Get outside: UMD offers climbing clinic and wilderness first aid course to the public – Reuters

UMD Outdoor Recreational Sports Program offers these events: to register, call 218-726-7128, email [email protected], or go to

  • Buckthorn draw: 4:00-7:00 p.m. October 4, Bagley Natural Area Classroom. Buckthorn is an invasive species that chokes out native species in the area. Help rid the nature center of buckthorn by pulling it out of the ground so it won’t come back. Tools and pizza provided. You provide gloves, work clothes and a bottle of water. Free. No registration is required.
  • Multi-terrain climbing clinic: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 14, North Shore Wall. Learn multi-pitch climbing skills and techniques. Practice setting an anchor midway, pulling the rope up and resetting it for another full climb. Then try abseiling to the ground. Cost: $10 UMD student members / $25 others. Prerequisites: Certified UMD Sport Lead Insurer. Register before noon on October 14.
  • Wilderness First Aid and CPR Certification Courses: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 14 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 15-16, Bagley Nature Area Classroom, UMD. Accidents happen. The WFA and CPR course, presented by SOLO Wilderness Medicine & Cast Outdoor Adventures, is 19 hours (Friday evening through Sunday); 75% of the class is scenario-based, outdoors. Cost: $249 UMD student members / $299 others. Register before noon on October 12. The number of places is limited. register early.

Second Annual Split Rock Stories by Lantern Light ToursOct. 8: 6:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Oct. 8, Split Rock Lighthouse, 3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Road, Two Harbors. Explore the grounds of Split Rock Lighthouse after hours and hear tales of daring survival and more over the decades.
Tickets are limited and only available at Each visit is limited to 20 people. Tours leave quickly, please arrive 10 minutes early. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather.

Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center Events: 9096 W. Minnesota Highway 61, Schroeder. Free. Go to for a full schedule of events.

  • Nature Journaling: Autumn of the North Shore: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 15 Cost: $45, $40 for members. Registration required.

Fight buckthorn: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. October 29, Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton. Learn about buckthorn while helping to remove it. Bring lunch, gloves and safety glasses. Meet at the River Inn Visitor Center. Rain date: October 30. Email Lori Seele at [email protected] or Alyssa Bloss at [email protected] with questions. Sign up at

Fifth Annual Aurora Summit: November 4-6, Legendary Waters Casino, Red Cliff, Wisconsin. Events include educational sessions on over a dozen topics; photography and photo editing workshops; expert round tables for camera issues; an equipment exchange meeting; a group aurora hunt; and more. The keynote speaker is Tamitha Skov, a space weather physicist known as “Space Weather Woman” on her popular social media and video platform. COVID-19 vaccination required; guests must register. For more information or to register, visit The list of speakers includes:

  • Bob King, presenting “What Is The Aurora, How Does It Happen, And When Should I Watch?” as well as “Upcoming Celestial Events You Don’t Want to Miss”.
  • Jeanine Holowatuik, presenting “The fundamentals of aurora photography”.
  • Vincent Ledvina, presenting “The Sun-Earth Connection: The Science and Processes Behind the Northern Lights”.
  • John O’Neal, presenting “The Parker Solar Probe, the Solar Orbiter and Space Weather Reporting”.
  • Melonie Elvebak, presenting “How to use a Star Tracker and what you can do.”
  • Justin Anderson, presenting “Color in Lights: Chasing the Aurora Colorblind”.
  • Anna Martineau Merritt, presenting “Indigenous Culture: An Introduction to Our Anishinaabe Culture and the Meaning of Place”.
  • Dave Falkner, presenting “Traveling and the Heliosphere”.
  • Marybeth Kiczenski, presenting “Going Deeper in Your Images: Using Blending and Tracking to Create Stunning High-Definition Photos.”
  • Steve Luther, presenting “From Northern Lights Newbie to Aurora Addict: My Journey and Roadmap to Successfully Capturing the Beautiful Borealis.”
  • Mike Shaw, “Basic Night Photography”.

Jay Cooke State Park Programs: 780 Minnesota Highway 210, Carlton. All nature walks and wildlife talks are free; a Minnesota State Park Vehicle Permit is required to enter. Vehicle permits can be purchased upon arrival at the park office. Cost: $7/day or $35/year. There are discounted options for disabled veterans, Minnesota Tribes, and others. For a complete schedule of events, go to

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