Get outside: Check out the activities at Jay Cooke State Park – Duluth News Tribune

Jay Cooke State Park, in Carlton, offers these events. All programs are free; a Minnesota State Park Vehicle Permit is required to enter.

Vehicle license

can be purchased upon arrival at the park office. Cost: $7/day or $35/12 months. There are

discounted price options

for disabled veterans, Minnesota tribal members and others.

  • 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on May 28 and June 4 and 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on June 11, Walk in slippers. Meet at the River Inn Interpretive Center.
  • 4-5 p.m. May 28, “Junior Naturalists: River Animals.” Meet behind the River Inn Interpretive Center.
  • 8 to 8:30 p.m. May 28 and June 10, Campfire Program–Black Bears of Minnesota. Meet at the amphitheater behind the park office. Bring a chair or blanket.
  • 1-1:30 p.m. on May 29 and June 10 and 10:30-11 a.m. on June 4, “Why are the rocks tilted? Geological walk.” Meet at the River Inn Interpretive Center.
  • 4 to 5 p.m. May 29, visit to Thomson Cemetery. Meet in the cemetery parking lot.
  • 8 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29 and June 4, Campfire Program–Owls of Minnesota. Meet at the amphitheater behind the park office. Bring a blanket or a chair.
  • 8-8:30 p.m. June 3, “Campfire Program – Minnesota Timberwolves.” Meet at the amphitheater behind the park office. Bring a blanket or a chair.
  • 8h-9h30 June 5, march of birdsong. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot. Binoculars provided.
  • 1-2 p.m. June 5, “Junior Naturalists – Monarchs are Art.” Meet behind the River Inn Interpretive Center.
  • June 11, free park day. No vehicle license required.

Defenders of the Knife River Watershed features “Effects of Beaver Dams on Low-Flow Hydrology, Temperature, and Fish Movement in Minnesota Lake Superior Tributaries”, presented by Karen Gran, University of Minnesota Duluth, and Josh Dumke, Natural Resources Research Institute, 6:30 p.m. June 1, City Hall of Duluth, 6092 Homestead Road. The event will also be presented via Zoom. Go to

akrw.org

for the link and additional information.

North Country Trail Association’s Brûlé-St. Cross Chapter National Trail Day Hike, June 4, Brule River State Forest. Meet at the Highland Town Hall Trailhead, 9360 S. County Highway S near Lake Nebagamon at 9:00 AM. The hike is 5.5 miles round trip. A sharing picnic follows. Go to

meetup.com/sscbhikers

or call 715-292-3484.

27th Annual Kolar Toyota ALS Fishing Tournament, June 4, Island Lake. For more details, visit

kolartoyotafishing.com.

ATV Safety Day Course: 10:00 a.m. June 4, Balsam Memorial Hall, 41388 Scenic Highway, Bovey. Instructor: Deborah Daly. To register or for any questions, contact Deborah Daly at 218-245-3209 or email [email protected] Requirements: Must be 10 years old prior to course start date to be eligible.

ATV Safety Day Course: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 11, Driftskippers Snowmobile Club House, 33455 Wagon Wheel Court Road, Grand Rapids. Registration and paperwork begins at 8:15 a.m. You must be 10 years old by the start date of classes to be eligible. Pre-registration required. To register or for any questions, contact David Andrews Jr. at [email protected]

ATV Safety Day Course: 1:30-5 p.m. June 11, Driftskippers Snowmobile Club House, 33455 Wagon Wheel Court Road, Grand Rapids. Registration and paperwork begins at 8:15 a.m. You must be 10 years old by the start date of classes to be eligible. Pre-registration required. To register or for any questions, contact David Andrews Jr. at [email protected]

Great Lakes Master Naturalist Training, June 13-17. Practical course of forty hours. This program allows participants to study natural history, environmental interpretation and conservation stewardship. Final certification comes with the completion of a capstone service project. Free tent camping available on-site along Boulder Lake. No motorhomes or motorhomes. Participants have access to a full kitchen. Registration not available for individual programs. Cost: $295, includes textbooks and supplies. Mandatory registration at

minnesotamasternaturalist.org/courses/register.

