Education and Outreach

Jul
21
Fri
Maple Competition at Lutsen SNA – July 21
Jul 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Maple Competition at Lutsen SNA - July 21 @ Mountain Inn, Lutsen Ski Hill Rd

The scenic Lutsen SNA is one of the largest known acreages of essentially undisturbed upland old-growth hardwood forest in the North Shore landscape area. Many individual trees are from 145 to 300 years old. Large diameter trees show old-growth forms, and large logs and snags that have fallen provide food and habitat for many small animals, fungi, lichens, insects, and new forest growth. Join Margie on an exploration of this beautiful 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 1 pm. 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).

Jul
22
Sat
Moose in Minnesota – July 22
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Moose in Minnesota - July 22 @ Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center | Schroeder | Minnesota | United States

Join Minnesota DNR biologist, Bailey Peterson as she gives an overview of the biology and history of moose in Minnesota, followed by an update on the recent decline in the population of this iconic species in our state. Bailey will also give an overview of our findings thus far in the Northeast Minnesota Adult Moose Mortality Project, which is in its fifth and final year. She will wrap up with a telemetry exercise including having you try to find a moose collar in the woods.

Cruise the North Shore – July 22
Jul 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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Join us on our 3rd Annual North Shore Cruise
July 22, 5 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us July 22 for a scenic cruise along the North Shore aboard the Wenona. Enjoy a 2-hour tour of the North Shore with fellow Sugarloaf supporters.  Boarding begins at 5 pm at the Silver Bay Marina. Departure is at 5:30 pm.  The tour includes beer, wine, hors d’ oeuvres and live music by the Two Harbors Ukulele Group (THUGs).  $50 per person.

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.”


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Jul
23
Sun
Sunday Geology Walks
Jul 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Sunday Geology Walks @ Sugarloaf Cove | Schroeder | Minnesota | United States

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? Did you know lava flows have layers- and Sugarloaf is one of the best places to see them all in one place. It’s all here under your feet- come explore with us!

$2 per person; $5 per family

Jul
27
Thu
Bird Banding Demos
Jul 27 @ 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

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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.

If it is rainy, banding will be cancelled.  Donations gladly accepted.

Jul
28
Fri
Moose Mtn SNA – Thank You Berry Much – July 28
Jul 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Moose Mtn SNA - Thank You Berry Much - July 28 @ Moose Mountain SNA | Duluth | Minnesota | United States

Not only is Moose Mountain SNA an excellent example of old growth northern hardwood forest and northern hardwood succession following wildfire, it is a great place to find berries.  Join Margie on this pleasant afternoon hike up Moose Mountain in Duluth.

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).

Jul
29
Sat
Small Life from a Great Lake – 7/29
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Cattails and lily pads are a scarce commodity on Lake Superior, so who steps in to fill those important producers’ shoes and support the rest of the life in the big lake?

Learn about Lake Superior’s green stuff – algae – their amazing ecology, diversity and beauty, and learn why they can sometimes become too much of a good thing. Scientists are seeing an increase in production in unexpected and unusual places in the Great Lakes, and a new citizen science effort is underway to help find answers to why this is happening. Come explore, wonder, and learn how to contribute.

Jul
30
Sun
Sunday Geology Walks
Jul 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Sunday Geology Walks @ Sugarloaf Cove | Schroeder | Minnesota | United States

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? Did you know lava flows have layers- and Sugarloaf is one of the best places to see them all in one place. It’s all here under your feet- come explore with us!

$2 per person; $5 per family

Aug
3
Thu
Bird Banding Demos
Aug 3 @ 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

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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.

If it is rainy, banding will be cancelled.  Donations gladly accepted.

Aug
4
Fri
Forest Pollinators at Hovland Woods SNA – August 4
Aug 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Forest Pollinators at Hovland Woods SNA - August 4 @ Hovland Woods SNA

Hovland Woods SNA, a large forested natural area, contains mature and old-growth virgin forest communities now rare in the region. Join Margie on a walk through these beautiful woods as she looks for and discusses our important forest pollinators.

Directions to parking area: From Hovland, travel 0.2 miles north on Co Rd 16 (Arrowhead Trail).

Turn left (west) onCo Rd 69 (North Road) and travel 2.6 miles to Co Rd 70 (Camp 20 Road).

Turn right (north) on Camp 20 Road and travel 4.5 miles to Superior Hiking Trail parking lot on right side.

Follow the hiking trail going east and north across private land for 1.3 miles, where it enters state land at the SE corner of the SNA.

Aug
5
Sat
Lost Forest Workshops
Aug 5 all-day

2015 Lost Forest Class

We know how deeply you care about your land. That’s why we’ve developed the Lost Forest program in partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Master Woodland Owner program and tailored it especially for owners of property within 3 miles of Lake Superior along the North Shore. We call this our Lost Forest program.

This comprehensive education program teaches you the ins and outs of caring for your woods, tree planting to fit your schedule and budget, estate planning, and more. It takes years to grow a healthy forest. We can teach you how to cultivate, care for, and plan for the future of your woodland when you register for our Lost Forest program.

This program includes four woodland field tours (extremely popular with past Lost Foresters) and online modules. The field tours will be held on August 5 and 26 and on a September date to be determined. The online modules will start in September. The last field tour will be in April of 2018. Click on the link below for the complete agenda.

