Upcoming Events

USDA Forest Service Nature Program

Tuesday August 21, 2018 02:00pm-03:00pm
Chik-Wauk Nature Center

U.S.D.A. Forest Service Presentation

Every Tuesday from June 19 until August 21

U.S.D.A. Forest Service naturalists present on a different Northwoods themed topic

Located in the Chik-Wauk Nature Center

All programs are free and family friendly





Gunflint Trail History

Thursday August 23, 2018 07:00pm-08:00pm
Cook County Higher Education / North Shore Campus

Cook County Higher Education will host Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center for a special evening presentation. 

Barb Bottger, past president of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society will give a brief presentation on the history of the Gunflint Trail. How it was established, why it was created, and who used this 57 mile long trail.

Cheryl Hedstrom Dailey (no relation to the Hedstrom Lumber Company) will share stories and photos, about her experiences of growing up at the End of the Trail Lodge. Her family owned End of the Trail Lodge from 1946 – 1965.


This presentation will take place in Grand Marais at Cook County Higher Education/North Shore Campus.


 

Intro to Lichens with Rory Anderson

Friday August 24, 2018 09:00am-12:00pm
Chik-Wauk Nature Center

Join us in an “Introduction to Lichen” class August 24, 2018.
 
Instructor
Rory Anderson, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center Naturalist
 
Class Schedule – Approximately 3 hours
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. classroom instruction – physiology and ecology of some of the most overlooked communities in nature
10:00 a.m. to noon – explore lichen species on the Chik-Wauk trails
 
 Please register by August 15.  
 
Space is limited.  Call Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center at 218-388-9915 or send an email to naturecenter@chikwauk.com.
 
Cost
$35.00 per person
($25.00 per person for Gunflint Trail Historical Society members or donors)
 
No age limit


Moose presented by Dr. Seth Moore

Sunday August 26, 2018 02:00pm-03:15pm
Chik-Wauk Nature Center

Moose Presentation

Dr. Seth Moore, Director of Biology and Environment with the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will be doing a special presentation Sunday, August 26 on moose of our area.

The Grand Portage Reservation is located in the extreme northeast corner of Minnesota, on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Cook County. Bordered on the north by Canada, on the south and east by Lake Superior and on the west by Grand Portage State Forest, the reservation encompasses an historic fur trade site on scenic Grand Portage Bay.

The band engages in fisheries and wildlife research projects throughout the year, working with moose, wolves, fish, deer, grouse, and environmental issues.



All presentations are family friendly and free to the public, they will be held inside Chik-Wauk Nature Center.

Donations are always appreciated to help with the costs of the presenters as well as supplies.

Old Fashioned Pie and Ice Cream Social

Sunday September 2, 2018 12:00pm-04:00pm
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Old Fashioned Pie and Ice Cream Social

We like to mark the end the summer with the annual Old Fashioned Pie and Ice Cream Social on the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center grounds.

Our guest author this year is Cary J. Griffith. Cary will be available to sign his latest book “Gunflint Burning – Fire in the Boundary Waters”.
The North Shore Swing Band will be on the front porch of Chik-Wauk Lodge to get us in the mood starting at 12:30 and going until 2 pm.

As always, there will be lots of locally homemade pies to choose from. There is a suggested donation of $5 per slice of pie, ice cream and beverage.
This day also features the annual Chik-Wauk “sidewalk” sale which offers steep discounts on many gift shop items. It will be a fun way to wrap up the summer and say “so long till next year,” to our friends and neighbors.

Do you have some used cookbooks you don’t use anymore. Bring them along for the cookbook rummage sale.

All proceeds help with the daily operational costs of the Museum and Nature Center.

Owls presented by David Grosshuesch; USDA Forest Service

Saturday September 8, 2018 02:00pm-03:00pm
Chik-Wauk Nature Center

Saturday Afternoon Nature Presentation

Join us for an exciting presentation on owls!!

There are few things on the planet as mysterious and loved as owls! Please join us and learn about the behavior habits of those nighttime denizens of the Superior National Forest.

Dave Grosshuesch has worked extensively on migrations, nesting and irruptions of owls in Minnesota. He currently works as a biologist out of the USFS Tofte station on the Superior National Forest.

All presentations are family friendly and free to the public.

Donations are always appreciated.


September Gunflint Trail Historical Society Membership Meeting

Monday September 10, 2018 01:30pm-03:00pm
A. Paul and Carol Schaap Community Center (Hall #1)

September GTHS membership meeting held at the A. Paul and Carol Schaap Community Center (GTVFD Hall #1)

All GTHS meetings begin at 1:30 p.m. after a brief overview of GTHS business.

“A Description of the Early Days of Gateway Lodge, Hungry Jack Lake as Related by Bob Gapen with Additional Comments by Richard Fink”

Treats and conversation follow (thank you to the ladies that provide the homebaked goodies each month)

Staci Drouillard - Local Author

Saturday September 15, 2018 02:00pm-03:15pm
Chik-Wauk Nature Center

Saturday Afternoon Presentation

Local author Staci Drouillard will be joining us at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center to talk about her current writings and share some insights about early European contact with the Ojibwe on the Gunflint Trail.
 
Staci’s grandfather, Fred Drouillard and grandmother, Lola had worked at Chik-Wauk Resort in the 1930's and 1940's. Fred was a fishing guide on Saganaga Lake and Lola cooked three meals a day at the resort. Fred and Lola would spend every summer at Chik-Wauk living in the Raven's Nest cabin. Staci’s father, Francis, started work as a bait and dock helper at Chik-Wauk and by the age of 16, was working as a fishing guide alongside his dad.
 
Staci has earned a BA degree in Native American Studies from University of MN Twin Cities, and a Master of Liberal Studies from University of MN Duluth.
 

All presentations are family friendly and free to the public.
Donations are always appreciated for materials and supplies.
 

Bats -Presentation by USDA Forest Service Peg Robertsen

Saturday September 22, 2018 02:00pm-03:15pm
Chik-Wauk Nature Center

BATS!!

Saturday, September 22 - Peg Robertsen from the USDA Forest Service will be doing a presentation on our bat population in our area.

We have lost much of our population to White-nose Syndrome (WNS) it is a disease that is killing millions of bats in eastern North America. Infected bats often have white fungus growing around their muzzle —the “white nose” that gives the disease its name— as well as on their wings, tail and ears. As of spring 2017, bats in 30 states and 5 provinces have the disease

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have stated bats, like snakes, are poorly understood. As a result, these tiny winged mammals are feared by many.

General description: Bat species found in Minnesota are very small, weighing from two-tenths of an ounce to slightly over one ounce.

Fun facts: Bats locate insects and dodge obstacles by echo location. As they fly, they constantly emit supersonic cries. Their ears pick up echoes bouncing off objects. These echoes either guide bats toward prey or away from obstacles. Discovery of this unique principle led to development of sonar and radar by which boats and planes navigate, and fishermen locate schools of fish.



All presentations are family friendly and free to the public, they will be held inside Chik-Wauk Nature Center.

Donations are always appreciated to help cover the costs of materials and supplies.

Last Day of the Season

Sunday October 21, 2018 05:00pm-05:00pm
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Thank you for a great season!

Chik-Wauk Museum would like to thank everyone who has visited our location.

Sunday, October 21 is the last day we will be open for 2018.



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