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Get Outdoors: UMD offers climbing clinic, wilderness first aid course to public

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    UMD Recreational Sports Outdoor Program offers these events: To register, call 218-726-7128, email rsop@d.umn.edu or go to umdrsop.org.

    • Buckthorn Pull: 4-7 p.m. Oct. 4, Bagley Nature Area classroom. Buckthorn is an invasive species that is choking out the native species of the area. Help to rid the nature center of buckthorn by pulling it out of the ground so it doesn’t come back. Tools and pizza provided. You provide gloves, work clothes and water bottle. Free. No registration is required.
    • Multi-Pitch Climbing Clinic: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 14, North Shore Wall. Learn the skills and techniques of climbing multiple pitches. Practice how to set up an anchor mid-route, pull the rope up, and reset for another full length climb. Then, try your hand at rappelling back to the ground. Cost: $10 UMD student members/$25 others. Prerequisite: UMD sport lead belay certified. Register by noon Oct. 14.
    • Wilderness First Aid and CPR Certification Course: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 14 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 15-16, Bagley Nature Area Classroom, UMD. Accidents happen. The WFA and CPR course, presented by SOLO Wilderness Medicine & Cast Outdoor Adventures, is 19 hours long (Friday evening through Sunday); 75% of the class is scenario-based, outdoors. Cost: $249 UMD student members/ $299 others. Register by noon Oct. 12. Space is limited; register early.

    Second annual Split Rock Stories by Lantern Light Tours: 6:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Oct. 8, Split Rock Lighthouse, 3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Road, Two Harbors. Explore the grounds of Split Rock Lighthouse after hours and hear tales of daring survival and more through the decades.
    Tickets are limited, and only available at mnhs.org/splitrock/activities/calendar . Each tour is limited to 20 people. Tours leave promptly, please arrive 10 minutes early. Bring a flashlight and dress appropriately for the weather.

    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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