October 12-15, 2018
A workshop led by Jim Miller, a veteran instructor with the North House Folk School – Northern Ecology: Exploring the Ancient History of the Gunflint Trail
Head up the trail and experience the unique and ancient geology of the Gunflint area. We are pleased to partner with the North House Folk School to offer students an opportunity to immerse in the rich history of this special area.
The Gunflint Trail traverses an ancient sequence of rocks that tell an incredible and awesome story of how North America was assembled. We will start our Saturday exploration at the “end of the trail” where 2.5 billion year old granites that formed deep in the earth are now exposed. We will then progress into a 1.8 billion year old iron formation that was deposited in an anient seabed and later ripped asunder by meteor impact generated tsunamis and earthquakes. Finally, we will explore intrusions of magma generated 1.1 billion years ago when North America was attempting to split apart. Along the route, we will also observe the effects that mile-thick glaciers had on reshaping the landscape as they repeatedly crept out of Canada over the past two million years.
On Sunday morning, we will take a pontoon boat to explore various geological and historical features on Gunflint Lake.
We offer students lodging options at special rates, although students are welcome to stay wherever they please. The schedule includes two evening gatherings at the lodge as well as the classes on Saturday and Sunday.
Course dates are October 12 – 14, 2018, with 2 ½ days of instruction, running from Friday at 7 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. A special 3 or 4 night cabin package is available for this course.
North House tuition is $200 per student ($190 Early Bird rate), plus materials of $5. Registering for this course is a two-step process. You can register for the course directly with North House at: http://www.northhouse.org/courses/courses/course.cfm/cid/732
Then you can call us for a cabin reservation at: 1-800-328-3325 and ask for the Geology Class special package. You do not have to stay with us to participate in the class.
This package includes
- Accommodations in a lakeside cabin, each with fireplace, sauna (in room or available for reservation), and kitchen or kitchenette
- Use of canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards
- Participation in all guided Naturalist activities and use of hiking trails
- $60 per person per night in a Classic Cabin
- $65 per person per night in a Romantic Cabin or Gunflint Lake Home
- 3 night minimum; 4th night is 50% off
- Prices based on double occupancy;Base cabin occupancies apply
Sales Tax and Service Charge are additional