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There is an old saying “Learn something new every day”. Here on the Chippewa National Forest, we take that to heart! So many points to discover on this national forest, and so many opportunities to learn through the year. Here are a few ways you can participate:

  • Visit a visitor center this summer! Talk to a friendly volunteer host at Norway Beach and Cut Foot Sioux Visitor Centers or the Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center. Take a moment to tour the critter displays, make an animal track or put together a puppet play with your kids. Prepare for fun!
  • Join in a naturalist program. Our naturalists want to share their love of the outdoors with you.  Go on a nature hike, identify butterflies, learn about black bears, and make wild rice pancakes.  Programs are offered throughout the week during the summer. Watch for special events the rest of the year, including winter ski events and spring wildflower hikes.
  • Teachers…..bring your class out for a field trip.  We are happy to help you put together a fun and educational day on the Forest. Just call our main office and we will help you plan. 
  • Download some of our family fun activities from this website. Print out your tree or bird identification pages and bring them on your next outdoor adventure.
  • Take a hike. The Chippewa National Forest has some amazing interpretive trails that you shouldn’t miss. See how many people it takes to wrap all the way around a big pine at the Lost Forty.  Discover spring wildflowers and old maple camps along the Stony Point Trail.
  • Stop by the Forest bookstore. Want to learn how to identify animal tracks, find new camp cooking recipes or just want to bring home a taste of northern Minnesota. We have everything from field guides to maple syrup at our six Forest bookstores.