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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 21st, 2017  –  Sun, Jul 23rd, 2017
Instructor: Rick Yonker
2 days
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Bushcraft: Summer Season

To the seasoned Bushcrafter a walk in the woods is like a stroll down the aisles of the local superstore. In this two day basics of bushcraft course students will start seeing the woods like a Bushcrafter. We will learn the basics of how to live in the bush comfortably…
Sat, Jun 24th, 2017  –  Sun, Jun 25th, 2017
Instructor: Kyle Lind
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…
Sun, Jul 9th, 2017  –  Mon, Jul 10th, 2017
Instructor: Mike Hero
4 Days
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Fly Fishing The North Shore

The North Shore area of Lake Superior provides some highly prized fly fishing opportunities. Several inland lakes stocked with rainbow, brown and brook trout are accessible by float tubing. In the spring, the streams entering Lake Superior offer steelhead and coaster brook trout fishing. This course is designed for the…
Wed, Jul 5th, 2017  –  Sat, Jul 8th, 2017
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
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