Join us after our annual meeting for a scenic cruise along the North Shore aboard the Wenonah. Enjoy a 2-hour tour with naturalist Margie Menzies and fellow Sugarloaf supporters. Margie will point our interesting geologic features while you enjoy food, drinks and music.

Boarding begins at 5 pm at the Silver Bay Marina. Departure at 5:30 pm.

The tour includes beer, wine, hors d'oeuvres, and live music by the Two Harbor's Ukelele Group (THUGs). $50 per person.


Gunflint Trail Geology Exploration

August 14

$50 per person/ $45 for members

Member or non member


Nature Journaling Workshop

August 22

$20 per person/ $18 for members

Member or non member



Saturday Guest Speakers

Suggested donation: $2/person; $5 per family

Wildlife of the North Shore
Saturday, June 13, 10 am


Temporary rock Sculptures with Peter Juhl

Saturday, July 4, 10 am

Bring along your family and be amazed by Peter Juhl's ability to balance rocks without glue, rods or any other adhesives. You are guaranteed to be amazed. We'll have lemonade and cookies on the porch. For a preview of what Peter can do visit



What the Soil and Water Conservation District Can Do For You
July 11, 10 am



The Big Picture - "Continental Drift" and Plate Tectonics

with Dick Ojakangas
July 18, 10 am



Native Plants and Restoration Techniques
July 25, 10 am


How to See in the Dark:
Monitoring Bats on the Superior National Forest

August 1, 10 am


Annual Ice Cream Social and meeting featuring Lake Superior!
August 8, 1 pm

Each year we celebrate our annual meeting with an ice cream social and special speaker. Free (including the ice cream!)

In a Patch of Goldenrods with Larry Weber
August 15, 10 am


Nature Journaling Workshop
August 22, 10 am - 4 pm

$20/person includes supplies

Register here


The Limits of the Universe: Neutrinos and Dark Matter!
August 29, 10 am


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