Self-Guided Bioblitz: June 7-21, Little Too Much Lake Scientific and Natural Area, Itasca County. From Deer River, go 22 miles north on Minnesota Highway 6, then 0.2 miles west on County Road 313. Park on southwest shoulder. Self-guided Bioblitz allows individuals and household groups to get outside and contribute to community science while practicing social distancing. Sign up on iNaturalist at https://bit.ly/3z8G4kl. Wear sturdy footwear, long pants and be prepared to navigate rough and overgrown terrain. No official trails at site. Prizes at end of Bioblitz. For more info, contact Alex Miller at alex.miller@state.mn.us or at 651-259-5165.

Take a Kid Fishing Weekend: June 11-13, Minnesota statewide. Minnesota residents can fish without licenses if they take kids 15 or older fishing. For more info, contact Benji Kohn at 651-259-5178 or benjamin.kohn@state.mn.us.

Picnic Hike to the Cascades: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 12, Tettegouche State Park, 5 miles northeast of Silver Bay on Minnesota Highway 61. Pack a picnic lunch, bring hiking boots and join a park naturalist for a 1.5-mile round-trip guided hike to the Cascades of the Baptism River. Free; registration required. Call 218-353-8800 ext. 0 to register. You will be given directions as to where the hike will start.

Moths Evening Program: 8-10 p.m. June 12, Sax-Zim Bog, 8793 Owl Ave., Meadowlands. The field trip is an introduction to moths and moth watching. Bring a hand lamp or flashlight. COVID-19 precautions will be in place. Social distancing and masks are required. Free for members (those who have donated $25 or more in the past year). Meet Clinton Nienhaus at the Welcome Center on Owl Avenue. Register at https://bit.ly/3pt7CfO.

Campfire Program: 8-8:30 p.m. June 12, Jay Cooke State Park, 3 miles east of Carlton on Minnesota Highway 210. Learn about the daily life of wolves and how they work together as a pack for survival. Bring a blanket or camp chair. Meet at the amphitheater behind the park office. Free; no registration required. Those not vaccinated for COVID-19 should stay 6 feet from others. For more info, contact Kristine Hiller at 218-673-7005 or kris.hiller@state.mn.us.

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Bird Walk: 8-9 a.m. June 13, Jay Cooke State Park, 3 miles east of Carlton on Minnesota Highway 210. Listen and look for beautiful birds, including warblers, sparrows and woodpeckers. Sanitized binoculars are available or bring your own. Tick precaution is recommended. Those not vaccinated for COVID-19 should stay 6 feet from others. Free; registration required. Contact Kristine Hiller at 218-673-7005 or at kris.hiller@state.mn.us. The meeting location will be shared with those who register.

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.

Critter Walk: 11-11:30 a.m. June 13, Jay Cooke State Park, 3 miles east of Carlton on Minnesota Highway 210. Join a naturalist on a half-mile, mostly shady, family-friendly walk to scavenger hunt for signs of critters and other fun things. Tick precaution is recommended. Those not vaccinated for COVID-19 should stay 6 feet from others. Free; registration required. Contact Kristine Hiller at 218-673-7005 or at kris.hiller@state.mn.us. The meeting location will be shared with those who register.

Primitive Firestarting Demo: 1:30-3 p.m. June 13, Tettegouche State Park, 5 miles northeast of Silver Bay on Minnesota Highway 61. Learn traditional and historic fire starting technologies. The group will be playing with flint-and-steel, bow drills, magnifiers and other techniques, including the use of native mushrooms and fungi. Drop-in program. Free. For more info, contact Kurt Mead at 218-353-8809 or kurt.mead@state.mn.us.

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.

Moths, Nighttime Neighbors: 6:30-8 p.m. June 17, webinar. Hosted by Sax-Zim Bog. The bog’s diverse habitat types showcase a wide variety of moth species, with over 500 species documented so far. This talk will cover basics of moth evolution and biology, introduce identification and suggest tips for observing moths at your home or further afield. Register at https://bit.ly/2Rw3Y8v.

Dragonflies and Damselflies Field Trip: Noon-6 p.m. June 19, Sax-Zim Bog, 8793 Owl Ave., Meadowlands. In the last year, the bog has held two new county records of dragonfly. All ages and ability levels welcome. Extra nets available. Field trip free for members (those who have donated $25 or more in the past year). Meet Clinton Nienhaus at the Welcome Center on Owl Avenue. Register at https://bit.ly/3pwWtL8.

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.

