Free Fun Weekend 2021, all day June 5-6, Wisconsin. For the first weekend every June, explore state parks, trails, rivers and more with state park admission fees, fishing licenses and trail passes waived. Admission stickers aren't required at any of the 49 state parks or 15 state forests over the weekend. More info at dnr.wisconsin.gov/events/44266.

Hikers rest on some rocks along the Black River near Little Manitou Falls at Pattison State Park in Douglas County, Wisconsin, on Oct. 11, 2020. (Jed Carlson / File / Superior Telegram)
Hikers rest on some rocks along the Black River near Little Manitou Falls at Pattison State Park in Douglas County, Wisconsin, on Oct. 11, 2020. (Jed Carlson / File / Superior Telegram)

Soudan Mine Surface Walk, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through June 30, Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Tour is east of the park, which is 2 miles east of Tower off U.S. Highway 169. Join an interpreter as you walk through time while learning about various surface buildings and their significance to the mining operation. Masks required in buildings; social distancing encouraged. To register or for questions, contact James Pointer at 218-300-7000 or lakevermilion-soudan.statepark@state.mn.us.

Bird Walk, 8-9 a.m. June 6, Jay Cooke State Park, 3 miles east of Carlton on Minnesota Highway 210. Listen and look for many of the park's birds, including warblers, woodpeckers and sparrows. Sanitized binoculars will be available, or bring your own. Masks and social distancing encouraged. Tick precaution recommended. Meeting location shared upon registration. To register, contact Kristine Hiller at 218-673-7005 or at kris.hiller@state.mn.us.

Wildflower Hike: 10-11:30 a.m. June 6, Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center, 7328 Boulder Dam Road, Duluth. The group will look for spring ephemeral flowers like hepatica, large-flowered bellwort, nodding trillium and many more early-blooming flowers. Meet at the Wolfski Welcome Center. Bring binoculars if you wish to check on the spring bird migration. Groups limited to six people. Free. Register at https://bit.ly/3npKoWM.

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Why Are The Rocks Tilted?, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 6, Jay Cooke State Park, 3 miles east of Carlton on Minnesota Highway 210. Go on a quarter-mile geology walk near the river and discover what powerful forces from the past shaped the tilted rocks. Grassy, level surface. Meeting location shared upon registration. To register, contact Kristine Hiller at 218-673-7005 or at kris.hiller@state.mn.us.

A hiker crosses the Swinging Bridge over the St. Louis River in April 2020 in Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. (Clint Austin / File / News Tribune)
A hiker crosses the Swinging Bridge over the St. Louis River in April 2020 in Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. (Clint Austin / File / News Tribune)

Beginning Backpacking for Women, Q&A Session: 5:30-7 p.m. June 10, Lincoln Park Middle School, Duluth. Instructor Anna Swarts presents this Duluth Community Education class. Cost: $10. To register, go to https://bit.ly/2QV6N2c. You will need to create an account to sign in.

Explore MN's Newest National Water Trail: The St. Louis River Estuary: 6-7 p.m. June 10, virtual. Join St. Louis River Estuary National Water Trail manager St. Louis River Alliance to learn about suggested routes, landings and how to access the river. Resources will be provided on where to find gear, obtain a map and proper safety for paddling a major shipping port. Free. Registration required; visit https://bit.ly/34jNwLb.

ATV Safety Online Field Day Class: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1:30-4:30 p.m. June 12, Driftskippers Snowmobile Club House, 33455 Wagon Wheel Court Road, Grand Rapids. Must be 10 years old before class date. To register or for questions, contact Dave Andrews Jr. at darj62@yahoo.com.

Wildflower Hike: 10-11:30 a.m. June 13, Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center, 7328 Boulder Dam Road, Duluth. The group will look for spring ephemeral flowers like hepatica, large-flowered bellwort, nodding trillium and many more early-blooming flowers. Meet at the Wolfski Welcome Center. Bring binoculars if you wish to check on the spring bird migration. Groups limited to six people. Free. Register at https://bit.ly/3npKoWM.

