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Snowmobile safety classes available around Northland

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

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Dark Sky Festival: Dec. 11, Cook County. Cook County is home to one of the darkest skies in the nation. Every year, explorers, adventurers, artists and photographers from around the world travel to Cook County to experience the northern lights. Visit visitcookcounty.com/event/dark-sky-festival .

Snowmobile Safety Classroom Class: 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 13-14, Virginia Community Senior Center, 5110 Chestnut St., Virginia. Field date Dec. 18 at DNR Office Building, Eveleth. Must be at least 11 years old by class date. Register at the door, 5:30-6 p.m. Dec. 13; bring a copy of your birth certificate. For questions, contact instructor Duane Hill at 218-750-0770.

Parks After Dark: Stargazing Night Hike: 8-9:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Hawk Ridge Trail, Duluth. Learn what creatures prefer the night to the day; practice your sense of hearing to experience nature; and do some stargazing. Hike is up to 1 mile on uneven terrain. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $3. Registration deadline Dec. 12; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

Snowmobile Safety Field Day: 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 18, Harbor Insurance Agency, 605 First Ave. Two Harbors; use rear alley door. Must be at least 11 years old before start date and have completed the online class. Parents must accompany the child into the building to sign release prior to start of class, then return at 11 a.m. to bring child to the Lake County Fairgrounds to complete the driving exam. Do not bring a snowmobile; one will be provided. Bring warm winter clothes for test course drive. For questions or to register, contact instructor Warren Miller at 218-830-0983 or warren@harborinsurance.biz .

Snowmobile Safety Field Day: 8 a.m. Dec. 18, Northern Pine Riders Clubhouse, 3012 County Road 43, Willow River. Must be at least 11 years old before start date and have completed the online class. For questions or to register, contact instructor Jerome Bennett at 218-485-2209.

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Full Moon Hike: 4-5 p.m. Dec. 18, Hawk Ridge Trail, Duluth. Headlamps available or bring your own. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $5. Registration deadline Dec. 15; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

Women Hike Duluth: 6-7 p.m. Dec. 21, Hartley Park, 3001 Woodland Ave., Duluth. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Free. Registration deadline Dec. 20; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

Winter Birding Field Trips: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 1 and 2, meet at Wilburt Cafe, 9105 U.S. Highway 53, Cotton. Sax-Zim Bog explains how to approach birding in the bog in winter. Register at https://bit.ly/3nR5dva .

Cross-Country Skiing: 6-8 p.m. Jan. 4, Lester-Amity trails, Duluth. This program introduces participants to the city's trailheads, what to expect and how to navigate them. Skiers will travel at a relaxed classic skiing pace on classic ski trails. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $15. Registration deadline Jan. 3; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

Parks After Dark: Stargazing Night Hike: 7-9 p.m. Jan. 5, Rose Garden/Hartley trailhead, Chester Park, Duluth. Learn what creatures prefer the night to the day; practice your sense of hearing to experience nature; and do some stargazing. Hike is up to 1 mile on uneven terrain. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $5. Registration deadline Jan. 4; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

Snowmobile Safety Field Day: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 8, Tamarack Sno-Flyers Clubhouse, 195 Main St., Tamarack. Must be at least 11 years old before start date and have completed the online class. Parent or guardian must sign a consent form the day of testing for the student to do the outside driving course. Face masks required in building. To register or for questions, contact Jim Friedl or Carmen Rinta at snoflyersmp@frontier.com .

Snowshoe Hike: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 8, Sax-Zim Bog Welcome Center, 8793 Owl Ave., Meadowlands. The group will have a leisurely hike through the Yellow-bellied Bog and learn about boreal forests and animal signs present during the winter. Snowshoes required; the Welcome Center has some available to borrow. To reserve snowshoes, email naturalist@saxzim.org . To register for the hike, visit https://bit.ly/3qFr1gc .

Guided Snowshoe Hike: noon-3 p.m. Jan. 8, Mission Creek, Duluth. All ages. Free. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Registration opens Jan. 1 at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

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Certified Volunteer Firearms Safety Instructor Training Class: 1 p.m. Jan. 8, Northwestern Gun Club, 6505 E. Hunter Lake Road, Duluth. The certification will allow participants to teach the classroom and online firearms safety course and Field Day. Must be at least 18 years old, pass a background check and be firearm safety certified. To register, contact regional training officer Scott Fitzgerald at 218-513-8946 or scott.fitzgerald@state.mn.us with the names of people attending, date of the training and phone number or email.

