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Adult learning from Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center

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Ecotours

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Sustainable Living

Handcraft

Farm & Garden

Self & Wellness

Food

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Local Advent Connect with your joy and your values. Know this land, your home. Build community. Meet practical needs.

Welcome to the Eagle Bluff Skills School!

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Classes 4 Calendar 10 Classes Continued 12 Neighbor to Neighbor 18 Events 19 Prescribed Burning 20 Registration 22 Our Home 23

28097 Goodview Drive Lanesboro, Minnesota 55949 888.800.9558 (MN, WI or IA) or 507.467.2437 skillsschool@eagle-bluff.org To register for a class, connect with us, or receive more copies of this catalog call 507.467.2437 or e-mail skillsschool@ eagle-bluff.org

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At Eagle Bluff Skills School adults learn new skills for sustainable living. Classes immerse learners in unique experiences and local ecoscapes. Eagle Bluff is a nonprofit environmental learning center dedicated to empowering people to care for the earth and each other.

When finished, please recycle this magazine by passing it on to a friend. COVER PHOTO: A group canoeing along a scenic stretch of the Root River. Check out our canoeing adventures on page 14. AT LEFT: A pair of explorers Geocaching at Eagle Bluff. Inquire about our public Geocache course on your next visit. Join us for one of our Geo-Snacking classes, more information on page 7.

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hands on! Class Listing AMISH EXPERIENCE: PIE MAKING DEMONSTRATION

AMISH EXPERIENCE: BREAD MAKING

THE ART OF CHEESE MAKING

MARCH 10; 8:30AM-12NOON

MARCH 10; 9AM-12:30PM

MARCH 10; 12:30PM-4PM

APRIL 7; 9AM-12:30PM

APRIL 7; 9AM-12:30PM

MARCH 11; 8:30AM-12NOON

APRIL 20; 9AM-12:30PM

MAY 12; 9AM-12:30PM

MAY 30; 8:30AM-12NOON

MAY 13; 8:30AM-12NOON

Dave Sefton

JULY 21; 8:30AM-12NOON

JUNE 10; 9AM-12:30PM

JULY 22; 8:30AM-12NOON

JULY 11; 8:30AM-12NOON

SEPTEMBER 16; 8:30AM-12NOON Amish Instructor

JULY 21; 12:30PM-4PM

Are you a pie lover? If so, then join us and learn the ‘how-tos’ from an experienced Amish baker. Your Amish instructor will expertly whip up several types of pies from scratch. Learn about using a wood stove and sample the results with coffee. Not only will you gain insight into the Amish lifestyle, you’ll create warm and tasty memories. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the Amish home.

AUGUST 19; 12:30PM-4PM SEPTEMBER 15; 8:30AM-12NOON Amish Instructor Ever wondered what it would be like to live without electricity and modern appliances? This is an opportunity to visit an Amish home, get to know you hostess and learn how to bake bread in a wood fired stove. After the bread is baked and the butter made, you will enjoy the freshly made treats with a warm beverage. Take home a loaf of fresh baked bread and get to know your local Amish community. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the Amish home.

Note: The Amish do not allow photos to be taken or names to be published. Travel time is included at beginning and end of class.

Note: The Amish do not allow photos to be taken or names to be published. Travel time is included at beginning and end of class.

CLASS FEE: $45

CLASS FEE: $45

MATERIALS FEE: $10 for your take home pie

MATERIALS FEE: $5 for bread making supplies

Join award winning cheese maker, Dave Sefton, for a morning of cheese creation. In this 3 ½ hour class, you will learn the art of cheese making and help in cooking 3 kinds of cheese, including a farmer’s cheese, a soft cheese and Colby/Monterey Jack. Take your newly learned skills home to create these wonderful and tasty creations on your stove top. All ingredients will be provided along with suggestions and guidelines as to where you should get ingredients for your future cheese making endeavors. CLASS FEE: $40 MATERIALS FEE: $5

GOAT MILK SOAPS 101 MARCH 10; 6PM-8PM Shanna McCan Welcome to a hands on class about goat milk soap making! You will learn the differences between commercial and handmade soaps, as well as investigate how to read labels on cosmetic products. You will take home two bars of goat milk soap that we’ll batch up together, and you will also receive a beginner’s soap recipe enabling future soaping. Be sure to come with an inquiring mind and be ready to explore just what is in your soap! CLASS FEE: $30 MATERIALS FEE: $5

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AMISH EXPERIENCE: HOMEMADE NOODLES MARCH 11; 12:30PM-4PM MAY 13; 12:30PM-4PM SEPTEMBER 15; 12:30PM-4PM Amish Instructor Ever wanted to learn how to make your own pasta? Do you look at your boxed store bought noodles and think “How are these made?” Well here is your chance to learn pasta making skills from an Amish cook! This is an opportunity to visit an Amish home, get to know your hostess and learn how to make your very own pasta noodles. Take home a bag of freshly made noodles and get to know our local Amish community. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the Amish home. Note: The Amish do not allow photos to be taken or names to be published. Travel time is included at beginning and end of class. CLASS FEE: $45 MATERIALS FEE: $5 for noodle making supplies

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FIBER PROCESSING AND SPINNING MARCH 11; 9:30AM-4:30PM Tori Tecken Get an in-depth look at how fibers are processed, from raw fleece to yarn. You’ll learn how to process wool and other fibers to use in handcrafts like weaving, knitting, crocheting, or felting. You’ll learn techniques and get hands on experience for washing, skirting, combing, carding, and spinning wool. You will take home the fiber you processed, blended and spun! CLASS FEE: $45 MATERIALS FEE: $20 for fiber and an informational binder

SERVING SAFE FOOD MARCH 11; 8:30AM-12:30PM Sara McCallson Continuing your education on serving food safely? This 4 hour class will serve as a continuing education course in food safety for Certified Food Manager renewal. During this class, you’ll cover how to serve food safely, including food sanitation and food preparation and handling. Sourcing food from reputable suppliers will be covered. You’ll also take a look at serving local foods and organic vs. non-organic foods. CLASS FEE: $40

SERVING SAFE FOOD: FOOD MANAGER CERTIFICATION MARCH 11; 8:30AM-5:30PM Sara McCallson Looking to receive your certification as a Food Manager? This 8 hour class will cover the basics of food safety and prepare you for the certification test held at the end of class. The first part of class will cover how to serve food safely, including food sanitation and food preparation and handling. Sourcing food from reputable suppliers will be covered. You’ll also take a look at serving local foods and organic vs. non-organic foods. The second part of class will consist of demonstrations, group discussions and the test. If you are in the food industry and you are unsure if this class is for you, consider this: “In Minnesota, a study has shown that restaurants with trained managers do better during their food service inspections.” - Minnesota Department of Health. Ensure your establishment is serving safe food by participating in this class. CLASS FEE: $55 MATERIALS FEE: $75 for workbook, materials and certification

Note: Registration closes February 18 to allow ample time to order materials.

