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Northern Landscapes Festival

Thanks to all who joined courses and activities for 2024'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's course offerings allow nature-lovers the chance to explore the North Shore and learn more about the local ecology and geology. Discover the language of birds, forage for spring wild edibles, and learn the identifications and uses of many local plants.

Registration for Northern Landscapes Festival courses is open now—find a full list of courses below!

Event Details

Evening Programs

Free and open to the public

Friday, May 31: Film Showing

A Sea Change for Superior: The Warming of the World’s Largest Lake
7pm in the Red Building

What does the warming of the greatest of the Great Lakes mean for its natural systems? What does it mean for the lake's legacy as being famously cold, clear, and clean? These questions are at the heart of this public television documentary co-production between Hamline University's Center for Global Environmental Education and PBS North. 60 minutes.

Saturday, June 1: Presentation

Izhi-Ganawendamang Nibi, Manoomin 
How We Care for the Water and Wild Rice
with April McCormick | 7pm in the Red Building

The Anishnaabe have a holistic worldview where everything is interconnected—the environment, animals, humans—which considers the impacts on one another. Join Grand Portage Tribal Council Member April McCormick for a presentation about the cultural significance of manoomin (wild rice) and the critical need to protect water for present and future generations. Members of the community will learn about tribal and federal laws which protect waters and sensitive aquatic resources, and the call to action for each of us to ensure ‘clean water is clean water.’

April will speak to the importance of water quality and the efforts and advocacy of the Grand Portage Band, as well as stewardship of our natural resources across all ceded territories which we now know as the State of Minnesota. April shares, “We recognize that Manoomin is incredibly connected to who we are as Anishinaabe people. We have migration stories that tell of how we were to come to a place ‘where the food grows upon the water’ and that significant food is Manoomin. It is a spiritual food, a part of community gatherings, ceremonies, and our very lifeway. We are witnessing extreme threats to this critical food source and our waters that should be important to every Minnesotan.”

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Course Offerings

Birding by Ear

Fri, May 31st, 2024
Instructor: Ann Russ

Discovering the Language of Birds

Fri, May 31st, 2024
Instructor: Michael Karns

Foraging for Spring Wild Edibles

Fri, May 31st, 2024
Instructor: Ian Andrus

Northwoods Nature Through the Lens

Fri, May 31st, 2024  –  Sun, Jun 2nd, 2024
Day 1: 4-6pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9-11am
Instructor: David Brickner

What's this Rock Too? Central North Shore's Geologic Story

Fri, May 31st, 2024  –  Sun, Jun 2nd, 2024
Day 1: 4-6:30pm; Day 2: 8:30am-5:00pm; Day 3: 9am-1pm
Instructor: Jim Miller

Wool: The Full Experience

Fri, May 31st, 2024  –  Sun, Jun 2nd, 2024
9am-5pm each day
Instructors: Elise Kyllo, Heidi Quist

Lichens: Pioneers of the North Woods

Sat, Jun 1st, 2024
Instructor: Joe Walewski

Spring Birding on the North Shore

Sat, Jun 1st, 2024
Instructor: Michael Karns

The Modern Summer Pantry

Sat, Jun 1st, 2024  –  Sun, Jun 2nd, 2024
Day 1: 9am-5pm; Day 2: 9am-1pm
Instructor: Lisa Golden Schroeder

Advanced Door Construction Service Learning Project

Sat, Jun 1st, 2024  –  Mon, Jun 3rd, 2024
Days 1-2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-1pm
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich

Ferns: Finding Magic in the North Woods

Sun, Jun 2nd, 2024
Instructor: Joe Walewski