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.

Why Are the Rocks Tilted?: 1-1:30 p.m. June 26, Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. Quarter-mile, level geology walk on grassy surface near the river to discover what powerful forces from the past shaped the tilted rocks. Meet at the amphitheater behind the park office.

Pioneer Cemetery is the first cemeteries in the area used by early settlers in Thomson Township. (Jamie Lund/ 2019 file / Cloquet Pine Journal)
Pioneer Cemetery is the first cemeteries in the area used by early settlers in Thomson Township. (Jamie Lund/ 2019 file / Cloquet Pine Journal)

Thomson Cemetery Tour: 4-5 p.m. June 26, Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. Discover the history of the people buried in the cemetery. There are stairs from the parking lot to the cemetery. Meet in the cemetery parking lot.

Campfire Program — Black Bears of Minnesota: 8-8:30 p.m. June 26, Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. Discover the world of the Minnesota black bear and how to make outdoor adventures more "bearable." Bring a blanket or camp chair. Meet at the amphitheater behind the park office.

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Bird Walk: 8-9 a.m. June 27, Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. Listen and look for many of the park's birds, including warblers, sparrows and woodpeckers. Sanitized binoculars are available or bring your own. The trail is paved. Suitable for beginners and experts. Meet in the park office parking lot.

Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. (Katie Rohman / krohman@duluthnews.com)
Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. (Katie Rohman / krohman@duluthnews.com)

Bugs and Blooms — Pollinator Walk: 11-11:30 a.m. June 27, Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. Half-mile walk around the visitor center grounds to discover pollinators that make the park's blooms possible. Meet at the amphitheater behind the park office.

Wolf Ridge: A Bird Breeding Hot Spot: noon-1 p.m. June 27, via Zoom. For nearly 30 years, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland has been monitoring the health of its bird populations as part of the nationwide MAPS project. Naturalists and partners will explain how they listen for, see and count some of the key bird species found in the boreal and maple forest of Wolf Ridge property: Nashville warbler, ovenbird, Swainson’s thrush, white-throated sparrow and Canada warbler. Register at addevent.com/event/cW6692886.

Hawk Ridge Summer Fun: Summer Ledges Exploration: 1:30-3:30 p.m. June 28, Hawk Ridge overlook, Duluth. Bring your spirit of adventure for a hike and learn why the ledges are there and how to travel safely in the woods to get there. Ages 9-14. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Cost $12. For extra $3 fee, parks staff will provide transportation from Bayfront Park to Hawk Ridge, leaving at 1 p.m. and returning at 4 p.m. Register at 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.

U.S. Forest Service Nature Presentation: 2-3 p.m. every Wednesday, Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, 28 Moose Pond Drive, Grand Marais. Naturalists present on northwoods-themed topics. Meet at the museum's front porch. In inclement weather, presentations are moved inside (masks required). Free; donations appreciated.

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.

Meet the Trees: 11-11:30 a.m. July 1, Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. Family-friendly scavenger hunt to learn about some of Minnesota's common tree species. Limited capacity; arrive early. Meet at the amphitheater behind the park office.

Sugarloaf Cove is located along Minnesota Highway 61, 4 miles southwest of Schroeder. (Steve Kuchera / 2015 file / News Tribune)
Sugarloaf Cove is located along Minnesota Highway 61, 4 miles southwest of Schroeder. (Steve Kuchera / 2015 file / News Tribune)

Bird Banding Demos: 7 a.m.-noon July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 and Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26, Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, 9096 Minnesota Highway 61, Schroeder. Sugarloaf is participating in bird research by banding birds; stop in anytime between 7 a.m. and noon. Bird programs at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Weather dependent; rain or excessive wind may cause the banding session to be canceled. Call Sugarloaf at 218-663-7679 to check. Free; donations requested.

A Mindful Bicycle Ride: 9-11 a.m. July 2, Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. During this 6-mile round-trip nature observation ride along the Willard Munger State Trail, the group will pause along the trail to calm their minds, focus on the surroundings and learn about the flora and fauna. Bring a bike and helmet. Registration required; call 218-673-7006 or email carly.hawkinson@state.mn.us.

Campfire Program — Black Bears of Minnesota: 8-8:30 p.m. July 2, Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. Discover the world of the Minnesota black bear and how to make outdoor adventures more "bearable." Bring a blanket or camp chair. Meet at the amphitheater behind the park office.

Photography at the Rock Featuring Nicholas Narog: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 3, Split Rock Lighthouse, 3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Road, Two Harbors. Split Rock's rotating monthly photography show features lifelong Minnesota resident Nicholas Narog, whose photos have been featured in newspapers, banners, visitor guides and magazines, most recently on the cover of Minnesota Monthly.

Why Are the Rocks Tilted?: 1-1:30 p.m. July 3, Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. Quarter-mile, level geology walk on grassy surface near the river to discover what powerful forces from the past shaped the tilted rocks. Meet at the amphitheater behind the park office.

