Summer Master Naturalist Class 2023

June 10, 2023 all-day

Where better to take the North Woods, Great Lakes course than right on the shores of Lake Superior with Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory? The historic University of Minnesota Limnology Lab in Duluth, Minnesota will be our basecamp for a field-oriented class. Each session we will travel to explore new ecological community types in the Duluth region in the peak of their productive summer season. You will learn about the fascinating geology, plant and animal communities, inland lakes and bogs, ecology and human interactions of the Northwoods, as well as how Lake Superior impacts and interacts with these ecosystems. Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory Education Director and Master Naturalist Instructor, Margie Menzies, will lead this exciting summer class. The course will run from 9 am to 5 pm every other Saturday for 5 sessions beginning June 10 and ending August 12, 2023. Field trips will be incorporated into the scheduled class days. A capstone project is expected of participants and will be completed in small groups, with possible projects suggestions provided by the instructor.

The course cost is $295 and includes course manuals and supplies.

If the course cost is a hardship, please fill out the scholarship application. After the scholarship is fully processed, you will receive a code to be entered in the on-line registration process. Please wait until you receive that code to complete registration.

Register for the course on the Minnesota Master Naturalist page HERE:

Course Dates:

Meeting from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on:

  • Saturday, June 10, 2023
  • Saturday, June 24, 2023
  • Saturday, July 8, 2023
  • Saturday, July 22, 2023
  • Saturday, August 12, 2023
Meet Your Leader: Margie Menzies
One part educator, two parts naturalist, and two parts bird nerd! Who says slow and steady wins the race? After years teaching in the formal classroom, this educator abandoned the indoors for the great outdoors. Margie joined the Hawk Ridge staff as a Naturalist in 2011 and is now the Education Director for Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory. She loves birds, learning, and sharing the natural world with people of all ages. She conducts passerine banding at Hawk Ridge and with three MAPS stations studying summer breeding birds at Hawk Ridge, Wolf Ridge, and Sugarloaf Cove. She has a BA in Biology from Bethel University, and a MA in Education from University of St. Thomas. In addition to her Hawk Ridge adventures, she has taught many Master Naturalist classes, worked as a Naturalist at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center during the summer, and as an adjunct member of the University of Minnesota, Duluth Education Department.