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Get Outdoors: Check out activities at Jay Cooke State Park

Editor’s note: Some events may have been canceled after the time of publication. Please check with local organizers. Email events to outdoors@duluthnews.com.

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Jay Cooke State Park, in Carlton, offers these events. 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.

  • 1-2:30 p.m. May 28 and June 4 as well as 10:30 a.m.-noon June 11, Lady's-slipper walk. Meet at the River Inn Interpretive Center.
  • 4-5 p.m. May 28, "Junior Naturalists: River Animals." Meet behind the River Inn Interpretive Center.
  • 8-8:30 p.m. May 28 and June 10, "Campfire Program–Black Bears of Minnesota." Meet at the amphitheater behind the park office. Bring a chair or blanket.
  • 1-1:30 p.m. May 29 and June 10 as well as 10:30-11 a.m. June 4, "Why Are the Rocks Tilted? Geology Walk." Meet at the River Inn Interpretive Center.
  • 4-5 p.m. May 29, Thomson Cemetery tour. Meet in the cemetery parking lot.
  • 8-8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29 and June 4, "Campfire Program–Owls of Minnesota." Meet at the amphitheater behind the park office. Bring a blanket or chair.
  • 8-8:30 p.m. June 3, "Campfire Program–Minnesota Timberwolves." Meet at the amphitheater behind the park office. Bring a blanket or chair.
  • 8-9:30 a.m. June 5, birdsong walk. Meet at the visitor center parking lot. Binoculars provided.
  • 1-2 p.m. June 5, "Junior Naturalists–Monarchs Are Art." Meet behind the River Inn Interpretive Center.
  • June 11, free park day. No vehicle permits needed.

Advocates for the Knife River Watershed offers “Effects of Beaver Dams on Low-Flow Hydrology, Temperature, and Fish Movement in Minnesota Lake Superior Tributariesm,” presented by Karen Gran, University of Minnesota Duluth, and Josh Dumke, Natural Resources Research Institute, 6:30 p.m. June 1, Duluth Township Hall, 6092 Homestead Road. The event will also be presented via Zoom. Go to akrw.org for the link and additional information.

North Country Trail Association's Brule-St. Croix Chapter National Trail Day hike, June 4, Brule River State Forest. Meet at the Highland Town Hall Trailhead, 9360 S. County Highway S near Lake Nebagamon, at 9 a.m. Hike is 5.5 miles out and back. A potluck picnic follows. Go to meetup.com/sscbhikers or call 715-292-3484.

27th Annual Kolar Toyota ALS Fishing Tournament, June 4, Island Lake. For more details, go to kolartoyotafishing.com.

ATV Safety Field Day Class: 10 a.m. June 4, Balsam Memorial Hall, 41388 Scenic Highway, Bovey. Instructor: Deborah Daly. To register or for questions contact Deborah Daly at 218-245-3209 or email norwegianxski@aol.com . Requirements: Must be 10 years of age before class start date to be eligible.

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ATV Safety Field Day Class: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 11, 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. June 11, 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 .

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

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 what to do if you tip. Includes instruction, boats, paddles, kayaking and safety equipment. Bring swimsuits, towels, water bottle, snacks or bag lunches, and adult chaperones if minors are present. 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. Cost for 2-3 people: $50/person; 4-6 people: $45/person. Call 218-726-7128, email rsop@d.umn.edu or go to umdrsop.org to register.

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 .

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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 .

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 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.

Prone Surf, SUP, and Foil Surfing Instruction, offered 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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