Give the gift of summer camp! Our camps are a great place for your kids or grandkids to learn new skills and make new friends. Eagle Bluff summer camps provide safe, fun, outdoor experiences for youth entering grades 3rd - 11th. Sessions fill fast, so click the summer camps button on our website at: www.eagle-bluff.org for more camp info. 5


CLASSES continued SEED STARTING FOR THE MINDFUL GARDENER MARCH 11; 9AM-12NOON David Cavagnaro Join garden expert David Cavagnaro as he shares his wisdom about how you can wisely start seeds for your garden. David will share about gardening for wellness of body, mind and spirit. There is much to learn about harmony and sustainability in our gardens. You’ll plant selected tomato seeds for your own use – seed planting schedule included. Your garden can feed you – body and soul! CLASS FEE: $40

BEGINNER ORGANIC GARDENING

TRANSFORMATIONAL SOUND EXPERIENCE MARCH 11; 1PM-5PM Rahbi Crawford Partake in a transformational music concert. Crystal Bowls and acoustic instruments that resonate with the body and its energy systems are combined to create relaxation, stillness, energy flow, and awareness to the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of our being. No effort is needed, just the opportunity to quiet the mind and open the heart. This allows for a greater ability to reprogram past injuries and bring healing to the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of our being. Leave this experience relaxed and rejuvenated. CLASS FEE: $40 OPTIONAL FEE: $5 for CD - payable to instructor at class

MARCH 11; 1PM-5PM APRIL 9; 8:30AM-12:30PM MAY 25; 1:30PM-5:30PM JUNE 11; 8:30AM-12:30PM Sarah Hansen Designed for the beginner, this class will give you the basics of plant biology in simple terms. We’ll also discuss how to prepare your growing places, and how to choose the best garden for you. Upon completion of this class, you’ll have a list of possible produce to grow tailored to your own particular space and to the amount of time you want to devote to your garden. CLASS FEE: $35 MATERIALS FEE: $2

Upcoming Events

SHIITAKE MUSHROOM CULTIVATION MARCH 12; 9AM-12NOON Joe Deden Are you interested in growing one of the most popular mushrooms consumed world-wide? This class helps you get started and sends you home with knowledge, handouts, and an inoculated shiitake log. You’ll learn how to select shiitake logs, choose spawn, use equipment, and more! Class begins with a presentation and then relocates to inoculate logs. Growing and marketing considerations will be discussed. CLASS FEE: $40 MATERIALS FEE: $ 10 for inoculated hardwood log

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WOOD BOWL TURNING WORKSHOP MARCH 11-12; TWO DAY WORKSHOP MARCH 11 - 8:30AM-5:30PM MARCH 12 – 8AM-5PM Duane Hill Join instructor Duane Hill, accomplished wood turner, for this two day, hands-on workshop. Learn the ins and outs of wood turning and spend the weekend working your way up to turning your very own wood bowls. Saturday will serve as an introduction to the art of wood turning and you will be introduced to the lathe and tools. Topics covered will include tool safety and sharpening, wood selection, and basic rounding wood safety. Sunday will be spent on the lathes, practicing and then turning your wood bowl(s). You’ll have the opportunity to turn 1-2 bowls. Bowl design will be covered. Note: Wood will be provided, but you are more than welcome to bring you own bowl blanks (6-8” diameter and about 3-4” thick). Wood can be wet or dry. Sanding on the bowls will not be allowed. CLASS FEE: $100

Reconnect with family members in the great outdoors this summer! Class options include: archery, ropes course, canoeing and more. Co-sponsored by the Minnesota DNR. Registration is required. More info at www.eagle-bluff.org/top/events/ Two weekends offered: June 9-11 and August 4-6

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Seeing the sacred presence in the land from which we came and to which we will return can help to shape us into people who walk this land with gentle steps and wise hearts. During this hands-on exploratory class, you will reflect on the ways you connect with the land and look into the ways you can connect with it more intimately. Through hands-on exploration, journaling, reflective reading and discussion you will leave this class with a new appreciation for land, your own being as ‘humus beings’ and the connections between the two. “The soil is the great connector of our lives, the source and destination of all.” -- Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America, 1977 CLASS FEE: $40 MATERIALS FEE: $10

TASTY FERMENTED BEVERAGES MARCH 12; 9AM-12NOON JUNE 10; 9AM-12NOON Laura Poe Learn how to prepare tasty fermented beverages and enjoy a handson experience! You will gain an understanding of the nutritional benefits of fermenting as well as various fermentation techniques. During class you will make kombucha, shrubs, tonics and more. CLASS FEE: $45 MATERIALS FEE: $15

TAXIDERMY 101 APRIL 7; 9AM-12NOON

APRIL 7, MAY 14, JULY 21 & SEPTEMBER 28; 12:30PM-5:30PM

JULY 16; 9AM-12NOON Colleen Foehrenbacher

APRIL 8, MAY 12, JUNE 29, JULY 27* & SEPTEMBER 17; 9AM-2PM

Preparing, stuffing and mounting skins of animals is an ancient art form. In this introduction to the craft you’ll learn basic techniques. After a brief introduction, you’ll prepare a mouse rug or stuffed mouse in an action setting you choose. All equipment and materials are provided, and you get to keep your mouse! Don’t be squeamish; most people find the process far less gruesome than they thought!

* Eagle Bluff van transportation is unavailable for the July 27th class, participants must drive selves. Beverly Sandlin

Collect fossils older than dinosaurs! At Whispering Winds, Spring Valley, you will tour fossil collections of ancient sea creatures including Gastropods, Cephalopods, Trilobites, Fisherites, Bryozoans and Brachiopods. Then you’ll travel to 2-3 sites to hunt, all within 7 miles of Spring Valley, and collect your own fossils- guaranteed! Bring a bag for carrying your fossils. If you bring a hammer, you must have eye protection. There is always the chance that you could find ice-aged fossils, Native American artifacts, cold water agates, and geodes. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to Whispering Winds. All ages welcome! Note: Travel time is included at beginning and end of class. For those classes ending at 2PM – participants are welcome to return to Whispering Winds after class to prepare fossils (self-driven).

CLASS FEE: $40 MATERIALS FEE: $5

GEO-SNACKING APRIL 7; 1:30PM-4:30PM JUNE 9; 9AM-12NOON Colleen Foehrenbacher

**Schedule a private fossil hunt, tailored to you. For 1 to 10 individuals. Perfect for individuals trying to grow their collection, birthday parties, completion of Boy and Girl Scout Badges, or just a fun day out!

In this twist on “Geocaching”, participants will learn how GPS technology works and how to use a Garmin Rino GPS Receiver. After completing the practice course, participants will navigate around Eagle Bluff’s wooded campus in order to look for hidden snacks! No previous knowledge is required and all equipment will be provided. This is a great class for the whole family!

