Upcoming Events

Opening Season 2018

Saturday May 26, 2018 10:00am-05:00pm
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Opening Day

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center will open on May 26 for the season.

This year's temporary exhibit will include the Ham Lake Fire Exhibit from 2017 with added displays from the Gunflint Green Up Events.

The Museum will be open daily on May 26 through October 21, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Nature Center will be open daily on May 26 through October 21, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Come check out some of the new exhibits
See you this season

Shrimp Boil and Bake Sale

Sunday June 10, 2018 04:00pm-06:00pm
Seagull Lake Community Center (Hall #3)

Shrimp Boil and Bake Sale

The first scheduled fundraiser event for the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center will be the Shrimp Boil and Bake Sale.

Held at the Seagull Lake Community Center (GTVFD Hall #3)  on Sunday, June 10 beginning at 4 p.m. Get there early!

Suggested price of $15 per plate - as always, we appreciate all the extra help everyone donates to the Gunflint Trail Historical Society each season.

This event has been well received by the community with over 100 residents attending yearly.

As the date gets closer and you are interested in bringing some baked goodies, please contact Judy Edlund at 388-4400. A membership table will be set up to give newcomers the opportunity to join the Gunflint Trail Historical Society. This event will be a fun time and we hope you bring along your friends and neighbors. 

June GTHS Monthly Membership Meeting

Monday June 11, 2018 01:30pm-03:00pm
Seagull Lake Community Center (Fire Hall #3)

June GTHS membership meeting held at the Seagull Lake Community Center (GTVFD Hall #3)

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

Guest speaker will be Wayne Anderson, "A Walk Down Memory Lane"

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

Sunday Afternoon Nature Presentations - Chel Anderson

Sunday June 17, 2018 02:00pm-03:15pm
Chik-Wauk Nature Center

Chel Anderson will be joining us Sunday, June 17

Chel Anderson is a botanist and plant ecologist who has lived and worked on the North Shore since 1974. You probably know her as the Northwoods Naturalist on WTIP and as the author of the new environmental history, "North Shore."




All presentations are family friendly and free to the public
The event will be held inside Chik-Wauk Nature Center

Donations are always appreciated to help with the costs of supplies and event speakers

Kids' Day

Tuesday June 19, 2018 11:00am-04:00pm
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Kids’ Day every Tuesday from June 19 – August 14
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Children under age 18 can visit the Museum and Nature Center free of charge.

Chik-Wauk staff will offer a variety of hands-on activities all related to the unique history and nature of the Gunflint Trail, as well as stories, hikes, journal making, and craft projects.

A parent or guardian must accompany children at all times at the Nature Center

Donations are appreciated to cover the costs of materials and supplies



USDA Forest Service Nature Program

Tuesday June 19, 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



Sunday Afternoon Nature Presentation - Kate Kelnberger

Sunday June 24, 2018 02:00pm-03:15pm
Chik-Wauk Nature Center

Kate Kelnberger - is a Gunflint Trail resident, Minnesota Master Naturalist, long time birder, and volunteers at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center.

Kate will enlighten us on: "Neighbors helping Neighbors:  Hummingbirds and Sapsuckers"
She will also include other examples of bird/tree interaction

All presentations are family friendly and free to the public

They will meet inside Chik-Wauk Nature Center

Donations are always appreciated for supplies and event speakers

Kids' Day

Tuesday June 26, 2018 11:00am-04:00pm
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Kids’ Day
Every Tuesday from June 19 – August 14
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Children under age 18 can visit the Museum and Nature Center free of charge

Chik-Wauk staff will offer a variety of hands-on activities all related to the unique history and nature of the Gunflint Trail, as well as stories, hikes, journal making, and craft projects

A parent or guardian must accompany children at all times at the Nature Center

Donations are appreciated to cover the costs of materials and supplies


USDA Forest Service Nature Program

Tuesday June 26, 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 Historic Society - Open House

Sunday July 1, 2018 11:00am-04:00pm
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Open House

Join the Gunflint Trail Historical Society showcase the newest building to the Chik-Wauk property

