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June 2-4, 2017
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                                                                                                   Photo by Paul Sundberg
June 3-5, 201

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


Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven with Gary & Joanie McGuffin
Saturday, June 4 | 7:30 pm | FREE
We are pleased to welcome back Canadian adventurers, award-winning authors, conservation photographers and film producers, Gary and Joanie McGuffin, for a screening of the hour long documentary, Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven. One would think The Group of Seven needs no introduction. Their iconic works are known to millions of Canadians, yet few are familiar with the lives of the artists themselves. Why did they choose locations in the remote, rugged wilderness of northern Ontario? Does anyone know precisely where they went?

Past meets present in a film that is evocative in approach, energized by breathtaking cinematography and an uplifting musical score, and offers a new and articulate voice to the artists who were the Group of Seven. Historian Michael Burtch, and the writer and photographer team of Gary and Joanie McGuffin are determined to track down the precise locations of these famous paintings in Algoma and on the Lake Superior North Shore. Archival film, letters, journals and photographs of the artists – some of which have never been seen in public – take the viewers back in time. This film weaves this history with a modern day adventure, up mountains, down canyon rivers and over portages with our trio as they try to achieve their own personal quest: to actually ‘walk in the Group of Seven’s footsteps’.

Build a Bat House at North House with the US Forest Service!
Saturday, June 4 | 9am-10am OR 10:30-11:30am
FREE, please call and pre-register | Recommended for kids ages 7+ with an adult

Calling all families with mosquitoes in your yards! Encourage our local bats to take up residence NEAR (not in!) your house by building a bat box to install in your yard. We can help our local bats, as well as reduce our mosquito population by providing them with shelter. In this hour-long session, you’ll get a chance to help bats by building a bat house that you can take home. You’ll also talk with a Forest Service biologist and learn about Minnesota bats, the problems they are facing, and what the Forest Service is doing to help them.

Southern Landscapes Interlude: Life in a Penguin Colony, with biologist Chris Beal
Friday, June 3 | 7 pm | Sponsored by the USFS Gunflint Ranger District
Gunflint Wildlife Biologist Chris Beal recounts his past exploits as a field researcher living in the world’s largest continental penguin colony at Punta Tombo, Argentina. He’ll present a photo-tour documenting the incredible breeding biology of the Magellanic penguin, as they return from the ocean to lay eggs and raise chicks in a hot scrub desert environment. Revel in the contrast by visiting a landscape vastly different than our own!

Warp Weighted Looms of the Shetland Isles with International Guest Instructor Elizabeth Johnston
Thursday, June 2 | 7 pm | FREE
Humans have been weaving cloth for thousands of years on a wide-variety of looms. Hear the story of the ancient warp-weighted loom which our ancestors used to weave every type of cloth they needed: clothing, bedding, all types of cloth for the workplace, even ships sails. Have you ever thought how you could hand spin and hand weave enough cloth for your family and more besides? From research in Shetland, Norway and Iceland, visiting guest instructor Elizabeth Johnston will share some of the story of this style of loom, the people who wove on it, and the cloth they produced, - from 3000 years ago to the present day.

Starting June 1
- Master Naturalist: Northwoods and Great Lakes

Starting June 2
Wool: The (Really) Full Experience - Felting, Spinning & Warp-Weighted Looms

Starting June 3
- What's This Rock? Unraveling the Geologic Story of Minnesota's North Shore
- Boreal Birding Workshop
- Northern Landscapes Photography
- Birding Basics
- Beekeeping Basics

Starting June 4
- Birding By Ear
- Spring Phenology in the Field: Wildflowers and Beyond
- Field Botany

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

Event Partners

USFS Superior National Forest Gunflint and Tofte Ranger Districts

- Cook County Event Info
- Area Lodging & Business Info




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