Volunteer Stewardship Project: Invasive Pull: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 31, Minnesota Point Pine Forest Scientific and Natural Area, Duluth. Help Minnesota Department of Natural Resources staff in searching for and removing spotted knapweed and other invasive species along the eastern tip of Minnesota Point, a 7-mile sandbar that shelters the Duluth Harbor and Superior Bay from the open waters of Lake Superior. Advanced registration required; event capped at 25 attendees. To register, email arika.preas@state.mn.us. Masks are encouraged for unvaccinated volunteers.

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.

River Life Starring the Crayfish: 1-3 p.m. July 31, Tettegouche State Park, 5 miles northeast of Silver Bay on state Highway 61. Join the park naturalist and search for crayfish and other aquatic life in a lagoon at the mouth 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 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.

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Junior Naturalists: River Animals: 4-5 p.m. July 31, Jay Cooke State Park, 3 miles east of Carlton on Minnesota Highway 210. Discover the life of the river during this children's program. Learn about the adaptations of beavers, otters, insects and other critters. Meet behind the River Inn Interpretive Center. The group will be painting, so wear clothes that can get dirty. All art materials supplied. For more info, contact Kristine Hiller at 218-673-7005 or at kris.hiller@state.mn.us.

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.

Wicked Plant Walk: 9:30-10 a.m. Aug. 1, Jay Cooke State Park, 3 miles east of Carlton on Minnesota Highway 210. Go on a half-hour easy walk to discover plants that have a rather evil reputation. Meet at the amphitheater behind the park office. Tick protection always recommended. For more info, contact Kristine Hiller at 218-673-7005 or at kris.hiller@state.mn.us.

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.

"Hudson Bay Bound" Presentation: 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 2, The Park Center, 15791 U.S. Highway 63, Hayward, Wisconsin. Minnesota author Natalie Warren will speak about the practicalities of planning a canoe expedition and share stories of the pleasures, perils and wonders of the wilderness. In her book, "Hudson Bay Bound: Two Women, One Dog, Two Thousand Miles to the Arctic," Warren tells the story of a journey along the water route made famous by Eric Sevareid in his 1935 book "Canoeing with the Cree." Free; registration limited. Register at wildriversconservancy.org/event/hudson-bay-hayward.

Plant Identification and Hike: 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 4, Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park, just east of Soudan Underground Mine State Park, 2 miles east of Tower off U.S. Highway 169. Hike the trail loop to learn how to use a dichotomous key and identify plant species at the park. Meet at shower building. If parking is full, park along the road. Guests who haven't been vaccinated against COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to wear a mask. Bug repellent and sunscreen are advised. For more info, call 218-300-7000.

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.

St. Louis River Alliance Annual Canoe Trip: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 7, Woodstock Bay Primitive Boat Landing, end of North 28th Street, Superior. Explore a route from the newly designated St. Louis River Estuary National Water Trail. Experts will speak on river safety and canoe basics and a St. Louis River Area of Concern coordinator will share projects underway in estuary. Cost $5-$10 per person; scholarships available. Registration and payment deadline 4 p.m. Aug. 4. Parking limited. Canoes, paddles and personal flotation devices available for registered people who don't have them. Register at https://bit.ly/2VTg4Kw.

Turtles of Boulder Lake: 10 a.m. Aug. 7, Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center, 7328 Boulder Dam Road, Duluth. Learn why the Boulder Lake Management Area contains significant habitat for snapping turtles and how their reproductive success is limited by predators that dig up their nests and consume the contents. All ages. Free. Registration required; go to https://bit.ly/3zIK4HC.

Stream Study: Upper St. Louis River: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 7, Sax-Zim Bog, 8793 Owl Ave., Toivola. This program will investigate the St. Louis River and what it has to offer biologically. Participants will have a chance to observe and interpret a dynamic ecosystem. Meet at Welcome Center. Masks and social distancing required. Registration limited to five vehicles; go to https://bit.ly/2WtFpLt. For more info, contact Clinton Nienhaus at naturalist@saxzim.org.

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. 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.

Astro Bob Presents: What's Up with the Moon: 8:15 p.m. Aug. 14, Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center, 7328 Boulder Dam Road, Duluth. Bob King will teach the class how to get acquainted with the bright planets of summer and fall. Weather permitting, the class will get a view of the moon, Saturn and Jupiter through a telescope. All ages. Cost $5; age 10 and younger free. Registration required; go to https://bit.ly/3kYFbWV.

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.

Tiger Beetles Field Trip: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 21, Sax-Zim Bog, 8793 Owl Ave., Toivola. Learn about these colorful and fast predators. Meet at Welcome Center. Masks and social distancing required. Registration limited to five vehicles; go to https://bit.ly/3zMZDON. For more info, contact Clinton Nienhaus at naturalist@saxzim.org.

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. 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.

Fall Migration Field Trip: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 28, Sax-Zim Bog, 8793 Owl Ave., Toivola. This field trip will show the class how to best navigate the bog during migration. At this time of year, birds are migrating, but there might be a chance to experience migration of insects, like painted lady butterflies and common green darner dragonflies. Meet at Welcome Center. Masks and social distancing required. Registration limited to five vehicles; go to https://bit.ly/3zJCAo2. For more info, contact Clinton Nienhaus at naturalist@saxzim.org.

Guided Hike Series: Superior Hiking Trail: Arrive early to check in and be ready to board shuttle by 2:45 p.m. Sept. 12, 1461 W. Skyline Parkway, Duluth. Beginner-to-intermediate 4.5-mile trail from Haines Road to Enger Park. 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. Cost $5 per person. Registration closes 2:30 p.m. Sept. 12. 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.

Full Moon Hike: 7-8 p.m. Sept. 20, Enger Park, 1601 Enger Tower Drive, Duluth. Headlamps available or bring your own. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $5. Registration deadline Sept. 17; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Parks After Dark: Stargazing Night Hike: 8-9:30 p.m. Sept. 21, Chester Park, 1800 E. Skyline Parkway, Duluth. Learn what creatures prefer the night to the day; practice your sense of hearing to experience nature; and do some stargazing. Hike up to 1 mile on uneven terrain. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $3. Registration deadline Sept. 18; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Nature Knowledge: Duluth's Water: 5-6 p.m. Sept. 22, Lester Park Trail, Duluth. Learn about the water cycle and how lakes, rivers and streams connect us. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $2. Registration deadline Sept. 20; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Parks After Dark: Stargazing Night Hike: 8-9:30 p.m. Oct. 6, Ely's Peak, Duluth. Learn what creatures prefer the night to the day; practice your sense of hearing to experience nature; and do some stargazing. Hike up to 1 mile on uneven terrain. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $3. Registration deadline Oct. 3; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Full Moon Hike: 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Hartley Park, 3001 Woodland Ave., Duluth. Headlamps available or bring your own. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $5. Registration deadline Oct. 17; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

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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