Training Opportunities

Check back soon for 2018/2019 schedule!


Great Lakes Aquarium Kits Training


Chambers Grove 13404 MN-23, Duluth, MN.
Free for partners, 20$ for general public.
Join Great Lakes Aquarium staff for demonstrations of how to use Great Lakes Aquarium Kits available for free check-out. Featured activities include Run For Your Life Cycle (games related to the life cycle and challenges sturgeon face), Observations and Questions (includes fun instruments for exploring grassy fields or forests right where you are!) and more. Advance registration required by emailing:, or calling 218-722-4745 x140.


Bike Fleet Training

Woodland YMCA, 3211 Allendale Avenue.

This training is required for programs and groups who wish to use the Duluth Community Bike Fleet for activities such as group rides, field trips, bike rodeos, or parking lot obstacle courses. Program coordinators and program staff who implement daily activities are encouraged to attend. Training will consist of a classroom presentation on rules of the road and bike safety, bike fleet trailer orientation, and a group bike ride (bikes and helmets provided).


Walk, Bike, Fun Curriculum Training

Proctor Area Community Center, 100 Pionk Drive, Proctor, MN 55810.
Designed for physical education, health teachers, other educators and community partners to engage kids in a thoughtful, playful and interactive program learning safety tips and skills for walking and biking, or enhancing your Safe Routes to School plan. Breakfast, lunch, bikes and helmets provided. Breakfast 7:45 – 8:00 a.m. Training begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. Be prepared to ride a bike for 2 – 3 miles in the community – comfortable clothing is suggested. Educators will receive CEUs, the curriculum, supplemental materials and a scholarship for substitute teacher pay (if requested). Bring your calendar with – BikeMN has a fleet of bikes with helmets that you may reserve for FREE, when you teach the curriculum to your students. And their calendar fills up fast! Curriculum available at Please call or email Michelle Kiefer, SRTS Program Manager at 507-430-2280 or with any questions or concerns.


Canoe Instruction Training

Rock Pond at Bagley Park, West Saint Marie Street.
Free for partners, 20$ for general public. 

Join UMD instructors to learn canoe strokes, rescues, and games to play with kids on the water. Then bring kids paddling on Rock Pond throughout the summer! See Adventure Series for dates and times. Advance registration required by emailing:, or calling 218-722-4745 x140.


Belay Training

Vertical Endeavors 329 South Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802.

Come learn how to top-rope belay from qualified Vertical Endeavors instructors! You may have the option to get “checked-off” to belay at this course, opening opportunities to keep youth, your peers, your friends, and the community safe when climbing during activities and events throughout the summer. Open to youth serving agency staff, volunteers, and teens. Advance registration required by emailing:, or calling 218-722-4745 x140.


Gear and Curriculum Library Training

Lincoln Park Middle School
Chester Park.
Free for partners, 20$ for general public.
Learn what kits are available for you to check out from the Youth Outdoors-Duluth Gear and Curriculum Library and how to use materials and lessons included. This training grants YO-D partners access to knot tying and shelter construction, traditional fire building technologies and campfire cooking, animal tracking and stuffed animal habitat, compasses and navigation, fishing, bird watching, rain jackets and more. For partners only. Want to become a partner? To become a partner, or to register (required), email:, or call 218-722-4745 x140.





Take kids fishing or skiing, make plaster casts of animal tracks, teach and practice the skills of fire building and campfire cooking, tie knots, set up shelters, and more. Make sure you are prepared for stormy weather with our rain jackets. Lesson and activity ideas included.

How to Reserve Gear

1. Become a member of Youth Outdoors-Duluth. Email:
2. Participate in a Gear and Curriculum Library Training.
3. Call 218-726-6134 to reserve your gear.
4. Have your gear delivered!

Made possible through a grant from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation. Find our delivery schedule and what’s available on our  Gear and Curriculum Library page.


Teaching Resources

Find lessons and materials available to engage youth in nature at organizations throughout the community!

Gear and Curriculum Library
Youth Outdoors-Duluth and UMD
This partnership with UMD’s Recreational Sports Outdoor Program funded by the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation features lessons and activities, rain gear, fishing poles, disc golf, a trail camera, snowshoes, cross country ski packages, and more.


Teacher Resource Center
Great Lakes Aquarium
37 Lesson and activity kits for all grade levels aligned to state standards and benchmarks. Topics include water science, biology, ecology, geology as related to the Great Lakes region.


Lake Superior Streams
Environmental Youth Leadership Curriculum
Watershed education, youth leadership development activities, journaling, and group builders.


Traveling Trunk Adventure, MN Sea Grant
Exotic Aquatics (ages 9-Adult)
Zebra Mussel Mania (ages 8 – 14)
(218) 726-8712

UMD Campus Sustainability Tours:
Contact Mindy Granley, 726-8198,


Find an Expert in Environmental Education Topics! (Or almost any topic)
Searchable page of professors who can come and talk to your group about a given topic.

YMCA Bike Fleet: Reserve
The YMCA Bike Fleet features sixteen 20” and 24” mountain bikes, four 26” commuter style bikes, and 20 adjustable Bike Friday bikes.
Fill out the reservation form and contact Kelcie Driessen at, or 722-4745 x182 to reserve, pick-up, or drop off the trailer.
Bike Fleet Trainings and Resources: 
Walk, Bike, Fun Curriculum Guide
Bike Rodeo: How to organize and run
Cornell University Bike Rodeo Planning Guide


Rivers2Lake Curriculum
Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve
Contact Deanna Erickson at 715-392-3141
Watershed and aquatic ecology lessons available for free download for teachers.


Stowe Curriculum
Pre-K and K through 5
Lessons about water, watersheds, river ecology, etc.

UMD Campus Sustainability Tours:
Contact Mindy Granley, 726-8198,


Rent a Fender Blender at UMD!
UMD Recreational Sports Outdoor Program Equipment Rental Center


Lake Superior Zoo Teacher Kits & Activity Guides:
Amphibians, Northwoods Wildlife, or Minnesota Bats student and teacher activity guides.



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