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Hartley Fall Open House

Thursday, Sept. 15, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Friends and neighbors of Hartley Park are invited to an open house event to learn more about Hartley Nature Center’s Environmental Stewardship mission in the park including past projects, current efforts, and future goals. This is also an opportunity for community members to interact with HNC supporters and share their ideas and comments on environmental stewardship of Hartley Park. Come to learn more and be heard!

Seeking Environmental Education Interns

Spreading the word through the hip and well connected PDD community:

Hartley Nature Center is looking to fill three fall environmental education internships in Duluth. Interns in these full-time, stipend positions spend time teaching EE to local school groups, interacting with park users, and continuing the mission of Hartley Nature Center. Visit the HNC website for more information and to submit your resume!

This week at Hartley Nature Center

Volunteer Evening in the Butterfly Garden- Tuesday, July 26, 6-8 pm. All ages invited- kids adult-accompanied. Free event-no experience necessary.

Wildflower Walk in Hartley Park-Thursday, July 28, 6-8 pm, a guided evening wildflower walk through Hartley Park. All ages invited- kids adult-accompanied. $4 members, $6 non-members, kids-free!

Both events meet @ Hartley Nature Center, 3001 Woodland Ave. Duluth

This week at Hartley

Busy week at Hartley Nature Center:
-Tuesday, June 7 Our first volunteer garden work night in the Butterfly Garden, 6pm.
-Wednesday, June 8 COGGS members lead a trail bike ride, 7pm.
-Thursday, June 9 Yoga night, Back to Basics 4:30 pm & Hatha 1 6 pm.

And there are a few summer day camp spaces left for youth ages 4-15. Register soon!
More information at

Yoga in Hartley Park

Hartley Nature Center Spring Yoga, two classes offered:

Thursday nights May 19 – June 23 at Hartley Nature Center (3001 Woodland Ave., Duluth)

2011 Youth Outdoor EXPO

Saturday, May 21, 9am-2pm
Youth ages 7-15 (and parents) are invited to join Hartley Nature Center and the McCabe Duluth Chapter of the Izaak Walton League for this annual free event. Activities include bird banding, birdhouse building, laser hunting simulation, fly tying and casting, and more. Youth receive a free Subway sandwich and Cold Stone ice cream. Participants must pre-register by calling 724-6735.

Spring Adult Opportunities at Hartley Nature Center

Celebrate Spring with some great adult opportunities at Hartley Nature Center: wildlife gardening, wildflower walks, and evenings in the garden. More information at

Mountain Biking in Duluth

Join us at Hartley Nature Center this Wednesday, May 4  for “Mountain Biking Opportunities in Duluth”-  Adam Sundberg, president of COGGS, will present information on the expanding opportunities for mountain biking in and around Duluth. COGGS has been working diligently to provide sanctioned mountain biking trails for the citizens of this region. Program is sponsored by the McCabe Chapter of the Izaak Walton League and begins at 7 p.m.

Ecological Restoration

This Wednesday, April 27, starting at 7 PM at Hartley Nature Center (3001 Woodland Ave.) Paul Hlina, owner of Leaning Pine native landscapes who has spent many years growing native plants, preparing, planting and maintaining native plantings of all sizes, and conducting related research will talk on some more philosophical aspects of why and how we undertake ecological restoration.  

From Paul: “I will discuss the idea of long term ecological restoration from the perspective of seeking out the balance between natural and human ecosystems.    Whose goals are we achieving, human derived or nature driven goals?  How do our human experiences, aesthetics, belief systems impact our restoration experiences.   I also will discuss there is no such thing as a no-maintenance restoration.  But that maintenance allows one to broaden and deepen the connection with your space.  As in native traditions, it turns the space sacred, instead of a burden to conquer.  There will be a lot of what I’ve learned over the years, about a continue march in living lightly on this planet.”

Join this great conversation organized by the Arrowhead Wild Ones Chapter and Hartley Nature Center.

Spring at Hartley!

Heard the song sparrows this morning-SPRING is HERE! Young people (ages 2-5) and their parents are invited to join us at Hartley this Saturday, April 9, from 10am-noon for the Saturday Sprites Spring Sing Along. Duluth folk musician Robi Meyerson will lead this singing, dancing, and playing party. Cost is $10 per family. Call 724-6735 to sign up.

MN DNR license fee increase meeting

Join the W.J. McCabe Duluth Chapter of the Izaak Walton League for an informational meeting on the proposed MN DNR license fee increases. A representative from the MN DNR will give a presentation and answer questions relative to this important issue for the future of natural resource managament in Minnesota. The event will take place at Hartley Nature Center (3001 Woodland Ave., Duluth) on Wedensday, April 6, @ 7 p.m. Call 218-525-3745 for more information.

This event is free for Izaak Walton and HNC members. A $4 donation for non-members.


Soils and Spring planting prep!

If you’ve ever wondered “what do I need to do before I plant wildflowers to make sure they will thrive?  do I leave the sod/existing vegetation in place or remove it?  what if I have sandy soils?  what if I have clay?”  then this program is for you.  It’s free and opne to the public.
What: “Soils for Wild Flower Gardens: Laying a Solid Foundation”
When: Wednesday, March 23, beginning at 7 PM.  

Wild Ones members and other interested persons are invited to come at 6:15 for a short, informal meeting regarding upcoming projects and events our Wild Ones chapter is undertaking to share examples and info re: native plants

Where: Hartley Nature Center, Duluth MN
Who: John Pastor, UMD Professor, Dept. of Biology, co-owner and maintainer of a yard that is nearly 100% native and/or edible, and long-time member of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes

Aquatic Invasives presentation

Join the McCabe (Duluth) Chapter of the Izaak Walton League for its monthly meeting and presentation at Hartley Nature Center on Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. for “Aquatic Invasive Species” with Jeff Forester.

Let’s Talk Trees!

Ethan Perry, DNR Plant Ecologist and a former member of the Duluth Tree Commission, will talk about trees, how to identify them in the winter and the important functions they provide in urban landscapes.  Following Ethan’s presentation Wild Ones members will be available with all their favorite books about native trees and shrubs to help those looking for more info to select trees and shrubs to plant at home.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 23.  Socializing begins at 6:45 PM, program at 7 PM.  We’ll get to the “free tree help” by 8 PM.
Where: Hartley Nature Center in Duluth, MN.  see or call 218-724-6735 for more info/directions.

Community Clean-ups for Water Quality

Imagine Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes full of clean, clear, fresh water for future generations to enjoy. Together we can make this vision a reality.  The Freshwater Society, the Friends of the Minnesota Valley, and the McCabe Chapter of the Izaak Walton League invite you to learn more about Community Clean-Ups for Water Quality, created to protect the water in our lakes and rivers. Presentation on Monday, Feb. 21 @ 7 p.m. at Hartley Nature Center.