Class Calendar

Feb
2
Tue
2021
Tracking Animals in the Snow
Feb 2 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This is a two-day class with an online introduction and an on-site field trip. Sign up by January 25th in order to receive your materials before the February 2nd online introduction.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 4:00 PM- 5:00 PM Live Online

Saturday, February 6, 2021 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM On-site, location to be announced

Tuition: $50

Snow is a wonderful medium for tracking animals. Even when tracks are not clearly defined, their trail reveals a pattern of footprints that is characteristic of the animal’s shape, size, and behavior. Once you know these characteristic patterns, it becomes possible to put yourself in the mind of the track maker and begin to interpret their behavior.

This class has a one-hour live online session on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, followed by a field trip on Saturday, February 6th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. You will be notified of the location for the field trip site on Thursday, February 4th. It will be within 30 miles of Ely and accessible by well-traveled roads.

About the instructor: Steve Engel has been studying and collecting animal tracks since 1981. In addition to dozens of workshops delivered to classrooms, conferences, and parks, he has taught animal tracking at the California Academy of Sciences, Headlands Institute, Siskyou Field Institute, Portland Audubon Society, and Lindblad Expeditions. He holds a Level III Track & Sign Certificate from Cyber Tracker North America.

Steve has a B.S. in Natural History from Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA. He said, “I have worked as an environmental educator, field biologist, shipboard naturalist, natural history trip leader, education director, artist, and writer. There are millions of things to learn and teach, and my mission is to keep learning and keep teaching. I’ll answer direct questions, but I’d rather help others explore and discover the answers for themselves.”

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Feb
4
Thu
2021
Winter Forest Studies! For Kids!
Feb 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Thursday, February 4, 202110:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Tuition: $20

Calling all curious kiddos! Do you want to learn more about Ely’s backyard? This class is full of fascinating fun facts and is guaranteed to be a good time! Winter forest studies focuses on exploring the winter woods. Looking for animal tracks, identifying trees, starting a fire, and sliding down hills are some of the activities this class will include.

Recommended for kids between 7 and 11 years of age.

About the Instructor: My name is Benjamin Gardner, but most people call me SunShine. I have spent the past four years working for Karen Pick at Widjiwagan playing outside with kids of all ages. Sliding down snowy hills and stomping up frozen creeks are all part of a great day in my book, and my classes reflect that. Besides teaching, I love Nordic skiing and other endurance sports so much that I have run the portage marathon for the past two years.

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Herbal Facial: Time for Renewal: Live Online
Feb 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Thursday, February 4, 20211:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Tuition: $15 Materials: $45

*Please contact us prior to registration if you would like to pick up your materials in Ely instead of having them shipped*

Registration closes 9 days prior to class in order to allow time to ship materials.

Experience a luxurious herbal facial at Home!

Everyone could use a pick-me up, time to decompress and nourish yourself on every level. Learning how to take care of your skin on your face with natural products is for any age and gender.

Creating time for self care is so important as it replenishes your being on every level. During this time you’ll be helping to combat the effects that exposure, weather, and so many other factors have on your skin with this relaxing and nourishing treatment. Your facial will begin with a handmade scrub, so natural you could eat it, followed by cleansing and opening your pores with an herbal steam, then a relaxing honey mask with chamomile tea bags or cucumbers for your eyes. A refreshing Rose Water toner will close your pores and you’ll end with a refreshing and soothing facial cream. When you’re finished you’ll feel like a new person, and you will know how to give yourself this treat anytime you want.

The herbal facial kit will be mailed to you and will include: Miracle Grains, Facial Steam, Rose Water, Facial Cream, Tranquility Lip Butter, directions, hand-folded box. You will need to have some basic supplies on hand. Further information will be provided upon registration.

About the Instructor: Jaime Brennan had a love for plants and wanted to know what they were all called starting at age 5. In a college she found a program focused on flowers and plants and graduated with a Bachelors in Horticulture. It was a natural progression for Jaime to want to know more about the power of plants and followed that to studying Herbalism with Rosemary Gladstar.

Wanting to support those that sought her help she studied with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and became a certified Health Coach. Her business, Tranquility by Jaime inspires transformation by helping create a body in balance, a mind at ease and a satisfied soul.