The Historic Watercraft Exhibit Building

Kids' Day

Tuesday July 3, 2018 11:00am-04:00pm
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Kids’ Day
Every Tuesday from June 19 – August 14
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Children under age 18 can visit the Museum and Nature Center free of charge

Chik-Wauk staff will offer a variety of hands-on activities all related to the unique history and nature of the Gunflint Trail, as well as stories, hikes, journal making, and craft projects

A parent or guardian must accompany children at all times at the Nature Center

Donations are appreciated to cover the costs of materials and supplies


USDA Forest Service Nature Program

Tuesday July 3, 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





Sunday Afternoon Nature Presentation - Pat Thomas

Sunday July 8, 2018 02:00pm-03:15pm
Chik-Wauk Nature Center

Pat Thomas - Pollinators and other beneficial insects in your yard

Pat will educate us on how to attract and help provide for the bees and other beneficial insects that are located right in our own backyard.

Pat has been teaching classes on insect gardening for over 25 years. Her yard is home to many insects and other wildlife and is certified by several national organizations as outdoor habitat.

All presentations are family friendly and free to the public

They will meet inside Chik-Wauk Nature Center

Donations are always appreciated to help with the costs of supplies and event speakers

July Gunflint Trail Historical Society Membership Meeting

Monday July 9, 2018 01:30pm-03:30pm
A. Paul and Carol Schaap Community Center (Hall #1)

July 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.

Remembrances: Gunflint Trail Resident Remembrances

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

Kids' Day

Tuesday July 10, 2018 11:00am-04:00pm
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Kids’ Day
Every Tuesday from June 19 – August 14
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Children under age 18 can visit the Museum and Nature Center free of charge

Chik-Wauk staff will offer a variety of hands-on activities all related to the unique history and nature of the Gunflint Trail, as well as stories, hikes, journal making, and craft projects

A parent or guardian must accompany children at all times at the Nature Center

Donations are appreciated to cover the costs of materials and supplies

 

USDA Forest Service Nature Program

Tuesday July 10, 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





Kids' Day

Tuesday July 17, 2018 11:00am-04:00pm
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Kids’ Day
Every Tuesday from June 19 – August 14
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Children under age 18 can visit the Museum and Nature Center free of charge

Chik-Wauk staff will offer a variety of hands-on activities all related to the unique history and nature of the Gunflint Trail, as well as stories, hikes, journal making, and craft projects

A parent or guardian must accompany children at all times at the Nature Center

Donations are appreciated to cover the costs of materials and supplies
 

USDA Forest Service Program

Tuesday July 17, 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





Invasive Week Special Programs

Saturday July 21, 2018 - Saturday July 28, 2018 11:00am-04:00pm
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Invasive Week July 21 - July 28

Sunday Afternoon Presentation - John A. Paulson by David Battistel

Sunday July 22, 2018 02:00pm-03:15pm
Chik-Wauk Nature Center

John A. Paulson: The Man behind the Mystery as told by David Battistel

The story of the Paulson Mine, located in the western part of Cook County, Minnesota, has captivated people for many years. Touted as one of the great mining projects of the era, its failure in the early 1890s had a devastating impact on local economies spanning both sides of the border. The man behind this venture, John Paulson, was until recently an almost mythological figure. His life story however, from Norwegian immigrant, to Civil War veteran, to entrepreneur and finally to widowed farmer, is one of triumph and tragedy that exemplifies the North American experience in the 19th Century.

Dave Battistel is a history teacher and instructional leader at St. Patrick High School in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Since 1994 he has been actively researching and writing about the history of the Port Arthur, Duluth and Western Railway, as well as its associated ventures (silver and iron mining and logging). He is currently writing a book on the Gunflint & Lake Superior Railroad.

