Animals of the Fur Trade

9_29_14 Student Response (Lower) 9_29_14 Student Response (Upper)     Last week students voted on what we should study this week. The vote was majorly in favor of studying the beaver and other animals that fueled the fur trade. Did you know that beavers are responsible for the exploration and settlement of Canada and large Read More

What equipment do we need?

Next week we will pull our sailboat Yemaya out of the water for the season in Georgian Bay after traveling about 800 miles. From Georgian Bay we will travel up the French River and down the Mattawa and Ottawa Rivers to Ottawa, which is the Capital of Canada. The last 1,200 miles of our journey Read More

Lake Superior Animals

9_22_14StudentResponse_lower 9_22_14StudentResponse_upper   Last week’s Notes from the Trail was all about fish found in Lake Superior. As promised, this week we will focus on the other animals that live in and around Lake Superior. Animals that spend time in and around Lake Superior are mammals like river otters and beavers, amphibians like wood frogs, Read More

The Fish of Lake Superior

9_15_14StudentResponse_lower 9_15_14StudentResponse_upper   The results of last week’s Cast YOUR Vote are in. Students have chosen that we should research the fish and animals of Lake Superior. There are 34 native fish species and a total of 88 fish species in this massive lake. “Native species” means a plant or animal that lives in the Read More

Paddling Across the Boundary Waters

9_8_14Student_Response_lower 9_8_14Student_Response_upper   Dave and I just spent eight days paddling through the BWCAW. BWCAW stands for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Our journey began on the South Kawishiwi River near Ely, MN. Friends came to say goodbye and wish us luck on our trip. Twenty canoes paddled the first mile with us. Did Read More

Heart of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Did you know that this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act? President Lyndon B. Johnson (the 36th President of the United States) signed this act into law on September 3, 1964. The Wilderness Act created federal wilderness areas like the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. We will tell you more about the Read More