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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


Since 2008, Gary and Joanie McGuffin have have been exploring northern Ontario in search of the places that the world-renowned Group of Seven artists immortalized in their paintings 100 years ago. This ongoing cultural anthropology research locates, identifies, and documents these painting sites. But even more astonishing than walking in their footsteps is our discovery that these landscape paintings actually depict real places that still exist today. Learn more as they share about their journey and screen a film on the project.

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

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
Coming in March 2016

Event Partners

USFS Superior National Forest Gunflint and Tofte Ranger Districts

- Cook County Event Info
- Area Lodging & Business Info




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