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Get Outdoors: Practice your fly fishing casting

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Jay Cooke State Park: All programs are free; a Minnesota State Park vehicle permit is needed to enter. Vehicle permits can be purchased upon arrival at the park office. Cost: $7/day or $35/12 months. There are reduced price options for disabled veterans, Minnesota tribal members and others.

  • June 11, free park day. No vehicle permits needed.
  • 10:30 a.m.-noon June 11, Lady's-slipper walk. Meet at the River Inn Interpretive Center.
  • 1-3 p.m. June 11, Discovery Table - Geology Rocks!, River Inn Interpretive Center.
  • 8-9:30 a.m. June 12, birdsong walk. Meet at the visitor center parking lot. Binoculars provided.
  • 1-1:30 p.m. June 12, "Why Are the Rocks Tilted? Geology Walk." Meet at the River Inn Interpretive Center.

North Shore Geology Walks, 10 a.m. Sundays, Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, 9096 W. MN Highway 61, Schroeder. Free.

Great Lakes Master Naturalist Training: June 13-17. Forty-hour, hands-on course. This program allows participants to study natural history, environmental interpretation and conservation stewardship. Final certification comes with the completion of a capstone service project. Free tent camping available on-site along Boulder Lake. No campers or RVs. Participants have access to a full kitchen. Registration unavailable for individual programs. Cost: $295, includes course manuals and supplies. Registration required at minnesotamasternaturalist.org/courses/register.

Firearm Safety Training: 5-7:30 p.m. June 13-17, Fond Du Lac Band–Lake Superior, 28 University Road, Cloquet, with field day at 8 a.m. June 18. Instructor: Duane Barney. Requirements: Must be 11 years of age before class start date to be eligible. To register or for information, contact Duane Barney at 218-391-4626 or email duanebarney@fdlrez.com

Bird Banding Demonstrations, 7 a.m.-noon Thursdays, Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, 9096 W. Minnesota Highway 61, Schroeder. Short programs at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Free with parking fee.

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Arrowhead Fly Fishers offers casting practice with Todd Heggestad, Thursdays, June-August, Homecroft School, soccer field on Howard Gnesen Road, Duluth. Heggestad is a certified casting instructor with Fly Fishers International. Class begins between 6-6:30 p.m. and ends about 8 p.m. Open to all club members. For more information, go to Arrowhead Fly Fishers.

Northwest Wisconsin Lakes Conference: 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. June 17, Spooner High School, 801 County Highway A. Learn about lake ecology, hear updates on invasive species and network with people looking to get involved in protecting water quality. Keynote speaker: Ted Rulseh, author of “A Lakeside Companion.” Cost: $45 for in-person (including snacks and lunch); reduced $10 registration for in-person students, or $10 for online participation. Registration deadline: June 12. To register or for more information, go to nwwislakesconference.org . For assistance with online registration, contact Monica at 715-483-3300 or monicaz@scramail.com .

Intro to Flat Water Kayaking: noon-4 p.m. June 21. This half-day course is a safe and fun introduction to kayaking in primarily flatwater environments. Get oriented with boat and body position, efficient stroke technique to reduce fatigue, strategies for keeping your boat upright and more. Includes instruction, boats, paddles, kayaking and safety equipment. Ages 12 and older. Youth under 12 may paddle with an adult chaperone in the boat. Meet at the University of Minnesota Duluth Boat Shed, 1401 St. Louis Ave., Duluth, on Park Point. Costs vary based on size of group. Call 218-726-7128, email rsop@d.umn.edu or go to umdrsop.org to register.

Arrowhead Fly Fishers annual club picnic, 4-9 p.m. June 21, Chambers Grove Park, 13404 Minnesota Highway 23. Brats will go on at 5:30 p.m. Come early so you have time to fish or help set up. Note: This is not a potluck. You only need to bring your own beverage. For more information, go to Arrowhead Fly Fishers.

Bear Guide Outfitter Training, 4 p.m. June 30, Minnesota Interagency Fire Center, 402 S.E. 11th St., Grand Rapids. Requirements: Completed DNR Hunting Outfitter Training, eligible to possess a MN Big Game hunting license (not revoked) and score at least 70% on a written DNR Bear Hunting Outfitter Exam. Register by emailing David.Schottenbauer@state.mn.us or call 218-226-8243. Deadline: June 19.

Full Moon Sea Kayak Paddle: 6:30-10 p.m. July 12 and 6-9:30 p.m. Aug. 10. Watch the sun set on Lake Superior and the moon rise from a sea kayak. Headlamps required. Cost: $20 University of Minnesota Duluth student members; $50 others. Call 218-726-7128, email rsop@d.umn.edu or go to umdrsop.org to register.

ATV Safety Field Day Class: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 16, Driftskippers Snowmobile Club House, 33455 Wagon Wheel Court Road, Grand Rapids. Registration and paperwork begins at 8:15 a.m. Must be 10 years old before class start date to be eligible. Preregistration required. To register or for questions, contact David Andrews Jr. at dajr62@yahoo.com .

ATV Safety Field Day Class: 1:30-5 p.m. July 16, Driftskippers Snowmobile Club House, 33455 Wagon Wheel Court Road, Grand Rapids. Registration and paperwork begins at 8:15 a.m. Must be 10 years old before class start date to be eligible. Preregistration required. To register or for questions, contact David Andrews Jr. at dajr62@yahoo.com .

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Firearm Safety Training: 5-7:30 p.m. July 18-22, Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, 28 University Road, Cloquet, with field day at 8 a.m. July 23. Instructor: Duane Barney. Requirements: Must be 11 years old before class start date to be eligible. To register or for information, contact Duane Barney at 218-391-4626 or email duanebarney@fdlrez.com.

Prone Surf, SUP, and Foil Surfing Instruction: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 22, July 23, Aug. 5 and Aug. 6, Island Lake. Features equipment selection, board control, paddling efficiency, whitewater impact strategies, stance, surf etiquette and more. Also learn about foil surfing. Choose from four dates with a four-person maximum group size. Cost per session: $95 University of Minnesota Duluth student members / $175 others. Call 218-726-7128, email rsop@d.umn.edu or go to umdrsop.org to register.

ATV Safety Field Day Class: 8:30 a.m. July 30, Nashwauk Recreation Center, 202 Fourth St., Nashwauk. Must be 10 years old before class start date to be eligible. Preregistration required. To register or for questions, contact Mike Kennedy at 218-966-2652.

2022 Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival: Aug. 5-7, Spirit Mountain. Go to bikeduluthfestival.com for complete details and to register.

Firearm Safety Training: 5-7:30 p.m. Aug. 8-12, Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, 28 University Road, Cloquet, with field day at 8 a.m. Aug. 13. Instructor: Duane Barney. Requirements: Must be 11 years old before class start date to be eligible. To register or for information, contact Duane Barney at 218-391-4626 or duanebarney@fdlrez.com.

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