Sugaloaf North Shore Stewardship Association
Sugarloaf Cove by Chris Sandberg

2016 Calendar of Events


Ferns of the North Shore

May 7, 10 am

Joe Walewski, Wolf Ridge ELC naturalist and author of the book Ferns of the North Woods, will introduce you to the fascinating world of ferns. The diversity of ferns found along the North Shore is amazing. You won't want to miss this chance to take a closer look at them with Joe.

Cost: $2 per person or $5 per family.


Spring Warblers Workshop Weekend

May 28-29


Did you know that Tennessee Warblers and Cape May Warblers are spruce bud worm specialists? How about that male American Redstart, who can have two different mates and maintain two different habitats through the season? If you’d like to know more about warblers – this workshop is for you!

In late spring, many warblers are still migrating north to reach their breeding grounds. Northeastern Minnesota is home to more than 25 colorful species of warblers! It’s a great time of year to see and hear many of these warblers dressed in their finest plumage. This workshop will take advantage of the abundance that migration yields. We will explore unique habitats, search out the elusive Black-throated Blue and Golden-winged Warblers, talk about identification, explore how to tell the different species apart by song, and observe bird banding (weather permitting) for an up close and personal view of these forest gems. Learn some of the amazing natural history of these colorful migrants and explore why they choose to migrant such long distances to breed.

The workshop will be based out of Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, near Schroeder, MN. Lodging and meals will be on your own, though we will likely have an optional evening meal as a group on Saturday evening. Lodging is available in the surrounding area, and primitive camping available for participants onsite at Sugarloaf. Bag lunches will be needed for both Saturday and Sunday, as we’ll be in the field. Be prepared with layers and sunscreen for early spring weather, as temperatures can range from the 30’s to the 70’s and beyond. Water bottles and any snacks needed during the day are a good idea as well. Participants will receive further information prior to the workshop.

Day 1 of the workshop will run from 7 am to late afternoon, with an optional evening group dinner and potential evening expedition. Day 2 of the workshop on Sun. May 29th will run from 6 am to 2pm. Participants should plan to meet at Sugarloaf Cove Visitor’s Center on both days.

Cost: $150 for Members of Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association, Hartley Nature Center, Friends of Sax-Zim Bog, and/or Minnesota Master Naturalists OR $180 for others. Workshop is limited to 12 participants; minimum of 6.

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Master Naturalist Volunteer Training

at North House Folk School

Wed, Jun 01, 2016 - Sun, Jun 05, 2016

North House Folk School is partnering with Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center and University of Minnesota-Extension to host the Northwoods-Great Lakes Master Naturalist Volunteer Training Course on the spectacular North Shore of Lake Superior. Sugarloaf naturalist, Margie Menzies will be leading this class.

Dig into northern ecology in this five day immersion course that offers a wide variety of field experiences to explore a variety of area plant and animal communities, amazing geology, and Lake Superior, while also investigating human interactions in these ecosystems. Situated on the Grand Marais Harbor, North House offers an exceptional launching place for learning about the Northwoods and Lake Superior. 

This session will be offered during the Northern Landscapes Festival, a week when some of Minnesota's finest naturalists converge at North House to take in the emerging spring season through birding, phenology and geology field experiences as well as evening lectures-- no doubt a few of these experts will drop-in to share their knowledge, an added bonus to the already highly qualified lead instructors Margie Menzies and Lisa Tracy. Join us for a tightly packed whirlwind of adventures and learning! 

Registration is available through the University of Minnesota Extension at

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6008 London Road
Duluth MN 55804

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