Thursday, June 7, 2012

Free nature program this weekend at Iona's Beach!

(Normally I write my own blog posts, but this press release was just way too exciting)

Discover the North Shore's Exceptional Places

Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association, in partnership with the MN Department of Natural Resources - Scientific and Natural Areas (SNA) program, is pleased to offer a series of discovery walks at three North Shore SNAs - Iona's Beach SNA, Hovland Woods SNA and Minnesota Point SNA. Each of these sites were preserved for their natural features and rare resources of exceptional scientific and educational value.  Sugarloaf naturalist, Margie Menzies, is leading a nature walk at each of these sites during June.  All walks are free. Participants should wear appropriate shoes for walking unpaved trails.

Explore Iona's Beach SNA
On Saturday, June 9, at 1 pm, Margie will be leading a guided walk at the scenic Iona's Beach SNA. Iona's Beach SNA lies on a narrow strip of Lake Superior's North Shore between Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse State Parks. It is named after Iona Lind, former owner of Twin Points Resort.  The beach starts at a northern shore cliff of pink rhyolite and felsite bedrock, and stretches over 300 yards nearly straight south to a cliff and headland of dark gray basalt. Margie will spend time describing the unique geology of this beautiful pink beach and explore the surrounding woodland with you. Meet in the Twin Points water access parking lot located at mile 42 on Hwy 61, between Split Rock Lighthouse State Park and Gooseberry Falls State Park. Visit for more information. FREE.

But wait, there's more!
Two more SNA tours are on the schedule:
Hovland Woods SNA, Saturday, June 16, at 10 am 
Minnesota Point SNA, Sunday, June 24, at 10 am

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