Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Annual Bass Lake Trail Clearing Event

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Bring a friend or the whole family on Saturday, June 23rd for our second annual spring clearing event! Stop by the trailhead any time during the day to lend a hand, we will be waiting to put you to work. Hiking a beautiful trail and admiring waterfalls, all while giving something back? Not a bad way to spend a Saturday!

What to bring: Closed-toed shoes, a long-sleeve shirt, water and a lunch. Snacks will be provided.

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Jul
11
to Jul 15

Wilderness Project #1 - Misquah Lake Boardwalk

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Difficulty Rating: Moderate**

Ranger District: Gunflint

Project Description: Sharpen your carpentry skills with this boardwalk project in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness! Volunteers will work together to construct a boardwalk on the portage from Misquah Lake to Little Trout Lake. This area is great for spotting a moose or catching a fish in your spare time.

Volunteers will meet at the Gunflint Ranger Station for an orientation and to divide up gear before carpooling up the Gunflint Trail to the entry point. The group will paddle and portage approximately 4 hours from Poplar Lake to Misquah Lake and set up a base camp. Each day volunteers will travel from camp to the portage to complete boardwalk construction.

Meeting Location and Time: Gunflint Ranger Station 7/11 @ 8:00 am

Fees: There is a $50 registration fee for all participants ($25 for students). This fee is refundable up to three weeks prior to the project.

RSVP: Space is limited to 7 volunteers (6 of 7 spots available). Fill out a registration form at the link below. Registration deadline - June 27th.

More Details: The Northwoods Volunteer Connection provides some equipment for this project, see the Resources tab for more details including packing lists. Volunteers will be reimbursed $25 per day for the cost of food. Individuals may choose to bring their own food or to order food for the trip through a local outfitter. 

**Please note that canoe experience is preferred for this project.

 

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Jul
21
9:00 AM09:00

Invasive Species Week at Chik-Wauk Nature Center

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Help keep invasive plants from spreading along the wild and scenic Gunflint Trail and into the Superior National Forest!

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. Volunteers will lend a hand by removing white sweetclover from the Chik Wauk area.

This is a family friendly event! Lunch will be provided for volunteers. More details to be announced.

More information about Chik Wauk can be found here.

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Jul
28
9:30 AM09:30

Centennial Trail Boardwalk Project

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Join us for a boardwalk project on the historic Centennial Hiking Trail! 

 

About the project: The Centennial Trail was developed to honor the Superior National Forest’s 100th anniversary in 2009. Volunteers will install a boardwalk on a section of the trail near the Kekekabic Trailhead on the Gunflint Trail. The day will begin with volunteers carrying boards from the parking area to the construction site, about 1/2 of a mile.

What to bring: Volunteers should wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt as well as waterproof footwear. Remember to bring plenty of water!

Gloves, safety equipment and tools will be provided. Lunch will be provided for those who register ahead of time.

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Aug
10
to Aug 12

Wilderness Project #2 – Height of Land Portage Boardwalk

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Difficulty Rating: Moderate**

Ranger District: Gunflint

Project Description: Are you interested in a BWCA Wilderness experience but unable to commit to a 5-day trip? This is the project for you! Experience the Wilderness as a Northwoods volunteer over a long weekend. The Height of Land Portage is part of the historic route of indigenous people and the voyageurs along the border between Canada and the United States.

Volunteers will meet at the Gunflint Ranger Station for an orientation and divide up gear before carpooling up the Gunflint Trail to the entry point. The first day will be spent paddling and portaging from Mayhew Lake to South Lake to set up a base camp. On the second day, volunteers will construct the boardwalk and paddle out on the third day.

Meeting Location and Time: Gunflint Ranger Station August 10 @ 7:30 am

Fees: There is a $50 registration fee for all participants ($25 for students). This fee is refundable up to three weeks prior to the project.

RSVP: Space is limited to 5 volunteers (3 of 5 spots available). Fill out a registration form at the link below. Registration deadline - July 27.

More Details: The Northwoods Volunteer Connection provides some equipment for this project, see the Resources tab for more details including packing lists. Volunteers will be reimbursed $25 per day for the cost of food. Individuals may choose to bring their own food or to order food for the trip through a local outfitter. 

**Please note that canoe experience is preferred for this project.

 

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Aug
31
to Sep 4

Wilderness Project #3 – Sioux Hustler Trail Clearing

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Difficulty Rating: Moderate**

Ranger District: LaCroix

Project Description: Join us for a Wilderness adventure on the Sioux Hustler Trail! The Sioux-Hustler Trail is a primitive 30-mile loop hiking trail in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. A highlight of the trail is the Devil's Cascade, a 75 foot waterfall into a granite gorge near Lower Pauness Lake. This project will focus on clearing brush and vegetation from the south and eastern portion of the trail.

Volunteers will meet at the LaCroix Ranger Station for an orientation and to divide up gear before carpooling to the Little Indian Sioux River North entry point. The group will paddle and portage approximately 5 hours into the Lynx Lake area and set up a base camp. Each day volunteers will travel by canoe to reach the trail.

Meeting Location and Time: LaCroix Ranger Station August 31 @ 8:00 am

Fees: There is a $50 registration fee for all participants ($25 for students). This fee is refundable up to three weeks prior to the project.

RSVP: Space is limited to 8 volunteers (7 of 8 spots available). Fill out a registration form at the link below. Registration deadline – August 17th.

More Details: The Northwoods Volunteer Connection provides some equipment for this project, see the Resources tab for more details including packing lists. Volunteers will be reimbursed $25 per day for the cost of food. Individuals may choose to bring their own food or to order food for the trip through a local outfitter. 

**Please note that canoe experience is preferred for this project.

 

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