More than just a one-time activity, the Explore Series empowers youth to develop experience and ownership of nature-based activities abounding in our neighborhoods, community, and surrounding area. Youth may come in at any point in the series as a beginner or move on to advancing skill stations as a returner.

Available to our partnering youth serving agencies, with support from a host of outdoor providers. Not a partner yet? Contact the Youth Outdoors-Duluth Coordinator to learn more! Funded by City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Fund.



Nature Backpacks

Available for check out at the Duluth Public Library Downtown Branch. Made possible through a Parks and Rec Fund Grant.



Explore Series: Canoeing and Macroinvertebrate Hunting with Rivers2Lake

Pokegama Bay in Superior, WI• meet at the Lake Superior Estuarium

3 Marina Dr, Superior, WI

Minimum age 12 unless accompanied by an adult

Waivers required & free advance registration required

Explore Pokegama Bay in a canoe with the Lake Superior Reserve’s Rivers2Lake program and go hunting for macroinvertebrates like dragonfly larvae, caddisfly larvae, snails, riffle beetles, crayfish, and so much more!


Explore Series: Hiking with the Superior Hiking Trail Association

3 locations on different dates: Ely’s Peak Loop, Spirit Mountain Loop, Brewer Park Loop

Minimum age 12

Close-toed shoes required & free advance registration required

Join Jaron Cramer from the Superior Hiking Trail Association for guided hikes on a variety of local trails in the Duluth area. The difficulty and length of each hike will vary based on date. The first hike will be shorter and easier with length and difficulty increasing to the third hike.


Explore Series: Archery with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Jay Cooke State Park (check-in at River Inn Interpretive Center)
780 MN-210, Carlton, MN

Minimum age 8 

No waivers required & Free advance registration required


Join certified Minnesota DNR archery instructors for hands on coaching and give this fun activity a try‭. ‬Equipment is provided‭. ‬Personal archery equipment is not allowed‭. ‬Close-toed shoes are required‭.


Explore Series: Fishing with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resouces

Chambers Grove Park

13404 MN-23, Duluth, MN

Please bring 1 adult per 5 youth age 8+ • Youth 7 & under must be directly accompanied by an adult • No waiver required • Free advance registration required

Join the MN DNR to learn fishing skills and to test your skills at the St. Louis River.


Explore Series: Bicycle Maintenance with the Bike Cave

1712 Jefferson Street, Duluth, MN

Best for ages 12 and up. Kids under 12 must be accompanied directly by an adult. • Signed permission required • Free advance registration required

Come help to refurbish a bike with a Bike Cave volunteer‭! ‬Youth will learn how to change tubes‭, ‬de-rust and clean bikes‭, ‬tune up brakes and more‭. ‬Youth who attend both dates will go home with a newly refurbished‭ (‬used‭) ‬bike‭!


Explore Series: Mountain Biking with the Duluth Composite Mountain Bike Team

Spirit Mountain Grand Ave Chalet Parking Lot

8551 Grand Ave, Duluth, MN

Ages 10+
Waivers required •Free advance registration required.

Learn the basics of Mountain Biking in a fun obstacle course. Skills include braking and descending, cornering, trail etiquette, and weight transfer to get over an obstacle. Once through the skills course, youth may take a ride on some of the trails at Spirit Mountain. (This will be at the instructors’ discretion, and if youth are not ready to ride safely on the trail, we will continue on the skills course).


Explore Series: Lake Superior Zoomobile

3 dates and locations: Harbor Highlands Community Center, Duluth Heritage Sports Center, Neighborhood Youth Services

Invite the zoo to come to you! Zoomobile programs are a fun, interactive way to introduce students of all ages to animals without having to leave your community.

About Us

Youth Outdoors-Duluth coordinates resources and expertise community-wide to create a progression of opportunities for youth to explore our natural spaces.

Contact Us

302 West 1st Street
Duluth, MN 55802
(218)-722-4745 ext 140