Member Events

       Birding Basics
Saturday, June 8, 8:30-10:00 am

Come learn the basics of birding with a Hartley Naturalist! Borrow binoculars to find some of the more common birds in our area and learn how to identify them. This program is geared towards adults who are new or beginner birders. (Photo Credit: JR Kelsey)

This event is open to HNC members only and has limited space. Pre-registration is required by calling 218-724-6735.

Insect Catching

Tuesday, July 9, 5:30-7:00 pm

Come and catch insects in Hartley Park using sweep nets. Learn where they live and see the different species that call Hartley Park home. This is a family friendly program. 

This event is open to HNC members only and has limited space. Pre-registration is required by calling 218-724-6735.



Butterfly Tagging

Tuesday, August 13, 6:00-7:30 pm 

Tour the butterfly garden, learn about butterfly tagging, and release butterflies as available. Learn from the Hartley naturalist how you can invite butterflies into your own garden. Members only.

This event is FREE for Hartley Nature Center Members. Pre-regsitration is required. 

Yearly 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, or give fat tire bike riding or kicksledding a try. A light meal is served in the building where you can also sample some brews. Round the evening off with desserts in the yurt and you have the makings of a great Minnesota night. 

Next Event: Winter 2020

Wine in the Woods

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

Next Event: August 22, 2019

Youth Outdoor Expo

This fun family outdoor event 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, water bottle and ice cream. Registration is limited to 140 youth.

Next Event: 2020



Our annual Howl-O-Ween event returns to Hartley Nature Center. Come dressed in costume, and spend some time exploring the trails around the nature center. There will be games, crafts, a critter trail, and of course treats. The event is intended for children ages 0-8, and their parents. We will have one session from 9 am – noon. This is event is FREE for HNC members, and $15 for non-member households. This event requires pre-registration, so call early to ensure a spot.  218-724-6735.
                                                   Next Event: Fall 2019