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Get Outdoors: New St. Louis River Estuary National Water Trail to debut with demos, entertainment

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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    Climate Week: Duluth events held through Sept. 26:

    • 8 a.m. Sept. 24: "Coffee and Conversation," Caribou Coffee, 2100 London Road. Talk about developing more climate education programs in Duluth.
    • 11 a.m. Sept. 24: Walk at Hartley Nature Center and Hartley Park, 3301 Woodland Ave.
    • 7 a.m. Sept. 26: Walk along Lake Superior from the Rose Garden to Canal Park.
    • 7:30 pm. Sept. 26: Strategy meeting, Carriage House, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1710 E. Superior St. "Organizing A Citizen's Climate Initiative."

    For more information about Climate Week: Duluth, go to m.facebook.com/groups/315759733985256 / or email risson1954@gmail.com .

    St. Louis River Alliance National Water Trail Ribbon Cutting and Estuary Extravaganza: 5-7 p.m. Sept. 28, Chambers Grove Park, 13404 Minnesota Highway 23. Go to stlouisriveralliance.org .

    • Nature-inspired educational activities from Hawk Ridge, 1854 Treaty Authority, Superior Hiking Trail Association, the St. Louis River Alliance and more.
    • Live music by Cory Coffman.
    • Local food from Mama Roots food truck.
    • Mushroom and plant identification display highlighting what grows near the river.
    • Kayak and stand-up paddleboard gear demonstrations from Ski Hut.

    There will be a program from 6-6:30 p.m. including special guest speakers and the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the St. Louis River Estuary National Water Trail. Attendees are encouraged to launch their kayaks and canoes during the event. For more information, go to the Facebook event page and download/print the event poster . To volunteer, email Alyssa at Outreach@StLouisRiver.org .

    Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center Events: 9096 W. Minnesota Highway 61, Schroeder. Free. Go to sugarloafnorthshore.org for a complete calendar of events.


    • Nature Journaling: Autumn of the North Shore: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 15. Cost: $45, $40 for members. Registration r equired.

    Battling Buckthorn: 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 29, Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. Learn about buckthorn while helping to remove it. Bring lunch, gloves and safety goggles. Meet at the River Inn Visitor Center. Rain date: Oct. 30. Email Lori Seele at lori@stewardshipnetwork.org or Alyssa Bloss at alyssa.bloss@carltonswcd.org with questions. Register at https://bit.ly/3KZ3wHa.

    Fifth Annual Aurora Summit: Nov. 4-6, Legendary Waters Casino, Red Cliff, Wisconsin. Events include educational sessions on over a dozen topics; photography and photo editing workshops; expert roundtables for camera questions; a gear swap meet; a group aurora chase; and more. Keynote speaker is Tamitha Skov, a credentialed space weather physicist known as "Space Weather Woman" from her popular social media and video platform. COVID-19 vaccination required; guests must register. For more information or to register, visit TheAuroraSummit.com . Lineup of speakers includes:

    • Bob King, presenting "What Is the Aurora, How Does it Happen and When Should I Look?" as well as "Upcoming Celestial Events You Don't Want to Miss."
    • Jeanine Holowatuik, presenting "The Fundamentals of Aurora Photography."
    • Vincent Ledvina, presenting "The Sun-Earth Connection: The Science and Processes behind the Northern Lights."
    • John O’Neal, presenting "The Parker Solar Probe, the Solar Orbiter and Space Weather Reporting."
    • Melonie Elvebak, presenting "How to Use a Star Tracker and What You Can Do."
    • Justin Anderson, presenting "Color in Lights: Chasing the Aurora Colorblind."
    • Anna Martineau Merritt, presenting "Native Culture: Introduction to Our Anishinaabe Culture and the Meaning of Place."
    • Dave Falkner, presenting "Voyager and the Heliosphere."
    • Marybeth Kiczenski, presenting "Taking Your Images Further: Using blending and tracking to create beautiful high-definition photos."
    • Steve Luther, presenting "From Northern Lights Newbie to Aurora Addict: My Journey and Roadmap to Successfully Capturing the Beautiful Borealis."
    • Mike Shaw, “Basic Night Photography.”

    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 a complete event schedule, go to dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/events.

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