Educational Seminars

Wet Your Paddle Series – Free One-Hour Paddling Instructions

2013 schedule – June 24 through July 19

Mondays: Bearskin, 10-11 A.M.; Nor’wester (call first, 218-388-2252), 11-noon; Voyageur, 1-2 pm

Tuesdays: Gunflint Northwoods, 11–noon; Tuscarora, 1-2 pm

Wednesdays: Rockwood, 11-noon; Seagull Outfitters, 1-2 pm

Thursdays: Hungry Jack Canoe Outfitters, 1-2 pm

Fridays: Clearwater, 11-noon

Boreal Birding Festival

Saturday, June 1. 7 a.m. Birding for Spring Migrants Nature Walk. Join Ann Russ for a morning of birding, listening and watching for spring migrants on the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center grounds. Bring binoculars if you have them. No experience necessary. Ann has been birding in Cook County for thirty years and considers annual bird migrations one of life’s joys. Meet on Chik-Wauk front porch. Free and open to the public.

2013 U.S. Forest Service Ranger Presentations

Tuesdays, June 18 – August 20, 3 p.m.  at Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center. Bats, beavers, meteor strikes, and moose, oh my! Join guest experts from the U.S. Forest Service (including biologists, archeologists, ecologists and storytellers) as they offer free, family-friendly presentations about the north woods and BWCAW. No need to register – just show up!

Walks & Talks at Chik-Wauk – 2 PM

Sundays, July 7 – August 25 at  2 p.m.  All presentations and walks begin by gathering on Chik-Wauk’s front porch.  Free and family-friendly.

July 7: Breeding Birds of Chik-Wauk. Look for evidence of birds that live around Chik-Wauk and find out why they nest here.  A retired teacher, Ann has been birding in Cook County for thirty years and loves exploring the natural world with others.

July 14: Wildfire Ecology. Head off on Chik-Wauk’s Big Sag hiking trail with Gunflint Trail naturalist and resident, John Silliman, to get a firsthand glimpse at wildfire ecology.  Sturdy shoes and a hiking stick recommended.

July 28: Gunflint Trail Wild Edibles. Join author Teresa Marrone in a pleasant hike to explore wild berries, mushrooms and other wild edibles near Chik Wauk. Teresa Marrone is the author of several cookbooks and has also written a field ID guide about wild berries and fruits of Minnesota.

August 4: The World Beneath the Water. Bob Carlson, a former professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Kent State University, will introduce you to the life in a lake or stream.

August 11: Introduction to Manoomin. Naturalist Will Tanner will teach you how to scout for wild rice and will demonstrate canoe poling, knocking, parching, dancing, winnowing, cooking, and even, eating.

August 18: I’m “Lichen” This Hike. Kati’ll lead participants on a lichen scavenger hunt on Chik-Wauk’s network of hiking trails. During the hike, she’ll answer lichen questions such as: What is it? Where does it grow? What does it do?

August 25: Topic TBA. With naturalist John Silliman.

Journal making workshops

Fridays June 7, July 5, and August 9, 2 p.m.

Chik-Wauk staff and volunteers will teach a simple technique to make small journals to log nature observations and other notes. After you’ve assembled your journal, you can decorate it however you choose using collage, stamping, drawing, and more. Appropriate for all ages.

Chik-Wauk Special Presentations

Stories with Harriet and Bill

Wednesdays, June 19 – August 28, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Harriet Boostrom Taus and Bill Boissenin grew up on Clearwater Lake in the mid-Trail region of the Gunflint Trail. Each Wednesday from mid-May until the end of August, the two will be on hand at the museum to share their childhood stories. You’ll learn the history of Harriet’s parents, Charlie and Petra Boostrom, who were among the first white settlers on the Gunflint Trail and hear stories from the early days of Clearwater and Forest Lodges.

Kids’ Nature Program Activities

Mondays, July 1, July 15, July 22, July 29, August 12, and August 19, 1:30 p.m.

Join Chik-Wauk staff for a variety of hands-on activities all related to the unique history and nature of the Gunflint Trail. Appropriate for elementary school aged children and those young at heart.