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May 30-June 1, 2014

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.

Download the 2014 Event Overview here

This year, the Northern Landscapes Festival turns our attention towards the basic elements of the North Shore: rocks and fire and the rhythms of the seasons.
We are pleased to welcome geologist Richard Ojakangas as the Featured Speaker this year. Dick will be speaking on Saturday night, unraveling the fascinating geological history behind the signature features of the North Shore: the craggy canyons of the rivers, the Sawtooth Mountains, the pebbled beaches and expanses of exposed rocks on the shores of Lake Superior are all part of the larger geological story of the midcontinent rift system. Dick retired from UMD after 38 years of teaching and continues to lecture and pursue field work on six continents.

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Starting May 30
- Boreal Birding Workshop - 2 days
- Bird & Wildlife Photography: In the Field - 1 day
- Birding By Ear - 1 day
- What's This Rock? Unraveling the Geologic Story of Minnesota's North Shore -  
   2.5 days
- Fire Ecology in the Field - 1 day

Starting May 31
- Foraging for Spring Wild Edibles - 1.25 days
- Spring Phenology in the Field: Wildflowers and Beyond - 1.5 days
- Geology of Minnesota & the Great Lakes Region -1/2 day

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. Northwest 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:

2014 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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