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

Events

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.

  • July 13: Guided Big Bog boardwalk tour, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Big Bog State Recreation Area north of Waskish, Minn. Meet at the North Unit parking lot north of Waskish on state Highway 72. Info: (218) 647-8592.

  • July 19: Kids’ Fishing Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Lake Bemidji State Park. Join park naturalists on pontoon for fishing excursion; limited to nine anglers age 8 to 15. Info/signup: (218) 308-2300.

  • 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: agassizlcfertile@gmail.com or (218) 689-7208.

  • July 20: Learning at the Lakes program featuring live raptors from The Nature Connection, 1 p.m., Rydell National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 17788 349th St. SE, Erskine, Minn. Info: Tessa, (218) 687-2229 ext. 21 or internfrgrwra@gmail.com.

  • July 25: Pheasants Forever Chapter Start Meeting, 7 p.m., Fozzies Smokin Bar BQ, 114 Third St. NW, Bemidji. Join in brief, one-hour get-togtether to find out how to help maintain and increase wildlife and habitat in the area. Info: Ryan Zubke, (218) 259-8756 or Caden Rolves, (605) 251-7564.

  • July 27: Archery in the Park, 1 to 3 p.m., Hayes Lake State Park, Minn. For ages 8 and older; age 15 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Equipment provided; no personal equipment can be used; certified instructor. Info: Jack Pellinen, (218) 425-7504 or jack.pellinen@state.mn.us.

  • Aug. 11: Outdoor Kids -- Pop Can Fishing, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Itasca State Park, Minn. Connec with nature through hands-on activities that focus on life around the lake. Info: (218) 699-7251 or itasca.statepark@state.mn.us.

  • 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: agassizlcfertile@gmail.com or (218) 689-7208.

  • Aug. 24: Learning at the Lakes program featuring staff from the Headwaters Science Center in Bemidji, 1 p.m., Rydell National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 17788 349th St. SE, Erskine, Minn. Info: Tessa, (218) 687-2229 ext. 21 or internfrgrwra@gmail.com.

  • Aug. 25: Grinding Day, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Old Mill State Park, Minn. Witness the restored grist mill and steam engine grind flour the old-fashioned way. Pioneer cabin will be open for viewing, and fresh stone-ground flour will be available for purchase. Sponsored by Marshall County Historical Society and Old Mill Friends of the Park. Info: (218) 754-2200.

  • Aug. 31: Archery in the Park, 1 to 3 p.m., Hayes Lake State Park, Minn. For ages 8 and older; age 15 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Equipment provided; no personal equipment can be used; certified instructor. Info: Jack Pellinen, (218) 425-7504 or jack.pellinen@state.mn.us.

Fishing

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  • July 7: “Outdoor Kids -- Walleye, Northern, Bass, Oh My!” 2 to 3:30 p.m., Itasca State Park, Minn. Info: (218) 699-7251 or itasca.statepark@state.mn.us.

  • July 8: “I Can Fish! 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Itasca State Park, Minn. Hands-on program teaches basics of fishing. Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by a registered participant, parent or legal guardian; $7 per person; free for 12 and younger with registered adult. Preregistration required. Info: (218) 699-7251 or itasca.statepark@state.mn.us.

  • 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: iafflocal3423@yahoo.com or (218) 399-3474.

  • Aug. 2: Kids’ Fishing Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Lake Bemidji State Park. Join park naturalists on pontoon for fishing excursion; limited to nine anglers age 8 to 15. Info/signup: (218) 308-2300.

  • Aug. 10: Fourth annual Youth Fishing Event, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rydell National Wildlife Refuge, 17788 349th St. SE, Erskine, Minn. Info: Tessa, (218) 687-2229 ext. 21 or internfrgrwra@gmail.com.

  • 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: www.catfishdrayton.com.

  • Aug. 31: Kids’ Fishing Pontoon Trip, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Lake Bemidji State Park. Limited to nine anglers 8 to 15; sign up at the park office or call (218) 308-2300.

Permit to Carry

  • Aug. 3: North Dakota Class I and II Permit to Carry training, 8 a.m., Holiday Inn Express, Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674; www.permittocarry.org.

  • Aug. 3: Minnesota, Florida and Arizona Permit to Carry training, 11 a.m., East Grand Forks Cabela's. Info: Tom Ramirez, (218) 252-3326; www.permittocarry.org.

