Hartley Events

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

Upcoming Events

Iditarod Trail by Bike – And Other Stories of Endurance and Perseverance From the Trail – May 30th, 2024

Join Hartley Nature Center on May 30th, for a group bike ride followed by a presentation by local Duluthian Leah Gruhn, who became the first Minnesotan to complete the famed 1,000-mile Alaskan Iditarod Trail by bike in 2023, and has recently returned to Duluth after completing the trail a second time. Leah, who’s completed the Arrowhead 135 ten times (and is a subject in the film 40 Below), completed the Tour Divide race which follows the 2,745-mile Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, has also competed in many local and regional gravel races. Come hear about Leah’s experience on these trails, and how Duluth (and Hartley Park) have played a role in her becoming the biker she is today. More information can be found at hartleynature.org

Group ride will start at 6pm, followed by the presentation at 7pm. Riders should feel comfortable biking green (beginner) and blue (intermediate) level trails in Hartley Park at a slow to moderate pace. Hartley (fat tire) bikes and helmets will be available for rent for the event. Light snacks and beverages will be provided for the presentation.

Past Events

We Are Water MN – Feb 29th-April 22nd, 2024

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.




Earth Month – April 2023