Outdoors notes for June 22

Gooseberry Falls State Park offers these nature programs. Call (218) 834-3855. * Fast Facts Nature Cart, 10:30 a.m. to noon or 1-2:30 p.m. today. * The Lava of Your Life, 7:30-8:30 p.m. today. Brule-St. Croix Chapter of the North Country Trail As...

Gooseberry Falls State Park offers these nature programs. Call (218) 834-3855.
* Fast Facts Nature Cart, 10:30 a.m. to noon or 1-2:30 p.m. today.
* The Lava of Your Life, 7:30-8:30 p.m. today.

Brule-St. Croix Chapter of the North Country Trail Association offers these guided hikes in the Solon Springs area. Hikes depart at 9 a.m. unless noted from KD’s Restaurant in Solon Springs. Go to or, email or call (715) 292-3484.
* 1 p.m. today: Brule-St. Croix Historic Portage
* July 5: Bird Sanctuary
* July 26: Hikers’ choice
* Aug. 9: Solon Springs North to Reinsberg Road
* Aug. 23: Solon Springs South to Leo Creek
* Aug. 30: Labor Day weekend hike – Brule-St. Croix Boardwalk
* Sept. 6: Brule-St. Croix Historic Portage
* Sept. 20: Bird Sanctuary
* Sept. 27: North Country Trail Day celebration
* Oct. 11: West Mail Road to Two Bridges Road

Duluth Experience kayak tours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, from Canal Park. Features lessons in kayak safety and basic paddling, information on cultural and natural history, and lunch. Cost: $69. Go to or call (218) 464-6337 for details.

Monday evening mountain bike rides, 6 p.m. Mondays. Call Ski Hut at (218) 724-8525 each week for location. Free.

Old Vermilion Trail sporting clays summer league and open shooting, 6980 Old Vermilion Trail. Hours: Noon to dark Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. Call (218) 721-3804.


Positive Energy Outdoors Twin Ports Kayak Club, 6 p.m. Tuesdays through the summer on various area lakes. Registration: Free with your own boat or call by noon the day of the paddle to rent a boat for $15. Contact Blake at (218) 428-5990 or email for directions.

Dragon boat class for beginners and experienced paddlers meets once a week for four weeks beginning Tuesday. New paddlers will learn the basics, and experienced paddlers will learn advanced skills, team management tips and race strategies. Cost: $40, includes membership in

Blue Water Paddling, Duluth-Superior’s inclusive dragon boat club. Email or go to

Proctor Gun Club trap league and open shooting, 3:30 p.m. until dark Wednesdays, U.S. Highway 2, one mile north of Proctor. Call (218) 724-7895.

Superior Trap & Gun Club summer league shooting, 4 p.m. to dark Wednesdays through Aug. 27, 5642 Wisconsin Highway 35, Superior. A six week doubles league will start July 2.

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area offers these events. Go to or call (715) 463-2739.
* Wild edibles, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. Cost: $5. Registration required.
* Wildlife ethics, for high school students, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. Cost: $5.
* Mug and mammal morning hikes, 8:30-10 a.m. July 12 and Aug. 9. Free.
* WILD women workshop, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 19. Cost: $10. Registration required.
* Botany talks and walks, 1-4 p.m. July 20. Topic: Ferns and club moss
* Paddle Phantom, 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 2. Rent a kayak for $20 or bring your own. Registration required.
* Outdoor skills camp, for ages 10-15, 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 4-7. Free. Registration required.
* Botany talks and walks, 1-4 p.m. Aug. 17. Topic: Grass ID
* Crex for Kids Camp, for ages 8-12, 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 25-28. Free. Registration required.

Positive Energy Outdoors Wednesday evenings women’s paddle, 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 27, Fredenberg Lake. No experience necessary. Boats, equipment and basic instruction provided. Cost: $30. Call Steph at (218) 391-0147 to register by 5 p.m. the day of the paddle and for directions.

Chester Creek Restoration & Protection, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Meet at Chester Bowl parking lot on Skyline Parkway to tour Chester Creek, view the damage caused by the 2012 flood and share your input. Call (218) 348-8767 or go to


“Paddle the Pearls” Guided Ed-Venture Program on the Namekagon River, noon-4 p.m. Friday. Departs from the Cable Natural History Museum at noon. This program will feature the section of the Namekagon River from the County M Landing to Philippi Landing. Open to ages 12 and older. No experience necessary. All equipment is provided. Cost: $10/person. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday by contacting Cathy Techtmann-UW Extension at (715) 561-2695. For more information, visit

Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, 9096 Highway 61, Schroeder, offers these events. Call (218) 525-0001 or (218) 663-7679.
* Invasive blitz, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Cost: $50. Registration required at
* The Cove summer photography workshop, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $35, $30 for members. Registration required at

Tending the Trees event, 10 a.m. Saturday, Trail’s End campground boat landing, Grand Marais. Tend trees along the Seagull Nature Trail. Bring a lunch, gloves, and clippers or loppers. Call (218) 387-1750 or (218) 387-3768.

Hartley Nature Center offers these events at 3001 Woodland Ave. Call (218) 724-6735 or go to
* Volunteer Garden Nights, 6-8 p.m. July 1, July 15, July 29, Aug. 12, and Aug. 26.
* Evenings in the Butterfly Garden, 6-8 p.m. July 2, July 16, July 30, Aug. 13, and Aug. 27. Free.
* Wildflower walks: 6-8 p.m. July 16. Cost: $6, $4 for members, free for children.

Arrowhead Fly Fishers hex camp, July 11-13 in Grand Marais. Go to

Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center, 7328 Boulder Dam Road, offers these events. Call (218) 721-3731, email or go to
* Talking with Landowners about Intergenerational Land Transfer webinar, July 15
* Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer training, July 28-Aug. 1
* Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer training, Aug. 18-22
* Sasquatch Scramble Obstacle 5K Run, Sept. 6

Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival, Aug. 16-17, in Duluth. Features Enduro race, guided trail rides and hikes, downhill race, voyageurs revenge race and party at Chester Bowl. Go to for details.

Minnesota Hiking Celebration, Aug. 21-23, Spirit Mountain. Features guided hikes on Superior Hiking Trail, presentations, Duluth Hiking & Outdoors Expo, family hikes and activities. Free except for Thursday night banquet. Go to or


Lake Superior Wilderness Conference, Sept. 5-6, Inn on Lake Superior. Features adventurers and authors Gary and Joanie McGuffin, Ontario author Conor Mihell, Dave and Amy Freeman, Mike Link and Kate Crowley and wilderness managers from various public land agencies. Go to to register.  Registration opens on July 1.

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