September 1, 2020 - October 31, 2020
12:00 am

Geese Fly South
Geese Fly South

Canada geese migrate south because they need open water for food and as a place of refuge from predators. They fly at 40 mph, but can reach 70 mph with a good tailwind. They fly in a V formation with each bird a bit higher than the one in front. Some speculate the lead goose breaks wind and allows the others to draft. Do you know why one side of the V is longer than the other? More birds on that side.

September 12, 2020 - October 30, 2020
12:00 am

Fall Raptor Migration
Fall Raptor Migration

Each fall thousands of raptors migrate south toward nesting grounds and/or better food sources. The North Shore is one of the best places in North America to view this migration. While kestrels and hawks begin their southern journey in mid-August, the peak of the big bird fly over is mid-September to late October.

Species include Osprey, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Golden Eagle, American Kestrel, Merlin, and Peregrine Falcon, [pictured here].

Viewing Tip
Head out on a day with northwest winds which concentrate the birds down the shoreline. West winds are almost as effective in concentrating the flock movements. South and east winds produce fewer birds, but they often fly lower and are easier to spot.

Bring binoculars and head to the high point in the area – usually a ridge line, typically a mile or so inland from Highway 61. Hawk Ridge in Duluth is the quintessential [and busiest] place to see the migration. They give daily bird counts and have more info about the migration.

September 14, 2020 - October 20, 2020
All Day

Fall Colors: Birch/Poplar Season
Fall Colors: Birch/Poplar Season

As the maple colors peak and fade, the birch and poplar and tamarack turn yellow, creating a second golden fall color season. You will find these colors right along the Highway 61 corridor and just inland, especially from Duluth to Split Rock Lighthouse.

See suggested Fall Color Drives & Hikes and get the weekly Fall Color Report, starting Sep. 9th.

September 25, 2020 - April 10, 2021
12:00 am

Bears Hibernate
Bears Hibernate

True hibernators’ body temps drop, their heart beat slows, and they don’t ‘wake up’ when prodded or exposed to loud noises. Black bears, chipmunks, snakes, frogs, toads and some turtles hibernate. Other mammals go into torpor, a state of deep, temporary sleep from which they wake to eat, drink, release waste.

Learn more about bear hibernation.

October 1, 2020 - October 25, 2020
All Day

Grand Marais Art Colony October Offerings
Grand Marais Art Colony October Offerings

Grand Marais Art Colony | Grand Marais MN

Workshops, opportunities and events

Sep 30-Oct 4 :: Deep Dive
8 :: Woodblock Printmaking
9-10/11 :: Painting Bootcamp
10 :: Japanese Stab bound Books
10-11 :: Beginning Watercolor
10-11 :: Maiolica Tiles
15 :: Art Journaling Re-invented
15 :: Build Your Own Board Game
16-17 :: Spontaneous Process Painting
17 :: Halloween Mask Making
19 :: Novel Starter Class
20 :: Virtual Class _ Ceramics Materials Worjshop
22-25 :: Bringing Movement and Depth to Your Paintings

Check our site for additional information

October 1, 2020 - October 31, 2020
All Day

North House October Events
North House October Events

North House Folk School | Grand Marais MN

Upcoming events and courses at North House Folk School

Sep 3- Oct 4 :: Nature Photography: Fall Equinox Session
4 – &. :: Fly Fishing the North Shore
9 :: Soap Making the Old Fashioned Way
9-11 :: Handcraft a Wool Braided Rug
9-11 :: Herbalism Apprentice
10-11 :: The Cedar Hand Drum
15-19 :: Family Weekend
15-19 :: :: Nature Photography
22-25 :: Yurt Building
23-24 :: Hand-Sewn Leather Tote
23-25 :: Knitting the Borealis Hat
23-25 :: Rosemaling: Valdres Style
23-25 :: Traditional Swedish Hair jewelry
23-25 :: Artisan Breads Immersion
24 :: Viking Posament Bracelet  online
29-Nov 1 :: Deersking Mittens with Aniishiinaabe Style Beadwork
30-Nov 1 :: Lost Wax Casting: Sterling Silver Rings

Find detail on the North House website.

October 16, 2020 - December 5, 2020
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Cook County Through My Eyes Vol. II

Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery | Grand Marais MN

A Photo Art Exhibit by David R. Johnson

Join the JHP Art Gallery for an exhibition of new works.

Stop in to see the exhibit during our regular business hours: Fridays 1 – 4 pm & Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm

You may also schedule an online viewing of the exhibit

October 20, 2020 - November 1, 2020
12:00 am

First Expected Snowfall
First Expected Snowfall

The North Shore will absolutely receive snow before this, but the first snowfall that will stay on the ground typically happens in mid-November, which averages 2 inches of snow closer to Duluth and 4 inches of snow closer to Grand Marais.

October 20, 2020
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Joy of Art: Card Making
Joy of Art: Card Making

Joy & Company | Grand Marais MN

The Joy of Art: Card Making Session features Rae Klesser, an accomplished multi-media artist from Grand Marais, as your guide. $20 includes all of your supplies for this art session. Bring a sack lunch and gear up for creating! The possibilities are endless when you experiment with the vast array of stencils, stamps, inks, paper stock, paints etc. Joy & Co. has available for you to work with.

There is plenty of space for social distancing and face masks are required within the store.

October 20, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Understanding Equity
Understanding Equity
zoom offering

We live in bleak times and struggle with what can seem like insurmountable problems. One of the major issues in our national discourse is equity – a desirable status – but what is equity, anyway? One could say there is a solid understanding of what “equality” is – it is relatively easy to measure and observe. But what of equity? How do we understand what equity is, how it operates, and how we measure it? And, what part of our public life should be audited for equity? Please join us for a discussion of a framework that could be employed in a variety of settings to ensure all people have access and opportunity to engage the resources, institutions, and outcomes necessary for equity.

Price $20 |  Register
scholarships available

Offered through Cook County Higher Education