Investigating Your Superior Rivers: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., June 15, Coaster Classroom, Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge and at Fish Creek, Ashland. Educators in all formal and informal settings are invited to join staff from the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve and Superior Rivers Watershed Association. Educators will also connect with Superior Rivers Watershed Association, a local citizen science, nonprofit organization. Successful completion of the workshop and an implementation plan for the coming school year will earn participants a $200 stipend. Free; lunch provided. To register, visit LakeSuperiorReserve.Org/Event. For more info, call 715-399-4090 or email ryan.feldbrugge@wisc.edu.

Adaptive Sailing: 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 15-Aug. 3, Duluth Superior Sailing Center. Ages 6 and up. Specialized boats are adapted to accommodate a wide range of abilities and ages. Norlin Mark 3's, 2.4 meter boats, multi-hulls and some large cruisers are available. An accessible launching dock and hydraulic lift are available to use to assist sailors in and out of boats as needed. Hosted by Courage Kenny. Fee: $85. Register at https://bit.ly/3geWWPh.

Adaptive kayakers and volunteers set out to paddle as part of the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Program at Park Point in Dultuh. (Ellen Schmidt / 2019 file / News Tribune)
Adaptive kayakers and volunteers set out to paddle as part of the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Program at Park Point in Dultuh. (Ellen Schmidt / 2019 file / News Tribune)

Adaptive Kayaking: 4-6 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 17-Aug. 12, University of Minnesota Duluth Kayak Center. Students will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of paddling in a 19-foot tandem kayak with an experienced Courage Kenny volunteer instructor in the Duluth Harbor. Courage Kenny is able to accommodate a wide variety of paddlers. Fee $90 for eight sessions. Register at https://bit.ly/3vJh2G2.

Dragon Boating: 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays, June 21-July 12, docks behind Lake Superior Estuarium, Superior. Join the Blue Water Paddling Club and Courage Kenny Northland to experience the Duluth Harbor and St. Louis Bay aboard a 40-foot dragon boat. This four-part series will provide you and a member of your family an introduction to this unique and historic team sport. Fee $40. Register at https://bit.ly/3f1RUDM.

Full Moon Paddle: 6-9:30 p.m. June 24, University of Minnesota Duluth Boat Shed, 1401 St. Louis Ave. Join the UMD Rental Center to watch the sun set and the moon rise from a sea kayak. Headlamps required. Fee $50 per person. More info and registration at calendar.d.umn.edu/event/30489-full-moon-paddle.

Full Moon Hike: 8:30-9:30 p.m. June 24, Hartley Park, 3001 Woodland Ave., Duluth. Headlamps available or bring your own. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $5. Registration deadline June 22; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Guided Hike Series: Superior Hiking Trail: Check-in 5 p.m. June 28, shuttle departs 5:15 p.m., hike begins 5:30 p.m., Spirit Mountain Trailhead, 10005 W. Skyline Parkway, Duluth. Beginner-to-intermediate, 4.3-mile trail from Beck's Road/Munger Trailhead to Magney Snively with rocky, uneven terrain and varying elevation change. All ages; youth under age 16 must be accompanied by adult. Wear sturdy shoes; long pants and sleeves are recommended for bug and sun protection. Also recommended: water, light snack, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and bug spray. Shuttle $5 per person. Register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Guided Hike Series: Superior Hiking Trail: Check-in 5 p.m. July 12, shuttle departs 5:15 p.m., hike begins 5:30 p.m., Spirit Mountain Trailhead, 10005 W. Skyline Parkway, Duluth. Beginner-to-intermediate, 3.2-mile trail from Magney Snively Trailhead to Spirit Mountain Trailhead (Parking Lot A) with rocky, uneven terrain and varying elevation change. All ages; youth under age 16 must be accompanied by adult. Wear sturdy shoes; long pants and sleeves are recommended for bug and sun protection. Also recommended: water, light snack, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and bug spray. Shuttle $5 per person. Register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Instruction and Equipment Demos at Lester River Surf Shack: 3-8 p.m. July 16, Duluth. University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff and equipment will be available at the Surf Shack on the west side of the mouth of the Lester River. Basic instruction for stand-up paddle board, prone paddle board, surf ski, kayak and more. Fee $30 for UMD student members and $40 for others. Registration recommended; visit https://bit.ly/34gtiCa.

