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Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod

There’s that old saying about teaching a man to fish, but this course lets students go a step beyond fishing to building their own fishing rods. We’re not talking sapling, string, and safety pin; under the guidance of professional rod builder Kris Kristufek, students will build a technically perfect spin…
Fri, Apr 29th, 2022  –  Sun, May 1st, 2022
Day 1: 4-7pm Day 2: 9am-5pm, 7-9pm Day 3: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Kris Kristufek
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Chainsaws: Safety, Maintenance, and Tree Felling

A chainsaw is a powerful and efficient tool that requires a specific set of skills and experience to safely operate and maintain, even if those skills are used only on an occasional weekend at the cabin. This course will teach students to recognize and avoid the the hazards that surround…
Fri, Mar 4th, 2022  –  Sun, Mar 6th, 2022
Days 1-2: 9am-5pm, Day 3: 9am-1pm
Instructor: Marco Good
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Comet, Eclipse and Aurora: Exploring the Night Sky Online

After getting oriented on celestial motions we'll spend the remainder of the first session and all of the second preparing for the upcoming almost-total partial lunar eclipse, a bright binocular comet and the possibility of northern lights as solar activity increases. Join instructor Astro Bob for two online sessions exploring…
Wed, Nov 3rd, 2021  –  Wed, Nov 10th, 2021
7:00-8:30pm CST two Wednesdays, November 3 and 10
Instructor: Bob King
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Kick Sled Building: Push and Glide

Scandinavians know how to move on snow. Follow in their tracks and take advantage of snow-covered roads, sidewalks, and trails by crafting a kick sled of ash wood this winter. Learn both basic and advanced woodworking skills. From laminating wood for making runners to shaping a customized handlebar used for steering,…
Fri, Dec 10th, 2021  –  Sun, Dec 12th, 2021
Day 1 and 2: 9am-5pm, Day 3: 9am-noon
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
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Winter River Exploration

Come explore the wild rivers and gorges of the North Shore at its seasonal zenith, the end of winter. The unique combination of ice, snow, and sun conditions that generally occur at the end of winter provide excellent travel opportunities for those who want to explore. We will travel up…
Sat, Feb 26th, 2022
Instructor: Mark Gordon