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Cross-country ski lessons offered at Brule River State Forest

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

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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour: 7 p.m. Jan. 8, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Symphony Hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. Gear demonstrations, sponsor booths and raffles. Proceeds benefit local ski projects. Face masks required by the host, Duluth Cross Country Ski Club. Tickets $20; purchase at DECC ticket office in Amsoil Arena or at ticketmaster.com .

Cross-Country Ski Lessons: 12:30 p.m. Jan. 9, After Hours Ski Trail and parking lot, south of Highway 2 on After Hours Road, first road west of the Brule River in Brule River State Forest. Free beginning and intermediate cross-country ski lessons for kids and adults in classic and skate styles. Skis, boots and poles available for rent; must register by 7 p.m. Jan. 6. Cost for rental $5 for kids under age 12 and $15 for adults. Lessons sponsored by Brule Valley Ski Club , Brule River State Forest and Brule Lions Club. To register, call Bob at 218-348-5200 or Phil at 715-372-5004.

55+ Snowshoeing: 10-11 a.m. Jan. 11, Hawk Ridge, Duluth. Meet at parking lot just before the closed road; enter through East Skyline Parkway off Glenwood Street. Join other 55-and-over individuals for a snowshoe social up a closed road to a beautiful overlook of Lake Superior; trail has slight inclines. No experience necessary; snowshoes provided. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Ages 55 and up. Fee $3. Register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

"In a Patch of Goldenrods," with Naturalist Larry Weber: 6 p.m. Jan. 11, Labovitz School of Business and Economics, Room 135, University of Minnesota Duluth. Weber, author of “In a Patch of Goldenrods," will discuss goldenrods, a genus of native wildflowers abundant in the Northland. Weber will discuss his notes, photography and findings during late-summer wanderings. Hosted by Arrowhead Native Plant Explorers; first meeting free; subsequent events $10 per household. All visitors required to wear face coverings indoors. Free parking available in Maroon Lot V2 off Maplewood Court Drive.

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 .

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Intro to Archery: 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 11, Washington Center gym, 310 N. First Ave. W., Duluth. Learn basic safety, technique and process for shooting archery. Bows used not suitable for children under age 9. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Ages 9 and up. Fee $5. Registration closes Jan. 4; register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

River Talks: Stories of Spirit Island: 7 p.m. Jan. 12, Lake Superior Estuarium, 3 Marina Drive, Superior. Presented by Jeff Savage, Fond du Lac Reservation Cultural Center & Museum director. On the Minnesota side of the St. Louis River, in a widening called Spirit Lake, lies Spirit Island. This small island is of spiritual and cultural significance to the Ojibwe people and was the second-to-last stop on their migration to this area from the East Coast. The Fond du Lac Band bought the island from a private seller in 2011 and it’s an important site of stories, both past and present. Refreshments provided. Facemasks required.

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 .

Women Hike Duluth: 1-3 p.m. Jan. 15, Chambers Grove, Highway 23 and 137th Avenue West, Duluth. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Snowshoes provided, if necessary. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Free. Registration deadline Jan. 15; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

Snowmobile Safety Field Day: 1-4 p.m. Jan. 16, Cook Timberwolves Snowmobile Clubhouse, Highway 35, behind Waschke Chevrolet, Cook. Must be at least 11 years old before start date and have completed the online class. Field class only; dress to be outside. Helmets provided, but students may bring their own. Parent or guardian must complete paperwork the day of class. To register or for questions, contact Shirley Baumgartner at 218-666-2282 or tireshopofcook@gmail.com .

Full Moon Snowshoe Hike: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 16, Jay Cooke State Park, 3 miles east of Carlton on state Highway 210. Learn about the lifestyle and behavior of wolves during a naturalist-guided snowshoe walk under the full moon. Child and adult snowshoes available. Physical distancing and masks are encouraged during interpretive programs. Registration required by 5 p.m. Jan. 15; email carly.hawkinson@state.mn.us or call 218-673-7006.

55+ Snowshoeing: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 17, Kingsbury Creek-Fairmount Park, 7215 Waseca St., Duluth. Meet at Kingsbury Creek Trailhead, just north of Lake Superior Zoo. Join other 55-and-over individuals for a snowshoe social as participants cross three large trails in an area that is home to ongoing restoration projects; moderate to strenuous inclines. No experience necessary; snowshoes provided. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Ages 55 and up. Fee $3. Register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

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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 .

Intro to Archery: 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 18, Washington Center gym, 310 N. First Ave. W., Duluth. Learn basic safety, technique and process for shooting archery. Bows used not suitable for children under age 9. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Ages 9 and up. Fee $5. Registration closes Jan. 11; register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

Rx for the Night Sky: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19, via Zoom. Sugarloaf, the North Shore Stewardship Association, is partnering with the Duluth chapter of the Izaak Walton League to host Bob King, aka "Astro Bob," for this Zoom program about dark skies. Bob will discuss the sources of light pollution and how excess light affects the sky, wildlife and humans. The program will explore solutions and touch on upcoming celestial sights. Join the program at https://bit.ly/3EWsrqa .