Redhead Mountain Bike Park Grand Opening: 10 a.m. June 26, Minnesota Discovery Center, 1005 Discovery Drive, Chisholm. Ribbon-cutting at trailhead for grand opening of 25 miles of trails, 10 a.m.; open house, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; MDC museum access, sauna, giveaways, trolley rides, mini-golf, live music, vendors and documentary release of "Reclaimed" at MDC Theater all day. Concert featuring The Suburbs, 7 p.m., MDC amphitheater; tickets available at suemclean.com or call 800-514-3849.

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.

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.

ATV Safety Field Day Class: 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. July 17, Salo Town Hall, 36303 Kestrel Ave., McGregor. Must be 10 years old before class date to be eligible. To register or for questions, contact instructor Darlene Turnock at 218-768-2713.

Joe Harrison shows off the 16.8-pound lake trout he caught during the 2018 Salmon Classic in Silver Bay. Harrison's catch was good enough for third place in the lake trout division. (File / Lake County News-Chronicle)
Joe Harrison shows off the 16.8-pound lake trout he caught during the 2018 Salmon Classic in Silver Bay. Harrison's catch was good enough for third place in the lake trout division. (File / Lake County News-Chronicle)

2021 Lake Superior Salmon Classic Fishing Tournament: 4 a.m.-6 p.m. July 17 and 4 a.m.-2 p.m. July 18, Silver Bay Marina, Silver Bay. Marine General gift cards awarded for top five places in each division: king salmon, coho salmon, lake trout. Raffle tickets for cash and other prizes. Kids 14 and under who purchase a ticket will be entered to win door prizes. Must land boat at marina to participate. Cost $25 per ticket; no registration necessary. All proceeds go to nonprofit Silver Bay PTO for school programs and activities.

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. More info at silverbaypto.org/salmon-classic.

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.

Introduction to Nature Photography: A Photo Naturalist Approach: 3:30-8:30 p.m. July 24, Sax-Zim Bog, 8793 Owl Ave., Meadowlands. In this course — an introduction to nature photography geared toward beginners — Jason Heinen will discuss a variety of tools of the trade, nature photography methods and tips for species identification, all with a focus on appreciation of all the bog's biodiversity. Bring a camera, extra batteries, memory cards, something to take notes with, water, bug spray and snacks as needed. Plan to walk on uneven terrain, with some potential for getting free wet. Cost $25 for members and $50 for non-members (includes membership). Register at https://bit.ly/3fX80zT.

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.

61st Annual Lumberjack World Championships: July 29-31, The Lumberjack Bowl, 15670 W. County Road B, Hayward, Wisconsin. The competition will showcase over 100 competitors from around the globe who will saw, chop, climb and roll their way to the title of world champion. Twenty-four events, three days of competition, over $68,000 in prize money, vendors, food trucks, the Swinging Axe Beer Garden, live music and more. Visit lumberjackworldchampionships.com.

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)

Spiders Field Trip: Noon-5 p.m. July 31, Sax-Zim Bog, 8793 Owl Ave., Meadowlands. The bog has an incredible diversity of spiders, including several first state records and dozens of new county record species in the last three years. Learn about the different species of spiders in Minnesota and spend time observing these misunderstood critters. Free for members (those who have donated $25 or more in the past year). Register at https://bit.ly/3w1Susn.

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.

Firearms Safety Field Day: 9 a.m. Aug. 21, Orr Center, 10690 Highway 23, Orr. Class on Aug. 19 from 6-9 p.m. required. This is a field day for students who have completed HunterCourse online program. Student must be 11 years old before date of the field day. Student must bring field day voucher Aug. 19. Parent or guardian must attend first 30 minutes of classroom and field day. Registration required; contact Ed Franck at 218-757-3235 or edefranck@centurytel.net.

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.

Self-Guided Bioblitz: Sept. 13-27, Lutsen Scientific and Natural Area, Cook County. From Lutsen, go 1.5 miles south on Minnesota Highway 61, then 0.75 miles north on County highway 5 (Ski Hill Road). Park on east side, then take ski trail east to site. Self-guided Bioblitz allows individuals and household groups to get outside and contribute to community science. Sign up on iNaturalist at https://bit.ly/3cok6A4 and read journal postings for event updates, guidelines and tips before visiting site. Wear sturdy footwear, long pants and be prepared to navigate rough and overgrown terrian. No official trails at site. Prizes at end of Bioblitz. For more info, contact Alex Miller at 651-259-5165 or alex.miller@state.mn.us.

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