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As we prepare for the upcoming GoNorth! Arctic National Wildlife Refuge 2006 Online Classroom Expedition in the Spring of 2006, the mighty Polar Huskies and two-legged team members alike will stay tuned and in shape by heading out on a short training expedition.

The GoNorth! Training Expedition will take place on Lake Nipigon in Ontario Canada February 14 – March 1, 2005.

Led by Expedion Leader Paul Pregont, Team GoNorth! will be joined by GoNorth! Arctic National Wildlife Refuge 2006 Teacher Explorer Amy Vargason, who was selected for this position from K-12 classrooms across the nation.

Though the GoNorth! Training Expedition 2005 is not a full scale LIVE Online Classroom Expedition make sure to join Team GoNorth! on the trail, as they beam…

Stay tuned here for more details and map!

More on Lake Nipigon >> (nI?p´I?go?n) Located north of Lake Superior in Minnesota, United States, Lake Nipigon is about 70 miles (110 km) long and 50 miles (80 km) wide and has an area of 1,870 sq mi (4,840 sq km). It lies at an elevation of 1,050 ft (320 m) and has a maximum depth of 540 ft (165 m).

Its Indian name means “deep, clear water.” It is studded with many wooded islands, and large bays characterize its shoreline. Its outlet is the Nipigon River, which flows into Lake Superior. Because of its remoteness and limited number of access points, Lake Nipigon has remained largely pristine. The lake is a typical Canadian Shield lake with deep clear waters, numerous peninsulas and over 500 islands…Towering cliffs, unusual green-black sand beaches, and carpets of wildflowers are among the spectacular natural features found in this provincial park, situated on the southeastern shores of Lake Nipigon – in the Summer!!! The beaches being covered by snow and the lake itself by ice, Team GoNorth! will enjoy the spectacular cliffs…and hopefully the caribou!!! Yes, Lake Nipigon is renowned not only as the “7th Great Lake”, but also as one of the few vast, snowy expanses this far south to be home of woodland caribou.

This offers excellent training for the Polar Huskies as they prepare to travel with the Porcupine caribou herd next Spring in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska!

Other wildlife Team GoNorth! might meet while dogsledding or in camp include moose, snowshoe hare, lynx, fox, marten, deer and beaver. There are black bears as well, but hopefully the are all hibernating! Beginning around 1900, loggers cut down much of the original forest, though there are still untouched pockets of black spruce, red pine, jack pine, fir, poplar, cedar and moose maple. Aspen and birch dominate the new forest growth.