Outdoors

Maple syruping is “one of those ‘rites of spring’ in the Midwest,” says Jennifer Vieth, executive director of Carpenter Nature Center.

Minnesotans and Wisconsinites aren’t the type to let a little snow and ice stop them from enjoying the great outdoors. Cross-country skiing and dogsledding are among winter’s most popular recreational activities, and while skijoring might be less familiar, it combines the best of both.

The Hudson-based St. Croix Rowing Club is a nonprofit sculling group providing adults with competitive or recreational rowing opportunities.

Last year, Darren and Oie Dobier decided to take the leap and start their own outdoor adventure company. They’ve always loved the outdoors and enjoy kayaking, canoeing, hiking, rock climbing and snowshoeing.

While the snow might still be falling and summer is still a few months away, registration for summer camps is right around the corner. In an effort to get ahead of the game, we found some fun camps that you and your child can fantasize about for the rest of the season.

Bike camping, another way to say transporting yourself and your gear to and from your campsite entirely by bike, is in practice not a new thing at all—plenty of bike-touring aficionados have spent a day at a campsite through the years.

After Jon Francis tragically lost his life in 2004, his father, David, co-founded the Jon Francis Foundation as a way both of commemorating his son and continuing his son’s mission of outdoor involvement and advocacy.

It was 2013 when my husband and I moved to Hugo, Minn., to begin new jobs and (quite literally) put down roots as part-time tree farmers. I’ll admit I was a bit taken aback by my new neighborhood, which was home to more cows and chickens than people.

Gabe Schubert readies his fly-fishing rod aboard a 13-foot skiff on a clear, calm day around the first of November, just outside downtown Stillwater. He casts, and like a bullwhip, the line unfurls. His fly—a lure in the shape of a baitfish—smacks the water.

While we are all happy winter is over and the flowers are coming out, have you considered how your trees and shrubs have fared? We get to hide from winter in our homes, but our landscape is not so lucky.

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