BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//Eagle Bluff Skills School - ECPv4.5.12.3//NONSGML v1.0//EN CALSCALE:GREGORIAN METHOD:PUBLISH X-WR-CALNAME:Eagle Bluff Skills School X-ORIGINAL-URL:https://www.eagle-bluff-skills-school.org X-WR-CALDESC:Events for Eagle Bluff Skills School BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20190223T090000 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20190223T120000 DTSTAMP:20190221T201000 CREATED:20181204T161539Z LAST-MODIFIED:20181204T161743Z UID:8237-1550912400-1550923200@www.eagle-bluff-skills-school.org SUMMARY:Taxidermy 101 DESCRIPTION:In this introductory class to the ancient art form of taxidermy\, you’ll learn basic techniques of preparing\, stuffing\, and mounting animal skins. A brief introduction will set the stage for you to create your very own mouse rug or stuffed mouse in an action setting of your choice. All equipment and materials are provided\, and you get to keep your mouse! Don’t worry if you’re feeling squeamish; most people find the process far less gruesome than they imagined. \n  \n URL:https://www.eagle-bluff-skills-school.org/classes/taxidermy-101-10/ LOCATION:28097 Goodview Drive\, Lanesboro\, MN\, 55949\, United States CATEGORIES:Handcraft ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.eagle-bluff-skills-school.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/53298410982-53540629-1.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20190309T090000 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20190310T170000 DTSTAMP:20190221T201000 CREATED:20181212T195702Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190221T143507Z UID:8249-1552122000-1552237200@www.eagle-bluff-skills-school.org SUMMARY:Homesteading Weekend Workshop DESCRIPTION:[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Whether you live on a city plot or acres of land\, learn new homesteading skills and become better stewards of your land. Attend the Eagle Bluff Homesteading Weekend Workshop and learn how to manage a beehive\, graft fruit tress\, cultivate mushrooms\, or start an organic garden. These workshops have something for everyone. \nRegister for the entire weekend or individual classes.\n \nSo You Want to be a Beekeeper?\nSaturday March 9\, 2019     9am-4:30pm\nWhat’s all the buzz about? Join this in-depth beekeeping class to find out! You’ll get an extensive look at what it means to be a beekeeper through a presentation and hands-on learning. You’ll have an opportunity to work with hives (minus the bees). The first half of the day will cover beekeeping terminology\, biology of bees\, pests and diseases\, and beekeeping equipment. The second half of the day will include buying bees\, hive and pest management\, winter preparation\, extracting honey\, and working with beekeeping equipment. At the end of this class you will have a better understanding of what it takes to be an effective beekeeper. \nInstructors: Chris Schad (The Bee Shed) – is a biologist by training\, with several peer-reviewed papers published in scientific journals. Several years ago he turned his attention to prairie restoration and other ways to support local pollinators such as honey bees. He manages bees on his rural Rochester\, MN property plus on other sites in the region. \nJohn Shonyo (The Bee Shed) – has been beekeeping since 2009 in Oronoco Township. Up until the merger with The Bee Shed he owned and operated Bee’s Knees Honey Farm. He has been a honey bee advocate giving presentations to community groups\, schools\, and service organizations about how important the honey bee is to our food supply and what people can do to help keep a healthy bee population. \nBeginning Organic Gardening\nSunday March 10\, 2019     9am-1pm\nDesigned for the beginner\, this class will give you the basics of plant biology in simple terms. We’ll also discuss how to prepare your growing places\, and how to choose the best garden for you. Upon completion of this class\, you’ll have a list of possible produce to grow tailored to your own particular space and to the amount of time you want to devote to your garden. \nInstructor: Sarah Hansen – has been married to her best friend and fellow enthusiast for over 20 years. Together they are the parents of 13 healthy and vibrant children. They work\, play\, learn\, grow\, eat\, camp\, and explore together on 13 acres in rural Minnesota. Sarah grew up in the country\, learning life skills such as gardening\, butchering\, preserving\, cooking\, and living naturally. During her years as a wife and mother\, she’s added bee-keeping\, herbal medicine and home education to her list of joys. In the second third of her life\, she plans to continue her love of music and fitness\, and hopes to expand her base of organic gardening practices and experiencing adventures with her husband and kids. \nShiitake Mushroom Cultivation\nSunday March 10\, 2019      2-5pm\nAre you interested in growing one of the most popular mushrooms consumed world-wide? This class helps you get started and sends you home with knowledge\, handouts\, and an inoculated shiitake log. You will learn how to select shiitake logs\, choose spawn\, use equipment\, and more! Class begins with a presentation and then relocates to inoculate logs. Growing and marketing considerations will be discussed. \nInstructor: Joe Deden is the former Executive Director of Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center in Lanesboro Minnesota. As a child he spent time in the woods with his maternal grandfather who shared his love for especially wildflowers.  