CLASS FEE: $40

CLASS FEE: $35

OPTIONAL FEE: $5 for a laminated fossil site map, several different site maps are available. Cash payable to instructor at class

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CLASSES continued TWIG FURNITURE APRIL 8, APRIL 9, MAY 13, MAY 14, JULY 15, JULY 16, SEPTEMBER 16

AMISH EXPERIENCE: MAKING JAM

& SEPTEMBER 17; 9AM-5PM

APRIL 8; 9AM-12:30PM

Bob McNeely Learn how to build a twig coffee, end or sofa table with a barnboard top. Or, choose to build a slab garden bench using red oak logs, or a whimsical twig straight back chair with a barnboard seat. The wood for the furniture will be provided. Bring along a friend (helper) to learn and to help you with your project. CLASS FEE: $140 per student and $35 per helper

BENT WILLOW CHAIR APRIL 8-9, MAY 13-14, JULY 15-16 & SEPTEMBER 16-17; TWO DAY WORKSHOP DAY ONE - 9AM-5PM DAY TWO - 9AM-4PM

JUNE 9; 12:30PM-4PM AUGUST 8; 12:30PM-4PM Amish Instructor If you love jams and jellies this class is for you! Join us in visiting an Amish home to learn about making jam and jelly from an experienced Amish cook. As a class you’ll learn about the jam making process and get to take some home for yourself. Not only will you spend time learning about the Amish lifestyle, you’ll create delicious memories! Note: The Amish do not allow photos to be taken or names to be published. Travel time is included at beginning and end of class. CLASS FEE: $45 MATERIALS FEE: $5 for jam making supplies

Bob McNeely On your first day, you will build the hardwood frame for your chair. On the second day, you will learn how to create the flowing lines of a bent willow chair using sand bar willow. No experience necessary. Bring along a friend (helper) to share the experience and to help you build your chair.

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CLASS FEE : $260 per student and $60 per helper

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MOSAIC BASICS APRIL 8-9; TWO DAY WORKSHOP APRIL 8 - 10AM-4PM APRIL 9 – 12PM-4PM Debra D’Souza In this two-day workshop, you will create your very own stained glass mosaic! No prior art experience necessary, just the openness to learn and have fun. We will discuss basic history, techniques and materials traditionally used for mosaics. You will learn about tools, substrates, adhesives, cutting and working with stained glass, grouting, and finishing options. You will come away with the basic knowledge to move forward on your new mosaic adventure. Your individual mosaic project will measure 8”x 8”. Note: Class size is limited to 6 CLASS FEE: $125 MATERIALS FEE: $25 for tools and materials used to create your mosaic


> Building resilient lives and communities one class at a time VILLAGE SONG

SONG CHURCH

APRIL 8; 2PM-5PM Liz Rog

APRIL 9; 9:30AM-12:30PM Liz Rog

Whether you are exploring group singing for the first time or continuing your group singing journey from a previous experience, this class is for you! We’ll raise our voices together in songs that celebrate love, diversity, power, the rhythms of the year, and the circle of life. We’ll learn songs in the oral tradition, singing in calland-respond fashion until we’re ready to launch into the whole song. All ages welcome! At least 20 voices are needed to create an excellent singing environment – invite friends and family to be part of this growing global community movement that is knitting the world together through songs.

You’ve already got everything it takes to bring your voice and heart to Song Church. Whether you’re religious or not, whether you sing or not, whether you’ve got a good memory or not, your presence and voice are welcomed and needed in this open-door way of song. We’ll sing songs of the spirit, songs to comfort, songs to praise all creation, songs for courage. Liz teaches the songs in the ancient oral tradition so that whatever part you learn is enough and just-right. The power of the group comes alive when we sing together and remember that, as the Zulu saying goes, ‘a person is a person because of other people.’ And a song can be a song when WE sing it.

CLASS FEE: In honor of the variety of needs and situations of our community, this songlearning workshop is offered on a sliding scale basis. Pay as you can, according to your needs. Suggested registration is $10 to $40. Thank you!

CLASS FEE: In honor of the variety of needs and situations of our community, this song-learning workshop is offered on a sliding scale basis. Pay as you can, according to your needs. Suggested registration is $10 to $40. Thank you!

Note: All ages welcome! At least 20 voices are needed to create a rich singing environment.

MUSIC FOR WELLNESS APRIL 20; 3PM-6PM JULY 27; 9AM-12NOON SEPTEMBER 16; 1PM-4PM Christina Wood This experiential class will incorporate stress management, self-care, and wellness techniques while integrating live music. You will have an opportunity to explore a variety of instruments by listening to and/or playing them. A boardcertified music therapist will lead you in music-assistedrelaxation exercises that incorporate mindfulness techniques, such as diaphragmatic breathing, guided imagery, and passive muscle relaxation. No previous music experience is necessary.

CLASS FEE: $40 MATERIALS FEE: $5

Schedule a private group class! For a family reunion, staff retreat, or guys/girls day out, you can schedule a private group class. To learn more, inquire at 507.467.2437 or e-mail us at: skillsschool@eagle-bluff.org.

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20 | Amish Experience: Bread Making - pg. 4 20 | Music for Wellness - pg. 9 22 | Sustainable Home Tour - pg. 12 23 | Controlled Prairie Burn - pg. 12

MAY MARCH 10 | Amish Experience: Pie Making Demonstration - pg. 4 10 | Amish Experience: Bread Making - pg. 4 10 | The Art of Cheese Making - pg. 4 10 | Goat Milk Soaps 101 - pg. 4 11| Amish Experience: Pie Making Demonstration - pg. 4 11| Amish Experience: Homemade Noodles - pg. 5 11| Fiber Processing and Spinning - pg. 5 11| Serving Safe Food - pg. 5 11| Serving Safe Food: Food Manager Certification - pg. 5 11| Seed Starting for the Mindful Gardener - pg. 6 11| Transformational Sound Experience - pg. 6 11| Beginner Organic Gardening - pg. 6 11-12 | Wood Bowl Turning Workshop - pg. 6 12 | Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation - pg.6 12 | Sacred Land - pg. 7 12 | Tasty Fermented Beverages - pg. 7

APRIL 7 | The Art of Cheese Making - pg. 4 7 | Amish Experience: Bread Making - pg. 4 7 | Taxidermy 101- pg. 7 7 | Geo-Snacking - pg. 7 7 | Fossil Hunting in Filmore County - pg. 7 8 |Amish Experience: Making Jam - pg. 8 8 | Village Song - pg. 9 8 | Fossil Hunting in Filmore County - pg. 7 8 | Twig Furniture - pg. 8 8-9 | Bent Willow Chair - pg. 8 8-9 | Mosaic Basics - pg. 8 9 | Twig Furniture - pg. 8 9 | Song Church - pg. 9 9 | Beginner Organic Gardening - pg. 6 10

2 | Amish Experience: Noon Meal Demonstration - pg. 12 3 | The Point Eco-Adventure - pg. 12 10 | The Point Eco-Adventure - pg. 12 12 | Wildflower Photography - pg. 13 12 | The Art of Cheese Making - pg. 4 12 | Fossil Hunting in Filmore County - pg. 7 12 | Archery - pg. 12 12 | Smudging, Blessing and Creating Sacred Space - pg. 13 13 | Twig Furniture - pg. 8 13 | Amish Experience: Bread Making - pg. 4 13 | Nature Art Journaling - pg. 13 13 | Cooking with Nutrient-Dense Organ Meats - pg. 13 13 | Amish Experience: Homemade Noodles - pg. 5 13 | Foodies in the Forest - pg. 13 13-14| Bent Willow Chair - pg. 8 14 | Twig Furniture - pg. 8 14 | Hand Tied Corn Brooms - pg. 14 14 | Fossil Hunting in Filmore County - pg. 7 17 | The Point Eco-Adventure - pg. 12 24 | The Point Eco-Adventure - pg. 12 25 | Preserving the Harvest - pg. 14 25 | Beginner Organic Gardening - pg. 6 30 | Amish Experience: Pie Making Demonstration - pg. 4 30 | Introduction to Bluff Country Ecotour - pg. 14 31 | The Point Eco-Adventure - pg. 12

