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Learn about or sharpen your outdoor skills with these upcoming online webinars in our Minnesota outdoor skills and stewardship series.
Each webinar begins at noon on Wednesdays and last less than an hour. These offerings are shorter than in-person opportunities, require no travel and fit into busy schedules.
Contact Benji Kohn for additional information at [email protected] or 651-259-5178.
- Upcoming webinars
Wednesday, Nov. 24, at noon
Nature RXDid you know Friday, Nov. 26, is Free Park Friday at all 75 Minnesota state parks? Join Sara Holger, Whitewater State Park naturalist, to learn about the health benefits of getting outdoors in parks, forests and other natural settings. Discover tools and resources to explore parks and greenspaces near you and learn about outdoor recreation opportunities at Minnesota state parks.
Wednesday, Dec. 1, at noon
Lifetime licenses and other holiday giftsThe holiday season is just around the corner. Did you know that the Minnesota DNR has some great gift ideas? From snuggling up in a warm camper cabin to a lifetime of hunting or fishing. Join Azalea Fricke, license center specialist; Veronica Jaralambides, parks and trails; and Benji Kohn, volunteer mentor program coordinator, as we discuss some fun ideas for adventure and bonding time!
Wednesday, Dec. 8, at noon
Ice safety for outdoors sportsMinnesotans love tocan get outside and enjoy the cold and snow! Many But many of these winter activities involve crossing ice, so Lisa Dugan, DNR recreation safety outreach coordinator, will join us to talk about ice safety this week. Whether you're skiing, snowshoing, ice fishing or snowmobiling, learning how to be safe out on the ice is essential for lots of Minnesota winter fun.
Wednesday, Dec. 15, at noon
Fly tying talkEver wonder how to tie flies used in fly fishing? Join Linda Radimecky, DNR park naturalist, to learn the basics of fly tying. Linda will discuss the equipment needed to tie flies, how to use the equipment and the basics of tying simple flies.
Wednesday, Dec. 22, at noon
Learning to hunt as an adultAre you an adult interested in hunting, but don't know where to start? Join James Burnham, DNR R3 coordinator, and hunter Julia Schrenkler as they talk about resources for new adult hunters and tips and tricks to get you out into the woods and fields.
Wednesday, Dec. 29, at noon
Introduction to trapping furbearersEver been interested in trapping? Join Brittany Schaber, a Minnesota trapper, and John Erb, DNR research biologist and trapping educator, as we talk about what it takes to get started in trapping, where you can trap and some tips and tricks to be more successful.
Wednesday, Jan. 5, at noon
High school clay target programLearn about the Minnesota Clay Target Program from Jason Kelvie from the USA High School Clay Target League. Jason will provide information on how to register your school program; divisions of competition; when the league starts shooting begins; and competing in high school clay target shoots and the state championships.
Wednesday, Jan. 12, at noon
Ice angling for panfishEver thought about extending your fishing into the "hard water" season? Join Scott Mackenthun, a DNR area fisheries supervisor, this week as he talks about the ever popular Minnesota panfish species – sunfish, crappie and perch. Whether you are brand new to ice fishing or have a lifetime of experience, join us for this presentation to learn angling tips and techniques to that you can put to good use. Scott will cover gear and equipment, and how to read lake maps and survey reports with the focus, all focusing on catching panfish and having fun on the ice.
Wednesday, Jan. 19, at noon
Dark house spearingImagine it's dark and you're holding a spear near a hole in the ice hoping to see a big ol' northern pike near your decoy. What’s next? Join James Burnham, R3 coordinator, and Amanda Johnson, with the Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association, as they talk about the thrill of darkhouse spearing – the closest thing to hunting on hard water you can get.
Wednesday, Jan. 26, at noon
Winter squirrel huntingJames Burnham, DNR R3 coordinator, will discuss things to consider when hunting winter squirrels like tactics, strategies, gear, and ways to prepare them for the table.
Wednesday, Feb. 2, at noon
Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing basicsSnowshoeing and cross-country skiing are great ways to get outside in winter, enjoy beautiful landscapes and get some good exercise. Join us for a discussion with Carly Hawkinson, DNR park naturalist at Jay Cooke State Park, and Claire Wilson, executive director of The Loppet Foundation, as they share where you can go to learn about these winter sports and what else you need to know to get started.
Wednesday, Feb. 9, at noon
Introduction to winter campingEver wanted to extend your camping adventures further into the year? Winter camping is a fantastic way to get out and explore all that Minnesota has to offer. Jason Jech from the Red Wing Environmental Learning Center will join us to talk about some of the equipment needed, tips and tricks to help you enjoy your adventure and a few reasons why winter might be the best time to go camping!
Wednesday, Feb. 16, at noon
Introduction to maple syrupingGathering maple sap to turn into maple syrup has been a time-honored tradition that results in a sweet treat throughout the year. Join Kao Thao, state park naturalist, and Colleen Foehrenbacher from the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center for tips on collecting sap, boiling the sap and bottling the results.
Wednesday, Feb. 23, at noon
Archery bow hunting basicsLearn how to select a hunting compound bow and the bow accessories needed to hunt effectively in the field. Desiree Holmberg, volunteer with the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program, will share her experience learning to archery hunt. This is a great program if you’re ready to transition from target archery to hunting archery.
- Past webinars
Click a topic below to watch past online skills presentations
- Firearms safety
See the archery and shooting topics in the Outdoors listing.
- Mourning dove
- Small game
- Upland birds
- Wild turkey