Outdoor Learning

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Walking 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.

North Shore Resort Naturalist Programs

Each 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 Visit Cook County.  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.  

You can see the schedule of programs here.

Boundary Waters Wild!

Want to learn about the natural history of the BW?  Or maybe want 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 is giving presentations on the kinds of things that can make your life in the "BW" more interesting and more fun at the historic Chik-Wauk Lodge near the end of the Gunflint Trail from 2:00 - 3:30 on Wednesdays, starting mid-June and ending at the end of August.    

For more information, link to the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center site.  

Discovery Auto Tour

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

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Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities