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.

  • Nov. 14: Grand Forks Audubon, 6:45 p.m., East Grand Forks Campbell Library, 422 Fourth St. NW. Guest speaker is Megan Zopfi, UND graduate student in wildlife biology, who will discuss fire and the North Dakota prairie grasslands; public is welcome. Info: Rolf Paulson, (701) 772-0579.

  • Nov. 16: Trail Trekkers Hike, 10 a.m., Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave., Arvilla, N.D. Meet at the CCC trailhead. Leashed pets welcome, vehicle passes required. Info: (701) 795-3180.

  • Nov. 17: Christmas Open House, 1 to 5 p.m., Icelandic State Park near Cavalier, N.D. The Pioneer Village Heritage Center will be decorated with trees and lights, with a program beginning at 2 p.m. Info: parkrec.nd.gov/events/christmas-open-house.

  • Nov. 23: Wreath-making 101, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Big Bog State Recreation Area, Waskish, Minn. Registration due by Nov. 6; $10 materials fee. Call the park at (218) 647-8592 to register. Info: Christa Drake, (218) 308-2328 or by email at christa.drake@state.mn.us.

  • Dec. 6-7: 41st annual Snowmobile North Dakota State Convention, Cobblestone Inn and Suites, 1109 11th St. E., Bottineau, N.D. Registration: $70 adults before Nov. 15, $85 after Nov. 15; $40 youth before Nov. 15 and $15 after Nov. 15. Register online at snowmobilebottineau.com. Info: Paula, (701) 263-4076.

  • Dec. 7: Trail Trekkers Hike, 10 a.m., Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave., Arvilla, N.D. Meet at the playground parking log. Leashed pets welcome, vehicle passes required. Info: (701) 795-3180.

  • Dec. 14: Wreath-making 101, Lake Bemidji State Park, 10 miles north of Bemidji off U.S. Highway 71 N. Morning session 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., afternoon session 1 to 3 p.m.; limit of 20 people per session. Registration required by Nov. 26; $10 materials fee; call the park at (218) 308-2300 to register. Info: Christa Drake, (218) 308-2300 or by email at drake.christa@gmail.com.

  • Dec. 14: Trail Trekkers Hike, 10 a.m., Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave., Arvilla, N.D. Meet at the chalet parking lot. Leashed pets welcome, vehicle passes required. Info: (701) 795-3180.

  • Dec. 15: Kids’ activity, “Gifts from Nature,” 1 to 2 p.m., Big Bog State Recreation Area near Waskish, Minn. Participants will make two kinds of gifts in the Visitor Center: one gift for nature and one to take home. Kids of all ages are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. Info: (218) 647-8592.

Christmas bird counts

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  • Dec. 15: Grand Forks -East Grand Forks Christmas Bird Count. Participants should meet at 7 a.m. at Northside Cafe, 3450 Gateway Drive, Grand Forks. Info: Dave Lambeth, davidlambeth58201@yahoo.com.

  • Dec. 16: 24th annual Itasca State Park Winter Bird Count, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Itasca State Park, Minn. Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center between 7:30 and 8 a.m. for count assignment; stay a few hours or spend the whole day. Info: (218) 699-7251.

Banquets

  • Nov. 16: Nelson County Ducks Unlimited Auction, 6 to 10 p.m., Community Center, Pekin, N.D. Info: Terry Lassiter, (701) 890-5770.

  • Feb. 8: Red River Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation big game banquet. Info: Carol WInkels, (701) 741-2091.

  • Feb. 29: Minndak Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation big game banquet. Info: Robert Benjamin, (701) 403-3914.

  • March 14: Northwest Minnesota Elk Country Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation big game banquet, Thief River Falls. Info: Cheryl Lindquist, (218) 386-1986.

Ice fishing shows

  • Nov. 15-17: Eighth annual Hardwater Ice Fishing Expo, National Sports Center, 1700 105th Ave. NE, Blaine, Minn. Admission $10 adults, $7 youth 12 to 17, free for age 11 and younger. Military and veterans with ID and seniors 65 and older who show ID will get a $5 discount on Sunday, Nov. 17.

  • Dec. 6-8: St. Paul Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show, St. Paul RiverCentre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. Show hours 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Info: stpaulicefishingshow.com.

  • Dec. 13-15: Second annual Fargo Ice Fishing Show, Scheels Arena, 5225 31st Ave. S., Fargo. Info: fargoicefishingshow.com.

Permit to Carry

  • 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.