JUNE 7 | The Point Eco-Adventure - pg. 12 9 | Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese Curds - pg. 14 9 | Geo-Snacking - pg. 7 9 | Amish Experience: Making Jam - pg. 8 9 | Family Canoeing - pg. 14


10 | Basket Weaving - pg. 14 10 | Amish Experience: Bread Making - pg. 4 10 | Firearm Maintenance - pg. 15 10 | Tasty Fermented Beverages - pg. 7 10 | Naturally Clean - pg. 15 11 | Trout Fly Fishing - pg. 15 11 | Beginnger Organic Gardening - pg. 6

NEW! Early Bird Registration

Beginning with the May 2017 class registrations, we will offer two class registration rates: a discounted “early-bird” rate for those who register more than three weeks before a class begins (class fee listed in this catalog) and a “regular” rate (a $5 increase from listed prices) for those who register within three weeks of the class’s start date.

11 | Vegetable Ferments - pg.15

8 | Family Canoeing - pg. 14

11 | Preserving the Harvest - pg. 14

9 | The Point Eco-Adventure - pg. 12

14 | The Point Eco-Adventure - pg. 12

16 | The Point Eco-Adventure - pg. 12

20 | Summer Solstice Drum Circle - pg. 15 21 | The Point Eco-Adventure - pg. 12

18 | Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese Curds - pg. 14

28 | The Point Eco-Adventure - pg. 12

18 | All About the Aronia Berry - pg. 16

29 | Fossil Hunting in Filmore County - pg. 7

19 | Chainsaw Techniques - pg. 17

29 | Amish Experience: Canning - pg. 16

19 | Firearm Maintenance - pg. 15

JULY 5 | The Point Eco-Adventure - pg. 12 11 | Amish Experience: Bread Making - pg. 4 12 | The Point Eco-Adventure - pg. 12 15 | Twig Furniture - pg. 8 15-16 | Bent Willow Chair - pg. 8 16 | Taxidermy 101 - pg. 7 16 | Twig Furniture - pg. 8 19 | The Point Eco-Adventure - pg. 12 21 | Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese Curds - pg. 14 21 | Amish Experience: Pie Making Demonstration - pg. 4 21 | Fossil Hunting in Filmore County - pg. 7 21 | Amish Experience: Bread Making - pg. 4 22 | Amish Experience: Pie Making Demonstration - pg. 4 23 | Trout Fly Fishing - pg. 15 23 | Minnestoa Grown Color: A Natural Dye Class - pg. 16 23 | Raku Firing - pg. 16 26 | The Point Eco-Adventure - pg. 12 27 | Fossil Hunting in Filmore County - pg. 7 27 | Music for Wellness - pg. 9

AUGUST

18 | Amish Experience: Canning - pg. 16

19 | Raku Firing - pg. 16 19 | Amish Experience: Bread Making - pg. 4 29 | Amish Experience: Canning - pg. 16 30 | The Point Eco-Adventure - pg. 12

SEPTEMBER 5 | Amish Experience: Pickling - pg. 17 7 | Raku Firing - pg. 16 15 | Amish Experience: Bread Making - pg. 4 15 | Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese Curds - pg. 14 15 | Orienteering - pg. 17 15 | Amish Experience: Homemade Noodles - pg. 5 16 | Twig Furniture - pg. 8 16 | Mindful Mala Workshop - pg. 17 16 | Amish Experience: Pie Making Demonstration - pg. 4 16 | Firearm Maintenance - pg. 15 16 | Music for Wellness - pg. 9 16-17 | Bent Willow Chair - pg. 8 17 | Twig Furniture - pg. 8 17 | Intro to Dutch Oven Cooking - pg. 17 17 | Fossil Hunting in Filmore County - pg. 7 28 | Fossil Hunting in Filmore County - pg. 7

2 | The Point Eco-Adventure - pg. 12 8 | Amish Experience: Making Jam - pg. 8

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CLASSES continued SUSTAINABLE HOME TOUR APRIL 22; 1PM-5PM Joe Deden Ever wondered what it would be like to live in a more energy efficient home? Are you considering either building a new, more energy efficient home or remodeling your current home to make it more energy efficient? If yes, this tour is designed for you. The tour will consist of touring a deep energy retrofit home that documented a 78% reduction in energy use to become the 9th home in the 1,000 Home Challenge. The tour will also visit other sustainable homes. CLASS FEE: $40

AMISH EXPERIENCE: NOON MEAL DEMONSTRATION MAY 2; 9AM-12:30PM Amish Instructor Ever wondered what it would be like to live without electricity and modern appliances? This is an opportunity to visit an Amish home and share in a delicious meal, all while getting to know your hostess. The meal preparation demonstration will include chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, a salad, a vegetable, bread and butter and a pie for dessert. You’ll leave with fond memories and a satisfied appetite. Join us and get to know our local Amish community. Note: The Amish do not allow photos to be taken or names to be published. Travel time is included at beginning and end of class. CLASS FEE: $45 MATERIALS FEE: $20

CONTROLLED PRAIRIE BURN

ARCHERY

APRIL 23; 1PM-4:30PM Joe Deden

MAY 12; 1:30PM-4:30PM Colleen Foehrenbacher

Have you ever watched a controlled prairie burn and wondered why and how they do it? This is your chance to learn about and participate in a prairie burn. You’ll need to wear a long sleeve shirt and pants, hiking boots, gloves and have a hat and bandana along.

Range Open! In this beginner class, you’ll learn the safety and proper form to shoot both recurve and compound bows. Hands-on target practice and a variety of games will round out this class. Indoor and outdoor ranges will be utilized depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided.

Note: At least 6 participants are needed to makes this all work safely invite a friend along! Class is weather dependent. CLASS FEE: $40

CLASS FEE: $35

THE POINT ECO-ADVENTURE WEDNESDAYS MAY THROUGH AUGUST 8AM-12NOON & 1PM-5PM Joe Deden & Mary Bell Come experience a culinary, service learning, eco-adventure! Begin your adventure with Mary Bell, as you learn and help prepare seasonal, Native America, pre-contact foods. Next, explore “The Point”, one of the most biodiverse places left on the Root River. Learn about the education demonstrations that take place here and give something back by participating in a service learning project such as invasive control, prairie restoration, wildlife habitat improvement, or trail maintenance, to name a few. Finish up the adventure with great conversation over a light seasonal meal savoring some of the items prepared earlier. This class may be cancelled due to weather conditions. Note: This is a great family activity and weekend escape adventure! Schedule your private ecoadventure. Scheduling is based on group size and instructor availability. A portion of the proceeds will be dedicated to “The Point” project at Eagle Bluff to further educational efforts. CLASS FEE: $40 MATERIALS FEE: $10

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Invite a friend and make it a day out! Skills School classes are an excellent excuse to get together with friends. What better way to spend time with those you care about then coming together to learn a new skill and meet others who share your interests? This is also a great way to ensure your class will take place, as classes without a minimum number of registrations may be cancelled.

WILDFLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP MAY 12; 9AM-4PM David Tacke The limestone landscape around Lanesboro contains many geologic features which are unique to the area. Join landscape photographer David Tacke for a day in the field exploring the varied landscapes in search of special places where wildflowers thrive. Before heading out you will explore some proven techniques for seeing, composing and taking great photographs. Bring a camera that you know well, a tripod, and any close-up lenses or other equipment you use. This workshop will focus on natural lighting. At the end of the day, you are invited to join David for supper on his terrace overlooking Lanesboro, the dam and a beautiful landscape. CLASS FEE: $75

COOKING WITH NUTRIENT-DENSE ORGAN MEATS MAY 13; 9AM-12NOON Laura Poe

SMUDGING, BLESSING AND CREATING SACRED SPACE MAY 12; 1:30PM-4:30PM Diane Anderson Everything in the universe is composed of energy. Each person, place or thing has its own unique energetic vibration. Our environment and everything around us takes on the energy of people and events. Frequently, this energy carries negative vibrations that we can sense or feel. Smudging and ceremonial cleansing clears the emotional imprints that may have been collected over time. This workshop will introduce you to a variety of tools and techniques used in cleansing and blessing rituals. Discover powerful methods for clearing yourself and your environment using herbs, crystals, vibrational and elemental energies.

NATURE ART JOURNALING MAY 13; 9AM-12NOON Jan Wellik This hands-on journaling workshop will inspire creativity of words and art in the wild outdoors. Come explore the natural world and new perspectives with journaling to honor the power of place and seasonal awareness. All nature journal and art supplies will be provided. This class is an intergenerational learning experience. Registration covers both an adult participant and youth participant. So get your family together and get ready to explore and create together! CLASS FEE: $30 – covers registration for participant and if you choose, a youth participant (under 16 years of age)

FOODIES IN THE FOREST MAY 13; 1PM-4PM Brent Anderson

CLASS FEE: $35

Discover nature’s free grocery store! From fresh and tender fiddleheads to spicy angelica and even stubborn dandelions (if you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em), the forests and valleys of Southeastern Minnesota can provide a plethora of palatable plants. After learning how to identify local edible species and exploring their fascinating culinary, medicinal, and natural history, we’ll prepare a delicious meal using plants gathered entirely on-site. It’s fresh, local, organic, and fun! Be prepared to explore off-trail areas.

MATERIALS FEE: $15 for meats and ingredients

CLASS FEE: $40

Spend the morning learning ways to prepare various organ meats from a variety of animals, and learn about the nutritional value of the different organ meats. You’ll participate in various kitchen activities including the preparation of organ meat recipes that you can cook for yourself and your family. Your newly gained knowledge will make an excellent addition to any meal.

CLASS FEE: $35

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CLASSES continued HAND TIED CORN BROOMS

PRESERVING THE HARVEST

MAY 14; 9AM-12NOON

MAY 25; 8:30AM-12:30PM

MAY 14; 1PM-4PM Chris Nibbe

JUNE 11; 1:30PM-5:30PM Sarah Hansen

JUNE 9; 9AM-12:30PM

Join self-taught broom artist, Chris Nibbe for a half-day full of broom making! You’ll be introduced to the history of broom making and how to grow and harvest your own broomcorn. During class you’ll create your very own handmade brooms. Using simple tools and methods, you’ll make brooms with modern twine and unprocessed broomcorn. This is a hands-on class you won’t want to miss!

Enjoy the flavors of harvest all year long! Designed for the beginner this class covers topics of cold storage, freezing, dehydrating and canning. Upon completion of this class you will: 1- Understand how to safely store food in a variety of ways. 2- Be able to choose a food preservation method that fits the food type and your use for it. 3- Know how to choose a dehydrator, blancher, canner, and other tools for food preservation. 4- Have a list of food items you can begin preserving right away.

AUGUST 18; 9AM-12:30PM

CLASS FEE: $50 MATERIALS FEE: $20 for broomcorn and twine. Additional supplies for future broom making supplies available for purchase directly from instructor at class.

INTRODUCTION TO BLUFF COUNTRY ECOTOUR

MATERIALS FEE: $3 for informational folder

JULY 21; 9AM-12:30PM SEPTEMBER 15; 9AM-12:30PM Dave Sefton By taking this class, you’ll learn how to amaze your friends & family by serving squeaky fresh Wisconsin Cheese Curds. You’ll also learn how to press the curds into a solid form that can be eaten fresh or aged for that “Sharp Cheddar” flavor. Come with questions and leave with knowledge and tasty cheese! The instructor greatly encourages questions and comments. CLASS FEE: $40 MATERIALS FEE: $5

FAMILY CANOEING JUNE 9; 1:30PM-4:30PM AUGUST 8; 1:30PM-4:30PM Colleen Foehrenbacher

What makes Bluff Country so unique? Why is this region called the Driftless area? What impact does this landscape have on the region? This ecotour will introduce you to the wonders of Southeastern Minnesota. Your instructor and guide will point out wildflowers, edible plants, resident birds, natural and restored prairies and fascinating geological formations.

Join us for a 3.5 mile paddle down the scenic waters of the Root River! Trained instructors will prepare paddlers of all ages for this adventure by reviewing how to read a river, equipment, and paddle strokes. Your instructors will also point our interesting natural history features along the way including natural springs and wildlife. All equipment will be provided and no prior canoe experience is required. This class may be cancelled/ rescheduled due to high water or inclement weather.

CLASS FEE: $40

CLASS FEE: $35

MAY 30; 9AM-12NOON Joe Deden

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CLASS FEE: $40

WISCONSIN CHEDDAR CHEESE CURDS

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BASKET WEAVING JUNE 10; 9AM4:30PM Pug Murphy Artist, Pug Murphy will teach you how to weave her favorite basket, the Large Market Basket. This is a sturdy basket measuring 17” long, 10” wide and 6” deep (14” including the handle). When complete, the uses for it are endless... store books and magazines or use it as a picnic basket! CLASS FEE: $75 MATERIALS FEE: $10


FIREARM MAINTENANCE JUNE 10; 9AM-12NOON AUGUST 19; 9AM-12NOON SEPTEMBER 16; 9AM-12NOON Eric Schladweiler Join Gunsmith and Firearms Safety Instructor, Eric Schladweiler, for a morning full of firearms! During class you will cover cleaning and disassembly of your firearm(s). This will include how to safely clean, maintain and inspect your firearm(s) for malfunctions. Eric strongly believes in firearm safety and wants to teach others to be safe. If you are interested in this class but do not have a firearm, Eric will have a few personal firearms available to work with. Cleaning supplies will be provided, but you are more than welcome to bring your own as well. Please bring safety glasses to class; prescription glasses work too. Note: Firearms must be cased and unloaded. No ammunition is allowed in the building. Due to safety and/ or complexity, the following firearms will not be covered during class – revolvers, Hi-Point, Winchester 100, lever action or break action. CLASS FEE: $30 MATERIALS FEE: $15

NATURALLY CLEAN

TROUT FLY FISHING

JUNE 10; 1PM-4PM Stephanie Davidson

JUNE 11; 8AM-12NOON

Homemade, all natural cleaning products are inexpensive to make, just as effective as store bought cleaners, and are safer for you and your loved ones. You’ll make your own set of natural cleaners for all of your cleaning needs to take home! You’ll discuss the benefits of using these natural cleaning supplies, as well as what resources and recipes are used to make these natural cleaners. You’ll leave with the ability to make these cleaners at home.

