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Get Outdoors: Explore Sax-Zim Bog virtually Feb. 25

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

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Northern Pines Sled Dog Race: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 20, starts and finishes at Northern Pines Golf Course, 69420 Airport Road, Iron River, Wisconsin. Sprint/mid-distance race is a downhill run through the golf course entering the Bayfield County Trail system and the Tri-County Corridor. Spectators can view the race from vantage points on event center grounds and along the trail route. Free family-friendly events in the heated event center. For more info, call 715-372-8558.

Candlelight Trek: 6-8 p.m. Feb. 20, Iron River National Fish Hatchery, 10325 Fairview Road, Iron River, Wisconsin. Bring your own skis or snowshoes and camp chairs. Limited quantity of snowshoes available to borrow for free. Bonfire, s'mores, hot chocolate and hot cider provided. Children must be accompanied by adult. For more info, call 715-372-8510.

An Absolute Beginner's Guide to the Superior Hiking Trail: 3 p.m. Feb. 21, via Zoom. Learn the basics for planning and navigating your first day hike or overnight backpacking trip on the Superior Hiking Trail from Anna Swarts, an experiential educator and experienced SHT user. Participants may submit questions at any time during the webinar, but can be submitted in advance at info@superiorhiking.org . All experience levels invited. Free; $10 suggested donation. Register at bit.ly/shtbeginner .

Sax-Zim Bog Property Tour: 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 25, via Zoom. This webinar will talk about each of the eight bog properties: How they were acquired; what you might find if you visit them; and how to visit and experience these properties. Free. Register at http://bit.ly/2Nav7eM .


A visitor to Sax-Zim Bog checks an information board outside the bog’s visitors center. The building is closed this year because of COVID-19. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

North Shore Geology Exploration Virtually: 7-8 p.m. Feb. 25, via Zoom. Learn about ancient lava flows; basics of recognizing the different rock types common along the North Shore; and visit a number of unique geologic sites virtually. Hosted by Sugarloaf Cove. Free. Registration required; visit http://bit.ly/3puLC2q .

Full Moon Hike: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Waabizheshikana Trail, Pulaski Street Trailhead, Duluth. Enjoy the peacefulness of the night sky. Headlamps available or bring your own.COVID-19 program-related requirements available at duluthmn.gov/parks/covid . All ages. Fee: $5. Registration closes Feb. 25. Register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

St. Louis River Summit: March 1-3, via Zoom. The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve (Lake Superior Reserve)'s summit highlights ways the St. Louis River Estuary contributes to community well-being. Keynote speakers: photographer and author Dudley Edmondson, “The Disconnect Between African Americans and the Outdoors,” and Great Lakes champion Cameron Davis, “A Field Guide to Hugging the St. Louis River.” There will be small-group, socially distanced field trips March 3: birding with Friends of the Lake Superior Reserve; Kingsbury Bay and Waabizheshinkana Trail; snowshoeing near Pokegama Bay; and revitalization efforts on and around Barker’s Island. Fee: $30. Register and view the agenda at lakesuperiorreserve.org/summit .

Winter Outdoor Skills Day: 1-4:30 p.m. March 7, Olcott Park, Virginia. All North St. Louis County 4-H members in grades K-8 are encouraged to participate. Explore a variety of outdoor skills, including snowshoeing, ice fishing, snow sculpting and more. Led by county ambassadors. Free. Registration deadline: March 3. Register at https://forms.gle/nHNCuRtgoS8AL73C6 .

Owls in Northeastern Minnesota: 6:30-8 p.m. March 11, via Zoom. This webinar will cover owl diversity in Minnesota, some neat owl adaptations, and diversity of owls in the Sax-Zim Bog. Free. Register at http://bit.ly/37o77vQ .

Enjoying Sax-Zim Bog in All Seasons — Spring and Summer Strategies: 6:30-8 p.m. March 18, via Zoom. This webinar will answers questions like: When is the best time to visit with the least amount of mosquitoes or flies? Can I still find birds in June? When is the best time to find butterflies? Free. Register at http://bit.ly/3aqlEc2 .


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A Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve summit March 1-3 highlights ways the St. Louis River Estuary contributes to community well-being. (Bob King / 2016 file / News Tribune)

Peregrine Falcons on the North Shore: 1-3 p.m. April 24, Split Rock Lighthouse, 3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Road, Two Harbors. Presenter Jackie Fallon, of the Midwest Peregrine Society, has spent many years dedicated to peregrine falcon research and will share stories from her research and experiences. Cost: regular site admission. For more info, call 218-226-6372 or email splitrock@mnhs.org .

Bayfront Warming House: 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Bayfront Park, Duluth. Skate loans and concessions are available during warming house hours. The rink is open to the public for skating during park hours, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Adventure Club: 2:15-5:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays. The nonprofit Positive Energy Outdoors offers outdoor field trips for K-5 kids. Activities include free play, snow shelters, animal tracking, snowshoeing, sledding, horse-drawn wagon/sleigh rides, dog sledding, ice fishing, Nordic skiing and park explorations. Van transport from Duluth or drop-off/pickup option to PEO base on Fredenberg Lake. Cost: $100 registration, $30 per session (twice-weekly minimum). Possible scholarship option. Contact Positive Energy Outdoors, 218-428-5990 or info@outdooredventures.org .

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