Parks After Dark: Stargazing Night Hike: 8-9:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Chambers Grove Park, Highway 23 and 137th Avenue West, Duluth. Learn what creatures prefer the night to the day; practice your sense of hearing to experience nature; and do some stargazing. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $3. Registration deadline Nov. 28; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Angler Education and Fishing for Dinner Workshop: 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7-9 via Zoom. Get certified to lead learn-to-fish programs for adults, families and youth. Brush up on basic fishing skills like fish identification, knot tying, casting and more. Hosted by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Must attend all three nights to complete certification. Registration deadline Nov. 30. Registration includes three steps: save a spot at https://bit.ly/3cIEo7e; submit a registration form at https://bit.ly/3l33xhc; and submit a form at https://bit.ly/3cJqxxw for a background check. For questions about the forms, call Theresa Stabo at 608-577-6332.

Dark Sky Festival: Dec. 9-11, Cook County. Cook County is home to one of the darkest skies in the nation. Every year, explorers, adventurers, artists and photographers from around the world travel to Cook County to experience the northern lights. "Night Skies Presentation, Special Menu Dinner and Celestial Legends Guided Night Hike," 4-8 p.m. Dec. 9, Gunflint Lodge, Grand Marais. Presentation about night skies, dinner and trek under the stars to learn about celestial facts and legends. "Turn Out the Lights," 6 p.m. Dec. 10, Harbor Park, Grand Marais. Watch over Lake Superior as Grand Marais goes dark for a few minutes. Visit visitcookcounty.com/event/dark-sky-festival.

Snowmobile Safety Classroom Class: 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 13-14, Virginia Community Senior Center, 5110 Chestnut St., Virginia. Field date Dec. 18 at DNR Office Building, Eveleth. Must be at least 11 years old by class date. Register at the door, 5:30-6 p.m. Dec. 13; bring a copy of your birth certificate. For questions, contact instructor Duane Hill at 218-750-0770.

Parks After Dark: Stargazing Night Hike: 8-9:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Hawk Ridge Trail, Duluth. Learn what creatures prefer the night to the day; practice your sense of hearing to experience nature; and do some stargazing. Hike is up to 1 mile on uneven terrain. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $3. Registration deadline Dec. 12; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

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Snowmobile Safety Field Day: 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 18, Harbor Insurance Agency, 605 First Ave. Two Harbors; use rear alley door. Must be at least 11 years old before start date and have completed the online class. Parents must accompany the child into the building to sign release prior to start of class, then return at 11 a.m. to bring child to the Lake County Fairgrounds to complete the driving exam. Do not bring a snowmobile; one will be provided. Bring warm winter clothes for test course drive. For questions or to register, contact instructor Warren Miller at 218-830-0983 or warren@harborinsurance.biz.

Full Moon Hike: 4-5 p.m. Dec. 18, Hawk Ridge Trail, Duluth. Headlamps available or bring your own. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $5. Registration deadline Dec. 15; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Women Hike Duluth: 6-7 p.m. Dec. 21, 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 Dec. 20; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Winter Birding Field Trips: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 1 and 2, meet at Wilburt Cafe, 9105 U.S. Highway 53, Cotton. Sax-Zim Bog explains how to approach birding in the bog in winter. Register at https://bit.ly/3nR5dva.

Brad Leick, of Duluth, skate skis on the Lester Park ski trails in Duluth in January 2020. 
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Brad Leick, of Duluth, skate skis on the Lester Park ski trails in Duluth in January 2020. Clint Austin / File / Duluth News Tribune

Cross-Country Skiing: 6-8 p.m. Jan. 4, Lester-Amity trails, Duluth. This program introduces participants to the city's trailheads, what to expect and how to navigate them. Skiers will travel at a relaxed classic skiing pace on classic ski trails. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $15. Registration deadline Jan. 3; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Parks After Dark: Stargazing Night Hike: 7-9 p.m. Jan. 5, Rose Garden/Hartley trailhead, Chester Park, Duluth. Learn what creatures prefer the night to the day; practice your sense of hearing to experience nature; and do some stargazing. Hike is up to 1 mile on uneven terrain. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $5. Registration deadline Jan. 4; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Snowmobile Safety Field Day: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 8, Boom Town, 4483 Martin Road, Duluth. Must be at least 11 years old before start date and have completed the online class. For questions, email instructor James Bianchi at beeonkey@gmail.com. To register, go to drifttoppers.com/snowmobile-safety-training.

