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ELY, MINNESOTA

North Country Birds: Birding in the Superior National Forest

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Program #2216RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
Equipment Requirements
Binoculars are required.

Itinerary for Jun 1 — Jun 7, 2014

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Type: Cabin

Description: This facility was formerly a family-run resort. Located on US Forest Service land, it now accommodates participants enrolled in educational programs.

Contact info:
13884 Rocky Ridge Road
Ely, MN 55731 USA
phone: 218-365-4613
Room amenities: The small cabins and apartment are furnished simply. Each has a living room, a kitchenette (stove/oven, sink, refrigerator, but no dishes), a bathroom (sink, toilet, shower) and one to three single or double occupancy bedrooms. The apartment has a bathtub/shower combination.

Facility amenities: Quaint cabins are within 100 feet of the lake. Site features short walking trail, canoes, and a beach.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: In six cabins the bathroom is shared by up to two participants while in the other two cabins and the apartment, it may be shared by up to three participants (or four in Intergenerational programs). One bathroom has a bathtub while the others have showers.

Additional nights before: Approximately $45 per person.
Please call 218-235-2164 to make arrangements and find out current price.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 01 - Arrival / Orientation
Afternoon: Plan to arrive between 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM for check-in and getting settled.

Dinner: Enjoy meeting your fellow program participants over a hearty dinner.

Evening: Welcome and orientation with introductions is held in the classroom.

Lodging: Outdoor Learning Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: This facility was formerly a family-run resort. Located on US Forest Service land, it now accommodates participants enrolled in educational programs.

Contact info:
13884 Rocky Ridge Road
Ely, MN 55731 USA
phone: 218-365-4613
Room amenities: The small cabins and apartment are furnished simply. Each has a living room, a kitchenette (stove/oven, sink, refrigerator, but no dishes), a bathroom (sink, toilet, shower) and one to three single or double occupancy bedrooms. The apartment has a bathtub/shower combination.

Facility amenities: Quaint cabins are within 100 feet of the lake. Site features short walking trail, canoes, and a beach.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: In six cabins the bathroom is shared by up to two participants while in the other two cabins and the apartment, it may be shared by up to three participants (or four in Intergenerational programs). One bathroom has a bathtub while the others have showers.

Additional nights before: Approximately $45 per person.
Please call 218-235-2164 to make arrangements and find out current price.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 02 - Birding Field Trip / Lecture & Walk / Optional Ev...
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast, at 5:30 AM to get a good start on the day.

Morning: Explore different habitat types (Mixed Forest, and Wet & Dry Meadows) on a birding field trip near Ely.

Lunch: Enjoy a sack lunch at the Outdoor Learning Center, on a deck overlooking Fall Lake.

Afternoon: Gain a deeper understanding of the birds of northeastern Minnesota, by learning about the plants and habitats found here. Although mostly indoors, this segment also includes a short interpretive walk.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner in the company of fellow birders.

Evening: Learn or review canoeing skills in an optional canoeing introduction followed by a paddle on Fall Lake.

Lodging: Outdoor Learning Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: This facility was formerly a family-run resort. Located on US Forest Service land, it now accommodates participants enrolled in educational programs.

Contact info:
13884 Rocky Ridge Road
Ely, MN 55731 USA
phone: 218-365-4613
Room amenities: The small cabins and apartment are furnished simply. Each has a living room, a kitchenette (stove/oven, sink, refrigerator, but no dishes), a bathroom (sink, toilet, shower) and one to three single or double occupancy bedrooms. The apartment has a bathtub/shower combination.

Facility amenities: Quaint cabins are within 100 feet of the lake. Site features short walking trail, canoes, and a beach.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: In six cabins the bathroom is shared by up to two participants while in the other two cabins and the apartment, it may be shared by up to three participants (or four in Intergenerational programs). One bathroom has a bathtub while the others have showers.

Additional nights before: Approximately $45 per person.
Please call 218-235-2164 to make arrangements and find out current price.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 03 - Birding Field Trip / Lecture / Free Evening
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast, at 5:30 AM to get a good start on the day.

Morning: Visit several different habitats, including Alder/Ash Wetlands, Mixed Uplands, and the Urban Interface.

Lunch: Enjoy another lakeside lunch.

Afternoon: After a lecture on some aspect of birds of northeastern Minnesota, enjoy a partial afternoon to explore Ely, area trails, or other options during free time on your own.

Dinner: Choose a restaurant in Ely to enjoy a dinner on your own.

Evening: On your free time, consider taking in Ely's Tuesday Night Live. Enjoy one of several performances by local musicians sharing a variety of musical styles. This is a perfect night for exploring the quaint town of Ely.

Lodging: Outdoor Learning Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Cabin

Description: This facility was formerly a family-run resort. Located on US Forest Service land, it now accommodates participants enrolled in educational programs.

