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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
3 days
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Flies that Catch Fish and How to Tie Them

This course is designed to teach fly fishers how to tie a core group of flies that will enable them to catch more fish anywhere in the US and Canada. The flies have been field tested by the instructor through over fifty years of fly fishing on streams and lakes,…
Sat, Feb 24th, 2018  –  Mon, Feb 26th, 2018
Instructor: Mike Hero
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
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
2 1/2 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.…
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
Instructors: Mark Gordon, Katya Gordon