Nordic Spirit Youth Ski League: Jan. 9-Feb. 13, Spirit Mountain Nordic Ski Center, Duluth. Youth cross-country ski lessons for grades 4-8, 1-2:30 p.m., and K-3, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Cost $20 for first child in family, $15 each child thereafter, $45 maximum per family; includes trail pass, equipment if needed and instruction. Register at duluthxc.com/other-local-programs . Registration and equipment fitting 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6. Volunteer teachers welcome. For more info, call Mary Jane Sorenson at 218-626-2532 or email mjwsorenson@gmail.com .

Cross-Country Skiing: 6-8 p.m. Jan. 11, Lester-Amity trails, Duluth. This program introduces participants to the city's trailheads, what to expect and how to navigate them. Skiers will travel at a relaxed classic skiing pace on classic ski trails. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $15. Registration deadline Jan. 10; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

The Art Behind the Science of the Winter Finch Forecast: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 13, via Zoom. In Sax-Zim Bog's Winter Webinar Speaker Series, winter finch forecaster and ornithologist Tyler Hoar will provide an overview of each winter finch species and their current movements. This talk will share a brief history of the Winter Finch Forecast, how it’s compiled and goals going forward. Register at https://bit.ly/3ci16CL .

Snowmobile Safety Field Day: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 15, Reservoir Rider Snowmobile Club 5099 Fish Lake Road, Duluth. Must be at least 11 years old before start date and have completed the online class. To register or for questions, contact instructor Gary Mantay at 218-525-4849.

Tracking and Animal Sign Field Trip: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 15, Sax-Zim Bog Welcome Center, 8793 Owl Ave., Meadowlands. Tracks are encountered in the Sax-Zim Bog. But how do you know if you are looking at dog or wolf tracks? What is the difference between a hole made by a downy woodpecker and a black-backed woodpecker? The group will investigate the activity by critters in the bog through an investigation of the area around the Welcome Center. Register at https://bit.ly/3DzqX52 .

Women Hike Duluth: 1-3 p.m. Jan. 15, Chambers Grove, Highway 23 and 137th Avenue West, Duluth. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Snowshoes provided, if necessary. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Free. Registration deadline Jan. 15; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

Snowmobile Safety Field Day: 1-4 p.m. Jan. 16, Cook Timberwolves Snowmobile Clubhouse, Highway 35, behind Waschke Chevrolet, Cook. Must be at least 11 years old before start date and have completed the online class. Field class only; dress to be outside. Helmets provided, but students may bring their own. Parent or guardian must complete paperwork the day of class. To register or for questions, contact Shirley Baumgartner at 218-666-2282 or tireshopofcook@gmail.com .

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Full Moon Hike: 6-8 p.m. Jan. 17, Piedmont and Brewer trails, Duluth. Headlamps available or bring your own. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $5. Registration deadline Jan. 16; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

Parks After Dark: Stargazing Night Hike: 7-9 p.m. Jan. 19, Piedmont and Brewer trails, Duluth. Learn what creatures prefer the night to the day; practice your sense of hearing to experience nature; and do some stargazing. Hike is up to 1 mile on uneven terrain. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $5. Registration deadline Jan. 18; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

Snowmobile Safety Field Day: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 22, Hermantown Night Riders Clubhouse, 5186 Martin Road, Hermantown. Must be at least 11 years old before start date and have completed the online class. To register or for questions, contact Beth Wentzlaff at 218-590-7570 or beth@cmrasells.com .

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Tetttegouche State Park in Silver Bay is hosting a free winter camping workshop Jan. 22. Clint Austin / 2005 file / Duluth News Tribune

Winter Camping Workshop: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 22, Tettegouche State Park, 5 miles northeast of Silver Bay on state Highway 61. Learn to build a traditional quinzhee — an insulated snow cave — for sleeping. Also covered will be topics like cooking outdoors in the snow; tricks for staying warm and dry in the winter; and methods for transporting gear through the snow. Participants may choose to sleep in their quinzhees. Program canceled if temperature drops to 15 degrees below zero. Registration required; contact park naturalist Kurt Mead at 218-353-8809 or kurt.mead@state.mn.us .

