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Celebrate Birch!

All month long, the Cultural Center will celebrate the birch tree with a number of unique activities exploring the art and science of birch:

June 4-30: International Birch Bark art exhibit

June 20 (Thursday): Public Artist Reception, 4-6pm Refreshments

June 20 (Thursday) 6 pm: Expert Presentations - Marvin Defoe (Red Cliff Tribal Historic Preservation Officer) - Historical and Cultural Significance of Birch to the Anishanaabeg; and John Zasada (retired U.S. Forest Service) - The Art and Science of Birch.

June 21 (Friday) Youth Birch Art classes: 9 am-noon (ages 5-8); 1 pm-4 pm (ages 9-16).

June 21 (Friday) 9 am-noon: Field Trip demonstrating best practices for harvesting birch bark (adults only)

June 21 (Friday) 7 pm: Expert Presentations - Alex Wrobel (Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife) - Bridging the Gap - Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Western Science and Practical Application; and Colleen Matula (WI DNR) - The Giving Tree - Birch and Its Multiple Gifts.

June 22 (Saturday) 10 am-4 pm:  Adult Birch Bark Art class with Tina Fungholder and John Zasada

All activities are FREE and take place at the Washburn Cultural Center (1 East Bayfield St., Washburn, WI 54891) except for the field trip on June 21.  Pre-registration required for all classes and field trip with limited space, on a first come first serve basis, by contacting Washburn Cultural Center:  715-373-5591 or

Celebrate Birch!, curated and organized by Lorraine Norrgard, is funded by the Chequamegon Bay Arts Council’s Jim Ramsdell Soaring Spirit Award and the Washburn Cultural Center.

Earlier Event: May 2