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Get Outdoors: Practice your fly casting with Arrowhead Fly Fishers

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Jay Cooke State Park Programs: 780 Minnesota Highway 210, Carlton. All nature walks and wildlife talks 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/year. There are reduced price options for disabled veterans, Minnesota tribal members and others. For an event schedule, go to dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/events.

    North Shore Geology Walks: 10 a.m. Sundays, Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, 9096 W. Minnesota 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 Casting Practice: Hosted by 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.

    Technology outdoors: 1-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, 9096 W. Minnesota Highway 61, Schroeder. From pocket tours to identification apps, there are many digital tools available for exploring the great outdoors. Bring your own device. Free with parking fee.

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    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.

    DNR Draft Wolf Plan Update Informational Webinar: 6 p.m. July 13. The webinar is free but registration is required . Participants will have an opportunity to preregister to ask questions and comment during the webinar. The updated plan includes summary information about Minnesota’s wolf population and history of wolves in the state. The DNR welcomes comments through 4:30 p.m. Aug. 8. To review the draft plan and register, go to mndnr.gov/Wolves .

    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.

    Control Invasive Plants on Your Property, 3 p.m. July 21, 6 p.m. Aug. 4 or 3 p.m. Aug. 24, Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, 9096 W. Minnesota Highway 61, Schroeder. Learn how to remove invasive plants from your land. Cost: $20 per person, $18 for Sugarloaf members. Preregistration is required; visit sugarloafnorthshore.org/forest-restoration/invasives-2-2.

    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.

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    2022 Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival: Aug. 5-7, Spirit Mountain, Duluth. 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.

    Firearm Safety Training: 6-9 p.m. Aug. 15-19, Glen/Kimberly Town Hall, 32631 Dam Lake Road, Aitkin, with field day at 7 a.m. Aug. 19. Instructor: Brian Anderson. Requirements: Must be 11 years old before class start date to be eligible. To register or for information, contact Kevin Hoge at 218-549-3337 or Brian Anderson at 218-838-8465.

    Courage Kenny Northland Shoot for Fun: Sept. 9, Old Vermilion Trail Hunting Preserve, 6980 Old Vermilion Trail, Duluth. This is the largest sporting clay event in Minnesota, drawing over 450 hunting and sporting clay enthusiasts from across Minnesota and Wisconsin. Shooting experience is unnecessary. Minimum age is 16 and all meals are included. It needs volunteers for the following: 
    Sept. 9: Setup, 2-5:30 p.m., and new volunteer orientation and dinner, 5:30-7 p.m.
    Sept. 10: Shoot for Fun Event, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and take-down, 4-6 p.m. Barbecue lunch and dinner included.
    To sign up to volunteer, go to signupgenius.com/go/5080b49aaa729aaf49-2022 .

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