Upcoming Events

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



International Wolf Center Presents

Saturday June 23, 2018 11:30am-12:30pm
Chik-Wauk Nature Center

Saturday Presentation
International Wolf Center - Ely, MN


Wolves at our Door is a PowerPoint program based on photos and video clips from the center. 
There will be plenty of unique artifacts brought over for viewing.

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

Donations are appreciated.



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
The Gunflint Trail Historical Society likes to celebrate the opening of Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center that took place on July 4, 2010 every year.

This year on Sunday, July 1 the Gunflint Trail Historical Society will celebrate two new structures that have been added to the Chik-Wauk property.

It took two years, 20+ volunteer members, countless numbers of hours, to create a beautiful timber framed structure that will become Chik-Wauk's Watercraft Exhibit Building.
In this building there will be various watercraft, motors, and artifacts that will be on display for visitors to get a glimpse of how the earlier residents of the Gunflint Trail traveled the waterways.

The second structure is an Intereptive Cabin Exhibit Building. The cabin will showcase how an earlier cabin on the Gunflint Trail might have looked.

Join us for the celebration on July 1 from 11 am - 4 pm to include cake and beverages.

 

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

Join us for a day of invasive species education and fun at the end of the Gunflint Trail!

What makes a plant invasive? What happens native plant communities when invasives are introduced? All of these questions and more will be answered during this kick-off to Invasive Species Week at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center! We will compare areas where native species grow to the areas where invasive plants such as sweetclover and spotted knapweed have taken hold.

This event is kid friendly and fun for the whole family. Take part in an invasive species pull, make a fish print, or explore the beautiful Chik-Wauk grounds. 

Schedule of Events

10 am – Guided Hike and Pull. Get a close-up look at what a healthy native plant community, then lend a hand and help remove invasive species from elsewhere on the Chik-Wauk grounds. These efforts will help keep invasive plants from spreading along the wild and scenic Gunflint Trail and into the Superior National Forest!

Noon – Lunch. Provided for participants.

1 pm – Presentation by Jim Manolis. Jim will describe forest restoration efforts by The Nature Conservancy in NE Minnesota and its connections with invasive plants and animals.

2 pm – Guided Hike and Pull.

More information about Chik Wauk can be found here.

This program is brought to you by the Gunflint Trail Historical Society, Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway Committee, USDA Forest Service and the Northwoods Volunteer Connection

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





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. 

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.

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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