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Northern Landscapes Festival

Thanks to all who joined courses and activities for 2023's Northern Landscapes Festival. Mark down the first weekend of June in your calendars for next year.Thanks to all who joined courses or on-campus activities for the 2023's Northern Landscapes Festival. Mark down the first weekend of June in your calendars for next year.

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Spring is an explosion of life in the North! Discovering the birds, wildflowers, insects and more of this dynamic and rich northern landscape is the focus of this festival. Participation in the festival is open to anyone interested in hands-on learning and curious about the dynamics of the northern landscape. This year, we turn our attention to the aquatic landscapes of the north, with evening presentations on beavers and their impacts on the boreal forest and the Lake Superior fishery. We are pleased to welcome many returning instructors and favorite offerings, and happy to introduce new instructor Dr. Cynthia Lane, offering a multi-day course in basic botany.

Event Details

Public Presentations

Beaver Crafted Wetlands: Amphibian and Invertebrate Communities in the Boreal Forest with Talon Stammen

Friday, June 2, 7pm
Blue Building

It’s no secret that the humble beaver is a builder by trade, and can have a serious impact on the northern landscape (even in downtown Grand Marais!). Beavers are considered both ecosystem engineers and keystone species because their dam building activities affect the hydrologic conditions and vegetation of wetlands, providing important habitat for many wildlife species. Talon Stammen, long time student of craft at North House, is completing his PhD research on the impacts of beavers on amphibian and invertebrate species in Voyageurs National Park. Talon will share his findings and his explorations of the Kabetogama Peninsula over a four year period.

A History of Fish, Fishing, and Fisheries Management in the Minnesota Waters of Lake Superior with Cory Goldsworthy

Saturday, June 3, 7pm
Blue Building

The history of fish, fishing, and fisheries management in Lake Superior is complex and has been impacted through time by the absence of fishery regulations, changes to habitat, invasive species, and climate change. In this presentation, Minnesota DNR’s Lake Superior Fisheries Supervisor Cory Goldsworthy will highlight many of these impacts as well as provide insight into changes to the fish community and ecosystem through time and the current science and management behind Minnesota’s Lake Superior fishery.

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Course Offerings

Beekeeping Basics

Fri, Jun 2nd, 2023

Northwoods Nature Through the Lens

Fri, Jun 2nd, 2023  –  Sun, Jun 4th, 2023
Day 1: 4-6pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9-11am
Instructor: David Brickner

Spring Phenology in the Field: Wildflowers and Beyond

Fri, Jun 2nd, 2023  –  Sat, Jun 3rd, 2023
Day 1: 9am-6pm; Day 2: 9am-4pm
Instructor: Jim Gilbert

What’s This Rock? The Geologic Story of the North Shore

Fri, Jun 2nd, 2023  –  Sun, Jun 4th, 2023
Day 1: 4pm-7pm, Day 2: 8:30am-4:30pm, Day 3: 9am-1pm
Instructor: Jim Miller

Basic Botany for Wild Crafters, Ecologists, and Herbalists

Fri, Jun 2nd, 2023  –  Sun, Jun 4th, 2023
Day 1: 3pm-5pm Day 2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-3pm
Instructor: Cynthia Lane

Wool: The Full Experience

Fri, Jun 2nd, 2023  –  Sun, Jun 4th, 2023
9am-5pm each day
Instructors: Elise Kyllo, Heidi Quist

Lichens: Pioneers of the North Woods

Sat, Jun 3rd, 2023
Instructor: Joe Walewski

Spring Birding on the North Shore

Sat, Jun 3rd, 2023
Instructor: Michael Karns

North Shore Birding Workshop

Sat, Jun 3rd, 2023  –  Sun, Jun 4th, 2023
7am-4pm each day
Instructor: Joshua Watson

Spring into Spring Menu

Sun, Jun 4th, 2023
Instructor: Beth Dooley

Foraging for Spring Wild Edibles

Sun, Jun 4th, 2023
Instructor: Ian Andrus

Let's Eat Plants!

Sun, Jun 4th, 2023
9am - Noon
Instructor: Beth Dooley