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      DNR encourages families to say “I Can!” to outdoor recreation

      Posted on June 26, 2012 at 8:00 AM


      With summer officially underway in Minnesota, the Department of Natural Resources is offering residents a chance to learn the ropes of camping and climbing through their introductory “I Can Camp!” and “I Can Climb!” course offerings at Minnesota State Parks throughout the summer.

      The “I Can!” program series is organized by the Parks and Trails division of the DNR as a way to introduce young families to the many opportunities that Minnesota offers for outdoor recreation. Beyond their camping and climbing programs, the “I Can!” series also includes lessons in fishing, paddling, and archery.

      While all of these courses will be available at Minnesota state parks throughout the season, those interested in camping and climbing can benefit from combined weekend courses being offered in late June at Blue Mounds and Interstate parks.

      These weekends require no prior experience and provide all necessary equipment to participants—including tents, air mattresses and cooking stoves—and cost just 35$ for a tent of up to six people. Those participating need only bring food and sleeping materials, such as sleeping bags or pillows. Free time will be scheduled into these weekends, at which point participants are invited and encouraged to experience the “I Can Climb!” program. Instruction, as well as all necessary equipment, will be supplied at no additional cost.

      Upcoming events include:

      To learn more about the “I Can!” series, or to find and register for an upcoming session, visit the DNR website.