He even attempted to teach him their Latin names.  He was Hay Creek township’s version of Thoreau. The love for nature stuck and giving that opportunity to other children has been Joe’s life mission. He believes we have to share our passion for nature with others\, make it infectious and something everyone wants and does. In his free time he enjoys sustainable living\, gardening\, biking\, wild edibles\, ecotourism\, Ethnobotony and food preservation. \nFruit Tree Grafting and Orchard Care\nSaturday March 9\, 2019        9am-12pm & 1-4pm\nSunday March 10\, 2019        9am-12pm & 1-4pm\nThis class will teach you how to graft your own apple tree to take home as well as how to care for your trees from planting till harvest. Topics will include rootstock selection\, pruning basics and creating habitat that will insure pollination of your new ‘orchard’. The course will provide semi-dwarf rootstocks\, a selection of heirloom apple varieties to choose from as well the materials to make your own grafts. This is a hands-on class for all skill levels. \nInstructor: Dan Bussey grew up in the middle of his family’s farm orchard in Wisconsin and has been surrounded by apples all his life. Dan is a past president of the Wisconsin Apple Grower’s Association and had operated Albion Prairie Cyder Orchard and Mill in Edgerton for over 30 years before coming to work as the Orchard Manager at the Seed Savers Exchange from 2012 until 2017. Dan has taught fruit tree grafting for 32 years and lectures on heirloom apple growing\, orchard management\, cider making and even apple pie baking. Dan is the author of the recently published\, 7-volume “The Illustrated History of Apples in the United States and Canada” by the Jakkaw Press of Mt. Horeb\, Wisconsin. This book won the 2018 Literature Award given by the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries. Dan currently resides in Ridgeway\, Iowa. \nNote: You will notice that there is a fee associated with the payments. 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The forests and valleys of Southeastern Minnesota can provide a plethora of palatable plants and mushrooms. We’ll learn the basics of how confidently and safely identify\, gather and prepare some common edible species\, then we will hit the trails! We will prepare some tasty treats using what we’ve  gathered entirely on-site. It’s fresh\, local\, organic\, and fun! Be prepared to explore off-trail areas. \nInstructor – Samantha Peterson received a B.S.in  Environmental Education and Communication from the University of Minnesota\, Twin Cities. In the years following graduation I have worked as a mushroom cultivator and forager\, an environmental educator for urban teens\, an instructor for camping workshops\, a sawyer\, a prescribed burn technician\, an ecological research assistant\, and most recently\, a naturalist at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center in Austin\, MN. Of all of these positions\, those that involved an environmental education component have been the most rewarding. \n URL:https://www.eagle-bluff-skills-school.org/classes/wild-edibles-of-the-midwest/ LOCATION:28097 Goodview Drive\, Lanesboro\, MN\, 55949\, United States CATEGORIES:Food,Outdoor Skills ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.eagle-bluff-skills-school.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/53927075334-54167512-1.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20190519T130000 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20190519T160000 DTSTAMP:20190221T201000 CREATED:20190121T144423Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190121T144555Z UID:8342-1558270800-1558281600@www.eagle-bluff-skills-school.org SUMMARY:Wild Edibles of the Midwest DESCRIPTION:Discover nature’s free grocery store! The forests and valleys of Southeastern Minnesota can provide a plethora of palatable plants and mushrooms. We’ll learn the basics of how confidently and safely identify\, gather and prepare some common edible species\, then we will hit the trails! We will prepare some tasty treats using what we’ve  gathered entirely on-site. It’s fresh\, local\, organic\, and fun! Be prepared to explore off-trail areas. \nInstructor – Samantha Peterson received a B.S.in  