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2023 Fall LCO College Extensions Programs Open to the Public

Mike Heim | Published on 8/20/2023

For the month of September, we have one natural history field trip program planned for the public, courtesy of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe University’s Extension Department. 


Saturday September 23rd:  The Blue Hills Felsenmeer from 9:00 a.m. until approximately 5:00 p.m.


Hiking the Blue Hills Felsenmeer, a State Scientific & Natural Area, is the closest thing to being in the alpine zone!  Cold air emanates from the pink quartzite talus all summer long, sustaining a lichen & moss community normally found much farther north.  We will hike down what is locally known as the "box canyon", a magical fern-enveloped cleft and come back up the base of the felsenmeer, which means "sea of rock". Every member of the family able to hike on rocks will enjoy the incredible scenery, interesting plant life, and geological features of this special place. This hike is not recommended for people with mobility issues.  


Although lunch will be provided, you will need to pack it in. If it is raining the trip will be postponed until Saturday, October 21st.


We will meet at the main entrance in front of the LCO University. The field trip programs are sponsored by the Extension Department at no cost to the participants, including registration and transportation. However, participants must bring their own bag lunches.  Please feel free to bring the entire family to enjoy Nature and learn more about its wonders. However, this hike is not fully handicapped-accessible.


Please make sure that you register ahead of time at this link:  for September’s field trip. Since the website is updated towards the end of the previous month, you will need to wait to register until that time. If computer access is unavailable or you are having trouble with the registration form, please contact Cali Quaderer, LCOOU Extension Program Coordinator, at, phone 715-634-4790 ext. 137.  After you register, you should receive a confirmation email from Extension a day or two prior to the field trip. 


Für unsere Exkursionen sind Deutsch sprechende Teilnehmer herzlich eingeladen.  Erläuterungen in Deutsch stellen kein Problem dar.

Hope you can join us!  


Mike Heim