North Shore

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6/23 North Shore

Jun 23, 2015

Whether it's giving them a mud puddle to play in or a frog to follow, the education staff at Hartley Nature Center is getting kids outside. The Center offers everything from preschool and early-childhood programs to school field trips and summer day camps.   Tiffany Smith is Hartley's education director, and she explains how she knows when they get it right.

 Tom O'Rourke, outdoor enthusiast and executive director of the Hartley Nature Center, talks about two North Shore reads for the summer, North Shore: A Natural History of Minnesota's Superior Coast by Chel Anderson and Adelheid Fischer, a colorful exploration of the natural history and ongoing factors that currently shape the region, and The Lighthouse Road: A Novel by Peter Geye set along the North Shore in the early twentieth century.

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Outdoor enthusiast and dad Tom O'Rourke (he's also the executive director of the Hartley Nature Center) says there's a way to plan, survive and even enjoy camping trips with your kids.  Spoiler alert: minimalism is not always a good thing, a little free-range parenting IS a good thing,  and never use the word "hiking"!

Author and outdoorsman Andrew Slade joins us to talk about places you can hike - and places you can't - along the North Shore.  Even though it's cool and muddy this week, it's still a great time to get out and enjoy spring ephemerals.  Wonder what it is you're looking at?  Andrew also has a recommendation for a great Facebook page (Duluth Phenology) that may help answer all your questions about the natural world here in our little part of it.

Lisa Johnson

Hartley Nature Center's Tom O'Rourke joins us this morning to talk about membership, community and the importance of the great outdoors!

Outdoor enthusiast Bryan French on maple syrup - and another bizarre place to find edible sap.