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

August 20, 2017 @ 8:00 am - August 27, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


Minnesota’s Boundary Waters with Douglas Wood:
The Spirit of the Canoe Country
(Road Scholar® #21938RJ) – August 20-27, 2017

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.

Double-occupancy: $1999
Single-occupancy: $2699


  • 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 Rainy Lake to historic Kettle Falls Hotel on the U.S./Canada border, a hotel only accessible by boat or plane.

Activity Notes

Participants need the ability to walk 2-3 miles a day and be able to go out for a 1-2 hour canoe paddle on flat water.

Click here for more information and online registration on the Road Scholar site

Led by Doug Wood. Douglas Wood has been called “Minnesota’s renaissance man.” An author, artist, musician, naturalist, and wilderness guide, he is the creator of 30 books for children and adults, with two and a half million copies sold. His first book, “Old Turtle,” was hailed as an instant classic, has received many honors and awards, including the American Booksellers Book of the Year and the International Reading Association Book of the Year. Doug has been invited to read his books at the White House, and recently narrated a choral and symphonic setting of “Old Turtle” at New York’s famed Lincoln Center. In his books, frequent speaking engagements, and far-flung wilderness expeditions Mr. Wood continues to explore the relationship between the natural world and the human spirit. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the International Reading Association Book of the Year. Douglas lives with his family in a log cabin in the pines by the Mississippi River.


August 20, 2017 @ 8:00 am
August 27, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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54165 Audubon Dr.
Sandstone, MN 55072 United States
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888-404-7743 or 320-245-2648


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