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Feb
5
Fri
2021
Improving Your Photography in the Snow
Feb 5 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Friday, February 5, 202112:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tuition: $30 Materials: $5

Snow can make everything outside beautiful. But, there are a few things you need to know about photography in the snow to make sure your images accurately represent the beauty you see with your eyes.

This class will cover what you need to know before you venture outside, what you need to be aware of when photographing and finally what can be done after the image is taken.

You will learn techniques you can use with your mirrorless or DSLR digital camera, but many of the techniques covered are applicable to cellphone photography too!

This is a three hour class, we’ll start at EFS with an hour of in-class instruction. The second hour we will spend an hour at Whiteside Park photographing the snow sculpting competition. We’ll conclude with an hour review of our images and cover simple post processing tricks to improve your pictures.

We will cover equipment, technique, exposure compensation, composition and post processing adjustments of color balance and exposure.

We will be both inside and out, dress for the weather, layers are the best, you need to be comfortable both inside and out.

About the Instructor: Les Conrad is a local artist/photographer who focuses on the beauty of the natural world. Les says, “The night sky never ceases to amaze me. We are very lucky to live with some of the darkest night skies around!” Les spent his working life photographing portraits of people. Once retired, Les turned his lenses and attention toward nature, wildlife and landscapes, with particular attention to the night sky. Les moved from the Twin Cities to Ely when he retired.

Les has many years of experience teaching beginning adult photographers including a two-day session at the International Wolf Center. He also presented an “Editing Your Aurora Images” session at the Aurora Summit 2017 in Two Harbors, MN. He knows how to simplify explanations using real world examples so that all learners understand the content.

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Feb
6
Sat
2021
Nature Writing: Winter in the North: Live Online
Feb 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Saturday, February 6, 202110:00 AM – 11:30 AMTuition: $20

During the season of reflection, receive winter’s gift of inner nourishment through nature writing. Set aside one Saturday morning to generate written pieces in a supportive group through free-flowing writing exercises and discussion. Time permitting, you’ll also have the opportunity to share a piece of writing that you find especially inspiring.

About the Instructor: DyAnne Korda is a poet and experienced writing instructor. Her work has been published in many journals including The Wisconsin Academy Review. She is author of several poetry and story collections including This Earth Woman, Path of Belonging, and Finding the Lost Woman. DyAnne was awarded her second Individual Artist Grant through the Donald G. Gardener Humanities Trust and an Artist Access Grant through the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council to complete her most recent book, The Shore’s Absolute Edge.

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Learn to Cross Country Ski
Feb 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Saturday, February 6, 20211:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Tuition: $30

Want a reason to love winter? Try cross country skiing. Great exercise and lots of fun, Meet inside for instructions. Learn how to glide, go uphill and downhill, turn, and stop, plus the all-important one: how to get up when you fall. We’ll head outside to a local lake to try out your new skills.

Wear clothing appropriate for the weather. Dress with what you’d wear for a fast walk or slow jog. You will get heated up, so layers are good with wool, fleece and something windproof for the top layer. Avoid cotton, like jeans, which are not warm and stay wet. Vests work well to keep your core warm as one of the layers. Warm footwear and wool socks, mittens, and hat. Gloves are often not warm enough. Other suggestions: neck gaiter, wrist gaiters, earmuffs. Bring a small pack big enough to hold a removed layer and a water bottle.

Bring your own skis and poles! You can easily rent a pair in town.

About the Instructor, Jacki Fisher: I’ve lived in Ely since 1986, which is a great place to live for someone who loves the outdoors, as I do. I spend as much time as I can outdoors with winter sports as well as hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and biking the rest of the year.

I’ve done a variety of jobs, but my favorite was working for Elderhostel, now called Road Scholar, teaching snowshoeing and skiing. I’ve been making slippers, hats, muffs, scuffs, insoles, baby booties, and dog and cat toys in my business, Sheepskin Stuff, for 35 years, with many satisfied people and animals.

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Beginning Chip Carving-Live Online
Feb 6 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Please note all four days: only the first class will show up in the calendar. And note that the fourth class is a two-hour class.

