DNR offers programs to learn to camp, paddle, mountain bike and fish

Registration for the 2018 I Can! programs that teach camping, paddling, mountain biking and fishing skills at Minnesota state parks and trails begins Tuesday, March 27, according to the Department of Natural Resources. 

The I Can! series helps beginners of all ages learn outdoor skills. The programs start in June and continue through the end of August. They include:

  • I Can Camp! – Develop (or brush up on) fire-starting and camp cooking skills and sleep on comfy air mattresses in tents large enough to accommodate two adults and up to three children ($60 for one-night programs or $85 for two-night programs).
  • I Can Paddle! – Get out on the water for a sea kayaking adventure on Lake Superior ($35 for ages 12-18, $45 for adults) or a guided canoeing or kayaking experience on a Minnesota lake or river (prices vary).
  • I Can Mountain Bike! – Learn riding techniques and explore mountain bike trails with guides from the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Club ($15 for ages 10-15, $25/adults).
  • I Can Fish! –Experience the fun of casting into the water and the excitement when there’s a tug on the line! ($7/person, children under age 12 are free).

The I Can! series also includes the Archery in the Parks programs, which are free and for which no reservations are needed.

“We provide all the gear along with friendly instructors who can show you how to use it,” said Erika Rivers, director of Minnesota state parks and trails. “Our goal is to make it easy for busy families to discover the fun of spending time outdoors together.”

Registration and more information
For more information, including program dates, times, locations, and minimum age requirements—visit the program page or contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us or 888-646-6367 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday).

To register, visit the reservations page or call 866-857-2757 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, except holidays).

The program series is made possible with funding from the Parks and Trails Fund, created after voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in November 2008. The Parks and Trails Fund receives 14.25 percent of the three-eighths percent sales tax revenue that may only be spent to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance.

The program received a Government Innovation Award in 2015. More than 15,400 people have participated in these programs since they were first offered in 2010.