Snowshoe Hike: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 8, Sax-Zim Bog Welcome Center, 8793 Owl Ave., Meadowlands. The group will have a leisurely hike through the Yellow-bellied Bog and learn about boreal forests and animal signs present during the winter. Snowshoes required; the Welcome Center has some available to borrow. To reserve snowshoes, email naturalist@saxzim.org. To register for the hike, visit https://bit.ly/3qFr1gc.

Duluth Parks and Recreation hosts snowshoe hikes this winter. 
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Duluth Parks and Recreation hosts snowshoe hikes this winter. Contributed / Getty Images

Guided Snowshoe Hike: noon-3 p.m. Jan. 8, Mission Creek, Duluth. All ages. Free. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Registration opens Jan. 1 at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Certified Volunteer Firearms Safety Instructor Training Class: 1 p.m. Jan. 8, Northwestern Gun Club, 6505 E. Hunter Lake Road, Duluth. The certification will allow participants to teach the classroom and online firearms safety course and Field Day. Must be at least 18 years old, pass a background check and be firearm safety certified. To register, contact regional training officer Scott Fitzgerald at 218-513-8946 or scott.fitzgerald@state.mn.us with the names of people attending, date of the training and phone number or email.

Nordic Spirit Youth Ski League: Jan. 9-Feb. 13, Spirit Mountain Nordic Ski Center, Duluth. Youth cross-country ski lessons for grades 4-8, 1-2:30 p.m., and K-3, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Cost $20 for first child in family, $15 each child thereafter, $45 maximum per family; includes trail pass, equipment if needed and instruction. Register at duluthxc.com/other-local-programs. Registration and equipment fitting 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6. Volunteer teachers welcome. For more info, call Mary Jane Sorenson at 218-626-2532 or email mjwsorenson@gmail.com.

Cross-Country Skiing: 6-8 p.m. Jan. 11, Lester-Amity trails, Duluth. This program introduces participants to the city's trailheads, what to expect and how to navigate them. Skiers will travel at a relaxed classic skiing pace on classic ski trails. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $15. Registration deadline Jan. 10; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

The Art Behind the Science of the Winter Finch Forecast: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 13, via Zoom. In Sax-Zim Bog's Winter Webinar Speaker Series, winter finch forecaster and ornithologist Tyler Hoar will provide an overview of each winter finch species and their current movements. This talk will share a brief history of the Winter Finch Forecast, how it’s compiled and goals going forward. Register at https://bit.ly/3ci16CL.

Tracking and Animal Sign Field Trip: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 15, Sax-Zim Bog Welcome Center, 8793 Owl Ave., Meadowlands. Tracks are encountered in the Sax-Zim Bog. But how do you know if you are looking at dog or wolf tracks? What is the difference between a hole made by a downy woodpecker and a black-backed woodpecker? The group will investigate the activity by critters in the bog through an investigation of the area around the Welcome Center. Register at https://bit.ly/3DzqX52.

Full Moon Hike: 6-8 p.m. Jan. 17, Piedmont and Brewer trails, Duluth. Headlamps available or bring your own. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $5. Registration deadline Jan. 16; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Parks After Dark: Stargazing Night Hike: 7-9 p.m. Jan. 19, Piedmont and Brewer trails, Duluth. Learn what creatures prefer the night to the day; practice your sense of hearing to experience nature; and do some stargazing. Hike is up to 1 mile on uneven terrain. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $5. Registration deadline Jan. 18; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Northern Pines Sled Dog Race: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 19, Northern Pines Golf Course, 69420 Airport Road, Iron River, Wisconsin. This sprint/mid-distance race is a downhill run through the golf course, entering the Bayfield County Trail system and the Tri-County Corridor. Food and free family events in a heated event center. Meet the mushers in the evening. For more info, visit northernpinessdr.com.