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Get Outdoors: Go on the annual Solstice hike

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: 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. For the most update listing of events, go to dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/events.

  • 1-1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18, "Why Are the Rocks Tilted? Geology Walk." Meet at the River Inn Interpretive Center.
  • 1-2 p.m. Sunday, June 19: Ferns of the Forest Walk. Meet at River Inn Interpretive Center.
  • 4-5 p.m. Sunday, June 19: Basswood bracelets. Meet at the River Inn Interpretive Center.
  • 8 p.m. Sunday, June 19: Campfire program: Owls of Minnesota. Meet at the amphitheater behind the park office.

Annual Solstice Hike, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 18, North Country National Scenic Trail near Solon Springs. Meet at the trailhead at 13152 S. Bird Rd, Solon Springs. The hike is a round trip of 3 miles and takes about 90 minutes. The hike is sponsored by the North Country Trail Association's Brule-St. Croix Chapter and the Friends of the Bird Sanctuary. Teresa Nelson of the Brule-St. Croix Chapter will lead the hike. For more information, go to meetup.com/sscbhikers .

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

    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.

    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.

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    Intro to Flat Water Kayaking: noon-4 p.m. Tuesday, 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. Tuesday, 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 .

    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.

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    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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