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.

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)

Meet the Weasel Family: 10 a.m.-noon (drop-in) July 17, Tettegouche State Park, 5 miles northeast of Silver Bay on Minnesota Highway 61. See a variety of weasel pelts and learn about their role in the wilds of Tettegouche. For more info, contact Kurt Mead at 218-353-8809 or at kurt.mead@state.mn.us.

River Life — Starring the Crayfish: 1-3 p.m. July 17, Tettegouche State Park, 5 miles northeast of Silver Bay on Minnesota Highway 61. Join the park naturalist to search for crayfish and other aquatic life in the lagoon of the Baptism River. Wear shoes for wading in water. For more info, contact Kurt Mead at 218-353-8809 or at kurt.mead@state.mn.us.

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.

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Ferns of the Forest Walk: 4-5 p.m. July 17, Jay Cooke State Park, 3 miles east of Carlton on Minnesota Highway 210. Short walk on a moderate, grassy trail to learn how the park's 15 species of ferns are an important part of the forest. Meet at amphitheater behind the park office. Tick protection, bug spray and hat or sunblock recommended. Wear proper shoes. For more info, contact Kristine Hiller at 218-673-7005 or at kris.hiller@state.mn.us.

Campfire Program — Wolves: 8-8:30 p.m. July 17, Jay Cooke State Park, 3 miles east of Carlton on Minnesota Highway 210. Learn about wolves' daily lives and how they work together as a pack for survival. Meet at amphitheater behind the park office. Bench seating; bring a blanket or camping chair for comfort or social distancing. For more info, contact Kristine Hiller at 218-673-7005 or at kris.hiller@state.mn.us.

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.

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.

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.

Thomson Cemetery Tour: 9-10 a.m. July 18 Jay Cooke State Park, 3 miles east of Carlton on Minnesota Highway 210. 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.

Guided Hike to Shovel Point: 10 a.m.-noon July 18, Tettegouche State Park, 5 miles northeast of Silver Bay on Minnesota Highway 61. Join the park naturalist for a stroll out to Shovel Point to learn how the impressive cliff was formed. For more info, contact Kurt Mead at 218-353-8809 or at kurt.mead@state.mn.us.

Lake Superior Day: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. July 18, Lake Superior Estuarium, 3 Marina Drive, Superior. Live music, kids' activities, stand-up paddle boarding, informational booths, raffle and food vendors. Free. Half-price admission for SS Meteor tours.

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.

Finding Trout in Minnesota Streams and Lakes: noon July 21, via Webex. Fly angler John Dieck and Department of Natural Resources hunting and fishing skills liason Ray Ruiz discuss strategies on how to successfully catch more trout. Register at least one day prior at https://bit.ly/3rdeU8s. For more info, contact Benji Kohn at 651-259-5178 or at benjamin.kohn@state.mn.us.

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.

A Mindful Bicycle Ride: 9-11 a.m. July 22, Jay Cooke State Park, 3 miles east of Carlton on Minnesota Highway 210. 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.

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.

The Minnesota Discovery Center as seen from one of the trails at Redhead Mountain Bike Park in Chisholm. (Clint Austin / 2020 file / News Tribune)
The Minnesota Discovery Center as seen from one of the trails at Redhead Mountain Bike Park in Chisholm. (Clint Austin / 2020 file / News Tribune)

Family Discovery Day: Fossils! Fossils! Fossils!: 4-7:30 p.m. July 22, Minnesota Discovery Center, 1005 Discovery Drive, Chisholm. Talk with paleontologist John Westgaard and others from the Hill Annex Paleontology Project to see what they are up to this summer. Also an opportunity to ask about volunteering at the excavation site this summer. Hands-on fossil activities and demonstrations for kids.

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.

Why Are the Rocks Tilted?: 1-1:30 p.m. July 24, Jay Cooke State Park, 3 miles east of Carlton on Minnesota Highway 210. 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.

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., Toivola. 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.

Campfire Program — Black Bears of Minnesota: 8-8:30 p.m. July 24, Jay Cooke State Park, 3 miles east of Carlton on Minnesota Highway 210. 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.

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.

