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Naturalist programs

Naturalist programs

Through a unique, nationally recognized partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, resorts and other locations in Cook County host free, family-friendly naturalist programs five days a week all summer long.

Naturalist program topics range from bats, beavers and wolves to moose, meteor strikes and wildflowers. Everyone is welcome to attend, even if you are not a guest at the resort at which a program is being hosted.

Check out the calendar to see upcoming naturalist programs and other learning opportunities.

The winter 2017 Naturalist Programs will be hosted at Caribou Highlands lodge at 7pm every Sunday January 8 – March 12, 2017. See the schedule below:

January 8, 2017 - The North Shores Fascinating Geology

Are you an agate or Thomsonite hunter? Do you look for interesting rocks on every beach? Do you wonder about all those rock faces you see as you drive by on highway 61? Join us for an adventure in geology. We’ll explore the fire and ice story of how Lake Superior came to be here, introduce the basic rock types commonly found on the North Shore, and highlight some amazing geologic formations visible as you drive by. It will never be the same ride again- you’ll be looking for all kinds of amazing features and know some of the stories in the stones.

January 15, 2017 – Wolves

Wolves are one of the most controversial animals in North America, eliciting strong emotions from many people. This program traces human interactions with the wolf from fairy tale to bounty hunter to researcher. Physical characteristics and social behavior are examined and wolf recovery efforts will be highlighted.

January 22, 2017 - A Superior Experience!

What do you know about Lake Superior? What don’t you know? Look at Lake Superior’s place in the world water supply in a way you may never have seen it before. We’ll check on some of the time honored stats, and take a look at some of the things that are already changing in a big way, as the big lake warms up.  Try your luck at challenging questions about the Lake, and win a prize! Something for everyone to add to their Superior knowledge bank!

February 12, 2017 – Moose

The moose of northern Minnesota were nearly extirpated due to hunting pressure and habitat loss in the early 1900′s.  Find out why and how this happened.  Learn about the adaptations and the life cycle of this magnificent creature, and gain an appreciation for the management necessary to ensure its continued existence in our forests and wetlands.

February 19, 2017 – Bats

Bats are one of Minnesota’s most misunderstood animals.  In addition to eating mosquitoes, bats save the agriculture industry billions of dollars in pesticides, and help to make both bananas and tequila possible.  Unfortunately, these fascinating animals are being threatened by a disease which could lead some species of bats to extinction.  Learn more about bats, and what is being done to help them, at this naturalist program presented by the US Forest Service.

February 26, 2017 - The North Shores Fascinating Geology

Are you an agate or Thomsonite hunter? Do you look for interesting rocks on every beach? Do you wonder about all those rock faces you see as you drive by on highway 61? Join us for an adventure in geology. We’ll explore the fire and ice story of how Lake Superior came to be here, introduce the basic rock types commonly found on the North Shore, and highlight some amazing geologic formations visible as you drive by. It will never be the same ride again- you’ll be looking for all kinds of amazing features and know some of the stories in the stones.

March 5, 2017 - Bird Stories of the Northland

This area of the U.S. is well known for the diversity of birds that can be found here. What birds are you likely to see or hear here? Well that all depends on when you are here. Some are year-round residents, some just seasonal residents, some follow rush hour traffic through here, and some make rare appearances, but all of them have fascinating stories. Join us for a look at some of their stories and learn a bit about what banding birds can tell us- you will be amazed and humbled when you hear about the adventures in the lives of some of these birds.

March 12, 2017 – Echoes of the Ancient Sky

This program introduces students to how ancient cultures from around the world used the stars and incorporated them into their daily lives and beliefs. The stars helped to orient humans in space and time.