Past Classes

PAST CLASSES: 2016

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Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. ET

Build a Bat House (an Earth Day Activity)

Dave Rasmussen with Bob Wild, Park Naturalist

$19 Class Fee +  $10 Materials Cost = $29 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is April 16, 2016

bat houseParticipants will learn about the value of bats in our world from the Park naturalist and also build a bat house to take home. This is a family activity open to all ages and skill levels. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult. One bat house per fee.

Students need to bring safety glasses, a hammer, and ear protection. Please bring a lunch.

 10 spaces available; 5 students needed to hold the class.

Please bring a lunch.

This class is closed due to capacity enrollment. Please check back next year.


Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

This class has been sponsored.

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Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. ET

Introduction to Fly Fishing

Travis White, Trout Unlimited Copper Country Chapter, and Park Naturalist Bob Wild

$5 Class Fee +  $0 Materials Cost = $5 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is May 1, 2016

fly_fishing_clinic_3In this beginner class, students will concentrate on fly casting, fly tying and river entomology. Trout unlimited will provide all equipment. This class is for beginners only.

 20 spaces available; 6 students needed to hold the class.

Students should bring a sack lunch and dress appropriately for outdoor activities.


Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. ET

Pollinators Gardening

Marilyn Knuteson & Carol Maass

         $15 Class Fee includes the materials you will take home

butterflyRegistration Deadline is May 1, 2016

Learn about Pollinator’s gardens and the importance of native plants to wildlife from a Master Gardener. Discover how to plan and prepare a spot at home for a butterfly garden. Then get hands on experience planting native plants in the park. Presentation on butterflies for a break from toiling in the soil. Take home seed packets and small native shrubs to create a butterfly garden. A parent with a child (6 and up) can register as one student.tree

 15 spaces available; 4 students needed to hold the class

Please bring a sack lunch.

Not held in 2016 due to illness in an instructor’s family. Please check back next year.


Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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Friday, May 20, 2016 from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., and Saturday, May 21 from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. ET

Crafting a Style of Native American Flute

Tom Gustin

$64 Class Fee +  $24 Materials Cost = $88 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is May 13, 2016

Group with flutesStudents will create a wooden cedar flute from a kit developed by the instructor. Students will use the arm, hand, finger as the ruler. Students will burn holes on one half of the flute and use a Xacto 11 and 17 blades to clean up all burrs and chambers and develop mouth piece. The crafter will sand and seal the air chambers with a sealant to prevent a moisture build-up. After sanding the two halves it will be glued together and wrapped with rubber tubes to prevent cracking of the wood. When the glue is dry students will sand the cylinder, create a focus channel, and “bird” for the air to flow from one cylinder to the next. This “bird” will create an air tight seal for air to flow into the cylinder which creates the musical sound showing life in a newly created instrument.

Students will get instructions on playing and creating their own personal song. Students must be age 18 or older. No musical ability is required. Students must be able to use small xacto blades and sand paper. Students need to provide xacto blades 11 and 17.

10 spaces available; 6 students needed to hold the class

Please bring a lunch on Saturday.

Cancelled in 2016 due to instructor illness. Please check back next year.


Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

This class has been sponsored.

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Saturday, June 11 from 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. ET

Container Gardening

Marilyn Knuteson

$17 Class Fee +  $35 Materials Cost = $52 Total Fee with planter provided by the student

$17 Class Fee +  $60 Materials Cost = $77 Total Fee with planter purchased from the instructor

Registration Deadline is June 4, 2016

This class stresses the value of both native and greenhouse plants as food source for pollinators. Great enjoyment can be gained by creating a flower container that will thrive in a specific site and augment the natural beauty of an area.

Module 1: Explore the benefits of growing vegetables in containers when soil conditions are less than optimum, space is limited, or a longer growing season is needed.

Module 2: Design and plant an annual flower container to take home, choosing from a selection of pre-selected plants.

Learn the basics of soil structure; plant/site selection; seeds and pollination; plants that attract birds, butterflies and bees; native versus greenhouse plants; and container design. Bring your own favorite planter or purchase one from instructor. Plants, soil and fertilizer provided.

 12 spaces available; 6 students needed to hold the class

Cancelled due to illness in the instructor’s family. Please check back next year.

Class options


Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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Friday, September 9 , from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. ET

Weaving a Birch Bark Wall Basket

John Zasada

$91 Class Fee +  $30 Materials Cost = $121 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is September 2, 2016

wall basketJohn will provide materials that students need to weave a wall basket using the split outer bark of paper birch. This a diagonally woven, double-walled basket. Basswood inner bark will be used to make a twine “hanger”.

Please bring scissors, clips (like snapper clothes pins or something that would serve that same purpose) and a knife.

Youngsters (ages 10-15) are welcome as students with a parent to assist.

Please bring a lunch.

 10 spaces available; 5 students needed to hold the class

Cancelled in 2016 due to instructor illness. Please check back next year.


Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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