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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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Canoe Portage Pack: Sew Your Own

Simple and classically designed, these envelope-style canoe packs are the originals. Made for hauling the essentials over portages, they’re tough, trustworthy and will last a long, long time. Working with two expert instructors with combined decades of experience, students will build a classic canvas and leather canoe pack. The project…
Mon, Jun 19th, 2017  –  Tue, Jun 20th, 2017
1 Day
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Entry Level Angling for Adults

Learn how to catch fish from North Shore lakes and streams in this hands-on class with local angling writer Shawn Perich. Students will receive a rod and reel outfit and a small tackle box of proven north country lures. Classroom instruction includes learning to use fishing tackle and basic fishing…
Sat, Jun 10th, 2017
Instructor: Shawn Perich
1 Day
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Fly Casting Workshop

Landing a fly gracefully on a quiet inland lake or gently on a rushing river is an experience everyone should have. In this workshop taught by Rueben Swenson you'll be introduced to the basic techniques of dropping a fly 50-60 feet out, as well as the fundamentals of roll-casting. The…
Sat, May 27th, 2017
Instructor: Rueben Swenson
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
1¼ Days
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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…
Fri, May 26th, 2017  –  Sat, May 27th, 2017
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
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