Environmental Education and Communication from the University of Minnesota\, Twin Cities. In the years following graduation I have worked as a mushroom cultivator and forager\, an environmental educator for urban teens\, an instructor for camping workshops\, a sawyer\, a prescribed burn technician\, an ecological research assistant\, and most recently\, a naturalist at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center in Austin\, MN. Of all of these positions\, those that involved an environmental education component have been the most rewarding. \n URL:https://www.eagle-bluff-skills-school.org/classes/wild-edibles-of-the-midwest-2/ LOCATION:28097 Goodview Drive\, Lanesboro\, MN\, 55949\, United States CATEGORIES:Food,Outdoor Skills ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.eagle-bluff-skills-school.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/53928155565-54168874-1.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20190601T130000 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20190601T170000 DTSTAMP:20190221T201000 CREATED:20190121T152534Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190121T152650Z UID:8347-1559394000-1559408400@www.eagle-bluff-skills-school.org SUMMARY:Fossil Hunting in Fillmore County DESCRIPTION:Collect fossils older than dinosaurs! At Whispering Winds\, Spring Valley\, you will tour fossil collections of ancient sea creatures including Gastropods\, Cephalopods\, Trilobites\, Fisherites\, Bryozoans and Brachiopods. Then you’ll travel to 2-3 sites to hunt\, all within 7 miles of Spring Valley\, and collect your own fossils- guaranteed! Bring a bag for carrying your fossils. If you bring a hammer\, you must have eye protection. There is always the chance that you could find ice-aged fossils\, Native American artifacts\, cold water agates\, and geodes. All ages welcome! \nNote: Eagle Bluff van transportation is NOT available for this class. You will be driving yourself to Whispering Winds hobby farm. \n**Schedule a private fossil hunt\, tailored to you. For 1 to 10 individuals. Perfect for individuals trying to grow their collection\, birthday parties\, completion of Boy and Girl Scout Badges\, or just a fun day out! \nOptional fee: $5 for a laminated fossil site map\, several different site maps are available. Cash payable to instructor at class \nInstructor –Beverly Sandlin is an amateur paleontologist and host of Bluffcountryfossils.net & accompanying Fossil Adventure Blog. She has lectured throughout southeast Minnesota on fossils and has hosted numerous tours and fossil hunts. Whispering Winds and one collection site are handicap accessible. \n URL:https://www.eagle-bluff-skills-school.org/classes/fossil-hunting-in-fillmore-county/ LOCATION:28097 Goodview Drive\, Lanesboro\, MN\, 55949\, United States CATEGORIES:Outdoor Skills ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.eagle-bluff-skills-school.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/53928535702-54170167-1.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20190706T130000 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20190706T170000 DTSTAMP:20190221T201000 CREATED:20190121T152754Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190121T152845Z UID:8352-1562418000-1562432400@www.eagle-bluff-skills-school.org SUMMARY:Fossil Hunting in Fillmore County DESCRIPTION:Collect fossils older than dinosaurs! At Whispering Winds\, Spring Valley\, you will tour fossil collections of ancient sea creatures including Gastropods\, Cephalopods\, Trilobites\, Fisherites\, Bryozoans and Brachiopods. Then you’ll travel to 2-3 sites to hunt\, all within 7 miles of Spring Valley\, and collect your own fossils- guaranteed! Bring a bag for carrying your fossils. If you bring a hammer\, you must have eye protection. There is always the chance that you could find ice-aged fossils\, Native American artifacts\, cold water agates\, and geodes. All ages welcome! \nNote: Eagle Bluff van transportation is NOT available for this class. You will be driving yourself to Whispering Winds hobby farm. \n**Schedule a private fossil hunt\, tailored to you. For 1 to 10 individuals. Perfect for individuals trying to grow their collection\, birthday parties\, completion of Boy and Girl Scout Badges\, or just a fun day out! \nOptional fee: $5 for a laminated fossil site map\, several different site maps are available. Cash payable to instructor at class \nInstructor –Beverly Sandlin is an amateur paleontologist and host of Bluffcountryfossils.net & accompanying Fossil Adventure Blog. She has lectured throughout southeast Minnesota on fossils and has hosted numerous tours and fossil hunts. Whispering Winds and one collection site are handicap accessible. \n URL:https://www.eagle-bluff-skills-school.org/classes/fossil-hunting-in-fillmore-county-4/ LOCATION:28097 Goodview Drive\, Lanesboro\, MN\, 55949\, United States CATEGORIES:Outdoor Skills ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.eagle-bluff-skills-school.