To get an event in the Outdoors calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 148 or by email at Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays.


Park vehicle passes are required for all events at North Dakota and Minnesota state parks. Vehicle passes are $7 daily and $35 annually in both states.

  • June 17: Itasca’s Mysteries in History: The Itasca Biological Station, 10 a.m., Itasca State Park, Minn. Meet at the new Biome Center along Main Park Drive (watch for signs). Info: (218) 699-7251.

  • June 19: Itasca’s 24th annual Butterfly Hike, 1 to 3 p.m., Itasca State Park. Meet at the Forest Inn. Info: (218) 699-7251 or

  • June 20: National Eagle Day: Build an Eagle Nest, 10 a.m., Lake Bemidji State Park. Kids’ event; meet at the playground. Info: (218) 308-2300.

  • June 20: Science in Nature, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Itasca State Park, Minn. Location TBA. Info: (218) 699-7251 or

  • June 22: Eagle Day in Bemidji, Lake Bemidji State Park.

  • June 22: Veterans ATV Ride, Carp Pit Recreation Area in Beltrami Island State Forest south of Roosevelt, Minn. Flag raising at 10:45 a.m., with ride starting at 11 a.m. Several stops with raffles, free camping and event is rain or shine. Registration $20 per adult and $15 for age 10 and younger, includes bandana and taco bar. Info: Jodi Milford,

  • June 29: Kayaking the Sand Hill River, 11 a.m., Agassiz Environmental Learning Center, Fertile, Minn. Learn kayaking basics and safety on the river; kayaks provided as needed. Register early and indicate whether kayak will be required; must be 18 or older. Info: or (218) 689-7208.

  • July 20: Nature Play Date, 11 a.m., Agassiz Environmental Learning Center, Fertile, Minn. Several interactive nature-themed play stations will be set up for children to experience, and caregivers are encouraged to attend and participate with their child. Info: or (218) 689-7208.

  • Aug. 17: Nature Photography Hike, 11 a.m., Agassiz Environmental Learning Center, Fertile, Minn. Expand photography skills during nature hike. A few cameras will be available for those who don’t have their own and indicate the need during sign-up. Info: or (218) 689-7208.


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  • July 27-28: Cats Incredible Catfish Tournament, Red River in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. LaFave Park in East Grand Forks is tournament headquarters; entry fee $230 per two-person team. Info: or (218) 399-3474.

  • Aug. 10-11: Drayton Rod & Reel Rally catfish tournament, Red River in Drayton, N.D.Two entry fee levels --$100 for “Group A” field and top prize of $1,000; $200 for “Group B” field and top prize of $3,000. Fishing hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. More info:

Permit to Carry

  • June 29: North Dakota Class I and II Permit to Carry training, 8 a.m., Holiday Inn Express, Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674;

  • June 29: Minnesota, Florida and Arizona Permit to Carry training, 11 a.m., East Grand Forks Cabela's. Info: Tom Ramirez, (218) 252-3326;

Turtle River State Park

All programs are free but a park entrance pass is required. Rain dates will be held in the Visitor Center classroom. Info: (701) 795-3180 or

  • June 21: Scavenger hunt, 8 p.m., amphitheater.

  • June 22: Dakota Explorers, “Escape Room,” 10 a.m., Visitor Center classroom.

  • June 22: Amphitheater program, “Group Initiatives,” 8 p.m.

  • June 26: Scheels Mountain Biking Club, 6 p.m. Ride the trails with Scheels experts. Ride at your own page, all ages are welcome and helmets are required. Riders under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

  • June 28: Amphitheater program, “Mammal Adaptations,” 8 p.m.

  • June 29: Dakota Explorers, “Animal Tracks and Traces,” 10 a.m., Visitor Center classroom.

  • June 29: Amphitheater program, “Oh Deer,” 8 p.m.

  • July 5: Amphitheater program, “Early Settlers and Games from the Past,” 8 p.m.

  • July 6: Dakota Explorers, “Rockets and Rainbows,” 10 a.m.

  • July 6: Amphitheater program, “American Trivia,” 8 p.m.