Naturalist walks return to Jay Cooke State Park – Duluth News Tribune

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Why Are The Rocks Tilted?: 1-1: 30 p.m. May 29, Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. Take a quarter-mile geology walk near the river to discover what powerful forces from the past shaped these tilted rocks. Grassy, level surface. Free. Registration required; email [email protected] or call 218-673-7005.

Campfire Program — Black Bears of Minnesota: 8-8: 30 p.m. May 29, Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. Although people rarely see them at the park, they are one of the most asked about animals. Discover the world of the Minnesota black bear and how to make your outdoor adventures more "bearable." Registration required; email [email protected] or call 218-673-7005.

Wildflower Hike: 10-11: 30 a.m. May 30, Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center, 7328 Boulder Dam Road, Duluth. The group will look for spring ephemeral flowers like hepatica, large-flowered bellwort, nodding trillium and many more early-blooming flowers. Meet at the Wolfski Welcome Center. Bring binoculars if you wish to check on the spring bird migration. Groups limited to six people. Free. Register at https://bit.ly/3npKoWM.

Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. (Katie Rohman / [email protected])

Spring Wildflower Walk: 1-2: 30 p.m. May 30, Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. Two-mile moderate walk to discover the many beautiful flowers of the park and how they survive the varied weather of spring. If the yellow lady's-slippers are blooming, the group will check them out. Most of walk is flat. There are rocks and hills to climb in the beginning to access the trail. Free. Registration required; email [email protected] or call 218-673-7005. Courage Kenny Fishing Tournament: 7: 30 a.m.-5: 30 p.m. June 5, Fish Lake. This fishing tournament is designed for adults who have physical disabilities and/or visual impairments. No angling experience necessary. Bring fishing license and fishing tackle. Boats, boat captains, bait, lunch and dinner provided. Volunteers available to assist anglers on and off boats and with fishing. Overnight camping available. Cost $25. Register at http://bit.ly/3b7Fb1u. Critter Walk: 11-11: 30 a.m. June 5, Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. Join a naturalist on a half-mile walk, ideal for kids and families, that includes a scavenger hunt on a grassy trail for signs of critters and other fun things. Free. Registration required; call 218-673-7005 or email [email protected] with your name and total number of people in your group. Lady's-Slipper Walk: 1-2: 30 p.m. June 5, Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. Join a naturalist for a 2-mile mostly flat, moderate walk to discover yellow lady's-slippers and other wildflowers. There are rocks and hills to climb in the beginning to access the trail. Free. Registration required; call 218-673-7005 or email [email protected] with your name and total number of people in your group. Wildflower Hike: 10-11: 30 a.m. June 6, Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center, 7328 Boulder Dam Road, Duluth. The group will look for spring ephemeral flowers like hepatica, large-flowered bellwort, nodding trillium and many more early-blooming flowers. Meet at the Wolfski Welcome Center. Bring binoculars if you wish to check on the spring bird migration. Groups limited to six people. Free. Register at https://bit.ly/3npKoWM.

Beginning Backpacking for Women, Q&A Session: 5: 30-7 p.m. June 10, Lincoln Park Middle School, Duluth. Instructor Anna Swarts presents this Duluth Community Education class. Cost: $10. To register, go to https://bit.ly/2QV6N2c. You will need to create an account to sign in. Explore MN's Newest National Water Trail: The St. Louis River Estuary: 6-7 p.m. June 10, virtual. Join St. Louis River Estuary National Water Trail manager St. Louis River Alliance to learn about suggested routes, landings and how to access the river. Resources will be provided on where to find gear, obtain a map and proper safety for paddling a major shipping port. Free. Registration required; visit https://bit.ly/34jNwLb. ATV Safety Online Field Day Class: 9 a.m.-12: 30 p.m. or 1: 30-4: 30 p.m. June 12, Driftskippers Snowmobile Club House, 33455 Wagon Wheel Court Road, Grand Rapids. Must be 10 years old before class date. To register or for questions, contact Dave Andrews Jr. at [email protected] Wildflower Hike: 10-11: 30 a.m. June 13, Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center, 7328 Boulder Dam Road, Duluth. The group will look for spring ephemeral flowers like hepatica, large-flowered bellwort, nodding trillium and many more early-blooming flowers. Meet at the Wolfski Welcome Center. Bring binoculars if you wish to check on the spring bird migration. Groups limited to six people. Free. Register at https://bit.ly/3npKoWM.

Investigating Your Superior Rivers: 9 a.m.-3: 30 p.m., June 15, Coaster Classroom, Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge and at Fish Creek, Ashland. Educators in all formal and informal settings are invited to join staff from the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve and Superior Rivers Watershed Association. Educators will also connect with Superior Rivers Watershed Association, a local citizen science, nonprofit organization. Successful completion of the workshop and an implementation plan for the coming school year will earn participants a $200 stipend. Free; lunch provided. To register, visit LakeSuperiorReserve.Org/Event. For more info, call 715-399-4090 or email [email protected] Adaptive Sailing: 5: 30-7: 30 p.m. June 15-Aug. 3, Duluth Superior Sailing Center. Ages 6 and up. Specialized boats are adapted to accommodate a wide range of abilities and ages. Norlin Mark 3's, 2.4 meter boats, multi-hulls and some large cruisers are available. An accessible launching dock and hydraulic lift are available to use to assist sailors in and out of boats as needed. Hosted by Courage Kenny. Fee: $85. Register at https://bit.ly/3geWWPh.

Adaptive kayakers and volunteers set out to paddle as part of the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Program at Park Point in Dultuh. (Ellen Schmidt / 2019 file / News Tribune)

Adaptive Kayaking: 4-6 p.m. or 6: 30-8: 30 p.m. Thursdays, June 17-Aug. 12, University of Minnesota Duluth Kayak Center. Students will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of paddling in a 19-foot tandem kayak with an experienced Courage Kenny volunteer instructor in the Duluth Harbor. Courage Kenny is able to accommodate a wide variety of paddlers. Fee $90 for eight sessions. Register at https://bit.ly/3vJh2G2. Dragon Boating: 6-7: 30 p.m. Mondays, June 21-July 12, docks behind Lake Superior Estuarium, Superior. Join the Blue Water Paddling Club and Courage Kenny Northland to experience the Duluth Harbor and St. Louis Bay aboard a 40-foot dragon boat. This four-part series will provide you and a member of your family an introduction to this unique and historic team sport. Fee $40. Register at https://bit.ly/3f1RUDM. Full Moon Paddle: 6-9: 30 p.m. June 24, University of Minnesota Duluth Boat Shed, 1401 St. Louis Ave. Join the UMD Rental Center to watch the sun set and the moon rise from a sea kayak. Headlamps required. Fee $50 per person. More info and registration at calendar.d.umn.edu/event/30489-full-moon-paddle. Full Moon Hike: 8: 30-9: 30 p.m. June 24, Hartley Park, 3001 Woodland Ave., Duluth. Headlamps available or bring your own. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $5. Registration deadline June 22; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index. Guided Hike Series: Superior Hiking Trail: Check-in 5 p.m. June 28, shuttle departs 5: 15 p.m., hike begins 5: 30 p.m., Spirit Mountain Trailhead, 10005 W. Skyline Parkway, Duluth. Beginner-to-intermediate, 4.3-mile trail from Beck's Road/Munger Trailhead to Magney Snively with rocky, uneven terrain and varying elevation change. All ages; youth under age 16 must be accompanied by adult. Wear sturdy shoes; long pants and sleeves are recommended for bug and sun protection. Also recommended: water, light snack, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and bug spray. Shuttle $5 per