Photo by Paul Sundberg
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
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.
More details to come!
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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
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
From the Deck: Lake Superior Shoreline Naturalist Tour: Morning
From the Deck: Lake Superior Shoreline Naturalist Tour - 1/4 day
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
5. Insect head net and repellent
6. Lightweight gloves