Signature Events

Candlelight Ski, Skate & Snowshoe

There are many ways to enjoy winter in Minnesota. This event has many of them! Luminaries line a ski trail for a peaceful night ski, naturalists lead snowshoe hikes into the silent woods, give fat tire bike riding a try or enjoy ice skating on Hartley Pond under the stars. A light meal by New Scenic Cafe is served in the building where you can also sample some Bent Paddle brews. Round the evening off with desserts in the yurt and you have the makings of a great Minnesota night.

Next Event: Saturday, February 3, 2018

Wine in the Woods

Our annual spring auction raises funds for Hartley Nature Center programming, scholarship funds, as well as for the general operation of the center. The evening features a sit down dinner and drinks while participants look over silent and live auction items.

Next Event: Thursday, May 4,  2017


Spring Youth Outdoor Expo

This fun family outdoor event in May has a number of stations set up inside and outside the facility youth and their parents learn and experience skills such as fly-tying, archery, bird banding, emergency rescues and birdhouse building. Done in conjunction with the W. J. McCabe Duluth Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, this event remains free for all participants and includes a sandwich, waterbottle and ice cream. Registration is limited to 140 youth.

Next Event: Saturday, May 6, 2017



A short critter-filled nature hike, rooms for of games, crafts and activities and throw in a few treats and you have Hartley’s Howl-O-Ween. This event offers two sessions (10:00 am to noon or 1-3 pm) to accommodate the over 400 little goblins and parents that joined us in 2016.  Event requires preregistration.

Next Event: Saturday, October 28, 2017