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Summer 2018


Outdoor Adventure Courses

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Full Moon Paddle on Allequash............S3, C, RK, SK

Prior to our ancestors refining agriculture and living with the cycles of the sun, we moved to lunar patterns.  Get reacquainted with these patterns on this evening paddle.  We’ll set out on shimmering, reflective waters, not for a physically demanding paddle, but rather to let the gentle strokes of the blade and the magnetism of the moon guide us like a consistent tide.

Rae Grosman/Al Bessette
Friday, August 24      
7 – 10 pm
Boulder Junction, Allequash Lake
#O304............$35
#O305............$50 with kayak rental

 

The Upper Wisconsin River Dance............S3, RK, SK

The Wisconsin River near Conover passes through scenic countryside complete with rich, diverse forests and picturesque marshlands. There are no buildings along the stretch, noted for its numerous oxbow turns, giving it the feel of a wilderness river. There is one small rapid along this route that is easily portaged. While there will be no white-water paddling, participants should be comfortable paddling in moderate currents and maneuvering around rocks, especially if water is low.

Dan Clausen/Al Bessette
Thursday, August 30
9 am – 4 pm
Conover
#O501............$70
#O500............$85 with kayak rental

 

Willow Flowage Picnic Paddle............S3, RK, SK

The Willow is one of our favorites, offering 6,400 acres of water with access to numerous islands and backwaters. Surrounded by swamps, bogs, and other watery lowlands, the Willow is isolated from roads and development. Its sense of remoteness, abundant wildlife, and scenic natural shoreline beckon the paddler. Bring a picnic lunch to eat along the way.

Dan Clausen/Al Bessette
Friday, August 31      
9 am – 4 pm
Conover
#O502............$70
#O503............$85 with kayak rental

 


Adventures in Wild Rice Gathering............S2, C

The Ojibwe call it Ma-no’min; it is also known as wild rice. This adventure will introduce you to gathering and processing this wonderful Northwoods resource. Our harvest methods will not differ much from those traditionally used so the bulk of time will be spent in our canoes gathering rice if the gather season is open. If the rice beds are not open, we will still explore them and hear about the traditional methods for gathering and harvesting rice.  Following our paddle, we'll enjoy a shore lunch that will include dishes made with wild rice and a discussion of different processing methods. Former Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission Warden Fred Maulson will join us and provide the materials and instruction for you to make your own ricing sticks. Students will need to purchase a Wisconsin DNR wild rice harvesting permit ($8.25 per household as of 1/18) NOTE: Only Wisconsin residents may gather wild rice.

Rae Grosman/Fred Maulson
Saturday, September 8              
9 am – 5 pm
Lac Du Flambeau Area
#O504............$65
#O505............$99 with canoe rental

 

Finishing Wild Rice............S1  

Ma-no’min, called "wild rice" outside the Ojibwe culture, has played a central role in tribal life. It is used in ceremonies and as a major food source. Traditionally, its harvest promoted social interaction in late summer each year. Gathering Ma-no’min and preparing it for eating is a lengthy process with many steps. You’ll observe the four stages of finishing rice: drying, parching, hulling, and winnowing. Rice will be dried and ready to be finished so you can participate in the entire finishing process and learn first-hand how to finish your own rice. This class is an excellent addition to Adventures in Wild Rice Gathering and Processing. No previous experience required.

Rae Grosman/Fred Maulson
Saturday, September 15
5 – 8 pm
Minocqua Area
#O506............$39


 

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