Bugs and Blooms — Pollinator Walk: 4-4:30 p.m. July 3, Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. Half-mile walk around the visitor center grounds to discover pollinators that make the park's blooms possible. Meet at the amphitheater behind the park office.

Campfire Program — Timberwolves of Minnesota: 8-8:30 p.m. July 3, Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. 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.

Orienteering: 5:30-7 p.m. July 7, Enger Park, 1601 Enger Tower Drive, Duluth. Learn how to use a map and compass and practice navigation skills. All levels of experience welcome. Includes hiking on uneven terrain. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Ages 8 and up. Cost $5. Registration deadline July 1; register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Why Are the Rocks Tilted?: 11-11:30 a.m. July 9, Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. Quarter-mile, level geology walk on grassy surface near the river to discover what powerful forces from the past shaped the tilted rocks. Meet at the amphitheater behind the park office. To register, call 218-673-7006 or email carly.hawkinson@state.mn.us.

Biking the Munger Trail: 9-11 a.m. July 10, Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. Learn about the history of the park as you bike the Willard Munger State Trail. Bring a bike and helmet. Limited to 10 people. To register, call 218-673-7006 or email carly.hawkinson@state.mn.us.

Bugs and Blooms — Pollinator Walk: 1:30-2 p.m. July 10, Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. Half-mile walk around the visitor center grounds to discover pollinators that make the park's blooms possible. Meet at the amphitheater behind the park office.

Campfire Program — Black Bears of Minnesota: 8-8:30 p.m. July 10, Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. Discover the world of the Minnesota black bear and how to make outdoor adventures more "bearable." Bring a blanket or camp chair. Meet at the amphitheater behind the park office.

Thomson Cemetery Tour: 11 a.m.-noon July 11, Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. Discover the history of the people buried in the cemetery. There are stairs from the parking lot to the cemetery. Meet in the cemetery parking lot.

Ferns of the Forest Walk: 1-2 p.m. July 11, Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. Learn about some of the park's 15 ferns species, from delicate oak ferns, to giant ostrich ferns. Meet at the amphitheater behind the park office.

Larry Weber examines the catkins on an alder during a walk near Indian Point campground March 29, 2021. The stroll demonstrated how many of nature’s little treasures a slow pace and observant eye can reveal. (Steve Kuchera / File / News Tribune)
Larry Weber examines the catkins on an alder during a walk near Indian Point campground March 29, 2021. The stroll demonstrated how many of nature’s little treasures a slow pace and observant eye can reveal. (Steve Kuchera / File / News Tribune)

Wondrous Webs by Larry Weber: 2-3:30 p.m. July 11, Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, 28 Moose Pond Drive, Grand Marais. This presentation will teach you about wondrous webs and let you know what type of spider made that web without even seeing it. Larry Weber, a retired teacher and Barnum resident, is now a naturalist and author. His weekly column, "Northland Nature," is published in the Duluth News Tribune. Masks mandatory during indoor presentation. Free; donations appreciated.

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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; those 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.

North Shore Water Festival: all day July 16-18, downtown Harbor Park, Wisconsin Street, Grand Marais. Fishing, touring kayak and canoe demonstrations; stand-up paddle board demo activities in the harbor and east bay; stand-up paddle board yoga. Most activities free.

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 Story of Quetico’s Longest Serving Interior Ranger: Janice Matichuk: 2-3 p.m. July 18, Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, 28 Moose Pond Drive, Grand Marais. "Her Island" is a new book by local author Joe Friedrichs that shares the story of Janice Matichuk, the longest-serving ranger in the history of Quetico Provincial Park. Join author Joe Friedrichs to learn more about the process of writing the book. Friedrichs, of Grand Marais, is the host of WTIP’s "Boundary Waters Podcast." Masks mandatory during the indoor presentation. Free; donations appreciated.

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.

Intro to Flycasting with Trout Unlimited: 6-8 p.m. July 21, Lester Park, 61st Avenue East and Superior Street, Duluth. Trout Unlimited experts will teach about the basic equipment and casting skills for fly fishing. Equipment provided. Ages 12 and up. Free. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

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.

Orienteering: 10-11:30 a.m. July 24, Quarry Park, end of 59th Avenue West, Duluth. Learn how to use a map and compass and practice navigation skills. All levels of experience welcome. Includes hiking on uneven terrain. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Ages 8 and up. Cost $5. Registration deadline July 20; register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

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 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 introduction to nature photography geared toward beginners, Jason Heinen will discuss tools of the trade, nature photography methods 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. Cost $25 for members, $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.

Hawk Ridge Summer Fun: Who Made This Mess?: 1:30-3:30 p.m. July 26, Hawk Ridge overlook, Duluth. Be a detective and see if you can find some hints about what's going on. Who lives in the woods during the summer? How do we know? What evidence can be gathered? Ages 7-12. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Cost $12. For extra $3 fee, parks staff will provide transportation from Bayfront Park to Hawk Ridge, leaving at 1 p.m. and returning at 4 p.m. Register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

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; those 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.

