Free Conference-Related Activities Open to the Public:

A variety of events will take place in association with the conference that are free and open for anyone to participate in. As conference organizers, we realize that attending a conference isn't everyone's idea of fun. So, we've tried to make a variety of different opportunities available to the broader community to come out and learn something about the lake, our surrounding environment, or just enjoy some aspect of Lake Superior.

Kite Making at the Great Lakes Aquarium

Students and staff from Northland College will show you how to make a simple kite from household materials, and you'll have time to make your own, then fly it at Bayfront Park! The class is from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct 28, at the Great Lakes Aquarium. Attendance and materials are FREE, and no pre-registration is required.

Climate Change Forum with Will Steger

Sunday evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Downtown Holiday Inn Ballroom, Polar Explorer Will Steger and Fresh Energy will host a forum on climate change impacts and solutions. Hear from Will Steger, Minnesota's own eyewitness to global warming, about his vivid, firsthand account of the effects of global warming on the polar regions. He will be joined by:

Before and after the main program, please join us for a resource fair, featuring local organizations with information on climate change solutions. Music will be provided by Biochemical Characters. Attendance is free. Download a poster for the event here.

Lake Superior from an Artist’s Perspective: Craig Blacklock

Join photographer, Craig Blacklock, on a photographic journey celebrating the natural landscape of Minnesota's North Shore. Blacklock will show images and movie segments from his new book, and discuss the Minnesota Land Trust's Lake Superior Protection Initiative as a means of handling development pressures. Kris Larson from the Minnesota land Trust will be on hand to discuss the new initiative.

Craig Blacklock will be giving a talk on Monday, Oct 29 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the DECC. This talk is free and open to the public.

Making a Great Lake Superior Theater and Art Gallery

The conference will be hosting a gallery of Lake Superior-related art and screening movies and videos featuring Lake Superior in the Split Rock Room at the DECC. The gallery will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct 29, Tuesday, Oct 30, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Oct 31. Sign up with your e-mail address on the conference homepage for updates. Download a poster for the event here.

Confirmed Artists:

Movie List & Details:
  • "Lake Superior Provincial Park" – Great Canadian Parks
  • "North Shore November" - Mark Ryan
  • "Harbor Fog" - Mark Ryan
  • "12 Moons on Gichigami" - Mark Ryan
  • "A String of Pearls" (45 min.)
  • "Under the Shadow of the Gods" (72 min.) – Lynx Images
  • "Unsalted" (57 min) - Vince Deur
  • "Watershed Management in the Lakehead Region"
  • "On the Edge of Gichigami" (20 min) - Apostle Islands NPS
  • "Apostle Islands Region" (27 min) - NPS

Check the large “white-board” at the entrance to the “Art Exhibit” for movie times.

With adequate notice movies can be scheduled by request.

Additional movies may be shown at the “Making a Great Lake Superior” Conference and will be scheduled when they are made available.