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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, 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
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
- Winter activities