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                                                                                                   Photo by Paul Sundberg
May 29-31, 2015

Discover the birds, wildflowers, geology and more of the dynamic and rich Northern landscape. The Northern Landscapes Festival features a series of interrelated, field focused courses, complimented by presentations and programs.

Featured Speakers
- Ecology, Geology, and Birding Courses
Self-Guided Birding at ChikWauk - Community Pizza Bake
Complete Event Overview

North Shore: A Natural History of Minnesota's Superior Coast
with Chel Anderson & Adelheid Fischer | 7 pm | Friday, May 29
Join beloved local naturalist Chel Anderson and her co-author Adelheid Fischer as they share their new book, North Shore: A Natural History of Minnesota’s Superior Coast from the University of Minnesota Press. In North Shore Chel and Adelheid offer a comprehensive environmental history of one of Minnesota’s most beloved places. Compelling and accessible, the book will provide readers with a science-based knowledge of the Minnesota North Shore watershed so that together we can write a new, hopeful chapter for its inhabitants, both human and wild.

Birds of Minnesota State Parks with Bob Janssen |7:30 pm | Sat, May 30
Long-time North House instructor Bob Janssen really knows his birds. In his new book, he focuses on the state parks of Minnesota. With a diverse range of habitats, the state parks offer ample scope for adventure for the casual and serious birder alike. Beloved for his deep knowledge and for making bird identification approachable and fun, Bob will reflect on his new book and tell a few choice stories from his decades of experience exploring the avian world of Minnesota and beyond.  

Starting May 29

What's This Rock? The Geologic Story of Minnesota's North Shore - 2.5 days
- Boreal Field ID Workshop (with Bob!) - 1 day
- Bird & Wildlife Photography: In the Field - 1 day

Starting May 30
- Birding by Ear - 1 day
- Foraging for Spring Wild Edibles - 1.25 days
- Spring Phenology in the Field: Wildflowers and Beyond - 1.5 days
- Spring Wildlife Tracking - 1 day

Starting May 31
- Tree & Shrub ID for the Craftsperson and Naturalist

- Adirondack Chair Building
- Knife, Bowl & Spoon: Four Days of Woodcraft
- Building the Fisherman: Joe Seliga's Square-Stern Wood Canvas Canoe Form
- Damascus Folding Jackknife: Make Your Own
- Grindbygg - Norwegian 'Trestle Frame' Timber Framing
- Wool: The Full Experience
- Firestarting & More: Primitive Skills Workshop

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where can we stay during the festival??
There are many wonderful places to stay both in Grand Marais and throughout Cook County. Upon registration, North House mails all participants a comprehensive listing of all lodging and camping options in the area.

Information about lodging is also available from:
** Grand Marais Area Tourism Association 888-922-5000

2. So, where is Grand Marais and North House Folk School?
Grand Marais, Minnesota, is located on the stunning and rugged North Shore of Lake Superior. Grand Marais is about 100 miles northeast of Duluth or about 250 miles north of the Twin Cities. From the Twin Cities take I35 north to Duluth, and from Duluth proceed on Highway 61. Delta Airlines serves both Minneapolis-St. Paul International and Duluth International Airports.

3. What clothing and resources should I bring?
Upon registration, a comprehensive confirmation packet that includes lodging options and recommended clothing lists will be mailed to all participants.
Weather can be highly variable in Grand Marais and on the Gunflint Trail this time of year. In addition to your binoculars and spotting scopes, we suggest that you bring:
1. Layered, light-colored clothing; including sweatshirts/light jackets & long pants
2. Rain gear
3. Waterproof footwear
4. Hat
5. Insect head net and repellent
6. Lightweight gloves


Downloadable Resources:

Event Overview (PDF)

Event Partners

USFS Superior National Forest Gunflint and Tofte Ranger Districts

- Cook County Event Info
- Area Lodging & Business Info




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