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Listening Point Sigurd Olsen website

P.O. Box 180
Ely, MN 55731

"I named this place Listening Point because only when one comes to listen, only when one is aware and still, can things be seen and heard”. This land on Burntside Lake was so named as a “listening post for the wilderness” by Sigurd Olson.

Spend the fall day in the “footsteps of Sigurd Olson”, Minnesota’s premier Naturalist and Wilderness Advocate. The day will include Sig’s writing shack, his home, and the Listening Point cabin. This year is the 55th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act and Olson’s role in making this into law will be shared, along with his writings and the colorful fall foliage of Mountain Maples and golden Tamarack against an old growth forest of conifers.

The Listening Point Foundation and the Ely Field Naturalists will help host the morning to Sig’s writing shack, and Listening Point on Burntside Lake. Participants are invited to bring along your favorite Olsen readings as well.

Instructors: Stephan Carlson U of MN Extension; Listening Point Foundation; Bill Tefft, Ely Field Naturalist http://elyfieldnaturalists.wordpress.com/

Cost: $40.00, Non-Master Naturalist $50.00 (lunch is not included)

Included: The day will include both indoor and outdoor activities, photo opportunities at all sites, hiking (about a mile all day), light breakfast and Olson’s books and other related materials will be available for purchase. http://listeningpointfoundation.org/shop/

Readings will be shared from Sig’s writings prior to the workshop from the Listening Point Foundation http://listeningpointfoundation.org/ and The Sigurd F. Olson website(s) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigurd_F._Olson

Dress for October weather.

Carpooling will take place from Ely’s Vermillion Community College parking lot off of 17th Ave North http://www.vcc.edu/ to Olson’s home and writing shack. The same group will then carpool out to Burntside Lake. We will divide into two groups for the onsite activities at Listening Point.

Lodging: On your own in Ely at local hotels (set up by yourself at http://www.ely.org/lodging)

Minimum: 10 Limited to 25

Directions for Ely’s Vermillion Community College parking lot will be sent out after you register for the workshop.

Questions: Contact: Stephan Carlson at carls009@umn.edu or call 612 624 8186

The course cost is $40 and includes course manuals and supplies.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. on:

Instructor Information

Stephan Carlson

Dr. Stephan Carlson. Dr. Carlson has worked for the U of M Extension and the College of Food Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences for the last 25 years doing outreach and teaching classes in environmental education (EE) and interpretation. He has worked in the fields of EE, outdoor recreation, informal science education and environmental interpretation for the past 35 years. In addition to his work teaching interpretation, he also teaches Science and Math summer school on the White Earth Indian Reservation. His research is on understanding the components that informal science experiences have on young people and how to develop quality programs that incorporate these components in environmental education.

Sponsor Information

University of MN Extension


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