Outdoor Learning

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A child using binocularsWalking through the woods, picking up rocks on the beach, sitting by a campfire - you’ll find that your appreciation of your visit to Superior National Forest will be enriched by coming to one of our many summer naturalist programs.  Join our naturalists as we explore the Forest from its wolves and butterworts to its lumber mills and people.  Perhaps you’d like to use a bat detector to check out the local night life, or to walk on a 1.1 billion year old lava flow.  Or maybe you’d rather toast a marshmallow on the fire or try your luck at finding blue winged warblers.  Regardless of which you choose, chances are good that if you’re visiting the North Woods, you love nature and that you’d love to go to one of our naturalist programs.



LaCroix District Naturalist Programs

Naturalist-led programs are offered weekends during the summer at Echo Lake and Lake Jeanette campgrounds.  They include campfires, hikes, kids’ programs, and others on a variety of natural and cultural history subjects.  Check with campground hosts or concessionaires, or look at bulletin boards in the campground to see what exciting programs are being offered during your visit!


North Shore Resort Naturalist Programs

A naturalist leading a bird hikeEach year, naturalist programs are offered at a variety of resorts and campgrounds along the North Shore through the Resort Naturalist Program.  This program is cooperatively funded by the USDA Forest Service and the Cook County Visitor Bureau.  All naturalist programs are free of charge and open to everyone.  Activities including hikes and campfires are scheduled Tuesday through Saturday every week during the summer.  

Our 2014 season is done, thanks to all who came to the programs!  The 2015 season runs from June 15 to August 22, with a schedule of 17 programs a week.  To see the 2014 schedule as a sample, click here


Becoming a Boundary Waters Family

A naturalist dressed a voyageur shows a mapWhat's it take to be Boundary Waters Family?  You may need to know how to make haute cuisine on a iron fire grate, the life history of the moose, or maybe some special paddling strokes from the voyageur era.  The Superior National Forest has collected experts to give presentations on the kinds of things that can make your life in the "BW" more interesting and more fun.  This series of programs was given Tuesdays at the historic Chik-Wauk Lodge near the end of the Gunflint Trail from 3:00 - 4:30, from June 17 to August 23, but have now concluded for the 2014 season.  Hope you can join us next year!

For more information, link to the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center site or the  Becoming a Boundary Waters Family website.  


Discovery Auto Tour

Discovery Auto TourInterpretive scenic drives can help you cover a lot of ground while learning about the outdoors.  Visit the Discovery Auto Tour page to learn more.