  • Aug. 31: North Dakota Class I and II Permit to Carry training, 8 a.m., Holiday Inn Express, Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674; www.permittocarry.org.

  • Aug. 31: Minnesota , Florida and Arizona Permit to Carry training, 11 a.m., East Grand Forks Cabela's. Info: Tom Ramirez, (218) 252-3326; www.permittocarry.org.

  • Sept. 28: North Dakota Class I and II Permit to Carry training, 8 a.m., Holiday Inn Express, Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674; www.permittocarry.org.

  • Sept. 28: Minnesota, Florida and Arizona Permit to Carry training, 11 a.m., East Grand Forks Cabela's. Info: Tom Ramirez, (218) 252-3326; http://www.permittocarry.org.

  • Oct. 19: North Dakota Class I and II Permit to Carry training, 8 a.m., Holiday Inn Express, Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674; www.permittocarry.org.

  • Oct. 19: 2 for 1 Minnesota Permit to Carry training, 11 a.m., East Grand Forks Cabela's. Info: Tom Ramirez, (218) 252-3326; www.permittocarry.org.

  • Nov. 16: North Dakota Class I and II Permit to Carry training, 8 a.m., Holiday Inn Express, Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674; www.permittocarry.org.

  • Nov. 16: Minnesota, Florida and Arizona Permit to Carry training, 11 a.m., East Grand Forks Cabela's. Info: Tom Ramirez, (218) 252-3326; www.permittocarry.org.

  • Dec. 21: North Dakota Class I and II Permit to Carry training, 8 a.m., Holiday Inn Express, Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674; www.permittocarry.org.

  • Dec. 21: Minnesota, Florida and Arizona Permit to Carry training, 11 a.m., East Grand Forks Cabela's. Info: Tom Ramirez, (218) 252-3326; www.permittocarry.org.

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 trsp@nd.gov.

  • July 13: Amphitheater program, “Campfire Stories and Songs,” 8 p.m.

  • July 14: Dakota Explorers, “Ghoul and Goblin Games,” 10 a.m.

  • July 14: Halloween in July costume contest, 6:30 p.m., amphitheater.

  • July 14: Halloween in July Trick or Treat, 8 p.m., campground.

  • July 14: Movie and Halloween in July campsite judging, 9:30 p.m., amphitheater.

  • July 20: Amphitheater program, “Interesting Insects,” 8 p.m.

  • July 21: Dakota Explorers, “Caterpillars and Insect Safari,” 10 a.m., Visitor Center classroom.

  • July 21: Amphitheater program, “Moth Madness -- Mothing After,” 9 p.m.

  • July 27: Amphitheater program, “Amazing Amphibians,” 8 p.m.

  • July 28: Dakota Explorers, “Scaly and Slimy Safari,” 10 a.m., Visitor Center classroom.

  • July 28: Amphitheater program, “Rascally Reptiles,” 8 p.m., amphitheater.

  • Aug. 3: Amphitheater program, “Nature Journaling and Stories,” 8 p.m.

  • Aug. 4: “Nature Crafts,” 10 a.m., Visitor Center classroom.

  • Aug. 4: “Drawing and Painting 101,” 8 p.m., amphitheater.

  • Aug. 9: Amphitheater program, “Incredible Journey,” 8 p.m.

  • Aug. 10: Dakota Explorers, “Wacky for Water Games,” 10 a.m., Visitor Center classroom.

  • Aug. 10: Amphitheater program, “Wetland Wildlife,” 8 p.m.

  • Aug. 16: Amphitheater program, “Stars and Stories,” 8 p.m.

  • Aug. 17: Dakota Explorers, “Who Gives a Hoot,” 10 a.m., CCC Memorial Shelter.

  • Aug. 17: Amphitheater program, “Creatures of the Night,” 8 p.m.

  • Aug. 17: Night hike, 9 p.m., amphitheater.

  • Aug. 24: Amphitheater program, “Beginning Birding,” 8 p.m.

  • Aug. 25: Dakota Explorers, “Feathered Friends,” 10 a.m., Visitor Center classroom.

  • Aug. 25: Amphitheater program, “Raptors,” 8 p.m.

  • Aug. 30: Amphitheater program, “Camping Games,” 8 p.m.

  • Aug. 31: Dakota Explorers, “Native American Games,” 10 a.m., Visitor Center classroom.

  • Aug. 31: Amphitheater program, “Nature Jeopardy,” 8 p.m.