Guided NCT hike

Enjoy a guided, 2.6-mile hike on the North Country National Scenic Trail in the Paul Bunyan Game Refuge Saturday, July 20. Meet at Refuge Forest Rd at 10 a.m., carpool to Steamboat Forest Rd. and hike back to Refuge Forest Rd. Wear sturdy footwear and bring a bottle of water. Come prepared for the insects of the season, changes in the weather and to experience a beautiful, quiet northern Minnesota forest. Questions: Contact Carter or Florence at 732-9226. Hike guided by members of the Itasca Moraine Chapter of the North Country Trail Association.

COLA meeting

The public is invited to learn from guest speaker Christine Herwig, DNR Nongame wildlife specialist, at the Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 25 at the Northwoods Bank community room. Herwig will share about all things " loons," including why monitoring is important and also on other wild birds too in the nongame wildlife program.

Aquatic plant identification class

Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations is hosting a free, hands-on aquatic plant identification class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 26 at Northwoods Bank, Park Rapids. Registration is required. Class size is limited to 40. Email hccolamn@gmail.com to sign up, including your name and contact information.

Historic Sawmill/Pioneer Village Tour

Get a feel for the early 1900s at the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers showgrounds from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 27. Explore various buildings including a country school, dove-tail one-room log house and a logging museum. Tour begins at the Levorsen Building. The showgrounds are located on the north side of Itasca State Park by the north entrance.

Little hitch-hikers of the insect world

Small arthropods need a way to get to their food source. Hear the amazing story of how some of these small creatures travel to where they can find food at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 28. Approximately one hour presentation and question and answer time, then we will go outside and observe the insects we can find. Presented by insect enthusiast David Israel. Meet at the Discovery Center.

Wildlife movie matinee

Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge presents “Disney Nature: Bears” at 2 pm. Sunday, July 28. Showcasing a year in the life of a bear family, their journey begins as winter ends. Emerging from hibernation, a mother and cubs face the bitter cold and an exciting but very risky outside world. Astonishing footage captures the fast-moving action and suspense of an endearing family learning to live life to its fullest in the wilds of Alaska. For more information, contact the refuge at 218-847-2641or visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/tamarac.

Wet and Wild Mississippi River Day

Explore the infant Mississippi River at a variety of information and activity stations from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8. Learn about water, wildlife, plants and people that make the river home. Visit for as little or as long as you like. Many activities for all ages at this family-friendly event. Meet around the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center and the pathway to the Mississippi Headwaters.

Itasca's Mysteries in History: The Itasca Biological Station

In 1907, the University of Minnesota held its first field classes in Itasca State Park. Join staff from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 at the Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories for a tour of this historic location. Tour the new Itasca Campus Center before heading out to the site of the State Park House, where Mary Gibbs lived in 1903. Learn about current research projects and classes as we visit one of the few 1930s National Youth Administration constructed buildings in the state as we follow the route of the 1920s-era Jefferson Highway as it passed through the field station. Meet at the new Biome Center, located on the Itasca Biological Station along Main Park Drive. Watch for signs.

North Country Trail Hiking Fest

Join us at Itasca State Park Saturday, Aug. 24 for a day packed full of family friendly and healthy activities focusing on getting outside and hiking. From long hikes to short family friendly hikes, this day is full of fun. Make your own hiking stick or pick a hike to discover the park. Come for all or part of the day. Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center, Forest Inn, and Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center areas.