Outdoors briefly

Lake Metigoshe State Park to host Ski & Scavenger Hunt

Lake Metigoshe State Park is providing outdoor adventurers an opportunity to explore the park by holding a Ski & Scavenger Hunt on Saturday.

For those not having cross country ski equipment, they can stop in at the Warming House anytime between 10 a.m. and noon to be fitted for boots, skis and poles. Rental fees will be waived for those participants coming in during those times.

Take the day to explore the park’s trails and discover various aspects of the park while taking part in the scavenger hunt. The event is open to everyone and participants are asked to dress appropriately for the conditions.

There is a $5 daily vehicle entry fee for the park or vehicles must be displaying the annual vehicle permit. Lake Metigoshe State Park is located 15 miles northeast of Bottineau. For more information call 263-4651.

Cross Ranch State Park to host annual Winter Festival

The annual Cross Ranch State Park Winter Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15, from 1 to 7 p.m.

Several outdoor activities are planned, including horse-drawn sleigh rides, a scavenger hunt, interactive card games and others. There will be prizes given out during the event. Participants will also be shown how to make pinecone bird feeders.

Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are popular winter activities at Cross Ranch State Park. Equipment rentals are available at the visitor center. A portion of the ski trail will be lighted for nighttime skiing opportunities. There will be free chili, soup, snacks and hot drinks until they are gone.

The event is free and open to all ages, but a daily or annual vehicle permit is required to enter the park. Cross country skis and snowshoes can be rented for $15 per day.

Information about Cross Ranch State Park and the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department can be found online at (parkrec.nd.gov).

Minot hunter education instructor workshop scheduled in March

North Dakota Game and Fish Department hunter education instructors are invited to attend one of three remaining regional workshops scheduled in 2014.

The workshops are Feb. 15 at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge in Dickinson; March 15 at the Holiday Inn in Fargo; and March 29 at the Holiday Inn Riverside in Minot.

Conference invites, workshop topics and registration information will be mailed out to all certified instructors. Instructors are asked to pre-register by returning the registration form.

Hunter education instructors are men and women who volunteer their expertise and time. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer hunter education instructor should call John Mazur, hunter education coordinator, at 328-6316.

North Dakota Earth Day patch contest open to students

The state Game and Fish Department’s annual Earth Day awareness campaign is accepting entries for design of a 2014 Earth Day patch. North Dakota students ages 6-18 are eligible to participate. The deadline to submit entries is March 15.

The Game and Fish Department will announce a winner in three age categories 6-9, 10-13 and 14-18. Each winner will receive a pair of 10×42 binoculars. The final patch design will be chosen from the three winners.

The winning design will be used on a patch given to members of Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H clubs and any school participating in Earth Day cleanup projects on state-owned or managed lands in North Dakota in April and May.

Earth Day contest rules and entry forms are available on the Game and Fish Department’s website, (gf.nd.gov). For more information, contact Pat Lothspeich by email at ndgf@nd.gov, or call 328-6332.