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Lutsen Ski and Summer Resort, Conference Room at Eagle Ridge Resort, Lutsen, MN.

Minnesota’s North Shore is well known for its multi-seasonal recreation areas and opportunities. Climate change will alter the timing and demand for outdoor recreation and the infrastructure that supports it in a number of ways.

This meeting is designed to share available information on potential climate impacts on the North Shore and best practices to prepare for these changes. Interactive exercises will help participants consider and develop adaptation actions.

Recreation providers, planners, land and facility managers on the north shore.

Workshop outcomes:

  • An understanding of how climate change might impact recreation along the North Shore, based on available scientific information.
  • Experience thinking through climate adaptation in a recreation context.

To register –send email to

There is no cost to attend this workshop. Pre-registration is required by September 4th. Space is limited.


Workshop information - draft agenda

Directions to conference room: Park in large lot on right, coming up Ski Hill Road (next to the Mountain Inn). The Village Chalet is unmarked, but located in the A building. The outdoor pool will be visible in the Courtyard. 


8:00 Registration & Coffee
8:45 Welcome & Introduction
9:00 Tourism along the North Shore (Linda Jurek, Visit Cook County)
9:30 Climate Observations and Trends in NE MN (Dr. Kenneth Blumenfeld, MN Climatology Office)
10:15 Break
10:25 Climate Change and Water Resources(Bonnie Keeler, Humphrey School of Public Affairs)
11:00 Infrastructure Vulnerability in a Changing Climate (Jeff Meek, MNDOT)
11:35 Activity: Climate challenges and opportunities in your work
12:15 Lunch (Provided)
1:00 Climate Adaptation Concepts (Leslie Brandt/Kristen Schmitt, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science)
1:30 Recreation on the Superior National Forest –monitoring change and working on solutions (Katie Freker/Jonathon Benson, Superior National Forest)
2:00 Break
2:15 Activity –Strategies for addressing climate impacts
4:30 Wrap-up and Adjourn

BONUS HALF-DAY EVENT, SEPTEMBER 19TH, Sponsored by University of Minnesota and Minnesota Sea Grant

As an attendee at the workshop on September 18th at Lutsen, you are invited to extend your stay at Lutsen and join a second half-day workshop on Thursday, September 19 from 9:00am -12:00pm at the Eagle Ridge Resort. This workshop and learning exchange is designed for stakeholders interested in climate change, natural resources, and clean water in Northern Minnesota and is part of a series of events sponsored by the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Sea Grant. To attend this second event, please RSVP here and complete the pre-survey by Monday, September 9th to indicate your attendance. The sponsors of this half-day will follow up with confirmed attendees to organize room reservations. Attendance is limited, so respond promptly to reserve a spot.

Co-hosts and collaborators

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science

USDA Forest Service

USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub

Lutsen Mountains Resort 


Funding for this workshop provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office for Coastal Management