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Duluth Experience kayak tours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, from Canal Park. Features lessons in kayak safety and basic paddling, tour content on cultural and natural history and lunch. Cost: $69. Go to or call (218) 464-6337 for details.

Gooseberry Falls State Park offers these events. Go to or call (218) 834-3855.

* Falls loop hike, 11 a.m. today. Meet at the art column outside the visitor center.

* Everyday Naturalist: Insect Photo Shoot Citizen Science, noon today. Meet outside the visitor center to borrow a camera and learn more.

* Beavers: Building Dams and Countries, 7:30 p.m. today and July 10. Meet at the amphitheater, located behind the Lady Slipper Lodge.

* Flint knapping demonstration, 1-5 p.m. Thursday.

* The Lava Your Life, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and July 19. Meet at the amphitheater located near the Lady Slipper Lodge.

* Legends of the Night Sky, 8 p.m. July 6. Meet at the amphitheater.

* Flying Fire: Fireflies of the North, 9 p.m. July 11. Meet at the amphitheater.

* Iona’s Beach Scientific and Natural Area Bike Ride, 10:30 a.m. July 12

* Take a walk with the wildflowers, 10:30 a.m. July 13. Meet outside the visitor center.

* Lake Superior Day Celebration, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 20.

* Meet the Minnesota State Butterfly, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 25-26

* Full Sturgeon Moon hike, 9 p.m. Aug. 9. Meet at the amphitheater fire ring.

* Mushrooms 101, noon Aug. 14 and 10 a.m. Aug. 15. Meet at the visitor center theater.

* Tales of the Trail: Traveling around Lake Superior, 1 p.m. Aug. 23. Meet at the theater in the visitor center.

* Falls color hike, 10 a.m. Sept. 7 and Sept. 14. Bring a picnic lunch. Meet at the visitor center.

Monday evening mountain bike rides, 6 p.m. Mondays. Call Ski Hut at (218) 724-8525 each week for location. Free.

Old Vermilion Trail sporting clays summer league and open shooting, 6980 Old Vermilion Trail. Hours: Noon to dark Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. Call (218) 721-3804.

Positive Energy Outdoors Twin Ports Kayak Club, 6 p.m. Tuesdays through the summer on various area lakes. Registration: Free with your own boat or call by noon the day of the paddle to rent a boat for $15. Contact Blake at (218) 428-5990 or email for directions.

Hartley Nature Center offers these events at 3001 Woodland Ave. Call (218) 724-6735 or go to

* Volunteer Garden Nights, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday as well as July 15, July 29, Aug. 12, and Aug. 26.

* Evenings in the Butterfly Garden, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday as well as July 16, July 30, Aug. 13, and Aug. 27. Free.

* Wildflower walks: 6-8 p.m. July 16. Cost: $6, $4 for members, free for children.

Proctor Gun Club trap league and open shooting, 3:30 p.m. until dark Wednesdays, U.S. Highway 2, one mile north of Proctor. Call (218) 724-7895.

Superior Trap & Gun Club summer league shooting, 4 p.m. to dark Wednesdays through Aug. 27, 5642 Wisconsin Highway 35, Superior. A six-week doubles league will start Wednesday.

Positive Energy Outdoors Wednesday evenings women’s paddle, 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 27, Fredenberg Lake. No experience necessary. Boats, equipment and basic instruction provided. Cost: $30. Call Steph at (218) 391-0147 to register by 5 p.m. the day of the paddle and for directions.

Brule-St. Croix Chapter of the North Country Trail Association offers these guided hikes in the Solon Springs area. Hikes depart at 9 a.m. unless noted from KD’s Restaurant in Solon Springs. Go to or, email or call (715) 292-3484.

* Saturday: Bird Sanctuary

* July 26: Hikers’ choice

* Aug. 9: Solon Springs North to Reinsberg Road

* Aug. 23: Solon Springs South to Leo Creek

* Aug. 30: Labor Day weekend hike – Brule-St. Croix Boardwalk

* Sept. 6: Brule-St. Croix Historic Portage

* Sept. 20: Bird Sanctuary

* Sept. 27: North Country Trail Day celebration

* Oct. 11: West Mail Road to Two Bridges Road

30 target 3-D archery shoot, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 6, 6474 N. Tischer Road. Ages 17 and younger are free when accompanied by an adult. Bring your own archery equipment. Cost: $15. Go to

Arrowhead Fly Fishers hex camp, July 11-13 in Grand Marais. Go to

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area offers these events. Go to or call (715) 463-2739.

* Mug and mammal morning hikes, 8:30-10 a.m. July 12 and Aug. 9. Free.

* WILD women workshop, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 19. Cost: $10. Registration required.

* Botany talks and walks, 1-4 p.m. July 20. Topic: Ferns and club moss

* Paddle Phantom, 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 2. Rent a kayak for $20 or bring your own. Registration required.

* Outdoor skills camp, for ages 10-15, 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 4-7. Free. Registration required.

* Botany talks and walks, 1-4 p.m. Aug. 17. Topic: Grass ID

* Crex for Kids Camp, for ages 8-12, 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 25-28. Free. Registration required.

Master Naturalist volunteer training, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 14-18, Cloquet Forestry Center. Cost: $200, includes materials. Scholarships available. Go to, call (888) 241-4532 or email

Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center, 7328 Boulder Dam Road, offers these events. Call (218) 721-3731, email or go to

* Talking with Landowners about Intergenerational Land Transfer webinar, July 15

* Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer training, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 28-Aug. 1. Cost: $200, includes materials.

* Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer training, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 18-22. Cost: $200, includes materials.

* Sasquatch Scramble Obstacle 5K Run, Sept. 6

Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival, Aug. 16-17, in Duluth. Features Enduro race, guided trail rides and hikes, downhill race, voyageurs revenge race and party at Chester Bowl. Go to for details.

Minnesota Hiking Celebration, Aug. 21-23, Spirit Mountain. Features guided hikes on Superior Hiking Trail, presentations, Duluth Hiking & Outdoors Expo, family hikes and activities. Free except for Thursday night banquet. Go to or

Lake Superior Wilderness Conference, Sept. 5-6, Inn on Lake Superior. Features adventurers and authors Gary and Joanie McGuffin, Ontario author Conor Mihell, Dave and Amy Freeman, Mike Link and Kate Crowley and wilderness managers from various public land agencies. Go to to register.  Registration opens on July 1.

If you have a meeting notice or other item to submit to Outdoors Notes, you can email it to us at or fax it (218) 720-4120, attention Outdoors Notes. Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Tuesday before the Sunday of publication. If you have any questions, call Kris at (218) 723-5322.