Basic Strokes and Rescues for Sea Kayak: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 17-18, University of Minnesota Duluth Boat Shed, 1401 St. Louis Ave. This course will prepare paddlers to comfortably and safely paddle on protected flatwater environments with conditions not to exceed 1-foot seas, 10-knot winds and be no more than a half-mile from shore. Learn about equipment, paddling techniques, navigation and on-water safety and rescues. Fee $150 for UMD Recreational Sports Outdoor Program members; $200 for non-members. More info and registration at https://bit.ly/34hcxH3.

Instruction and Equipment Demos at Lester River Surf Shack: 3-8 p.m. July 17, Duluth. University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff and equipment will be available at the Surf Shack on the west side of the mouth of the Lester River. Basic instruction for stand-up paddle board, prone paddle board, surf ski, kayak and more. Fee $30 for UMD student members and $40 for others. Registration recommended; visit https://bit.ly/34gtiCa.

Adaptive Kayak Day Trip Adventure: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. July 18, Split Rock State Park and Light House, Two Harbors. Bring equipment or borrow from Courage Kenny. The trip will be canceled if it's unsafe to paddle due to the weather. Ages 8 and up. Fee $80. Register at https://bit.ly/3f1RUDM.

Adaptive Kayak Day Trip Adventure: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. July 18, Meyer's Beach, Sea Caves National Park Service. Bring equipment or borrow from Courage Kenny. The trip will be canceled if it's unsafe to paddle due to the weather. Ages 8 and up. Fee $80. Register at https://bit.ly/3f1RUDM.

Prone Surf, SUP and Foil Surfing Instruction: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 18, Island Lake, Duluth. Join the University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff for a comprehensive prone surfing class with ski boat wake riding. Learn equipment selection, board control, paddling efficiency, whitewater impact strategies and more. Try foil surfing behind a ski boat and feel your board lift into the air. Fee $95 for UMD RSOP members and $175 for non-members. More info and registration at https://bit.ly/3uow5E3.

The Superior Hiking Trail near Twin Ponds. (Tyler Schank / 2019 file / News Tribune)
The Superior Hiking Trail near Twin Ponds. (Tyler Schank / 2019 file / News Tribune)

Women Hike Duluth: 6-7 p.m. July 20, Twin Ponds/Craft Connector trailhead near Twin Ponds, West Skyline and Hank Jensen Drive, Superior Hiking Trail, Duluth. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Free. Registration deadline July 19; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Prone Surf, SUP and Foil Surfing Instruction: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 21, Island Lake, Duluth. Join the University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff for a comprehensive prone surfing class with ski boat wake riding. Learn equipment selection, board control, paddling efficiency, whitewater impact strategies and more. Try foil surfing behind a ski boat and feel your board lift into the air. Fee $95 for UMD RSOP members and $175 for non-members. More info and registration at https://bit.ly/3uow5E3.

Prone Surf, SUP and Foil Surfing Instruction: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 22, Island Lake, Duluth. Join the University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff for a comprehensive prone surfing class with ski boat wake riding. Learn equipment selection, board control, paddling efficiency, whitewater impact strategies and more. Try foil surfing behind a ski boat and feel your board lift into the air. Fee $95 for UMD RSOP members and $175 for non-members. More info and registration at https://bit.ly/3uow5E3.

Instruction and Equipment Demos at Lester River Surf Shack: 3-8 p.m. July 23, Duluth. University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff and equipment will be available at the Surf Shack on the west side of the mouth of the Lester River. Basic instruction for stand-up paddle board, prone paddle board, surf ski, kayak and more. Fee $30 for UMD student members and $40 for others. Registration recommended; visit https://bit.ly/34gtiCa.

