Courage Kenny Northland is seeking skiers and snowboarders to join our team of over 100 volunteers. No prior teaching experience necessary. New volunteers are paired with experienced volunteer instructors, with a typical ratio of 2-3 volunteers per student. Our participants range from 6 to 60+ years of age. You will receive complimentary lift tickets while volunteering, however you do need to provide your own equipment and helmet. Starting age to volunteer is 16 years old. The program runs from Jan. 7-March 5. Volunteer training offered On the Hill Training from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 15 at Spirit Mountain or 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 4-5 at Giants Ridge, Jan. 4 & 5. Contact Beth Albrecht at 218-726-4834, ext. 3 or for more information.

St. Louis River Alliance open house, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 17, DeWitt-Seitz Building in Canal Park, 394 S. Lake Ave., Suite 208.

The Great Christmas Bird Count, 8 a.m. Dec. 21, McGregor Marsh SNA. Meet at Soo Line Trail access off of County Highway 8, South of Maddy Street, in McGregor. Call 218-735-3971 or go to

Nordic Spirit Youth Ski League youth cross-country ski lessons, Sundays Jan. 5-Feb. 9, Spirit Mountain Nordic Center. Grades 4-8 from 1-2:30 p.m. and K-3 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Cost: $20 for first child in family, $15 every child thereafter, maximum of $45 per family; includes trail pass, equipment if needed and instruction. Go to click programs and then other local programs to register. Registration and equipment fitting offered from 4:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, Spirit Mountain Nordic Center. Call Mary Jane at 626-2532 or email

Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 27-31, Long Lake Conservation Center, Palisade. 40-hour hands-on course with expert instructors and fellow learners – studying natural history, environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship. Final certification comes with the completion of 40 hours of volunteer service. Register at