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 .

Snowmobile Safety Field Day: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 22, Hermantown Night Riders Clubhouse, 5186 Martin Road, Hermantown. Must be at least 11 years old before start date and have completed the online class. To register or for questions, contact Beth Wentzlaff at 218-590-7570 or beth@cmrasells.com .

Winter Camping Workshop: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 22, Tettegouche State Park, 5 miles northeast of Silver Bay on state Highway 61. Learn to build a traditional quinzhee — an insulated snow cave — for sleeping. Also covered will be topics like cooking outdoors in the snow; tricks for staying warm and dry in the winter; and methods for transporting gear through the snow. Participants may choose to sleep in their quinzhees. Program canceled if temperature drops to 15 degrees below zero. Registration required; contact park naturalist Kurt Mead at 218-353-8809 or kurt.mead@state.mn.us .

Winter Encounters Snowshoe Hike: 10-11:30 a.m. Jan. 22, Jay Cooke State Park, 3 miles east of Carlton on state Highway 210. Join the park naturalist on snowshoes to discover the park during winter. After some "how-to" basics, the group will head out on a trail. Child and adult snowshoes available. Physical distancing and masks are encouraged during interpretive programs. Registration required by 5 p.m. Jan. 21; email carly.hawkinson@state.mn.us or call 218-673-7006.

Guided Snowshoe Hike: noon-3 p.m. Jan. 22, Hartley Park, Duluth. All ages. Free. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Registration opens Jan. 1 at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

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Old-Growth Snowshoe: 2-3 p.m. Jan. 23, Lost 40 Scientific and Natural Area, from Alvwood, Itasca County, go 11 miles east on County Highway 29, then 2 miles north on County Highway 26, then 0.8 miles west on Forest Road 2240 (Lost 40 Road). Introductory snowshoe hike takes participants to see some of the state's largest and oldest pines. Bring snowshoes; limited adult- and child-sized snowshoes available to borrow. Wear face coverings when unable to maintain 6 feet of social distance. Registration required; email arika.preas@state.mn.us or call 218-735-3971.

55+ Snowshoeing: 10-11 a.m. Jan. 25, Lester Park, Duluth. Meet at lower parking lot in Lester Park, 61 Lester River Road. Join other 55-and-over individuals for a snowshoe social and enjoy views of Lester River and Amity Creek, as well as waterfalls throughout the park; options for moderate loop or easy out-and-back. No experience necessary; snowshoes provided. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Ages 55 and up. Fee $3. Register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

Cross-Country Skiing: 6-8 p.m. Jan. 25, Chester Park, 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. 24; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

Open Archery: 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 25, Washington Center gym, 310 N. First Ave. W., Duluth. Available for those who have completed the Intro to Archery class, this program is a chance for archers to practice skills; all equipment provided. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Ages 9 and up. Fee $8. Registration closes Jan. 18; register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

Winter Encounters Snowshoe Hike: 10-11:30 a.m. Jan. 29, Jay Cooke State Park, 3 miles east of Carlton on state Highway 210. Join the park naturalist on snowshoes to discover the park during winter. After some "how-to" basics, the group will head out on a trail. Child and adult snowshoes available. Physical distancing and masks are encouraged during interpretive programs. Registration required by 5 p.m. Jan. 28; email carly.hawkinson@state.mn.us or call 218-673-7006.

Snowmobile Safety Field Day: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 29, Lawrence Town Hall, 34394 County Road 336, Bovey. Must be at least 11 years old before start date and have completed the online class. To register or for questions, contact Cathy Castle at cmcastle1963@gmail.com or at 218-966-3445 no later than Dec. 23.

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon: Jan. 30-Feb. 2. Longest sled dog marathon in the lower 48 states. Races start in Duluth; marathon finishes in Grand Portage; Beargrease 120 finishes in Finland; and Beargrease 40 finishes in Two Harbors. For more info, to volunteer or to donate, visit beargrease.com .

55+ Snowshoeing: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 31, Hartley Nature Center, Duluth. Meet at nature center parking lot, 3001 Woodland Ave. Join other 55-and-over individuals for a snowshoe social and enjoy wildlife and scenery; trail options from easy to moderate. No experience necessary; snowshoes provided. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Ages 55 and up. Fee $3. Register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

Parks After Dark: Stargazing Night Hike: 7-9 p.m. Feb. 2, Waabizheshikana Trail, Duluth. Meet at Pulaski Street Trailhead, 63rd Avenue West. 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 Feb. 1; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

McDavitt Road Snowshoe Hike: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 5, Sax-Zim Bog Welcome Center, 8793 Owl Ave., Meadowlands. Look for tracks and finches and learn about bogs and winter ecology during this leisurely hike off South Logging Road. 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/3rnmTSp.