Firearms Safety Training, 5-7:30 p.m. June 13-17, Fond Du Lac Band – Lac Supérieur, 28 University Road, Cloquet, with field day at 8 a.m. June 18. Instructor: Duane Barney. Requirements: Must be 11 years old prior to course start date to be eligible. To register or for more information, contact Duane Barney at 218-391-4626 or email [email protected]

Northwest Wisconsin Lakes Conference, 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. June 17, Spooner High School, 801 County Highway A. Learn about lake ecology, hear updates on invasive species, and network with people looking to get involved in the protection of water quality. Keynote Speaker: Ted Rulseh, author of “A Lakeside Companion”. Cost: $45 in person (including snacks and lunch); registration reduced by $10 for in-person students or $10 for online participation. Registration deadline: June 12. To register or for more information, go to

nwwislakesconference.org

. For assistance with online registration, contact Monica at 715-483-3300 or [email protected]

Initiation to kayaking in calm waters, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 21. This half-day course is a safe and fun introduction to kayaking in mostly calm water environments. Orient yourself with boat and body position, effective swimming technique to reduce fatigue, strategies for keeping your boat upright, and what to do if you tip over. Includes instructions, boats, paddles, kayak and safety equipment. Bring bathing suits, towels, a bottle of water, snacks or lunch bags and adult chaperones if minors are present. 12 years and over. Young people under the age of 12 can paddle with an accompanying adult in the boat. Meet at the University of Minnesota Duluth Boathouse, 1401 St. Louis Ave., Duluth, on Park Point. Cost for 2-3 people: $50/person; 4-6 people: $45/person. Call 218-726-7128, email [email protected], or go to

umdrsop.org

record.

Full Moon Sea Kayak Paddle, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 12 and 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on August 10. Watch the sun set over Lake Superior and the moon rise from a sea kayak. Headlamps required. Cost: $20 University of Minnesota Duluth student members/$50 others. Call 218-726-7128, email [email protected]edu, or go to

umdrsop.org

record.

ATV Safety Day Course: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 16, Driftskippers Snowmobile Club House, 33455 Wagon Wheel Court Road, Grand Rapids. Registration and paperwork begins at 8:15 a.m. You must be 10 years old by the start date of classes to be eligible. Pre-registration required. To register or for any questions, contact David Andrews Jr. at [email protected]

ATV Safety Day Course: 1:30-5 p.m. July 16, Driftskippers Snowmobile Club House, 33455 Wagon Wheel Court Road, Grand Rapids. Registration and paperwork begins at 8:15 a.m. You must be 10 years old by the start date of classes to be eligible. Pre-registration required. To register or for any questions, contact David Andrews Jr. at [email protected]

Firearms Safety Training, 5-7:30 p.m. July 18-22, Lake Superior Chippewa Fond Du Lac Band, 28 University Road, Cloquet, with field day at 8 a.m. July 23. Instructor: Duane Barney. Requirements: Must be 11 years old prior to course start date to be eligible. To register or for more information, contact Duane Barney at 218-391-4626 or email [email protected]

Instruction in recumbent surfing, SUP and foil surfing, offered 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 22, July 23, August 5 and August 6, Island Lake. Includes gear selection, board control, paddling efficiency, whitewater impact strategies, stance, surf etiquette and more. Also learn about surf foiling. Choose from four dates with a group size of no more than four. Cost per session: $95 University of Minnesota Duluth student members / $175 others. Call 218-726-7128, email [email protected], or go to

umdrsop.org

record.

ATV Safety Day Course: 8:30 a.m. July 30, Nashwauk Recreation Center, 202 Fourth St., Nashwauk. Must be 10 years old prior to course start date to be eligible. Pre-registration required. To register or for questions, contact Mike Kennedy at 218-966-2652.

2022 Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival, August 5-7, Spirit Mountain. Go to

bikeduluthfestival.com

for all the details and to register.

Firearms Safety Training, 5-7:30 p.m. Aug. 8-12, Lake Superior Chippewa Fond Du Lac Band, 28 University Road, Cloquet, with field day at 8 a.m. Aug. 13. Instructor: Duane Barney. Requirements: Must be 11 years old prior to course start date to be eligible. To register or for more information, contact Duane Barney at 218-391-4626 or [email protected]

Sara H. Byrd