Education and Outreach

May
6
Sat
Nature’s Medicine Chest – May 6
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Do you have a sore throat, swollen knee, or are you just hungry? This presentation will begin with a description of using plants for medicinal and food sources, especially the various methods of herbal medicine preparation. The second part of the presentation will consist of a “nature walk” to locate local plants used for medicine and food. We will discuss the best times to collect these plants, what parts to collect and the collection tools used, and what they may be used for medicinally, as well as what parts are simply used for food.

Our speaker will be Richard D. Gitar, Water Regulatory Specialist/Tribal Inspector,Fond du Lac Reservation, Office of Water Protection.

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 10:00 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).

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