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. Chik-Wauk invites 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. The Nature Center will provide you with all the tools you need including binoculars, field guides, maps, and even tadpole nets.
Tuesday and Sunday feature presentations by guest speakers (see events calendar for more details) and for those young naturalists among us. Every Tuesday starting the last Tuesday in June, to the middle of August are Kids' days with free child admission (18 and under) all day and the oportunity to participate in our activities from journal making to bug catching.
Chik-Wauk Nature Center looks forward to exploring with you soon!
Nature Center hours 2021 are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. May 29 - daily until October 17.
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.
Blowdown Map of July 4 - 5, 1999
Blowdown map of Superior Nation Forest
July 4, 2019 marks the anniversary of the "Blowdown" that hit the Gunflint Trail Area.
Above is a map that shows the pathway of the Derecho Storm.
Derecho - program is about the weather phenomena that caused the blowdown. Produced by the Science Bulletins division of the American Museum of Natural History in NY.
Forest Change - program is about forest change and the aftermath of the blowdown.