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MN’s Boundary Waters: The Spirit of the Canoe Country

August 4, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - August 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am


Minnesota’s Boundary Waters with Douglas Wood: The Spirit of the Canoe Country
August 5-12, 2018 (Road Scholar® #21938RJ) 

Learn the stories of Sigurd Olson and Ernest Oberholzter, icons of US conservation efforts. Explore their legacies as you canoe, hike and boat in Minnesota’s famed boundary waters.

Sigurd Olson (1899-1982) and Ernest Oberholtzer (1884-1977) were two of America’s most influential conservationists, beloved nature writers and North Country icons. Join renowned author, musician and wilderness guide Douglas Wood as we examine their legacies, as well as Minnesota’s boundary waters. Discover the beauty of Minnesota’s North Shore, Burntside Lake, Voyageurs National Park and visit the International Wolf Center and North American Bear Center. As you paddle and hike, learn about the region’s geology, forests, plants and animals, and round out learning experiences with readings from Wood’s and Olson’s books.

Activity Notes

Walking 2-5 miles a day and canoeing for 1-2 hours on flat water.

Best of all, you’ll …

  • Led by celebrated author, musician, wilderness guide and personal friend, Douglas Wood, visit Sigurd Olson’s home, writing shack and cabin in the woods on Burntside Lake known as Listening Point, as well as Ernest Oberholtzer’s home on Mallard Island on Rainy Lake near Voyageurs National Park.
  • During walks and day paddles, get close up looks at the flora and fauna of pine forests, waterfalls and lakes
  • Enjoy a day-long boat trip down Kabetogama Lake to historic Kettle Falls Hotel on the U.S./Canada border, a hotel only accessible by boat or plane.

BWCA with Doug Wood

Itinerary Summary

This week begins at ACNW in Sandstone, MN and ends in Hinckley, MN.  Includes:

7 nights of accommodations
20 meals (7B, 6L, 7D)
2 expert-led lectures
13 expert-led field trips
1 hands-on experience
An experienced Group Leader
Customary gratuities throughout the program
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August 4, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
August 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am
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54165 Audubon Dr.
Sandstone, MN 55072 United States
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888-404-7743 or 320-245-2648


888-404-7743 or 320-245-2648
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