DNR Events: fishing, photography, food plots and more outdoor learning

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DNR Events - Spring 2019 Learning Opportunities

field of trillium flowers with trees in background. Tom Haxby photo

Here are a few upcoming opportunities to learn outdoor recreation skills from the pros. Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Skills Academy classes offer expert instruction, gear and hands-on learning for a variety of outdoor activities. Learn more at Michigan.gov/OutdoorSkills

Bass Fishing for Beginners Clinic April 27

angler holding bass and fishing pole

Saturday, April 27, at Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center in Cadillac

Covering various strategies and techniques for chasing northern Michigan smallmouth and largemouth bass, focusing on the use of plastic presentations including Texas rigging, Carolina rigging and tube jigs. Cost is $25.

Register for Bass Fishing for Beginners Clinic.

Introduction to Wildlife Photography April 27

Bluebird in tree

Saturday, April 27, at Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery Visitor Center in Mattawan

Designed for those with little or no experience in wildlife photography, this class will introduce photography basics, equipment requirements, how to photograph wildlife, and managing and editing photographs. Cost is $10. 

Register for Introduction to Wildlife Photography.

Wildflower Photography Workshop by Tom Haxby May 11-12

photographer kneeling in forest to get photo of wildflowers

Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12, at Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center in Cadillac

This two-day class with world-renowned photographer Tom Haxby will include both classroom and field experience, covering how to set your camera, shoot photos and edit photos. Cost is $120.

Register for Wildflower Photography Workshop by Tom Haxby.

Whitetail Food Plot and Habitat Management Clinic May 18

whitetail buck in forest

Saturday, May 18, at Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center in Cadillac

This class, with representatives from Killer Food Plots, will teach participants how to put in food plots and better manage their property for whitetail deer. It will cover food plots for people with or without equipment, and will take place both in the classroom and in the field for hands-on experience. Cost is $30, which includes lunch, a soil kit, training and materials.   

Register for Whitetail Food Plot and Habitat Management Clinic.

Attracting Butterflies with Native Plants June 8

butterfly on flower

Saturday, June 8, at Gillette Visitor Center in Muskegon

This class, including outdoor sessions with native plantings, will cover the basics of butterfly identification, life cycles and habitat needs; how to use native plants to attract butterflies and other pollinators; and how to start your own butterfly/pollinator garden. Cost is $50, which includes lunch, a field guide and other native plant gardening materials.

Register for Attracting Butterflies with Native Plants.

Backpacking Workshop and Overnight Experience June 7 and June 15-16

man and girls hiking with backpacks near stream through forest

Friday, June 7 and Saturday/Sunday, June 15 and 16 at Eddy Discovery Center in Chelsea

Learn the basics of backpacking – like what and how to pack, meal planning and safety – in a preparatory class. Then, during an overnight backpacking experience the following weekend, hike the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail and learn about tent setup, meal preparations and backcountry camp stove basics, to go along with a campfire and a comradery-filled evening. Cost is $40 per family, which includes dinner and breakfast.

Register for Backpacking Workshop and Overnight Experience.

/Note to editors: Larger, high-resolution versions of the above photos are available below for download. Credit Michigan Department of Natural Resources, unless otherwise noted./

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