CASS LAKE, Minn. (June 16, 2017) Summer naturalist programs are in full swing on the Chippewa National Forest, at the Norway Beach, Cut Foot Sioux Visitor Centers and Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center. Visitors are invited to join in the wide variety of naturalist programs, ranging from bald eagle presentations to fish printing and Ojibwe language lessons. Naturalists Genevieve Furtner, Jordan Zabel and Sophie Buysse have created a program schedule full of activities geared to connecting people to the outdoors and learning about Forest critters, northern lakes and Minnesota heritage.
The Chippewa National Forest has partnered with the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa to hire the seasonal naturalists to provide programs at the visitor centers and at events in Forest communities. Cut Foot Sioux Visitor Center programs are scheduled on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Norway Beach Visitor Center programs are scheduled Fridays, Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m. Watch for special events with guest speakers in July and August. The Edge of the Wilderness Discovery in Marcell is also offering naturalist programs Thursday-Saturday at 1 p.m. Schedules and directions to Forest visitor centers can be found on the Chippewa National Forest website at www.fs.usda.fed/chippewa