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Currently Scheduled Outdoor Skills Courses

3 Days
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Bows and Arrows: Crafting the Traditional Long Bow & Arrow Making

This course takes students through the step-by-step process of crafting a wooden longbow, wooden-shafted arrow and bow string. To facilitate learning about constructing a traditional bow, students start with a rough-cut stave of hickory. Bows are backed with flax-fiber linen. Arrows include field point and feathers. String is made using…
Fri, Jul 27th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 29th, 2018
Instructor: Rick Yonker
2½ Days
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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 and build their own fishing rod. 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, May 4th, 2018  –  Sun, May 6th, 2018
Instructor: Kris Kristufek
3½ Days
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Craft of Birch Ski Making: Making Your Own Set

Discover the secrets of the old Saami school of ski construction by crafting a custom pair of birch skis to meet your needs. In this course you'll learn about the origin of ski design, function and construction. We'll also cover topics such as wood grain, bending wood, types of bindings,…
Thu, Jan 4th, 2018  –  Sun, Jan 7th, 2018
Instructor: Ian Andrus
½ Day
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Finding a Sense of Place: Connecting Spiritually with Nature

The boat drifted lazily in the current, and Oleg, the native Siberian hunter said, “Jon, you failed on your spirit journey directly into the Other World. But you’re a good traveler in this World. Travel into the Tundra and Kutcha the Raven God will speak to you.” We all find…
Sat, Nov 18th, 2017
Instructor: Jon Turk
2 days
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Fly Fishing 2: Chasing the Hex

The most spectacular fly fishing event in northern Minnesota is the Hexagenia may fly hatch which occurs every July. This course is designed to mimic a typical fly fishers' camp where fly fishers tie the flies they need for the evening hatch during the day, fish those flies in the…
Sat, Jul 7th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 8th, 2018
Instructor: Mike Hero
1 day
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Foraging for Spring Wild Edibles

Have you always been interested in gathering wild foods but just weren't sure where to start? This class is a great first introduction to spring edibles as we focus on just five common, nutritious and often abundant plants. These early risers sprout up almost as soon as the snow is…
Sat, May 26th, 2018
Instructor: Ian Andrus
2½ Days
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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 this winter. Learn both basic and advanced woodworking skills; from laminating wood to make runners to shaping a customized handlebar used for steering, you’ll walk…
Fri, Dec 1st, 2017  –  Sun, Dec 3rd, 2017
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
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Snowshoe Construction: Up the Trail

Carve, bend and lace your own pair of wooden ash snowshoes style up the Gunflint Trail! Part of the Up The Trail Series hosted at historic Gunflint Lodge, this class is designed to allow students ample opportunity to not only make snowshoes but also partake of the many recreational opportunities…
Wed, Nov 8th, 2017  –  Sat, Nov 11th, 2017
Instructor: John Beltman
2 Days
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Traditional Finnish Ski Poles: Craft Your Own Set

Enhance your winter adventures with these lightweight, durable ski poles which are based on the types used by northern Minnesota Finnish immigrants for winter travel. The poles are constructed with birch shafts, copper rivets, whitetail-tanned buckskin grips, and moose rawhide and bent birch baskets. You will make your custom-sized ski…
Mon, Jan 8th, 2018  –  Tue, Jan 9th, 2018
Instructor: Ian Andrus
3 Days
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Traditional Harvest of Wild Rice

Manoomin, Zizani aquatica, wild rice… the symbolic grain of the North. Wild rice has been a significant food source for the people who have inhabited the Great Lakes region for centuries and who have harvested this annual grain generation after generation. In this course, you will paddle to a historic…
Fri, Sep 1st, 2017  –  Sun, Sep 3rd, 2017
Instructor: Ian Andrus
2 Days
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Tree Felling, Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance

A chainsaw is powerful tool that requires a specific set of skills to safely operate and maintain, even if those skills are only put to use on an occasional weekend at the cabin. This course will be one part logging history, one part maintenance and one part in-the field experience.…
Sat, Oct 28th, 2017  –  Mon, Oct 30th, 2017
Instructor: Marco Good
Fri, Mar 16th, 2018  –  Sun, Mar 18th, 2018
Instructor: Marco Good
1 Day
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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 10th, 2018
Instructor: Mark Gordon