Member Events

Hike the Superior Hiking Trail with Judy Gibbs

Saturday, November 2, 2019 – 10:00 AM -12:00 PM

Take a hike on Duluth’s Superior Hiking Trail with Judy Gibbs, who, along with 750 volunteers, helped build it. The SHT in Hartley Park has expansive views of Lake Superior, crosses an old quarry and other historical features and traverses several habitat types. You’ll hear some of the natural and cultural history of the park and what the City of Duluth and Hartley Nature plan for its future. The event will be happening rain, shine or snow!

Judy is a lifelong environmental educator who helped create Hartley Nature Center in Duluth where she served as Program Director. She worked for ten years as the City of Duluth’s Trail and Bikeway Project Coordinator which included working within the St. Louis River Corridor and on the National Water Trail project. Currently, Judy serves on Duluth’s Natural Resources Commission, is a member of the Izaak Walton League’s Conservation Issues Committee and is on the Leadership Team of the region’s Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) and is on the Board of the St. Louis River Alliance. She lives one block from Duluth’s Superior Hiking Trail, which Judy and 750 volunteers built over three seasons. She is currently working on a book about the people behind the Duluth trail, and is co-author of two other books about the SHT, and illustrator of the “Backyard Almanac.”

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


Hartley Green Building Tour

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 – 5:30-6:30 PM   

When it opened in 2003, the Hartley Nature Center was a state of the art “green” building. Many of those same features are operational today. There are 72 roof mounted solar panels, the building is heated with geothermal heat, and the clerestory windows help keep the building bright and cool. Want to learn more about the “green” features of the building? Come join our Operations Director Matt for a presentation and tour of these things and more.

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


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: Saturday, January 25, 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 2020


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. This event requires pre-registration, so call early to ensure a spot.  218-724-6735.
Next Event: Saturday, October 26, 2019 – 9 AM – 12 PM