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/53929676113-54170672-1.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20190811T130000 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20190811T170000 DTSTAMP:20190221T201000 CREATED:20190121T153028Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190121T153139Z UID:8357-1565528400-1565542800@www.eagle-bluff-skills-school.org SUMMARY:Fossil Hunting in Fillmore County DESCRIPTION:Collect fossils older than dinosaurs! At Whispering Winds\, Spring Valley\, you will tour fossil collections of ancient sea creatures including Gastropods\, Cephalopods\, Trilobites\, Fisherites\, Bryozoans and Brachiopods. Then you’ll travel to 2-3 sites to hunt\, all within 7 miles of Spring Valley\, and collect your own fossils- guaranteed! Bring a bag for carrying your fossils. If you bring a hammer\, you must have eye protection. There is always the chance that you could find ice-aged fossils\, Native American artifacts\, cold water agates\, and geodes. All ages welcome! \nNote: Eagle Bluff van transportation is NOT available for this class. You will be driving yourself to Whispering Winds hobby farm. \n**Schedule a private fossil hunt\, tailored to you. For 1 to 10 individuals. Perfect for individuals trying to grow their collection\, birthday parties\, completion of Boy and Girl Scout Badges\, or just a fun day out! \nOptional fee: $5 for a laminated fossil site map\, several different site maps are available. Cash payable to instructor at class \nInstructor –Beverly Sandlin is an amateur paleontologist and host of Bluffcountryfossils.net & accompanying Fossil Adventure Blog. She has lectured throughout southeast Minnesota on fossils and has hosted numerous tours and fossil hunts. Whispering Winds and one collection site are handicap accessible. \n URL:https://www.eagle-bluff-skills-school.org/classes/fossil-hunting-in-fillmore-county-6/ LOCATION:28097 Goodview Drive\, Lanesboro\, MN\, 55949\, United States CATEGORIES:Outdoor Skills ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.eagle-bluff-skills-school.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/53929770395-54170773-1.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20190907T090000 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20190908T163000 DTSTAMP:20190221T201000 CREATED:20190220T175552Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190221T155915Z UID:8375-1567846800-1567960200@www.eagle-bluff-skills-school.org SUMMARY:Land Management Weekend Workshop at Eagle Bluff DESCRIPTION:Land Management Weekend Workshop\nLand owners\, looking for the resources to better manage your land? Whether you have woodlands or prairies\, learn new skills and improve upon your current management techniques and become better stewards of the land. Attend the Eagle Bluff Land Management Weekend Workshop and learn how to identify trees\, properly maintain and use a chainsaw\, cultivate mushrooms\, remove invasive species\, plant for pollinators\, convert land into prairie\, or manage prairies through prescribed burning. \n \nSaturday – September 7 \nPlanting Native Plants for Pollinators\nSaturday September 7\, 2019     10am-12pm\nThis class will focus on the plants pollinators enjoy the most including the propagation techniques and each plant’s habitat requirements. Pollinator species likely to use the native plants will be mentioned and we will view a slideshow of bees and butterflies sipping nectar and collecting pollen from native plants. \nYou will take away the knowledge to propagate many native plants and incorporate them into the landscape and better understand the importance of native plants to pollinators. Your knowledge of native plants will be expanded as well as the ability to know what pollinators you are finding in the backyard and other natural areas. \nInstructor: Scott Leddy has been restoring and reconstructing prairie and savanna in the Driftless Region for more than twenty five years. His passion has been studying the plants on remnant prairie and savanna which has led him to the understanding that virtually all of our native species are dependent on host plants and native trees. Our natural landscape is nearly gone. Scott has tried to preserve and bring attention to our highest quality remnants of native landscape. \nTree Identification\nSaturday September 7\, 2019     9am-12pm\nLearn to identify the many species of trees that exist in SE MN. The class will have both an indoor portion and an outdoor portion so dress accordingly. The walk will cover moderate terrain \nInstructor: Valiree Green graduated with degree in forest management from U of Mo-Columbia in 1986. She began work for DNR Forestry in March of 1988 in Grand Rapids\, MN and came to Houston County as private lands forester in November of 1990. As a career forester of