Chik-Wauk Nature Center Grand Opening Sunday, July 3 on the Gunflint Trail


Chik-Wauk Nature Center Grand Opening

Sunday, July 3 in Grand Marais


Cook County, Minn. – 6/9/2016 – The Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, located near the end of the Gunflint Trail National Scenic Byway in Grand Marais, Minn. is revealing a brand new nature center at the grand opening celebration on Sunday, July 3, 2016.


Visitors can enjoy FREE admission all day, along with shuttle service, refreshments, hourly presentations and kids’ activities at the event.  One of the hourly presentations will be by Jacqueline Mallinson, a naturalist who is now on staff at the new nature center. Another will be by local artist Keith Morris who created an “underwater” loon sculpture, which is mounted from the ceiling so spectators can view it as if they were under water looking up. The grand opening will also feature an exhibit on bird songs titled “Heard but not Seen”, which includes an interpretive panel and audio recordings of eight types of birds found on the center grounds.


The brand new Chik-Wauk Nature Center includes:


  • Six work stations with activities based on each topic: mammals, birds, plants, weather, water and insects
  • Informational panels and flip books to learn about nature on the Gunflint Trail, and interactive activity bins


What |        Chik-Wauk Nature Center Grand Opening

Where |      Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

28 Moose Pond Dr., Grand Marais, MN 55604

When |        11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday, July 3, 2016


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History of the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center


Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center tells the story of the Gunflint Trail. “Chik-Wauk” means “jack of the pines” in Ojibwe; the lodge, which houses the museum and nature center, is surrounded by tall Jack Pine trees and is located on beautiful Saganaga Lake. Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center presents the area’s cultural and natural history through interpretive and interactive exhibits. Learn about the Gunflint Trail’s prehistoric beginnings, and the people who helped shape today’s unique, rural community, including Native Americans, Voyageurs, miners, loggers, resort owners and current residents.


A network of nature trails crisscross Chik-Wauk’s 50-acre grounds. Visitors can immerse themselves in the Gunflint Trail forest with Chik-Wauk’s family-focused, naturalist program.

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is a partnership of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and Superior National Forest, Gunflint Ranger District.


Chik-Wauk Museum hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., now through Oct. 23, 2016

Chik-Wauk Nature Center hours: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., now through Oct. 23, 2016


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About Visit Cook County

Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. Last spring, Grand Marais was named the 2015 Coolest Small Town in America by Budget Travel, thanks to a social media voting contest. Visit Cook County inspires guests to rekindle their sense of adventure by boldly escaping the ordinary, from Minnesota’s tallest mountains to its greatest lakeshore. Download the Visit Cook County app in the Google Play or iTunes App store to gain quick access to the events calendar, places to eat, stay, and play right at your fingertips. Stay in touch via, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.



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