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Naturalist Programs

Hello from the Chippewa National Forest!  We have some great programs planned for the rest of the summer, including these special events!  Thanks for helping us get the word out and have a great weekend!  Mary

For radio stations, naturalist Sophie’s last name is pronounced “Bye-See”  Thanks!



CASS LAKE, Minn. (July 14, 2017)  Summer naturalist programs on the Chippewa National Forest are in full swing and visitors are invited to join in the variety of unique activities coming up this week, including hikes to the Joyce Estate near Marcell and the Lost Forty.


On Monday, July 17, at 10 a.m., visitors can join naturalist Steve Gang for a hike to the historic Joyce Estate. Participants will meet at the Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center in Marcell, Minn. and then drive in a car caravan (following the naturalist vehicle) to the trailhead on the north end of Trout Lake. Plan on a three-four hour tour that includes a 1.5-mile hike in to the Joyce Estate. Please note this hike is a total of three miles. Bring along a sack lunch and have a picnic with the naturalist.


On Tuesday, July 18 at 10 a.m., join naturalists Steve Gang and Sophie Buysse for a hike into the Lost Forty. Participants will meet at the Cut Foot Sioux Visitor Center off Highway 46, 17 miles north of Deer River and drive in a car caravan to the Lost 40 trailhead. This 1.5 mile hike meanders through the towering old growth pines and along Moose Creek.


For both hikes, visitors should bring hiking boots, hat, water bottle and bug spray along with a lunch or snacks.


Stop by the Visitor Center! Don’t forget to check out the weekly summer visitor center programs at Cut Foot Sioux and Norway Beach Visitor Centers. Naturalists Sophie Buysse and Genevieve Futner have partnered with us through the Conservation Corps of Minnesota/Iowa to provide excellent family programs this summer.


On Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16, join the naturalists  for heritage programs, including Dream Catchers and Anishinabe calendar and foods.


Special Program: Father Steve Daigle will be presenting a program on the Showy Lady Slipper on Saturday, July 15 at 7 p.m. at the Norway Beach Visitor Center.  Learn more about our northern Minnesota orchids!



Mary Nordeen
Public Affairs Specialist
Forest Service

Chippewa National Forest

p: 218-335-8658
f: 218-335-8637
200 Ash Ave NW
Cass Lake, MN 5663

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