over 30 years\, Valerie has an abundance of knowledge to share. \nForestry Cost Share Programs\nSaturday September 7\, 2019        12:10-12:40pm\nIn addition to technical assistance\, limited financial assistance may be available for certain projects to be implemented. This short overview will highlight CRP\, EQIP and DNR Forestry programs. \nInstructor: Valiree Green \nHow to Plant a Prairie\nSaturday September 7\, 2019        1:30-4pm\nFrom your back yard to forty acres\, learn how to restore the land. The class will discuss the benefits of planting a prairie for wildlife and the land. We will go over site assessment and what makes a good site to enhance with native plants. Which native plants and grasses are best to use in restorations will be covered. Site preparation and exotic species control methods\, planting seeds by hand or with a seed drill\, and seeding rates for various plant species will be discussed. You will learn how the use of prescribed burns suppresses weeds and gives a young planting an edge. And lastly\, you will leave with a plan for long term maintenance of your planting. \nNote: If you have a prairie planting plan\, please bring it in and we can go over them. \nInstructor: Scott Leddy \nInvasive Species Control (Forestry)\nSaturday September 7\, 2019        1:30-4:30pm\nLearn to identify the most prominent invasive plant species that exist in SE MN and well as common treatment methods. \nInstructor: Valiree Green \nSunday – September 8\nChainsaw Techniques\nSunday September 8\, 2019      9am-4:30pm\nIn this class we’ll cover basic chainsaw operation and maintenance\, safety practices\, and techniques for bucking and felling trees. The class includes a half day lecture/discussion session then an outdoor field portion. Zach works with your individual skill level so whether you are a once-a-year sawyer or property owner engaged in firewood cutting and woodlot management\, this class is for you.\nNote: Chainsaws will not be provided. You are required to bring your personal protective equipment for chainsaw use in field portion of class. \nInstructor:  Zach Dieterman grew up near Lake City exploring the woods\, bluff lands\, and rivers of Southeast Minnesota.  As a teenager and young adult\, his interest in forestry and wood products grew\, and he often helped family and friends cut firewood and invasive tree species.  During and after his college years Zach spent time working in his uncle’s sawmill and woodshop\, and helping with small scale sustainable timber harvests in the Houston-Rushford area\, while receiving guidance and training from various local forestry professionals.  For the last 6 years\, Zach has worked and received training in Oregon and multiple Midwestern states with foresters and chainsaw operators from the U.S. Forest Service\, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service\, MNDNR\, the Nature Conservancy\, Conservation Corps MN and others.  Currently\, Zach works as a Laborer for the MN DNR out of the Whitewater WMA. \nInvasive Species Management (Prairie)\nSunday September 8\, 2019      9am-12pm\nYou will learn different management applications for invasive species control on your property. We will talk about invasive species identification\, different control techniques\, including both herbicide-based and non-herbicide based techniques\, when to use different techniques such as forestry mowing or prescribed grazing\, and how/when to hire a contractor vs do it yourself. The take away for this session is a better knowledge base on invasive species\, and increased confidence on how to approach invasive species management on your land. \nNote: If you have invasive species you want identified\, please take a picture of the whole plant\, a close up of a leaf and how it attaches to the plant stem\, a picture of any flowers or seedheads\, if present and bring the picture(s) to class. \nInstructor: Jaime Edwards has worked with the MN DNR for 19 years. She spent 18 working as the Nongame Specialist working with public and private landowners on habitat management for rare and/or declining species. A large part of that work involved habitat management\, restoring bluff prairie and oak savanna\, which involves a significant amount of invasive species management. Additionally\, Jaime led an Early Detection\, Rapid Response invasive species effort across SE MN\, targeted at new to the region invasives and trying to eradicate them before they get a stronghold on the landscape. Jaime recently changed jobs and is now the Manager of the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area\, where her work will entail habitat management including invasive species management. \nShiitake Mushroom Cultivation\nSunday September 8\, 2019      9am-12pm\nAre you interested in growing one of the most popular mushrooms consumed world-wide? This class helps you get started and sends you home with knowledge\, handouts\, and an inoculated shiitake log. You will learn how to select shiitake logs\, choose spawn\, use equipment\, and more! Class begins with a presentation and then relocates to inoculate logs. Growing and marketing considerations will be discussed. \nInstructor: Joe Deden is the former Executive Director of Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center in Lanesboro Minnesota. As a child he spent time in the woods with his maternal grandfather who shared his love for especially wildflowers.  