Get Outdoors: Volunteer to help build the Superior Hiking Trail

Editor’s note: Some events may have been canceled after the time of publication. Please check with local organizers.

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Superior Hiking Trail Association "Fourth Fridays," 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 26, Two Harbors; July 24, Grand Marais; Aug. 28, Duluth; Sept. 25, Schroeder; and Oct. 23, Silver Bay-Finland. This series of volunteer opportunities during the trail-building season are a way for first-time volunteers to get involved, learn basic skills and give back to the Superior Hiking Trail. Tasks may include lopping a brushy section of trail, moving materials to a project site or basic trail restoration. Contact Jo Swanson at for more information.

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The Superior Hiking Trail near Twin Ponds. (2019 file / News Tribune)

4-H Youth Development virtual learning programs, Zoom sessions, dates and times vary. Free. Upcoming sessions:

  • "Conservation Club: 4-H Water Watchers," Wednesdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and Aug. 5, 10-11 a.m. Youth can participate in a weekly online citizen science program focused on invasive species, natural resources and general conservation content. Youth will also have at least one opportunity to participate in a nature-boosting service project. Registration deadline: June 22. Register at
  • "4-H Summer Naturalist Program," Tuesdays, 6 p.m., and Thursdays, 3 p.m.; sessions start June 22. Join 4-H families throughout Northeast Minnesota to become summer naturalists. From flowers to birds, participants will explore how nature changes throughout the summer. Families with youth in grades 3-13 are encouraged to participate together. Registration deadline: June 21. Register at .

Courage Kenny virtual events, ongoing via Zoom. Preregistration required. Free. Some upcoming and ongoing events:


  • "Vegetable Gardening 101" — Sherry Rovig and Eric Larson share basic gardening tips for starting plants indoors; planning and laying out garden space for optimal function and yield; and more. Tuesday, June 11, 7-8 p.m. Register here.
  • "Water Ski Program 2020" — Learn about basic equipment, fit-up and clothing needs, to upper-level techniques. Mondays, June 29-July 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Register here.
  • "Turn the Pedals: Virtual Cycling" — Encourage one another to embrace the challenge and reap the many benefits of cycling; pedal in place on a stationary trainer indoors or take the virtual ride outdoors. Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., and Thursdays, noon-1 p.m. Register here.

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"Full Day of Surf, SUP and Foil Surfing Instruction at Island Lake," 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 11, 17, 23 or 24, University of Minnesota Duluth. Prone surfboard training followed by stand-up paddleboard surfing and foil surfing instruction using a ski boat wake. Four available dates; four people maximum per group. Cost: $95 UMD student members, $175 others. Contact 218-726-7128 or Visit .

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The Surf Shack in Duluth offers free instruction and equipment demonstrations. (2017 file / News Tribune)

The Surf Shack instruction and equipment demos, 3-8 p.m. July 21 and 25, Aug. 1 and 7, and noon-6 p.m. July 26, Aug. 2 and 9, 60th Avenue East and London Road, Duluth. Basic instruction on stand-up paddleboards, prone paddleboards, surf skis and sea kayaks. Paddle, lifejacket and wetsuit provided; first-come, first-served. No registration required. Cost per session: $20 University of Minnesota Duluth U-Card holders, $30 others; cash or check only at The Surf Shack. Contact 218-726-7128 or Visit .

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