Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center

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  • Adults: $3.00, Children (5-18): $2:00, Children under five: Free


  • May 24, 2014 - Oct 19, 2014


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  • From Grand Marais, MN, follow the Gunflint Trail (Cook County Road 12) 57 miles to Moose Pond Road. Turn onto Moose Pond Road, travel 1/4 mile to Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center (#28).

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  • Daily, 10 AM to 5 PM

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  1. Kids' Day

    28 Moose Pond Drive
    Grand Marais, MN 55604

    For ten weeks during the peak summer season, children under age 18 can visit the museum free of charge on Mondays. Chik-Wauk staff will offer a variety of hands-on activities all related to the unique history and nature of the Gunflint Trail, as well as stories, hikes, and craft projects. A parent or guardian must accompany children at all times at the museum.


  1. Butterflies, Skippers, and Moths of the Gunflint Trail Special Exhibit

    28 Moose Pond Drive
    Grand Marais, MN 55604
    Call: 218-388-9915

    Not sure what a skipper is? Chances are, one of these little insects has fluttered by you on a lazy Gunflint Trail day without you even noticing. This year, hone your butterfly, moth, and skipper identification skills by visiting Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center’s special exhibit: “Butterflies, Skippers, and Moths of the Gunflint Trail.”

    Temporary exhibit chair Betty Hemstad worked with Youngstown State University entomology professor emeritus David MacLean to prepare this year’s exhibit. The exhibit features beautiful specimens from David’s collection and an in-depth look at the Gunflint Trail’s members of the Lepidoptera order of insects.

  2. Gunflint Trail Geology Field Trip

    28 Moose Pond Drive
    Grand Marais, MN 55604
    Call: 218-388-9915

    After a short introduction on the porch, John will lead participants on a field trip along the Gunflint Trail, with short-moderate hikes at a couple stops. John Green is a retired geology professor from the University of Minnesota Duluth, with extensive familiarity with the bedrock foundations of Minnesota’s Arrowhead. Open to all, but limited to 20 participants. Please call the museum to reserve your spot.

  3. Gunflint Woods, Winds, and Strings Chamber Music Benefit Concert

    7401 Gunflint Trai
    Grand Marais, MN 55604
    Call: 218-388-9915

    The Gunflint Woods, Winds & Strings concert will take place at the Schaap Community Center adjacent to Fire Hall #1 at Poplar Lake. Several of our members have already recruited some very talented Trail residents and guests to entertain us on a summer Saturday afternoon. The performers will collaborate on classical chamber music around a nature theme.

  4. Old Fashioned Pie and Ice Cream Social

    28 Moose Pond Drive
    Grand Marais, MN 55604
    Call: 218-388-9915

    Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center will host an Old Fashioned Pie and Ice Cream Social on the museum front porch and grounds. As always, there’s a suggested donation for pie, ice cream and beverage. This day also features the annual Chik-Wauk “sidewalk” sale which offers steep discounts on many gift shop items. It will be a fun way to wrap up the summer and say “so long till next year,” to our friends and neighbors.

  5. Stories with Harriet and Bill

    28 Moose Pond Drive
    Grand Marais, MN 55604
    Call: 218-388-9915

    Harriet Boostrom Taus and Bill Boissenin grew up on Clearwater Lake in the mid-Trail region of the Gunflint Trail. Each Wednesday from mid-May until the end of August, the two will be on hand at the museum to share their childhood stories. You’ll learn the history of Harriet’s parents, Charlie and Petra Boostrom, who were among the first white settlers on the Gunflint Trail and hear stories from the early days of Clearwater and Forest Lodges.

  6. US Forest Service Naturalist Presentations

    28 Moose Pond Drive
    Grand Marais, MN 55604
    Call: 218-388-9915

    Each Tuesday, U.S. Forest Service naturalists present on a different Northwoods themed topic each week. Free and family friendly. Meet on Chik-Wauk front porch.

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