Sunset Snowshoe: 3:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 5, Burntside Islands Scientific and Natural Area. Meet at Burntside Lake Public Water Access; from Ely, go 6.75 miles west on state Highway 169, then 2.25 miles north and west on County Highway 404 (Wolf Lake Road); park at water access on north. Introductory snowshoe hike takes participants to see the sunset at picturesque Burntside Islands SNA. Bring snowshoes; limited adult- and child-sized snowshoes available to borrow. Wear face coverings when unable to maintain 6 feet of social distance. Registration required; email arika.preas@state.mn.us or call 218-735-3971.

Open Archery: 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 12, Washington Center gym, 310 N. First Ave. W., Duluth. Available for those who have completed the Intro to Archery class, this program is a chance for archers to practice skills; all equipment provided. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Ages 9 and up. Fee $8. Registration closes Feb. 4; register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

Winter Encounters Snowshoe Hike: 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 12, Jay Cooke State Park, 3 miles east of Carlton on state Highway 210. Join the park naturalist on snowshoes to discover the park during winter. After some "how-to" basics, the group will head out on a trail. Child and adult snowshoes available. Physical distancing and masks are encouraged during interpretive programs. Registration required by 5 p.m. Feb. 11; email carly.hawkinson@state.mn.us or call 218-673-7006.

Guided Snowshoe Hike: noon-3 p.m. Feb. 12, Brewers Park, Duluth. Meet at Skyline Trailhead, 24rth Avenue West. All ages. Free. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Registration opens Jan. 1 at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

Full Moon Hike: 6-8 p.m. Feb. 16, Hartley Nature Center, Duluth. Headlamps available or bring your own. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $5. Registration deadline Feb. 15; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

Full Moon Snowshoe Hike: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 18, Jay Cooke State Park, 3 miles east of Carlton on state Highway 210. Learn about the lifestyle and behavior of wolves during a naturalist-guided snowshoe walk under the full moon. Child and adult snowshoes available. Physical distancing and masks are encouraged during interpretive programs. Registration required by 5 p.m. Feb. 17; email carly.hawkinson@state.mn.us or call 218-673-7006.

Full Moon Snowshoe: 8-9 p.m. Feb. 18, Lost Lake Peatland Scientific and Natural Area. Meet at Lost Lake Public Water Access; from Tower, go 5 miles west on state Highway 169, then 1.25 miles west on state Highway 1, then 1 mile north on County Road 476 (Holter Road), then 1 mile northwest on County Road 458 (Roberts Road); park in water access at dead end. Introductory snowshoe hike takes participants to enjoy the full moon over Lost Lake Peatland SNA Bring snowshoes; limited adult- and child-sized snowshoes available to borrow. Wear face coverings when unable to maintain 6 feet of social distance. Registration required; email arika.preas@state.mn.us or call 218-735-3971.

Winter World of Lichens Field Trip: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 19, Sax-Zim Bog Welcome Center, 8793 Owl Ave., Meadowlands. Northern Minnesota is home to a diverse lichen community. These species cover nearly 8% of the terrestrial surface of the earth, yet are relatively unknown to most of us. Get firsthand experience in lichen identification, as well as to learn a few of the more common lichens in our area. The group will make small collections of lichens for the Welcome Center or personal use. Snowshoes may be used; email naturalist@saxzim.org to reserve. To register, visit https://bit.ly/3FLLIvJ.

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.

Snowmobile Safety Field Day: 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 20, Marcell Town Hall, Town Hall Road, Marcell. Must be at least 11 years old before start date and have completed the online class. To register or for questions, contact Sandy Wass at snowdrifters42@gmail.com or call 218-341-8522.

Winter Encounters Snowshoe Hike: 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 26, Jay Cooke State Park, 3 miles east of Carlton on state Highway 210. Join the park naturalist on snowshoes to discover the park during winter. After some "how-to" basics, the group will head out on a trail. Child and adult snowshoes available. Physical distancing and masks are encouraged during interpretive programs. Registration required by 5 p.m. Feb. 25; email carly.hawkinson@state.mn.us or call 218-673-7006.

Guided Snowshoe Hike: noon-3 p.m. Feb. 26, Short Line Park, Duluth. All ages. Free. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Registration opens Jan. 1 at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race: 9 a.m. Feb. 27, Ely. Includes two distances: eight-dog, 50-mile race (through boreal forest on Taconite Trail) and six-dog, 30-mile race (on Taconite Trail winding around near Purvis Lake); both start and end in Ely. Visit wolftrackclassic.com .

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