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Kids need nature and nature needs kids.

Studies show that kids who play outdoors do better in school, find it easier to concentrate, and have less stress. As the eventual guardians of our beloved natural spaces, today's children deserve a hands-on environmental education in the great outdoors. The Gunflint Trail Explorers naturalist program makes it easy for you to introduce your children, grandchildren, or friends to Minnesota’s Gunflint Trail.
 
The Gunflint Trail Explorers program is a Gunflint Trail wide naturalist program based at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center. This free program is designed for families with elementary school aged children, but is suitable for all individuals curious about the natural and cultural history of the Gunflint Trail. The program features activity bins loaded with themed supplies and an activity guide, adventure booklets, indoor and outdoor games, field guides, and other kid-friendly information all related to the unique nature of northeastern Minnesota.    
 
With Gunflint Trail Explorers program material, families can immerse themselves in the great outdoors at their own pace. All activities are self-guided and feature a mix of exploration, science, dress-up and play. Activity materials can be checked out at the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center front desk. Everyone participating in an activity receives a handmade journal to record their “findings” and take home.
 
During the summer months, the U.S. Forest Service and other outdoor educators offer a wide variety of naturalist programs each week at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center and Gunflint Trail businesses. Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center also hosts journal making workshops throughout the summer. More information at 218-388-9915.
 

Gunflint Trail Explorers is funded by a National Scenic Byway Grant America's Byways