Contact info:
13884 Rocky Ridge Road
Ely, MN 55731 USA
phone: 218-365-4613
Room amenities: The small cabins and apartment are furnished simply. Each has a living room, a kitchenette (stove/oven, sink, refrigerator, but no dishes), a bathroom (sink, toilet, shower) and one to three single or double occupancy bedrooms. The apartment has a bathtub/shower combination.

Facility amenities: Quaint cabins are within 100 feet of the lake. Site features short walking trail, canoes, and a beach.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: In six cabins the bathroom is shared by up to two participants while in the other two cabins and the apartment, it may be shared by up to three participants (or four in Intergenerational programs). One bathroom has a bathtub while the others have showers.

Additional nights before: Approximately $45 per person.
Please call 218-235-2164 to make arrangements and find out current price.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 04 - Full Day Birding Field Trip / Regional Presenter ...
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast, at 5:30 AM to get a good start on the day.

Morning: Explore different habitat types (Coniferous Forest & Peatland, and Coniferous Forest & Lowlands) on an extended birding field trip in the Superior National Forest.

Lunch: Eat a picnic lunch in the field.

Afternoon: Continue your birding explorations in the Superior National Forest.

Dinner: Wood-fired brick oven baking talk, followed by Portage Pizza supper.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening to relax (and rest up for another early morning!).

Lodging: Outdoor Learning Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: This facility was formerly a family-run resort. Located on US Forest Service land, it now accommodates participants enrolled in educational programs.

Contact info:
13884 Rocky Ridge Road
Ely, MN 55731 USA
phone: 218-365-4613
Room amenities: The small cabins and apartment are furnished simply. Each has a living room, a kitchenette (stove/oven, sink, refrigerator, but no dishes), a bathroom (sink, toilet, shower) and one to three single or double occupancy bedrooms. The apartment has a bathtub/shower combination.

Facility amenities: Quaint cabins are within 100 feet of the lake. Site features short walking trail, canoes, and a beach.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: In six cabins the bathroom is shared by up to two participants while in the other two cabins and the apartment, it may be shared by up to three participants (or four in Intergenerational programs). One bathroom has a bathtub while the others have showers.

Additional nights before: Approximately $45 per person.
Please call 218-235-2164 to make arrangements and find out current price.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 05 - Morning Field Trip / International Wolf Center Fi...
Morning Field Trip / International Wolf Center Field Trip / Evening Bird Outing

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast, at 5:30 AM to get a good start on the day.

Morning: Visit the habitats of Rural Farmland and Marshes, to continue seeing new species of birds.

Lunch: Eat a picnic lunch in the field.

Afternoon: Enjoy a field trip to the International Wolf Center. See resident wolves, learn from the center's naturalists, and explore the award-winning exhibit.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.

Evening: Take a late night driving field trip to search for night birds.

Lodging: Outdoor Learning Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: This facility was formerly a family-run resort. Located on US Forest Service land, it now accommodates participants enrolled in educational programs.

Contact info:
13884 Rocky Ridge Road
Ely, MN 55731 USA
phone: 218-365-4613
Room amenities: The small cabins and apartment are furnished simply. Each has a living room, a kitchenette (stove/oven, sink, refrigerator, but no dishes), a bathroom (sink, toilet, shower) and one to three single or double occupancy bedrooms. The apartment has a bathtub/shower combination.

Facility amenities: Quaint cabins are within 100 feet of the lake. Site features short walking trail, canoes, and a beach.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: In six cabins the bathroom is shared by up to two participants while in the other two cabins and the apartment, it may be shared by up to three participants (or four in Intergenerational programs). One bathroom has a bathtub while the others have showers.

Additional nights before: Approximately $45 per person.
Please call 218-235-2164 to make arrangements and find out current price.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Six: Friday, June 06 - Birding Field Trips / Closing Ceremony
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast, at 5:30 AM to get a good start on the day.

Morning: Explore the habitats of Coniferous Forests and Lakes on a birding field trip.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch, likely in the field.

Afternoon: Forge a plan with your instructors to revisit particular areas, or to search someplace new, on the final birding field trip.

Dinner: Enjoy your final evening meal.

Evening: Compile the master list of birds encountered, and participate in the closing ceremonies.

Lodging: Outdoor Learning Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, June 07 - Check-Out and Departure
Breakfast: Enjoy a Continental Breakfast at the Outdoor Learning Center prior to departure.

Morning: Be checked out of your cabin by 9:00 AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Ely, MN
Ely and the regionThe town of Ely and the region surrounding it offer many activities to visitors. Explore the website of the Ely Chamber of Commerce to find out more.
For additional information, visit: www.ely.org
International Wolf CenterThe International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wild lands and the human role in their future. In addition to the award-winning exhibit, there are interpretive programs, and a pack of live wolves.
For additional information, visit: www.wolf.org

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 ...
6 nights of accommodations
16 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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