person. Register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index. Guided Hike Series: Superior Hiking Trail: Check-in 5 p.m. July 12, shuttle departs 5: 15 p.m., hike begins 5: 30 p.m., Spirit Mountain Trailhead, 10005 W. Skyline Parkway, Duluth. Beginner-to-intermediate, 3.2-mile trail from Magney Snively Trailhead to Spirit Mountain Trailhead (Parking Lot A) with rocky, uneven terrain and varying elevation change. All ages; youth under age 16 must be accompanied by adult. Wear sturdy shoes; long pants and sleeves are recommended for bug and sun protection. Also recommended: water, light snack, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and bug spray. Shuttle $5 per person. Register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index. Instruction and Equipment Demos at Lester River Surf Shack: 3-8 p.m. July 16, Duluth. University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff and equipment will be available at the Surf Shack on the west side of the mouth of the Lester River. Basic instruction for stand-up paddle board, prone paddle board, surf ski, kayak and more. Fee $30 for UMD student members and $40 for others. Registration recommended; visit https://bit.ly/34gtiCa. Basic Strokes and Rescues for Sea Kayak: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 17-18, University of Minnesota Duluth Boat Shed, 1401 St. Louis Ave. This course will prepare paddlers to comfortably and safely paddle on protected flatwater environments with conditions not to exceed 1-foot seas, 10-knot winds and be no more than a half-mile from shore. Learn about equipment, paddling techniques, navigation and on-water safety and rescues. Fee $150 for UMD Recreational Sports Outdoor Program members; $200 for non-members. More info and registration at https://bit.ly/34hcxH3. Instruction and Equipment Demos at Lester River Surf Shack: 3-8 p.m. July 17, Duluth. University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff and equipment will be available at the Surf Shack on the west side of the mouth of the Lester River. Basic instruction for stand-up paddle board, prone paddle board, surf ski, kayak and more. Fee $30 for UMD student members and $40 for others. Registration recommended; visit https://bit.ly/34gtiCa. Adaptive Kayak Day Trip Adventure: 7: 30 a.m.-6 p.m. July 18, Split Rock State Park and Light House, Two Harbors. Bring equipment or borrow from Courage Kenny. The trip will be canceled if it's unsafe to paddle due to the weather. Ages 8 and up. Fee $80. Register at https://bit.ly/3f1RUDM. Adaptive Kayak Day Trip Adventure: 7: 30 a.m.-6 p.m. July 18, Meyer's Beach, Sea Caves National Park Service. Bring equipment or borrow from Courage Kenny. The trip will be canceled if it's unsafe to paddle due to the weather. Ages 8 and up. Fee $80. Register at https://bit.ly/3f1RUDM. Prone Surf, SUP and Foil Surfing Instruction: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 18, Island Lake, Duluth. Join the University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff for a comprehensive prone surfing class with ski boat wake riding. Learn equipment selection, board control, paddling efficiency, whitewater impact strategies and more. Try foil surfing behind a ski boat and feel your board lift into the air. Fee $95 for UMD RSOP members and $175 for non-members. More info and registration at https://bit.ly/3uow5E3.

