Education and Outreach

Jun
24
Sat
Seeing the Forest and the Trees – June 24
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Seeing the Forest and the Trees - June 24 @ Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center

The oldest living organism on earth is a grove of trees that are genetically identical and estimated to be over 80,000 years old! Did you know that the average tree can absorb 48 pounds of carbon dioxide a year and will have sequestered more than a ton of CO2 by the time they are 40 years old? How about using a tree as a compass?

Obviously there is more going on with trees than most of us realize. Join us for a day of learning the stories of trees, and how to tell them apart from their neighbors. Program will start with an indoor portion and weather permitting will be followed by an outdoor exploration of trees and shrubs at Sugarloaf Cove. Come see the forest and the trees!

Community Invasives Shed Training
Jun 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 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.

Saturday, June 24 at 1 pm – REGISTER USING THE FORM BELOW OR CALL 218-525-0001

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).

Geology Walk – 1:30 pm
Jun 25 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Geology Walk - 1:30 pm @ 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

Jun
29
Thu
Bird Banding Demos
Jun 29 @ 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
1
Sat
Large Lakes of the World – July 1
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Large Lakes of the World - July 1 @ Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center | Schroeder | Minnesota | United States

Science is telling us that large lakes of the world are changing temperature at a much more rapid rate than surrounding land as the climate changes. Lake Superior is the largest lake on Earth by surface area. Did you know that it comes in third by volume? Who has more water than Lake Superior? Travel around the world with us to visit the “top ten”, some places you might never have imagined. All have their own unique stories, and all are feeling the effects of climate change. Learn how Lake Superior stacks up and how all these large lakes fit in the puzzle of all of the world’s surface freshwater.

Jul
2
Sun
Sunday Geology Walks
Jul 2 @ 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
6
Thu
Bird Banding Demos
Jul 6 @ 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
8
Sat
Explore Minnesota’s State Parks – July 8
Jul 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Explore Minnesota's State Parks - July 8 @ Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center | Schroeder | Minnesota | United States

How many of us can say we’ve seen every corner of the state of Minnesota? Gary Leeper can.

Gary Leeper had his own version of a “Big Year” in 2016. He visited all of Minnesota’s 75 state parks using the Minnesota State Park Passport Program, beginning his tour in April and finishing in October. Gary is an avid photographer and recorded his visits through photos and video.

Join us for a wonderful tour of some of Minnesota’s greatest natural resources, highlighting what makes each park unique and what they offer to visitors. Let Gary inspire you to leave your chair determined to explore on your own.

Jul
9
Sun
Sunday Geology Walks
Jul 9 @ 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
13
Thu
Bird Banding Demos
Jul 13 @ 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
14
Fri
Iona’s Beach Walk – July 14
Jul 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Iona’s Beach Walk - July 14 @ Iona's Beach SNA

What’s Rhyolite and why is it here?

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 1:00 pm.

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
15
Sat
North Shore Invaders – 7/15
Jul 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
North Shore Invaders - 7/15 @ Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center | Schroeder | Minnesota | United States

Join Dan Shutte from the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation Service as he discusses invasive plants along the North Shore.  Dan will give you up-to-date information about plants that threaten our North Shore forests and give you tips on how to identify and remove worrisome plants.  He will also recommend plants to use to replace invasives after you have removed them.

Jul
16
Sun
Sunday Geology Walks
Jul 16 @ 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
19
Wed
Community Invasives Shed Training
Jul 19 @ 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

Jul
20
Thu
Bird Banding Demos
Jul 20 @ 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
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 Top Inn, Lutsent 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 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).

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

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