Full Moon Hike: 8:45-9:45 p.m. July 23, Spirit Mountain Upper Trailhead, Duluth. Headlamps available or bring your own. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $5. Registration deadline July 21; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

ATV Safety Online Field Day Class: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1:30-4:30 p.m. July 24, Driftskippers Snowmobile Club House, 33455 Wagon Wheel Court Road, Grand Rapids. Must be 10 years old before class date. To register or for questions, contact Dave Andrews Jr. at darj62@yahoo.com.

Instruction and Equipment Demos at Lester River Surf Shack: 3-8 p.m. July 24, Duluth. University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff and equipment will be available at the Surf Shack on the west side of the mouth of the Lester River. Basic instruction for stand-up paddle board, prone paddle board, surf ski, kayak and more. Fee $30 for UMD student members and $40 for others. Registration recommended; visit https://bit.ly/34gtiCa.

Prone Surf, SUP and Foil Surfing Instruction: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 25, Island Lake, Duluth. Join the University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff for a comprehensive prone surfing class with ski boat wake riding. Learn equipment selection, board control, paddling efficiency, whitewater impact strategies and more. Try foil surfing behind a ski boat and feel your board lift into the air. Fee $95 for UMD RSOP members and $175 for non-members. More info and registration at https://bit.ly/3uow5E3.

Guided Hike Series: Superior Hiking Trail: Check-in 5 p.m. July 26, shuttle departs 5:15 p.m., hike begins 5:30 p.m., Kingsbury Creek Trailhead, 7215 Waseca St., Duluth. Beginner-to-intermediate, 2-mile trail from Spirit Mountain Trailhead to Kingsbury Creek Trailhead with rocky, uneven terrain and varying elevation change. All ages; youth under age 16 must be accompanied by adult. Wear sturdy shoes; long pants and sleeves are recommended for bug and sun protection. Also recommended: water, light snack, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and bug spray. Shuttle $5 per person. Register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Instruction and Equipment Demos at Lester River Surf Shack: 3-8 p.m. July 30, Duluth. University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff and equipment will be available at the Surf Shack on the west side of the mouth of the Lester River. Basic instruction for stand-up paddle board, prone paddle board, surf ski, kayak and more. Fee $30 for UMD student members and $40 for others. Registration recommended; visit https://bit.ly/34gtiCa.

Jaxson Olson (left) and April Lane paddle on the Lester River near the UMD Surf Shack in Duluth. (Mike Krebs / 2017 file / News Tribune)
Jaxson Olson (left) and April Lane paddle on the Lester River near the UMD Surf Shack in Duluth. (Mike Krebs / 2017 file / News Tribune)

Instruction and Equipment Demos at Lester River Surf Shack: 3-8 p.m. July 31, Duluth. University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff and equipment will be available at the Surf Shack on the west side of the mouth of the Lester River. Basic instruction for stand-up paddle board, prone paddle board, surf ski, kayak and more. Fee $30 for UMD student members and $40 for others. Registration recommended; visit https://bit.ly/34gtiCa.

Instruction and Equipment Demos at Lester River Surf Shack: 3-8 p.m. Aug. 6, Duluth. University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff and equipment will be available at the Surf Shack on the west side of the mouth of the Lester River. Basic instruction for stand-up paddle board, prone paddle board, surf ski, kayak and more. Fee $30 for UMD student members and $40 for others. Registration recommended; visit https://bit.ly/34gtiCa.

Instruction and Equipment Demos at Lester River Surf Shack: 3-8 p.m. Aug. 7, Duluth. University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff and equipment will be available at the Surf Shack on the west side of the mouth of the Lester River. Basic instruction for stand-up paddle board, prone paddle board, surf ski, kayak and more. Fee $30 for UMD student members and $40 for others. Registration recommended; visit https://bit.ly/34gtiCa.

Women Hike Duluth: 6-7 p.m. Aug. 17, Hartley Park, 3001 Woodland Ave., Duluth. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Free. Registration deadline Aug. 16; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Full Moon Hike: 8-9 p.m. Aug. 22, Piedmont (Hutchinson Road Trailhead), 1601 Enger Tower Drive, Enger Park, Duluth. Headlamps available or bring your own. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $5. Registration deadline Aug. 20; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

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