JULY 23; 8AM-12NOON

CLASS FEE: $40 MATERIALS FEE: $15 for your

take home cleaning set

JUNE 11; 1PM-5PM

JULY 23; 1PM-5PM Mel Hayner

This class covers cold water stream habitat, why trout live where they live, food sources, aquatic insects and invertebrates, fly fishing gear, casting and presentation. Loaner gear is available upon request or you can use your own. You’ll visit various types of streams. This onstream instruction in fly fishing will require a Minnesota fishing license with a trout stamp (trout stamps can be picked up from the local gas station the day of class). This class may be cancelled/ rescheduled due to high water or inclement weather. CLASS FEE: $40

VEGETABLE FERMENTS

SUMMER SOLSTICE DRUM CIRCLE

JUNE 11; 9AM-12NOON Laura Poe

JUNE 20; 7PM-8:30PM Christina Wood

During Vegetable Ferments you’ll learn how to prepare fermented foods for health and sustainable food preservation. You’ll gain an understanding of the nutritional benefits of fermented foods as well as various fermentation techniques. Enjoy a handson experience, gaining kitchen and knife skills along the way. During class you will ferment krauts, condiments and more. CLASS FEE: $45

Come celebrate the summer solstice by drumming the evening away in the beautiful nature setting of Eagle Bluff. Join us for a drum circle, facilitated by a board-certified music therapist & Health RHYTHMS(R) facilitator. No previous music or drumming experience necessary. Come with an open heart and mind to experience the power of music and rhythm to celebrate the rhythms of the earth during this beautiful time of the year.

MATERIALS FEE: $15

CLASS FEE: $15

Give the gift of a Skills School Class For family members or friends, a Skills School class makes the perfect gift. Contact us at skillsschool@eagle-bluff.org or by phone (507)467-2437 and we will complete the registration process with you. Print out the confirmation email along with the ticket, wrap it with a bow and present it to the lucky person! 15


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AUGUST 18; 9AM-12:30PM

MINNESOTA GROWN COLOR: A NATURAL DYE CLASS

AUGUST 29; 9AM-12:30PM Amish Instructor

JULY 23; 10AM-12NOON Libby London

AMISH EXPERIENCE: CANNING JUNE 29; 9AM-12:30PM

Ever wondered what it would be like to live without electricity and modern appliances? Join us in traveling to an Amish home, where you will get to know an Amish family and learn about their canning process! This is a wonderful way to get to know our local Amish community and learn about a unique way of life. Note: The Amish do not allow photos to be taken or names to be published. Travel time is included at beginning and end of class. No take home items are included, unless purchased. CLASS FEE: $45

ALL ABOUT THE ARONIA BERRY AUGUST 18; 2PM-5PM Joel & Doreen Goodman Come learn all about Aronia Berries, the super berry featuring three times the antioxidants of blueberries! Join Aronia Berry farmers, Joel & Doreen Goodman, to learn about the many health benefits of the berry, sample this tasty fruit, and learn how to grow and harvest Aronia. Following the presentation, you will travel to the Goodman’s farm for a tour and a harvesting experience.

Join us as we explore the art of growing, harvesting, and dyeing with plants grown here in Minnesota. Locally grown fiber and dye is gaining popularity as a skill, and you’ll learn how to process plants and flowers from the forest, prairies, and your own gardens to create beautiful hues. By the end of class you’ll have learned the basic techniques of cultivating your own natural dye garden and making dye from it. Participants will need to bring three different 100% natural fibers to dye (linen, silk, wool, cotton), that weigh no more than 1 pound all together. Fibers can be purchased at a fabric or craft store. CLASS FEE: $20 MATERIALS FEE: $30 for plant dyes

CLASS FEE: $25

RAKU FIRING JULY 23; 1PM-4PM AUGUST 19; 9AM-12NOON AUGUST 19; 1PM-4PM SEPTEMBER 7; 9AM-12NOON Laremy Ellsworth Raku firing is an exciting ceramics firing technique. It involves quickly heating a piece of pottery, removing it from the kiln when the glaze has melted and placing it in a bucket of wood shavings which can be explosive! Ceramic artist, Laremy Ellsworth, will cover the process of Raku firing from preparing the piece for glazing to cleaning it after the firing. You’ll also cover glazes and how the different glazes, put through this process, result in different effects and the creation of unique pieces. You will leave class with your unique work of art. After participating in this class you are sure to understand why Raku translates to ‘enjoyment’. CLASS FEE: $30 MATERIALS FEE: $20 for clay pot and glaze

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CHAINSAW TECHNIQUES AUGUST 19; 9AM-4PM Zach Dieterman

ORIENTEERING SEPTEMBER 15; 9AM-12NOON Jenna Moon

Note: Chainsaws will not be provided. You are required to bring your personal protective equipment for chainsaw use in field portion of class.

Would you like to be able to find your way around the woods using only a map and a compass? Reading a topographic map, understanding contour lines, and utilizing compasses will be essential skills taught in this class. After plenty of inside practice, you’ll be challenged to navigate your way around the woods of Eagle Bluff to locate control points. No experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided. This is a great opportunity to learn a new skill, get active and have fun!

CLASS FEE: $75

CLASS FEE: $35

In this class we’ll cover basic chainsaw operation and maintenance, safety practices, and techniques for bucking and felling trees. The class includes a half day lecture/discussion session then an outdoor field portion. Zach works with your individual skill level so whether you are a once-a-year sawyer or property owner engaged in firewood cutting and woodlot management, this class is for you.

AMISH EXPERIENCE: PICKLING

INTRO TO DUTCH OVEN COOKING

SEPTEMBER 5; 8:30AM-12NOON Amish Instructor

SEPTEMBER 17; 10AM-4:30PM Dave Gaunky

Join us to learn about pickling from an Amish family. This is an opportunity to visit an Amish home and learn to pickle a variety of vegetables. You’ll also get to take home a few jars of pickled snacks for yourself! Not only will you learn a new skill, you’ll also create many memories. Participants will need to bring 6, pint jars to the class.

Get ready for a day of cooking food outdoors, in cast iron Dutch ovens. During class you will cover topics, such as: equipment, fire management, cooking technique, recipes, and proper cast iron care. Lunch will be whatever we cook! This class is about sharing and having fun. Bring an appetite and a whopper of a campfire story.