Lost Forest/Master Woodland Owner workshop agenda

The class is open to anyone; however, the cost of the program for persons with woodland property along the North Shore of Lake Superior has been reduced to $100 per family through a grant from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation. Registration is limited to 15 families.

 APPLY NOW

Note: After you apply and are accepted, we will send you payment and additional information.

The Lake Superior Effect
Aug 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
The Lake Superior Effect @ Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center | Schroeder | Minnesota | United States

Lake effect snow. Cooler by the Lake. Warmer by the Lake.  That big cold lake out our front door makes weather interesting around the head of Lake Superior. Join Carol Christenson of the National Weather Service as she shares how Lake Superior affects our weather in this one hour presentation.  $2 per person; $5 per family.

Aug
6
Sun
Sunday Geology Walks
Aug 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Sunday Geology Walks @ Sugarloaf Cove | Schroeder | Minnesota | United States

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? Did you know lava flows have layers- and Sugarloaf is one of the best places to see them all in one place. It’s all here under your feet- come explore with us!

$2 per person; $5 per family

Aug
10
Thu
Bird Banding Demos
Aug 10 @ 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

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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.

If it is rainy, banding will be cancelled.  Donations gladly accepted.

Aug
11
Fri
Butterwort Cliffs- Limited Access- why is it needed? – Aug 11
Aug 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Butterwort Cliffs- Limited Access- why is it needed? - Aug 11 @ Butterwort Cliffs SNA | Duluth | Minnesota | United States

Butterwort Cliffs consists of a narrow strip of wet rock and dry bedrock shore communities on Lake Superior and the aspen-birch forest that extends from the rock shore to the northern border of the SNA. A variety of colorful lichens, ranging from orange to gray to green, cover much of the bedrock shoreline.

This area is closed April 1 to July 15. But why?? Join naturalist, Margie Menzies, as she answers this question and leads you on a nature walk in this little-known SNA.

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).

Aug
12
Sat
Annual Meeting featuring Peter Juhl – 8/12
Aug 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Annual Meeting featuring Peter Juhl - 8/12 @ Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center | Schroeder | Minnesota | United States

Help us celebrate another successful year of North Shore stewardship at our annual Ice Cream Social and membership meeting. The activities start at 1 pm with a short general membership meeting. Ice cream sundaes and a presentation by Peter Juhl, our own stone balancer will follow.

Join Peter for his presentation – Stone Balancing at the Cove

Learn to create amazing art anywhere, for free; no special equipment or supplies needed. Peter Juhl, Minnesota stone balance artist, will present the art of stone balancing and show you how to create self-supporting sculptures from ordinary stones, using only shape, weight, and friction. We will begin in the visitor center with an on-screen presentation, and then walk down to the Cove for hands-on balancing.

You do not need to be a member to attend.

Aug
13
Sun
Sunday Geology Walks
Aug 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Sunday Geology Walks @ Sugarloaf Cove | Schroeder | Minnesota | United States

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? Did you know lava flows have layers- and Sugarloaf is one of the best places to see them all in one place. It’s all here under your feet- come explore with us!

$2 per person; $5 per family

Aug
16
Wed
Community Invasives Shed Training
Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Community Invasives Shed Training @ Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center | Schroeder | Minnesota | United States
  • Do you want to remove invasive species from your land but don’t know how?
  • Do you want to see plants like tansy and Canada thistle gone from your yard but don’t have the equipment?

The Community Forest Restoration Shed at Sugarloaf Cove houses tools, herbicide application equipment, and herbicides that are available for anyone to use. People wishing to use herbicides must participate in a two hour training on herbicides, safety, and invasive plants of the North Shore.

During the training participants will learn how herbicides work, how to apply herbicides correctly and safely and alternate control methods. Herbicides and herbicide application equipment will be available only during training times. A list of equipment that is available for use can be found here.

We are currently able to provide herbicide to treat species listed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture as Noxious Weeds. To access this list click here.

Course fee: $10 per person / $8 for Sugarloaf members. Payment will be taken on the day of the training. (Cash, check or credit card accepted).

You must register to attend a class.

REGISTER USING THE FORM BELOW OR CALL 218-525-0001

Community Invasives Shed Training – 6/19 or 8/16
Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Community Invasives Shed Training - 6/19 or 8/16 @ Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center | Schroeder | Minnesota | United States
  • Do you want to remove invasive species from your land but don’t know how?
  • Do you want to see plants like tansy and Canada thistle gone from your yard but don’t have the equipment?

The Community Forest Restoration Shed at Sugarloaf Cove houses tools, herbicide application equipment, and herbicides that are available for anyone to use. People wishing to use herbicides must participate in a two hour training on herbicides, safety, and invasive plants of the North Shore.

During the training participants will learn how herbicides work, how to apply herbicides correctly and safely and alternate control methods. Herbicides and herbicide application equipment will be available only during training times. A list of equipment that is available for use can be found here.

We are currently able to provide herbicide to treat species listed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture as Noxious Weeds. To access this list click here.

Course fee: $10 per person / $8 for Sugarloaf members. Payment will be taken on the day of the training. (Cash, check or credit card accepted).

You must register to attend a class.

Wednesday, July 19 at 6 pm

Wednesday, August 16 at 6 pm

REGISTER USING THE FORM BELOW OR CALL 218-525-0001

Aug
17
Thu
Bird Banding Demos
Aug 17 @ 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

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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.

If it is rainy, banding will be cancelled.  Donations gladly accepted.

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