Nature Center

The Chik-Wauk Nature Center is the realization of a long held ambition of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society; having been part of the Chik-Wauk’s name since its conception “The Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center” the Nature Center now has a beautiful purpose built venue for a wide scope of programming.

Chik-Wauk Nature Center aims to reveal the magic of nature along the Gunflint trail for young and old alike. We invite you to immerse your senses in all that the natural world has to offer:
Feel the difference between the mammals of the forest, smell the balsam fir, listen for and re-enact the calls of our native frogs and birds, feast you eyes on the diversity of wildflowers and inspect the insects.

The Nature Center is also a treasure trove of guide books and resources to discover and identify the plants and creatures you have encountered in the area. With extensive trails around our 50-acre property on the shores of Lake Saganaga you can explore once you get here too and we can provide you with all the tools you need including binoculars, field guides, maps, and even tadpole nets.

Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays feature presentations by guest speakers (see events calendar for more details) and for those young naturalists among us. Tuesdays during the summer months (June 21 - August 16) are Kids' days with free child admission all day and the oportunity to participate in our activities from journal making to bug catching.

We look forward to exploring with you soon!

Nature Center hours for 2017 are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. May 27 - daily until October 22.

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is a partnership of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and Superior National Forest, Gunflint Ranger District.

Museum design and construction components are by Split Rock Studios of Arden Hills, Minnesota.
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is open daily from Memorial Day Weekend through the third weekend of October.

Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events and Programs

Ham Lake Fire - 10th Anniversary Exhibit
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