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

Donations are always appreciated to help with the costs of supplies and event speakers

Kids' Day

Tuesday July 24, 2018 11:00am-04:00pm
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Kids’ Day
Every Tuesday from June 19 – August 14
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Children under age 18 can visit the Museum and Nature Center free of charge

Chik-Wauk staff will offer a variety of hands-on activities all related to the unique history and nature of the Gunflint Trail, as well as stories, hikes, journal making, and craft projects

A parent or guardian must accompany children at all times at the Nature Center

Donations are appreciated to cover the costs of materials and supplies
 

USDA Forest Service Nature Program

Tuesday July 24, 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


Sunday Afternoon Nature Presentations - Doug Hall on Dragonflies

Sunday July 29, 2018 02:00pm-03:15pm
Chik-Wauk Nature Center

Doug Hall - Dragonflies

Join us on Sunday, July 29 with Doug Hall for his presentation  on dragonflies. Doug will start in the Nature Center with a  PowerPoint presentation about the local dragonflies. Weather dependent the next part of the presentation would be to take the group out on the Chik-Wauk grounds to try catching and releasing some dragonflies around the museum area.

Doug has a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Minnesota.  He has spent most of his professional career with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, primarily supervising water quality related programs. 

Since his retirement, 10 years ago, he has been volunteering at Warner Nature Center, a branch of the Science Museum of Minnesota.  Doug's volunteer activity is working with elementary students teaching them about various aspects of the natural world.
Doug is a member of the Minnesota Dragonfly Society which is a citizen science organization dedicated to increasing knowledge about dragonflies in Minnesota.

All presentations are family friendly and free to the public

They will meet inside Chik-Wauk Nature Center

Donations are always appreciated to help with the costs of supplies and event speakers

Kids' Day

Tuesday July 31, 2018 11:00am-04:00pm
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Kids’ Day
Every Tuesday from June 19 – August 14
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Children under age 18 can visit the Museum and Nature Center free of charge

Chik-Wauk staff will offer a variety of hands-on activities all related to the unique history and nature of the Gunflint Trail, as well as stories, hikes, journal making, and craft projects

A parent or guardian must accompany children at all times at the Nature Center

Donations are appreciated to cover the costs of materials and supplies
 

USDA Forest Service Program

Tuesday July 31, 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





Kids' Day

Tuesday August 7, 2018 11:00am-04:00pm
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Kids’ Day
Every Tuesday from June 19 – August 14
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Children under age 18 can visit the Museum and Nature Center free of charge

Chik-Wauk staff will offer a variety of hands-on activities all related to the unique history and nature of the Gunflint Trail, as well as stories, hikes, journal making, and craft projects

A parent or guardian must accompany children at all times at the Nature Center

Donations are appreciated to cover the costs of materials and supplies



USDA Forest Service Nature Program

Tuesday August 7, 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





August Gunflint Trail Historical Society Membership Meeting

Monday August 13, 2018 01:30pm-03:00pm
Seagull Lake Community Center (Hall #3)

August GTHS membership meeting held at the Seagull Lake Community Center (GTVFD Hall #3)

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

Guest Speaker John Hutchinson, Gary & Mary Connell “Tommy Banks – The Gangster of the Gunflint”

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

Kids' Day

Tuesday August 14, 2018 11:00am-04:00pm
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Kids’ Day
Every Tuesday from June 19 – August 14
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Children under age 18 can visit the Museum and Nature Center free of charge

Chik-Wauk staff will offer a variety of hands-on activities all related to the unique history and nature of the Gunflint Trail, as well as stories, hikes, journal making, and craft projects

A parent or guardian must accompany children at all times at the Nature Center

Donations are appreciated to cover the costs of materials and supplies



USDA Forest Service Nature Program

Tuesday August 14, 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





Teresa Marrone - invasive and non-native plants

Sunday August 19, 2018 02:00pm-03:30pm
Chik-Wauk Nature Center

Sunday Afternoon Presentation

This week join author Teresa Marrone as she educates us on the invasive and non-native plants that are around our area on the Gunflint Trail.After a short PowerPoint presentation, Teresa will take us on a brief walk around Chik-Wauk grounds to spot and identify some of these plants.

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

Donations are appreciated.

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





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. 

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.

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

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)



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