Hartley Events

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

Stewardship Fest

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. For a list of event partners, and activities please visit www.hartleynature.org

Trails Fest

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.


Hartley Candlelight Ski, Skate & Snowshoe

Candlelight is back on January 28th, 2023 (2024 date will be announced soon!)

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, or fat biking the trails by headlamp. Scenic 61 (by New Scenic Cafe) mobile kitchen will be providing delicious food. Top it off with cocoa and snacks 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. Please note that we have very limited kids’ gear.

Pre-registration is required. Cost: $5 for members (discount applied in cart), $15/ Non-members. 5 and under are free (must be accompanied by parent or guardian). Register on our online registration system by clicking here.