Summer Archery Club Session 2: 6:30-8 p.m. July 25 and Aug. 1, 8 and 15, Washington Center Gym, 310 N. First Ave. W., Duluth. Learn, develop and practice archery skills over four sessions with certified instructors. Basic safety and technique, games, challenges and competition-style scoring practice. All equipment provided. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Ages 9 and up. Cost $40. Registration deadline July 21; register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index

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. Shuttle to meet at end location and transport hikers to start location. Hikers welcome to hike ahead at their own pace or stay with group. 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. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Shuttle $5 per person. Registration closes 5 p.m. July 26; register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Bear Hunting and Biology: noon July 28, via Webex. Andy Tri, Department of Natural Resources bear biologist, and Kraig Kiger, DNR shooting sports education specialist, they talk about bears and bear hunting. They'll discuss baiting and methods for attracting bears to a site. Register at least one day prior at https://bit.ly/3rdeU8s. For more info, contact Benji Kohn at 651-259-5178 or at benjamin.kohn@state.mn.us.

Intro to Archery: 5:30-7 p.m. July 28, Washington Center Gym, 310 N. First Ave. W., Duluth. Introductory class for residents to learn basics of safety and technique from certified instructors. All equipment provided. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Ages 9 and up. Cost $5. Registration deadline July 22; 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.

Intro to Archery: 5:30-7 p.m. July 29, Washington Center Gym, 310 N. First Ave. W., Duluth. Introductory class for residents to learn basics of safety and technique from certified instructors. All equipment provided. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Ages 9 and up. Cost $5. Registration deadline July 26; 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.

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., Toivola. 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.

Lee Radzak and his dog stand alongside the gate marking off the private areas of the Split Rock Lighthouse site. Radzak retired as Split Rock Lighthouse site manager after 36 years. (Photo courtesy of Lee Radzak)
Lee Radzak and his dog stand alongside the gate marking off the private areas of the Split Rock Lighthouse site. Radzak retired as Split Rock Lighthouse site manager after 36 years. (Photo courtesy of Lee Radzak)

The Keeper's View Lecture and Tour: 6:30-10 p.m. July 31, Split Rock Lighthouse, 3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Road, Two Harbors. Lee Radzak, former Split Rock site manager for 36 years, will give a presentation, followed by an evening tour of the lighthouse. Doors open at 6 p.m.; lecture starts at 6:30 p.m. Tours available at 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The beacon will be turned on from 8:45-10 p.m. Light dinner and cash bar available. Cost $45; Minnesota Historical Society members save 20%. Call 218-226-6372 or email splitrock@mnhs.org.

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.

How to Get Certified in Firearms Safety: noon Aug. 4, via Webex. Department of Natural Resources conservation officers will discuss Minnesota hunter safety requirements, including how to get certified in firearms safety. Register at least one day prior at https://bit.ly/3rdeU8s. For more info, contact Benji Kohn at 651-259-5178 or at benjamin.kohn@state.mn.us.

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.

Hikers descend from an overlook in West Duluth as they continue their hike from west to east across Duluth on June 27, 2016, on the Superior Hiking Trail. (Sam Cook / File / News Tribune)
Hikers descend from an overlook in West Duluth as they continue their hike from west to east across Duluth on June 27, 2016, on the Superior Hiking Trail. (Sam Cook / File / News Tribune)

Guided Hike Series: Superior Hiking Trail: Arrive early to check in and be ready to board shuttle by 5:45 p.m. Aug. 9, Skyline/Highland Trailhead, 7051 W. Skyline Parkway, Duluth. Beginner-to-intermediate 3.2-mile trail from Kingsbury Creek to Skyline/Highland Trailhead. All ages; under 16 must be accompanied by adult. Shuttle to meet at end location and transport hikers to start location. Hikers welcome to hike ahead at their own pace or stay with group. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. 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. Cost $5 per person. Registration closes 5 p.m. Aug. 9. Register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Rifle Basics: noon Aug. 11, via Webex. Learn the basics of rifles with Kraig Kiger, Department of Natural Resources shooting sports education specialist, and James Burnham, R3 coordinator. Topics will include rifle actions and their uses. This class will help you decide which rifle will meet your hunting and recreational needs. Register at least one day prior at https://bit.ly/3rdeU8s. For more info, contact Benji Kohn at 651-259-5178 or at benjamin.kohn@state.mn.us.

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.