He even attempted to teach him their Latin names.  He was Hay Creek township’s version of Thoreau. The love for nature stuck and giving that opportunity to other children has been Joe’s life mission. He believes we have to share our passion for nature with others\, make it infectious and something everyone wants and does. In his free time he enjoys sustainable living\, gardening\, biking\, wild edibles\, ecotourism\, Ethnobotony and food preservation. \nPrairie Cost Share Programs\nSunday September 8\, 2019          12:10-12:40pm\nIn addition to technical assistance\, limited financial assistance may be available for certain projects to be implemented. This short overview will highlight possible cost-share options for landowners. \nInstructor: Jaime Edwards \nPrescribed Prairie Burn\nSunday September 8\, 2019          1:30-4:30pm\nHave you ever watched a controlled prairie burn and wondered why and how they do it?  This is your chance to learn about and participate in an actual prairie burn.  We will evaluate the potential burn site and determine how best it can be burnt.  You will learn to use: two different types of drip torches\, backpack sprayers\, fire rakes and swatters.  Participants will need to wear a long sleeve shirt and pants\, hiking boots\, gloves and have a hat and bandana along. \nNote:  At least six participants are necessary to makes this all work safely. Class is weather dependent. \nInstructor: Joe Deden \nNote: You will notice that there is a fee associated with the payments. This is a credit card processing fee that Eventbrite charges for using their registration system. If you’d like to avoid the fee for your ticket(s)\, please contact us at 507-467-2437 to register and pay over the phone with card or by sending in a check or money order. Please keep in mind that your registration is not confirmed until you receive an email from the Adult Education Coordinator via Eventbrite. \n URL:https://www.eagle-bluff-skills-school.org/classes/land-management-weekend-workshop-at-eagle-bluff/ LOCATION:28097 Goodview Drive\, Lanesboro\, MN\, 55949\, United States ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.eagle-bluff-skills-school.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/53979035749-54243596-11.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20191006T130000 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20191006T170000 DTSTAMP:20190221T201000 CREATED:20190121T153449Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190121T153545Z UID:8362-1570366800-1570381200@www.eagle-bluff-skills-school.org SUMMARY:Fossil Hunting in Fillmore County DESCRIPTION:Collect fossils older than dinosaurs! At Whispering Winds\, Spring Valley\, you will tour fossil collections of ancient sea creatures including Gastropods\, Cephalopods\, Trilobites\, Fisherites\, Bryozoans and Brachiopods. Then you’ll travel to 2-3 sites to hunt\, all within 7 miles of Spring Valley\, and collect your own fossils- guaranteed! Bring a bag for carrying your fossils. If you bring a hammer\, you must have eye protection. There is always the chance that you could find ice-aged fossils\, Native American artifacts\, cold water agates\, and geodes. All ages welcome! \nNote: Eagle Bluff van transportation is NOT available for this class. You will be driving yourself to Whispering Winds hobby farm. \n**Schedule a private fossil hunt\, tailored to you. For 1 to 10 individuals. Perfect for individuals trying to grow their collection\, birthday parties\, completion of Boy and Girl Scout Badges\, or just a fun day out! \nOptional fee: $5 for a laminated fossil site map\, several different site maps are available. Cash payable to instructor at class \nInstructor –Beverly Sandlin is an amateur paleontologist and host of Bluffcountryfossils.net & accompanying Fossil Adventure Blog. She has lectured throughout southeast Minnesota on fossils and has hosted numerous tours and fossil hunts. Whispering Winds and one collection site are handicap accessible. \n URL:https://www.eagle-bluff-skills-school.org/classes/fossil-hunting-in-fillmore-county-32/ LOCATION:28097 Goodview Drive\, Lanesboro\, MN\, 55949\, United States CATEGORIES:Outdoor Skills ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.eagle-bluff-skills-school.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/53929902791-54170895-1.jpg END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR