Large Community Events
Hartley Nature Center hosts many community events throughout the year. Here we highlight some of our favorite & largest events. For more info on these events and more, follow our facebook page, or visit our recreational programming page.
Candlelight – Ski, Snowshoe, Bike – January 27th, 2024
This event is one of our favorite events of the year! Night-time in January may be cold and dark, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it! Join us for a fun evening of *skiing on luminary lit cross country ski trails, *snowshoeing on a candlelit loop under the stars, fat biking the trails by headlamp, or grab a pair of Hoka demo shoes and go for a moonlit run. Scenic 61 (by New Scenic Cafe) mobile kitchen will be providing delicious food. Top it off with a warm beverage and dessert after you hit the trail, and you have the makings of a great Minnesota night. A limited number of adult skis, snowshoes, and fat bikes will be available for use (very limited kids gear). Cost: $5 for members, $15 for Non-members, 5 & under are free. Kids must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Pre-registration is required. (*weather dependent; we will light a walking path on Old Hartley Road if snow conditions don’t allow for skiing/snowshoeing).
Winter Trails Celebration – December 2nd, 2023
HNC and our trail partners are kicking off the winter trail season at Hartley Park! Join us in celebrating the start of the winter hiking & biking season at Hartley Nature Center on December 2nd and help raise some money for winter trail grooming. Rocky Mountain Bikes will be here providing free fat tire bike demos, COGGS will be leading group rides along with our friends from Continental Ski & Bike. The Duluth Area Outdoor Alliance will be here to provide trail information and talk more about winter recreational opportunities in Hartley and beyond, while the Duluth Foot Trail Alliance will be here to talk about hiking and running on winter trails and to lead a group hike on the trails of Hartley. North Shore Sauna will be firing up their mobile tent saunas, and embark Maple syrup will be keeping us warm with hot maple syrup steamers! Check out cool gear from ROMP Bags, and Empire Wool and Canvas, and enjoy some hydration samples from Scratch Labs. Johnny B’s Food truck will be here selling delicious and warm meals to fill you up when you get hungry.
Stewardship Fest – November 11, 2023
On November 11th Hartley will be hosting Stewardship Fest, a celebration of the people and organizations that are helping to take care of Hartley Park’s natural resources and helping to make Hartley Park a better place for future generations. Come learn about invasive species from Community Action Duluth (CAD) or participate in a buckthorn pull with the Duluth Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA). Learn about native wildflower gardening from Wild Ones and get information on winter sowing. Take a tour of a stream restoration area with the South St. Louis County Soil & Water Conservation District, or see real-time data from the University of Minnesota Duluth weather stations. Learn about the Feasibility Study from the City of Duluth, and learn what partner agencies have been involved in data collection for the study (MDNR, MPCA, UMD). These Hartley partners will have informational tables set up outside (weather dependent), and will offer special tours or activities throughout the event.
Trails Fest – August 5th, 2023
Attention hikers, bikers, runners, and more. Save the Date! Hartley Nature Center is planning a celebration of all things trail at Hartley Park on August 5th, 2023. Join us and a group of our park partners and trail friends for a day of fun! More info at https://hartleynature.org/trails-fest/. This will be an event you won’t want to miss.