Minnesota state parks and trails to offer ‘how to’ camping, paddling, climbing, fishing, archery programs

As part of its ongoing effort to get more people outdoors, Minnesota state parks and trails are offering a series of skill-building programs that will introduce camping, fishing, paddling, climbing and archery to the next generation this summer.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Parks and Trails Division created the “I Can!” program series in response to research that indicated declining participation in outdoor recreation by young families. Equipment is provided for these programs, along with mentoring from experienced instructors. Some programs require advance registration and a fee; others are free and allow visitors to drop-in anytime during the program.

A vehicle permit ($5 daily or $25 year-round) is required to enter Minnesota state parks and recreation areas. For more information about any of the programs in the I Can! series, visit mndnr.gov/ican or call the DNR Information Center at (651) 296-6157 or toll-free 1 (888) 646-6367 (TTY 800-657-3929) between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.