Guided Snowshoe Hike: noon-3 p.m. Jan. 22, Hartley Park, Duluth. All ages. Free. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Registration opens Jan. 1 at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

Old-Growth Snowshoe: 2-3 p.m. Jan. 23, Lost 40 Scientific and Natural Area, from Alvwood, Itasca County, go 11 miles east on County Highway 29, then 2 miles north on County Highway 26, then 0.8 miles west on Forest Road 2240 (Lost 40 Road). Introductory snowshoe hike takes participants to see some of the state's largest and oldest pines. Bring snowshoes; limited adult- and child-sized snowshoes available to borrow. Wear face coverings when unable to maintain 6 feet of social distance. Registration required; email arika.preas@state.mn.us or call 218-735-3971.

Cross-Country Skiing: 6-8 p.m. Jan. 25, Chester Park, Duluth. This program introduces participants to the city's trailheads, what to expect and how to navigate them. Skiers will travel at a relaxed classic skiing pace on classic ski trails. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $15. Registration deadline Jan. 24; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index .

Snowmobile Safety Field Day: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 29, Lawrence Town Hall, 34394 County Road 336, Bovey. Must be at least 11 years old before start date and have completed the online class. To register or for questions, contact Cathy Castle at cmcastle1963@gmail.com or at 218-966-3445 no later than Dec. 23.

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Musher Peter McClelland slaps hands with race fans at the start of the 2020 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. The 2022 marathon is Jan. 30-Feb. 2. Steve Kuchera / File / Duluth News Tribune

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon: Jan. 30-Feb. 2. Longest sled dog marathon in the lower 48 states. Races start in Duluth; marathon finishes in Grand Portage; Beargrease 120 finishes in Finland; and Beargrease 40 finishes in Two Harbors. For more info, to volunteer or to donate, visit beargrease.com .

McDavitt Road Snowshoe Hike: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 5, Sax-Zim Bog Welcome Center, 8793 Owl Ave., Meadowlands. Look for tracks and finches and learn about bogs and winter ecology during this leisurely hike off South Logging Road. Snowshoes required; the Welcome Center has some available to borrow. To reserve snowshoes, email naturalist@saxzim.org . To register for the hike, visit https://bit.ly/3rnmTSp.

Sunset Snowshoe: 3:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 5, Burntside Islands Scientific and Natural Area. Meet at Burntside Lake Public Water Access; from Ely, go 6.75 miles west on state Highway 169, then 2.25 miles north and west on County Highway 404 (Wolf Lake Road); park at water access on north. Introductory snowshoe hike takes participants to see the sunset at picturesque Burntside Islands SNA. Bring snowshoes; limited adult- and child-sized snowshoes available to borrow. Wear face coverings when unable to maintain 6 feet of social distance. Registration required; email arika.preas@state.mn.us or call 218-735-3971.

Full Moon Snowshoe: 8-9 p.m. Feb. 18, Lost Lake Peatland Scientific and Natural Area. Meet at Lost Lake Public Water Access; from Tower, go 5 miles west on state Highway 169, then 1.25 miles west on state Highway 1, then 1 mile north on County Road 476 (Holter Road), then 1 mile northwest on County Road 458 (Roberts Road); park in water access at dead end. Introductory snowshoe hike takes participants to enjoy the full moon over Lost Lake Peatland SNA Bring snowshoes; limited adult- and child-sized snowshoes available to borrow. Wear face coverings when unable to maintain 6 feet of social distance. Registration required; email arika.preas@state.mn.us or call 218-735-3971.

Northern Pines Sled Dog Race: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 19, Northern Pines Golf Course, 69420 Airport Road, Iron River, Wisconsin. This sprint/mid-distance race is a downhill run through the golf course, entering the Bayfield County Trail system and the Tri-County Corridor. Food and free family events in a heated event center. Meet the mushers in the evening. For more info, visit northernpinessdr.com.

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