Minnesota Master Naturalist

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NWGL - North House Folk School

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500 Hwy 61 West
Grand Marais, MN 55604

North House Folk School is excited to partner with Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association and University of Minnesota Extension to host the North Woods, Great Lakes Master Naturalist Volunteer Training Course on the spectacular North Shore of Lake Superior. Dig into northern ecology in this five-day immersion course that offers a wide variety of field experiences to explore a variety of area plant and animal communities, amazing geology, and Lake Superior, while also investigating human interactions in these ecosystems. Situated on the Grand Marais Harbor, North House offers an exceptional launching place for learning about the Northwoods and Lake Superior. This session will be offered during the Northern Landscapes Festival, a week when some of Minnesota’s finest naturalists converge at North House to take in the emerging spring season through birding, phenology and geology field experiences as well as evening lectures—no doubt a few of these experts will drop-in to share their knowledge, an added bonus to the already highly qualified lead instructors Margie Menzies and Lisa Tracy. Join us for a tightly packed whirlwind of adventures and learning! This course qualifies participants to become Master Naturalists after a capstone project is completed, as well as the commitment to volunteer for 40 hours during the year.

This class will be held almost entirely outdoors; when indoors participants are required to follow current Covid-safety practices, including masking while on campus. See North House Covid 19 Statement.

There is no lodging available on the campus- but North House does a really nice job of compiling local housing options for students- there are a variety of different options. Here is a link to their website page on housing options in Grand Marais Lodging Partners

The course cost is $395 and includes course manuals and supplies.

If the course cost is a hardship, please fill out the scholarship application. After the scholarship is fully processed, you will receive a code to be entered in the on-line registration process. Please wait until you receive that code to complete registration.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 A.M. on:

Instructor Information

Margie Menzies

Sponsor Information

Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association


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