Sugaloaf North Shore Stewardship Association

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Daily Nature Programs

This summer, naturalist Margie, will be offering programs every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. O Fridays, Margie is available for private group tours. Drop by and learn something new every day!



Bird Banding: 7 am - noon (stop in any time):
Take a much closer look at songbirds! We will be banding birds and monitoring the populations of songbirds that nest and travel through Sugarloaf Cove and adding to the growing research on North Shore birds. Stop in to learn more about the banding process and its importance in understanding the lifespan, movement, and productivity of songbirds. Weather permitting.



NEW! Private North Shore tours.

Call to find out how you can hire our naturalist to guide you on a private tour anywhere along the North Shore. Rates vary relative to time and distance from Sugarloaf.



Guest speakers: 10 am

North Shore Geology 2 pm
Sugarloaf Cove is an incredible place to explore geology. Step back in geologic time and learn about the formation of the Sawtooth Mountains and Lake Superior. Learn to recognize common rocks found in the area and the story of their formation. What does a Lake Superior agate look like? What about Thompsonite? It’s all here under your feet!



Naturally Superior 1 pm
The North Shore of Minnesota is a persistent call to tourists and residents alike, and is home to a rich variety of essential ecological components. Join us at Sugarloaf for a summer series exploring critical components of the natural community that create this beloved place. Sessions will meet for approximately 2 hours over the course of the summer on Sunday afternoons from 1-3 pm. Each class will offer resources, background information and a field exploration of a particular topic.


Aug. 24 - Migration Central




Sugarloaf Cove by Chris Sandberg

2014 Calendar of Events

Daily Nature Programs


Nature Writing Workshop: Stories from Sugarloaf Cove


Saturday, August 23, 10 am - 1 pm
Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center

Nature is a creative force. When you are at Sugarloaf Cove your creative energy goes up. Form a creative partnership between writing and nature during a three-hour workshop on Saturday, August 23.

Intended for those who are inspired by a strong sense of this special place, you will explore wilderness – both inside and out. Write creatively in whatever genre you choose: haiku, short story, memoir, natural history, poetry, narrative nonfiction, science fiction.  

The workshop facilitator is Jill Swenson from Ithaca, NY, a book development editor and literary manager. With a Ph.D. from The University of Chicago and 20 years of teaching, editing and coaching writers, Jill has a current work-in-progress set in northern Minnesota and spent a decade living off-the-grid in the Finger Lakes of upstate New York. $35 per person. $30 for members. 

Thanks to a generous donor, we have two scholarships available for students age 15-25. Please contact sugarloaf via email or by phoning 218-525-0001 for more information.

Class fee


Tales They Tell - Plants at Sugarloaf with Chel Anderson

Saturday, August 30, 10 am
Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center

Join botanist and plant ecologist Chel Anderson on a walk to learn what plants reveal about the environmental history of the North Shore and Sugarloaf Cove. As a biological foundation of our world, plants offer  interesting and instructive insights into the past, present and future of our place in the community of life. FREE.


The Arctic Flora of Lake Superior's North Shore

Sunday, August 31, 1 pm (Note time)
Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center

Lake Superior's rocky shoreline is home to one of Minnesota's most unique plant communities, the arctic plant species that have persisted here since the last glaciation over 10,000 years ago.  Join Katie Winkler, assistant scientist at the University of Minnesota Duluth, to learn about arctic plants along the North Shore, and research that is currently underway to better understand their potential responses to climate change. FREE


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