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The Chippewa National Forest Visitor Centers at Norway Beach Recreation Area and Cut Foot Sioux will be closed for the 2021 season.  Look for our virtual programming this summer and continue to LEARN on the Chipp! 


The Chippewa National Forest is full of opportunities to learn! This page offers ideas for great activities for your day outdoors. 

  • Learn your trees and birds and other critters. Take a look into the Science and Nature section for easy to use identification sheets to learn more about the frog calls, butterflies, birds and more!  

  • Eat outdoors-set up camp! A career in natural resources starts with simple moments with your family, whether it’s a weekly picnic, berry picking, backyard camping or grilling hotdogs. Look inside the Outdoor Safety and Ethics section for some favorite recipes, Tread Lightly information and camping skill activities.  

  • Make the day historic! There are many designated national historic sites on the Chippewa National Forest. Make a tradition of visiting the Old Cut Foot Sioux Ranger Station, Camp Rabideau, Joyce Estate or many other Civilian Conservation Corps sites. Learln more in the History and Culture section. 

  • Learn a new language. The Chippewa National Forest shares boundaries with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. Learn about Anishinabe culture and teach yourself names of wildlife Ojibwemowin (in Ojibwe) in the History and Culture section. 

  • Citizen Science. Our naturalists want to share their love of the outdoors with you. Go on a self-guided nature hike, create a pollinator garden, share your birding list. Follow the links provided in the Parents and Teachers section and email us if you are looking for resources or lesson plan ideas. 

  • Take a hike. Lost 40 is a popular trail with its old growth pine, but we encourage visitors to discover other unique areas. Look for spring wildflowers at Stony Point, enjoy a picnic at Shingobee, hike along a glacial esker at East Seelye Point. Use this link to discover a new trail to explore.