Mourning Dove Hunting: noon Aug. 18, via Webex. Ray Ruiz, Department of Natural Resources hunting and fishing skills liaison, and James Burnham, R3 coordinator, will discuss hunting strategies and techniques to harvest mourning doves. Register at least one day prior at https://bit.ly/3rdeU8s. For more info, contact Benji Kohn at 651-259-5178 or at benjamin.kohn@state.mn.us.

Family Discovery Day: Rock Hounds Abound: 4-7:30 p.m. Aug. 19, Minnesota Discovery Center, 1005 Discovery Drive, Chisholm. Learn about geology. Hands-on activities for kids and specimens you can touch.

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.

Adam Dailey begins a mixed-climbing demonstration during "Flock to the Rock" at the abandoned railroad tunnel at Ely's Peak in 2018. The event was hosted by the Duluth Climbers Coalition. (Tyler Schank / File / News Tribune)
Adam Dailey begins a mixed-climbing demonstration during "Flock to the Rock" at the abandoned railroad tunnel at Ely's Peak in 2018. The event was hosted by the Duluth Climbers Coalition. (Tyler Schank / File / News Tribune)

Duluth Climbers Coalition's Flock to the Rock: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 21, Ely's Peak, Duluth. Geared toward youth, beginners and families, but all are welcome. Gear and instruction are provided free. Free hot dog lunch.

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.

Guided Hike Series: Superior Hiking Trail: Arrive early to check in and be ready to board shuttle by 5:45 p.m. Aug. 23, Haines Road Trailhead, 3210 Haines Road, Duluth. Beginner-to-intermediate 2.6-mile trail from Skyline/Highland Trailhead to Haines Road Trailhead. All ages; under 16 must be accompanied by adult. Shuttle to meet at end location and transport hikers to start location. Hikers welcome to hike ahead at their own pace or stay with group. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. 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. Cost $5 per person. Registration closes 5 p.m. Aug. 23. Register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Rachel Olesiak, research coordinator at the Cloquet Forestry Center, points out the bird houses hanging on the trees during a nature class. (Andee Erickson / 2019 file / Pine Journal)
Rachel Olesiak, research coordinator at the Cloquet Forestry Center, points out the bird houses hanging on the trees during a nature class. (Andee Erickson / 2019 file / Pine Journal)

Cloquet Forestry Center Open House: 4-7 p.m. Aug. 25, 175 University Road, Cloquet. Staff available on-site to answer questions about the research and demonstration forest. Self-guided walking tour; enter to win a raffle prize.

Intro to Archery: 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 25, Wheeler Athletic Complex, 3501 Grand Ave., Duluth. Introductory class for residents to learn basics of safety and technique from certified instructors. All equipment provided. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Ages 9 and up. Cost $5. Registration deadline Aug. 20; register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Intro to Archery: 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 26, Wheeler Athletic Complex, 3501 Grand Ave., Duluth. Introductory class for residents to learn basics of safety and technique from certified instructors. All equipment provided. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Ages 9 and up. Cost $5. Registration deadline Aug. 23; 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.

North Shore Geology: 10 a.m. Sundays, Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, 9096 Minnesota Highway 61, Schroeder. Learn about the formation of the Sawtooth Mountains and Lake Superior and how to recognize common rocks found in the area.

U.S. Forest Service Summer Naturalist Program: Cook County. Naturalist programs free and open to the public. Tuesdays: 10 a.m.-noon, "Nature of Oberg Mountain," Oberg Mountain Trailhead, Tofte; 7:30-9 p.m., "Minnesota Bears," Lutsen Resort, Lutsen. Wednesdays: 2-3 p.m., "Becoming a Boundary Waters Family," Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, Grand Marais; 7:30-9 p.m., "Howls in the Night: Wolves," Caribou Highlands, 371 Ski Hill Road, Lutsen. Thursdays: 10-11:30 a.m., "Wildflower Walk," Eagle Ridge, 445 Ski Hill Road, Lutsen; 7:30-9 p.m., "Voyageur Life," Bluefin Bay, 7192 Highway 61, Tofte. Fridays: 10-11:30 a.m., "Explore the Shore," East Bay Suites, 21 Wisconsin St., Grand Marais; 7:30-9 p.m., "Mostly Moose," Cascade Lodge, 3719 Highway 61, Lutsen. Saturdays: 1:30-3:30 p.m., "Nature of the Point," Grand Marais Artists' Point; 7:30-9 p.m., "Minnesota Wild," Sawbill Lake Campground, Tofte.

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