Note: The Amish do not allow photos to be taken or names to be published. Travel time is included at beginning and end of class. CLASS FEE: $45 MATERIALS FEE: $5

CLASS FEE: $45 MATERIALS FEE: $20 for groceries

MINDFUL MALA WORKSHOP SEPTEMBER 16; 9AM-12NOON Amanda Griggs & Kim Hammer Yoga tradition is rich with practices to help you deepen your embodied experience and navigate challenges of everyday life. One such practice is the use of mala beads, a string of beads that has been traditionally used for meditation. This workshop incorporates movement, breath, mantra, meditation and the creation of a 27-bead wrist mala. We’ll start with a mindful, breath based, movement to help us cultivate some clarity, focus, and relaxation. After our movement practice, we’ll discuss mantra repetition as one meditation technique and how to incorporate a mala into this practice. You’ll then create your own 27-bead wrist mala by selecting from several “bead kits” personally created using semi-precious stones such as jasper, carnelian, agate, and onyx, and Bali silver. You’ll be taught the symbolism of the mala and guided in making your own. After that, you’ll be led in using your wrist mala in meditation and mantras helping to center, support, and steady your path to a more balanced life. CLASS FEE: $40 MATERIALS FEE: $20 for supplies to make your wrist mala

Thank you for checking out our catalog! I hope to see you soon at one or more of our many unique classes. If you have an idea for a class or are interested in becoming an instructor, please feel free to contact me at skillsschool@eagle-bluff.org. May you forever have a love of learning and a desire to cultivate new skills, Jennie Dieterman, Skills School Coordinator 17


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ome experience a culinary, service learning, eco-adventure! Welcome to “The Point”, a black oak sand barrens prairie treasure that developed over thousands of years. It’s part of the Driftless Area that escaped the leveling impact of the last glacial period. After the melting period that followed, the dendritic river bluffs in Fillmore County were left with over 7,000 acres of sand deposits. Too few of these areas have survived intact. Limited access has prevented human intervention and destruction of this extraordinary prairie remnant. According to Steve Klotz, Area Fisheries Supervisor at MN DNR, “It is the most diverse, remote and fascinating piece of property left in the Root River Watershed.” During The Point EcoAdventure you will have the opportunity to visit and help improve this unique area. The adventure begins inside, with an hour long class with Mary Bell (www.drystore. com). You will learn about

and prepare seasonal, Native dadsdfsdfasdfasdfasdfadfasdfsf American, pre-contact foods. Following the food class, you will travel to “The Point”, and learn about the education demonstrations taking place in this unique area. Give something back by participating in a service learning project - invasive control, prairie restoration, wildlife habitat improvement, trail maintneance, etc. Recap your Eco-Adventure over a light seasonal meal, savoring some of the delicious foods you helped prepare earlier!

“It is the most diverse, remote and fascinating piece of property left in the Root River Watershed.” A portion of the class proceeds will be dedicated to “The Point” project at Eagle Bluff to further educational efforts. If you would like to make a personal donation to The Point project, please contact Sara Sturgis, Eagle Bluff’s Development Director

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THE POINT ECO-ADVENTURE OFFERED WEDNESDAYS MAY THROUGH AUGUST; 8AM-12NOON & 1PM-5PM Joe Deden & Mary Bell This is a great family activity and weekend escape adventure! This eco-adventure can be scheduled for other dates based on group size and instructor availability. CLASS FEE: $50

toll free at 888-800-9558 or at development@eaglebluff.org. More information on The Point project can be found at GiveMN.org. Search for Eagle Bluff.

Example of a service learning project at “The Point” - a prescribed burn


Learning from passionate experts is one of the best ways to be a lifelong learner!

Dinner on the Bluff Through our Dinner on the Bluff Series, learn about environmental topics that connect communities and our natural world. Each dinner begins with an engaging presentation by noted speakers from around the country followed by a delicious gourmet meal. Treat yourself to an evening of great food and enlightened conversation. Join us for an upcoming Dinner on the Bluff. The cost is $25 per person for early bird reservation and $30 per person for reservations made the week of the dinner. Ryan Lee

Folk Musician and Storyteller March 4 | 5pm

Larry Dolphin

Performer and Storyteller Retired Executive Director of Hormel Nature Center April 1 | 5pm

Lucie Amundsen

Author of Locally Laid Industry-Changing Egg Farming May 6 | 5pm

Share your lifelong learning with family members of any age and attend our

Family Events! Through our family events, learners of all ages can grow and experience the natural world together. Learn the ins and outs of maple syruping at Maple Syrup Fest Take the challenge at Summer High Ropes Spend a weekend Becoming an Outdoors Family Celebrate the natural world at our Monarch Festival Trick or treat during Haunted High Ropes Visit us and make unforgettable memories with your loved ones in the great outdoors!

Put us on your calendar! For more information on these events please visit www.eagle-bluff.org.

> Celebrate, learn and connect with our community

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Prescribed Fire:

Land-owners and managers simulate one of nature’s great renewal processes

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ou may have seen themcolumns of gray-white smoke ascending to the upper layers of the atmosphere on a clear spring afternoon. You may have even chased the column, eager to see the presumably incredible blaze that could create such a spectacle. Perhaps you were even one of the lucky ones, drip torch or pump can in hand-experiencing that raw power from mere feet away. You would not be alone in your awe and curiosity. Wildland fire inspires in us the same vigor and energy it bestows upon the landscape: recycling nutrients, suppressing invasive species, and releasing sensitive seeds. It can be the exact catharsis our natural

landscapes desperately seek. However, fire as a truly natural process in North America is largely a thing of the past. Human fire suppression and European settlement and cultivation of the land have had severe impacts on both the frequency (less) and intensity (greater) of fires on the landscape over the past 200 years. The product of this can be seen in modern wildfires. The increasingly combustible large tracts of mountainous and wooded wildlands not only have climate change to thank; decades of fire suppression have led to fuels that desperately need to burn, and when they do, it is far more severe than nature ever intended, both for those humans impacted and for the land.

Native flora return to these burned areas, either by reintroduction or from remnant seed banks, dormant sometimes for decades.

Information from Eve Adamson’s article “Michael Pollan: Three Simple Rules for Eating” at Co-op Stronger Together

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Here in the Driftless region though, there is hope for fire and its use. In general, the fragmentation due to farming along with the natural characteristics of our wildland fuels have created a safer arena for fire managers. Unlike “out west” or “up north” the wrong drop of a match or opportunistic lightning strike in our region will not cause thousands of acres to alight in a massive firestorm. Years of fire suppression in our region has had the opposite effect in many ways. Oak savannahs once lush with understory grasses are now dominated by European Buckthorn and fire intolerant tree species. Native upland prairies have seen their grasses and forbs diminished by the encroachment of Eastern Red Cedar and various hardwoods. In the woods, leaf litter and duff is consumed so quickly by European earthworms that there sometimes may not be any surface fuels left to burn!


