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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
Minnesota state park opportunitiesGet ready for Free Park Day on Black Friday! Sara Joy Berhow from DNR Parks and Trails will share all the great things happening at Minnesota state parks and how you can get active in some of Minnesota’s amazing natural places.
Fishing for northern pikeBethany Bethke, DNR fisheries research scientist and coordinator of the Northern Pike Technical Committee, will join us to talk about one of the top predators in Minnesota lakes. We will talk about recent research on northern pike and harvest regulations that are improving northern pike fishing in Minnesota. We will wrap up with some simple tips you can use to catch northern pike through the ice this winter.
Rabbit huntingEver wonder what happened to that lucky rabbit’s foot you had as a kid? Well, tune in for some tips and ideas on how to get a new one in addition to a delicious meal! Rabbits offer up some great table fare, a challenging day in the field and some lasting memories.
Training your hunting puppyAre you curious about training your own hunting dog and want to know where to start? From picking out a puppy to basic obedience to retrieving that first bird, diehard bird hunter Tina Dokken will share her journey with her new hunting pup.
Snowmobiling in MinnesotaMinnesota is a snowmobiler's paradise. We have lots of the white stuff, the modern snowmobile was invented here, and we have thousands of miles of groomed snowmobile trails throughout the state available to the public. Join us as we talk with Wade Miller, DNR state trails snowmobile consultant, about how to get started in snowmobiling, where to go, and what you need to know to try this fun wintertime activity.
Winter sturgeon fishingInterested in trying to catch a sturgeon this winter? Join DNR fisheries specialists Joel Stiras and Tony Sindt as they talk about sturgeon management and how to catch this prehistoric fish through the ice.
Camp planning and cookingWhether you are doing a quick overnight backpacking trip or canoeing for multiple days, you want food that will nourish and sustain you, while still tasting good. With a little bit of planning, even a beginner can create a food plan that will satisfy your hunger while on the trail. Join Jason Jech, executive director of the Red Wing Environmental Learning Center, as he shares tips and tricks about what to bring, what not to bring and ultimately how to become an outdoor gourmet.
Ice fishing for lake troutScott Mackenthun, an avid ice angler and Minnesota DNR fisheries supervisor in Hutchinson, will give us a rundown of the state’s lake trout fishing opportunities and some helpful information on lake trout biology. He will cover how to use this new information to your advantage as an angler and to apply it to rigging and the gear necessary for lake trout ice fishing.
Shed antler hunting basicsLate winter and early spring are great times to get outside and hunt for antlers dropped by bucks, bull moose or elk. Dawn Plattner, DNR assistant area wildlife manager, will provide an introduction to amazing antlers and tips on shed antler hunting.
Dog sledding in MinnesotaDog sledding has played an important role in history both here in Minnesota and across the world. From a simple mode of transportation to mail delivery to Norman Vaughan’s’ U.S. Army Air Forces search and rescue teams during World War II, the fascinating relationship between human and canine has stood the test of time. Join Benji Kohn, DNR mentor network coordinator, and Bethany Hway’s, founder and race director of the Klondike Dog Derby, as they discuss some of the history of dog mushing, its popularity today, and how you might get involved in this terrific winter activity.
Minnesota's native musselsOne of nature's unsung heroes plays a critical role in the ecological food web of rivers and lakes. Join Madeline Pletta, DNR’s lead mussel propagation biologist, to learn about the importance of Minnesota’s native freshwater mussels and how the DNR is restoring populations across the state.
Burbout fishingBurbot or eelpout are becoming an ever-increasing target by many anglers for good reason: they are great fighters and are also known to be very tasty as well. Carl Pedersen and Jody Derks, both fisheries specialists with the DNR, will cover some basic biology as well as ways to fish for burbot.
Bald eagles in MinnesotaDid you know that Minnesota and Florida have the highest populations of bald eagles in the lower 48 states? For several years, the DNR Nongame Wildlife Program has managed a camera above an eagle nest, which has become one of our best tools for bringing Minnesota’s wildlife to everyone. Join us as we visit with Lori Naumann, Nongame Wildlife outreach specialist, to talk about the Eagle Cam and all things bald eagles.
Foundational fire startingThe ability to light a fire for warmth, cooking, signaling or comfort is a foundational part of human history. Join Pam Welisevich, a naturalist with Dodge Nature Center, and learn to start a fire without using a lighter and connect to the past. Learn some important techniques that apply to building, starting, and maintaining all types of fires.
- Past webinars
Click a topic below to watch past online skills presentations
- Aquatic invasive species
- Common fish
Darkhouse spearing: Learn about spearing large fish through a big hole in the ice – the closest thing to hunting on hard water. Please check spearing regulations.
Muzzleloader: The basics of using a muzzleloader and other timely tips and techniques for the muzzleloader deer season. Firesticks may not be legal in 2022. Check all regulations before using this technology.
- Firearms safety
See the archery and shooting topics in the Outdoors listing.
- Mourning dove
- Small game
- Upland birds
- Wild turkey
- Bird watching
Tundra swans: The tundra swan migration is a highlight of fall on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Learn about the swan migration that usually occurs the second week of November.
- Winter activities