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SANDSTONE, MINNESOTA

Migration Mysteries: Raptors on the Wing, Wolves in the Wild, and North Country Settlers

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Program #5745RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jun 8 — Jun 13, 2014

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Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Private rooms with air-conditioning, and private bath. View of forest and lake from windows.

Contact info:
54165 Audubon Drive
Sandstone, MN 55795 USA
phone: 888-404-7743
web: www.audubon-center.org

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Bedding, pillows, towels and wash cloths will be provided. Hair dryers are not provided. Personal soaps and shampoos not provided.

Facility amenities: Lounge and laundry facilities

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 08 - Audubon Center/Check-In/Walking Tour/Welcome and ...
Afternoon: After arriving and checking into your room, there will be a walking tour of the property covering our facilities including Historic Schwyzer Lodge and our Wildlife Barn. We will also walk over to our viewing platform of beautiful Grindstone Lake. Distance covered is about two city blocks.

Dinner: Dinner is served buffet style by our experienced and professional kitchen staff in the Blandin Dining Hall. This spacious building has stained glass windows, local art, a stone fireplace, and a view of Grindstone Lake.

Evening: We will gather for introductions to one another, the Center and for a review of the week's schedule.

Lodging: Audubon Center of the North Woods

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Private rooms with air-conditioning, and private bath. View of forest and lake from windows.

Contact info:
54165 Audubon Drive
Sandstone, MN 55795 USA
phone: 888-404-7743
web: www.audubon-center.org

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Bedding, pillows, towels and wash cloths will be provided. Hair dryers are not provided. Personal soaps and shampoos not provided.

Facility amenities: Lounge and laundry facilities

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 09 - Ojibwe History/Mille Lacs American Indian Museum/...
Ojibwe History/Mille Lacs American Indian Museum/Live Birds of Prey Program

Breakfast: Breakfast in the Center dining hall - just 80 feet from lodging to dining hall

Morning: Presentation on Ojibwe American Indians. The Ojibwe have called Minnesota home for centuries. Discover how these people have thrived living with nature and understanding the secrets and beauty of the natural world around them.

Lunch: Lunch is served in the dining hall

Afternoon: Field trip to Mille Lacs Indian Museum to learn about Ojibwe Indian history. The Ojibwe have called this area home for nearly 400 years. This afternoon we will learn about their culture, its past and the present.

Dinner: Dinner is served in the dining hall

Evening: Program on bird of prey natural history - with live educational raptors present. Our wildlife staff will lead an engaging program with a number of our raptors which could include hawks, falcons, owls, and eagle. Learn about how these magnificent creatures hunt, their adaptations and how they thrive in the North Country.

Lodging: Audubon Center of the North Woods

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Private rooms with air-conditioning, and private bath. View of forest and lake from windows.

Contact info:
54165 Audubon Drive
Sandstone, MN 55795 USA
phone: 888-404-7743
web: www.audubon-center.org

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Bedding, pillows, towels and wash cloths will be provided. Hair dryers are not provided. Personal soaps and shampoos not provided.

Facility amenities: Lounge and laundry facilities

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 10 - Wolf Ecology and Human Interactions/Local Fire Ca...
Wolf Ecology and Human Interactions/Local Fire Catastrophe of 1894/Hawk Ridge Natural History

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the dining hall

Morning: Presentation on wolves. No other animal evokes such strong emotions as the wolf. This morning we will look at this fascinating animal, its adaptations, behaviors and lifestyle, while also looking at the human interaction with this species, from long held myths, to current management and research techniques.

Lunch: Lunch is served in the dining hall.

Afternoon: Field trip to Hinckley Fire Museum to learn about the Great Hinckley Fire. There have been 3 recorded firestorms in history- the bombings at Dresden, Germany, the atomic bomb of Hiroshima, Japan and the Hinckley Fire. Learn about the conditions of the time that led to this catastrophic fire and the effects it had and still has on the area.

Dinner: Dinner is served in the dining hall

Evening: Lecture about the natural history of Hawk Ridge, to prepare for field trip. Hawk Ridge is one of the largest migration routes for raptors in North America. During this evening we will learn what makes Hawk Ridge so enticing for raptors, and what species we can expect to see there in the coming day.

Lodging: Audubon Center of the North Woods

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Private rooms with air-conditioning, and private bath. View of forest and lake from windows.

Contact info:
54165 Audubon Drive
Sandstone, MN 55795 USA
phone: 888-404-7743
web: www.audubon-center.org

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Bedding, pillows, towels and wash cloths will be provided. Hair dryers are not provided. Personal soaps and shampoos not provided.

Facility amenities: Lounge and laundry facilities

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 11 - Loons, Ospreys and Eagles/Loon and Osprey Present...
Loons, Ospreys and Eagles/Loon and Osprey Presentations/Boat tour to view loons, eagles and ospreys

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the dining hall.

Morning: Morning program on loons with hands-on learning materials

Lunch: Picnic Lunch

Afternoon: Pontoon Lake Tour of loon, eagle and osprey hot spot. Up close viewing of loons and nesting sites of ospreys and eagles is common

Dinner: Dinner is served in the dining hall.

Evening: Program on Ospreys- the fish hawk and one of the most unique raptors of Minnesota

Lodging: Audubon Center of the North Woods

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Private rooms with air-conditioning, and private bath. View of forest and lake from windows.

Contact info:
54165 Audubon Drive
Sandstone, MN 55795 USA
phone: 888-404-7743
web: www.audubon-center.org

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Bedding, pillows, towels and wash cloths will be provided. Hair dryers are not provided. Personal soaps and shampoos not provided.

Facility amenities: Lounge and laundry facilities

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 12 - Wildlife Science Center/North West Voyageurs Fur ...
Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the dining hall.

Morning: Field trip Wildlife Science Center to observe behavior of captive pack of wolves. The Wildlife Science Center has been conducting research and education programs on wolves for nearly 30 years. During this day you will get firsthand experience of wolf behavior, traits and adaptations, led by the Wildlife Science Center staff.

Lunch: Picnic Lunch

Afternoon: Field trip to North West Fur Post to learn about Voyaguer History. Perhaps the most colorful characters to ever call this area home were the Voyageurs. During the fur trade of the 1600-1800s these jovial, tough, and musical lads paddled furs and trade goods thousands of miles every summer. Learn about their incredible lives at this engaging recreated Fur Post.

Dinner: Dinner is served in our dining hall.

Evening: Presentation on old-time MN Loggers. This is the land of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. Find out about the men who fell 200 foot white pines, fbalanced on logs down rapids, sawed trees at -50 F, ate more than you can imagine, and slept on piles of straw through the frigid winters.

Lodging: Audubon Center of the North Woods

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, June 13 - Summation of week/Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast is served in our dining hall.

Morning: Lecture to pull together the week and closing ceremony

Lunch: Lunch in our dining hall.

Afternoon: End of program and depature after lunch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
11 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
11 Hands-on experiences

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4.8
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