Intro to Flycasting with Trout Unlimited: 6-8 p.m. July 28, Chambers Grove Park, Highway 23 and 137th Avenue West, Duluth. Trout Unlimited experts will teach about the basic equipment and casting skills for fly fishing. Equipment provided. Ages 12 and up. Free. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Samantha Hadley, of Cook, Minnesota, competes in the "Jill and Jill" log-sawing event with Meredith Ingbretson, of Hayward, during the Lumberjack World Championships. (Bob King / 2018 file / News Tribune)
Samantha Hadley, of Cook, Minnesota, competes in the "Jill and Jill" log-sawing event with Meredith Ingbretson, of Hayward, during the Lumberjack World Championships. (Bob King / 2018 file / News Tribune)

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.

Bug Catching Adventures: 9-10 a.m. July 31, Washington Square Park, 4215 E. Superior St., Duluth. Duluth Parks and Recreation provides nets, insect guides, magnifying glasses and microscopes as the group looks for and learns about insects. Ages 4-8. Cost $3. Register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Photography at the Rock Featuring Nicholas Narog: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 31, Split Rock Lighthouse, 3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Road, Two Harbors. Split Rock's rotating monthly photography show features lifelong Minnesota resident Nicholas Narog, whose photos have been featured in newspapers, banners, visitor guides and magazines, most recently on the cover of Minnesota Monthly.

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.

Photography at the Rock Featuring Nathan Klok: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 1, 7, 14, 21 and 28, Split Rock Lighthouse, 3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Road, Two Harbors. Split Rock's rotating monthly photography show features Nathan Klock, a Twin Cities-based landscape, cityscape and deep-space photographer.

Orienteering: 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 4, Piedmont Trail, Duluth. Learn how to use a map and compass and practice navigation skills. All levels of experience welcome. Includes hiking on uneven terrain. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Ages 8 and up. Cost $5. Registration deadline Aug. 1; register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Matt Jordan’s colorful line creates a loop as he demonstrates how to cast with a small spey rod at the Lester River in Duluth. (Clint Austin / 2015 file / News Tribune)
Matt Jordan’s colorful line creates a loop as he demonstrates how to cast with a small spey rod at the Lester River in Duluth. (Clint Austin / 2015 file / News Tribune)

Intro to Flycasting with Trout Unlimited: 6-8 p.m. Aug. 4, Chester Park, 1800 East Skyline Parkway, Duluth. Trout Unlimited experts will teach about the basic equipment and casting skills for fly fishing. Equipment provided. Ages 12 and up. Free. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

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.

Monarchs with Tom Uecker: 2-3 p.m. Aug. 8, Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, 28 Moose Pond Drive, Grand Marais. Uecker, is a retired teacher who began each new school year raising and releasing the last generation of the monarch butterfly for that year. He now gives presentations aimed at helping restore the monarch habitat and preserving the migration to and from Mexico. Masks mandatory during indoor presentation. Free; donations appreciated.

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.

John Craddock: Geology of the End of the Trail: Tonalites, Diamictites, Seismites and Tillites: 2-3 p.m. Aug. 22, Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, 28 Moose Pond Drive, Grand Marais. Craddock will share the geologic history of the area located around the end of the trail, from 2.6 billion-year-old Archean granites, to the Pleistocene glacial epoch (Magnetic Rock). The Minnesota native taught at Macalester College for 32 years, traveled the world researching geology and is now retired. Masks mandatory during indoor presentation. Free; donations appreciated.

Kyle Nelson holds his daughter, Greta, 3, so that she can see through his camera at Hawk Ridge on Aug. 29, 2020. The family came from Woodbury, Minnesota, to watch the annual fall migration of raptors. (Steve Kuchera / File / News Tribune)
Kyle Nelson holds his daughter, Greta, 3, so that she can see through his camera at Hawk Ridge on Aug. 29, 2020. The family came from Woodbury, Minnesota, to watch the annual fall migration of raptors. (Steve Kuchera / File / News Tribune)

Hawk Ridge Summer Fun: Exploring Hawk Ridge: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 23, Hawk Ridge overlook, Duluth. People come from all over the world to watch birds at Hawk Ridge. What makes this such a cool spot, and how does it all work? Take a look behind the scenes. Ages 7-12. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Cost $12. For extra $3 fee, parks staff will provide transportation from Bayfront Park to Hawk Ridge, leaving at 1 p.m. and returning at 4 p.m. Register at 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 terrain. 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.

Hawk Weekend Festival 2021: Sept. 17-19, Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, Duluth. The Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve is known as one of the best places in North American to experience the fall bird migration. Field trips, hikes, programs and activities for all ages. More info at hawkridge.org/event/hawk-weekend-festival-2021.

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