CONTROLLED PRAIRIE BURN APRIL 23; 1PM-4:30PM Joe Deden Have you ever watched a controlled prairie burn and wondered why and how they do it? This is your chance to learn about and participate in a prairie burn. You will need to wear a long sleeve shirt and pants, hiking boots, gloves and have a hat and bandana along. Note: At least 6 participants are needed to makes this all work safely invite a friend along! Class is weather dependent CLASS FEE: $40 Left & Center: Eagle Bluff staff member Jenna Moon uses a drip torch during a prescribed burn at Eagle Bluff Right: An after shot of a recently burned prairie at Eagle Bluff

The species that have recently succeeded in the historically fire dependent ecosystems of our region make those ecosystems less diverse in species and also less likely to burn. Here is where the land manager comes in; controlling trees and invasive species, casting seed, and setting fires. As a part of the restoration process fire has no peer. It is quite simply the most natural and efficient restoration and maintenance tool in the appropriate ecosystems. Native flora return to these burned areas, either by reintroduction or from remnant seed banks, sometimes dormant for decades. Fauna return too; timber rattlesnakes den and bask again across reopened bluff prairies. Birds find nesting habitat and cover in the uplands, oak trees regenerate and proliferate, producing acorns for the squirrels and deer in the savannahs. Pollinators again can roam and contribute to the reproductive cycle and genetic diversity of our natural lands.

There is much to be said for the various benefits of prescribed fire, but it can be as intimidating as it is exciting. There certainly is a reason for the large quantities of staff and equipment many natural resource agencies devote to the use of prescribed fire. However, with a little training, some simple tools, and willing neighbors, that “back 40” field of turf grass, weeds, and boxelder could once again house the likes of Indian Grass, Bergamot, Blazing Star, and maybe even Leadplant. And here’s the kicker-it’s even more fun than chainsawing, weedwrenching, pulling, or otherwise destroying your lower back dealing with invasive species!

Check out the author of this article’s chainsaw class...

CHAINSAW TECHNIQUES

AUGUST 19; 9AM-4PM Zach Dieterman

In this class we will cover basic chainsaw operation and maintenance, safety practices, and techniques for bucking and felling trees. The class includes a half day lecture/discussion session then an outdoor field portion. Zach works with your individual skill level so whether you are a once-a-year sawyer or property owner engaged in firewood cutting and woodlot management, this class is for you. Note: Chainsaws will not be provided. You are required to bring your personal protective equipment for chainsaw use in field portion of class. CLASS FEE: $75

Zach Dieterman (pictured above) is a Field Coordinator for Conservation Corps Minnesota and a MN state qualified Prescribed Fire Burn Boss. He works closely with many natural resource agencies and leads dozens of prescribed fires each year in southeastern Minnesota.

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What you need to know: our policies NEW! EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

Beginning with the May 2017 class registrations, Eagle Bluff Skills School will offer two class registration rates: a discounted “early-bird” rate for those who register more than three weeks before a class begins (class fee listed in this catalog) and a “regular” rate (a $5 increase from listed prices) for those who register within three weeks of the class’s start date.

CLASS REGISTRATION

Register for a class online at eagle-bluff-skills-school.org or call (507)467-2437. Upon confirmation of registration, space in the selected course is reserved. Classes are intentionally kept small and may fill quickly, so registering as early as possible is encouraged. Registering at least 3 weeks prior to the class start date is advisable as classes without a minimum number of registrations, by the week prior to the class, may be cancelled.

WAITING LISTS

Eagle Bluff Skills School will keep a waiting list for all filled classes. Individuals on the waiting list are contacted only if space becomes available.

CANCELLATIONS

If Eagle Bluff must cancel a class, participants will receive a full refund. Class cancellations are typically made no later than 1 week out from the scheduled class date. Participants who cancel their registration more than 14 days prior to the class start date will receive a full refund. Those who cancel their registration 14 to 8 days prior to the class start date will receive a 50% refund of the total registration and materials fee, to cover administrative costs. Participants who cancel their registration 7 days or less prior to the class are not eligible for a refund.

AGE

Classes are open to those ages 16 and older. A fully enrolled adult is required to attend with participants younger than 18. In some instances, the instructor may choose to open the class up to younger participants, this is noted in our class descriptions.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

In the operation of Eagle Bluff Skills School programs, no individual or group will be discriminated against because of race, gender, national origin, age or disability.

PETS

Eagle Bluff skills School is responsible for assuring the health and safety of all participants. In keeping with this goal, we do not allow participants to bring their pets to class, unless specified by the instructor to do so (as part of the class). For more information concerning our policies, please visit us at http://www.eaglebluff-skills-school.org/about-ebss/course-policies/

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Enjoy our campus and home in southeast Minnesota’s bluff country Eagle Bluff Skills School is based at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, located west of Lanesboro, Minnesota on the Root River. Lodging for Skills School students is readily available in the area. Ample recreational opportunities in the area exist for family members and extended stays.

Communities

LEARN MORE Chatfield, Minnesota ci.chatfield.mn.us Harmony, Minnesota exploreharmony.com Lanesboro, Minnesota lanesboro.com Mabel, Minnesota cityofmabel.com Peterson, Minnesota petersonmn.org Preston, Minnesota prestonmntourism.com Rushford, Minnesota rushfordpetersonvalley.com Spring Valley, Minnesota springvalleyminnesotatourism.com

LODGING

Our surrounding communities offer a variety of lodging options and are just a few miles away. Stay at area Bed and Breakfast establishments, resorts, hotels or campgrounds.

FOOD

Eagle Bluff Skills School students are welcome to bring a lunch. A refrigerator is provided and coffee, tea, and water are complimentary during onsite classes. If you choose to leave campus for lunch, nearby Lanesboro is home to a variety of restaurants.

CAMPING

Choose one of Lanesboro’s two municipal campgrounds, nearby Forestville State Park, or one of many private campgrounds in the area.

RECREATION

If you love the outdoors, this is your place! Eagle Bluff’s campus features nine miles of hiking trails that loop from Root River to bluff tops to tall grass prairie. River canoeing, kayaking, hiking, bicycling, birding, golfing, and fishing are favorite local activities. Eagle Bluff’s campus is also known for scenic ropes courses with scheduled public sessions in the summer months.

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28097 Goodview Drive Lanesboro, MN 55949

Located at the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center

From the East: • Take State Highway 16 to Lanesboro. • Go north on Highway 250 (Parkway Ave) for about 1/2 mile until you are approaching downtown. • Turn left on County Road 8 (Between Root River Outfitters and Mrs. B’s Inn) and travel 2 miles. • Follow brown directional signs to turn right on County Road 21 (blacktop) and travel 1 1/4 miles. • Turn right on Goodview Drive (gravel) and travel 2 1/2 miles to the Eagle Bluff Campus.

From the North, South, or West: • Take Highway 52 to Fountain. • In Fountain follow brown directional signs to turn east on County Road 8 and travel 7 miles. • Turn left on County Road 21 (blacktop) and travel 1 1/4 miles. • Turn right on Goodview Drive (gravel) and travel 2 1/2 miles to the Eagle Bluff Campus. Coursebook design | NewGround, Inc. | OnNewGround.com

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