The Superior Hiking Trail near Twin Ponds. (Tyler Schank / 2019 file / News Tribune)

Women Hike Duluth: 6-7 p.m. July 20, Twin Ponds/Craft Connector trailhead near Twin Ponds, West Skyline and Hank Jensen Drive, Superior Hiking Trail, Duluth. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Free. Registration deadline July 19; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index. Prone Surf, SUP and Foil Surfing Instruction: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 21, Island Lake, Duluth. Join the University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff for a comprehensive prone surfing class with ski boat wake riding. Learn equipment selection, board control, paddling efficiency, whitewater impact strategies and more. Try foil surfing behind a ski boat and feel your board lift into the air. Fee $95 for UMD RSOP members and $175 for non-members. More info and registration at https://bit.ly/3uow5E3. Prone Surf, SUP and Foil Surfing Instruction: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 22, Island Lake, Duluth. Join the University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff for a comprehensive prone surfing class with ski boat wake riding. Learn equipment selection, board control, paddling efficiency, whitewater impact strategies and more. Try foil surfing behind a ski boat and feel your board lift into the air. Fee $95 for UMD RSOP members and $175 for non-members. More info and registration at https://bit.ly/3uow5E3. Instruction and Equipment Demos at Lester River Surf Shack: 3-8 p.m. July 23, Duluth. University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff and equipment will be available at the Surf Shack on the west side of the mouth of the Lester River. Basic instruction for stand-up paddle board, prone paddle board, surf ski, kayak and more. Fee $30 for UMD student members and $40 for others. Registration recommended; visit https://bit.ly/34gtiCa. Full Moon Hike: 8: 45-9: 45 p.m. July 23, Spirit Mountain Upper Trailhead, Duluth. Headlamps available or bring your own. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $5. Registration deadline July 21; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index. ATV Safety Online Field Day Class: 9 a.m.-12: 30 p.m. or 1: 30-4: 30 p.m. July 24, Driftskippers Snowmobile Club House, 33455 Wagon Wheel Court Road, Grand Rapids. Must be 10 years old before class date. To register or for questions, contact Dave Andrews Jr. at [email protected] Instruction and Equipment Demos at Lester River Surf Shack: 3-8 p.m. July 24, Duluth. University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff and equipment will be available at the Surf Shack on the west side of the mouth of the Lester River. Basic instruction for stand-up paddle board, prone paddle board, surf ski, kayak and more. Fee $30 for UMD student members and $40 for others. Registration recommended; visit https://bit.ly/34gtiCa. Prone Surf, SUP and Foil Surfing Instruction: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 25, Island Lake, Duluth. Join the University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff for a comprehensive prone surfing class with ski boat wake riding. Learn equipment selection, board control, paddling efficiency, whitewater impact strategies and more. Try foil surfing behind a ski boat and feel your board lift into the air. Fee $95 for UMD RSOP members and $175 for non-members. More info and registration at https://bit.ly/3uow5E3. Guided Hike Series: Superior Hiking Trail: Check-in 5 p.m. July 26, shuttle departs 5: 15 p.m., hike begins 5: 30 p.m., Kingsbury Creek Trailhead, 7215 Waseca St., Duluth. Beginner-to-intermediate, 2-mile trail from Spirit Mountain Trailhead to Kingsbury Creek Trailhead with rocky, uneven terrain and varying elevation change. All ages; youth under age 16 must be accompanied by adult. Wear sturdy shoes; long pants and sleeves are recommended for bug and sun protection. Also recommended: water, light snack, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and bug spray. Shuttle $5 per person. Register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index. Instruction and Equipment Demos at Lester River Surf Shack: 3-8 p.m. July 30, Duluth. University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff and equipment will be available at the Surf Shack on the west side of the mouth of the Lester River. Basic instruction for stand-up paddle board, prone paddle board, surf ski, kayak and more. Fee $30 for UMD student members and $40 for others. Registration recommended; visit https://bit.ly/34gtiCa.

Jaxson Olson (left) and April Lane paddle on the Lester River near the UMD Surf Shack in Duluth. (Mike Krebs / 2017 file / News Tribune)

Instruction and Equipment Demos at Lester River Surf Shack: 3-8 p.m. July 31, Duluth. University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff and equipment will be available at the Surf Shack on the west side of the mouth of the Lester River. Basic instruction for stand-up paddle board, prone paddle board, surf ski, kayak and more. Fee $30 for UMD student members and $40 for others. Registration recommended; visit https://bit.ly/34gtiCa. Instruction and Equipment Demos at Lester River Surf Shack: 3-8 p.m. Aug. 6, Duluth. University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff and equipment will be available at the Surf Shack on the west side of the mouth of the Lester River. Basic instruction for stand-up paddle board, prone paddle board, surf ski, kayak and more. Fee $30 for UMD student members and $40 for others. Registration recommended; visit https://bit.ly/34gtiCa. Instruction and Equipment Demos at Lester River Surf Shack: 3-8 p.m. Aug. 7, Duluth. University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff and equipment will be available at the Surf Shack on the west side of the mouth of the Lester River. Basic instruction for stand-up paddle board, prone paddle board, surf ski, kayak and more. Fee $30 for UMD student members and $40 for others. Registration recommended; visit https://bit.ly/34gtiCa. Women Hike Duluth: 6-7 p.m. Aug. 17, 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 Aug. 16; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index. Full Moon Hike: 8-9 p.m. Aug. 22, Piedmont (Hutchinson Road Trailhead), 1601 Enger Tower Drive, Enger Park, Duluth. Headlamps available or bring your own. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $5. Registration deadline Aug. 20; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

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