Saturday, February 6, 2021 6:30 PM – 7:30 PMSunday, February 14, 2021 6:30 PM – 7:30 PMFriday, February 19, 2021 6:30 PM – 7:30 PMMonday, February 22, 2021 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Tuition: $50

Materials: See below for materials you will need, which you can buy individually or in a kit. Bart can supply the appropriate wood and will be contacting you after registration. The registration deadline is Wednesday, January 27 if you need to order wood, tools, or a complete kit.

Chip carving is a very old craft in many cultures, but the patterns we typically see are Northern European. This is an art form that almost anyone can practice with patience and a steady hand.

Chip carving generally consists of a set of triangular cuts layed-out in regular, geometric patterns, but can be more free form, as in lettering and pictures. You will need a sharp knife, the key to safety and ease of carving. You will learn how to handle and care for the knife, how to lay out a pattern for cutting, how to make the various cuts, and how to deal with mistakes.

If you have questions about using Zoom, email or call 218-235-0138. You will receive the Zoom invitation when you register.

A kit including the following tools is available for $65. Order from the instructor, Bart Dunning by January 27. 1 – Pfeil chip carving knife, prepped and sharpened 1 – Drafting compass 1 – Fine/ultra-fine sharpening stone 1 – Strop and polishing compound 2 – Pieces basswood – 5″×5″×3/8″

If you have some tools or prefer to order them on your own, here are Bart’s recommendations: Drafting Compass – higher quality examples: JARLINK – $6, Mr. pen – $12 Staetdler – $27 Pencil Ruler Various templates for arcs and triangles Chip Carving Knife – examples Pfeil Chip Carving Knife B – $20 Wayne Barton Chip Carving Knife – $50.

A more expensive knife will be in a condition that is ready to use. The less expensive Pfeil knife requires some work to tune it appropriately.

Knife Sharpening supplies: Extra Fine whetstone examples Arkansas white extra fine Black ultra fine stone for about $20. Generally any sharpening “stone” of 3000 grit or finer for final sharpening. Final stropping and polish – firm suede leather and stropping compound (metal rouge polish) such as Beaver Craft Leather Strop and honing compound for $10, or similar. Two Basswood pieces measuring 5″x5″x1/4″ or similar Bart can supply at $2 per piece, plus shipping, if necessary.

Optional Extras: Books by Wayne Barton, or other pattern guides for chip carving.The Complete Guide to Chip Carving by Wayne Barton – $20 General sharpening – DMT credit card-size diamond whetstones. Set of three, Course/fine/extra fine grit (325/600/1200) $25.00 (Amazon, D3EFC)

Woods used would be basswood (preferred), white pine or butternut. Typically the thickness would be ¼ to ½ inch. Most wood will come in¾ inch thickness or in blocks for 3-D carving. These would need to be resawn and planed to the dimensions desired. Some sources: Woodcraft and Rockler.

About the instructor: Bart Dunning has built furniture and done three dimensional and relief carving. He has been doing chip carving for 20 years.

Bart taught physiology for a number of years at several medical schools. He currently teaches skiing at Buck Hill in Burnsville and demonstrates chip carving at the Dakota City Heritage Village at the Dakota County fairgrounds and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska.

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Feb
7
Sun
2021
Learn to Snowshoe
Feb 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Sunday, February 7, 20211:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Tuition: $30

Experience a great way to get outside in the winter and explore areas that are inaccessible other times of the year or in deep snow on foot or skis. We’ll start inside with a brief history of snowshoeing and a discussion of the different types of snowshoes and their uses. You’ll also get some tips and tricks for a successful venture, including that all-important one, how to get up in case you fall.

We’ll head out nearby for an hour or so for to you to try out your new skills, hopefully with a lot of snow.

Appropriate clothing is important. Dress as you would for a long walk, given the weather conditions. Layers are good, wool, fleece, or down and always something windproof. Vests work well to keep your core warm as one of the layers. Warm footwear and wool socks, mittens, and hat. Gloves are often not warm enough. Other suggestions: neck gaiter, wrist gaiters, earmuffs. Bring a small pack big enough to hold a removed layer and a water bottle. Bring your own shoeshoes or let us know if you need to borrow some, and we will provide them.

About the Instructor, Jacki Fisher: I’ve lived in Ely since 1986, which is a great place to live for someone who loves the outdoors, as I do. I spend as much time as I can outdoors with winter sports as well as hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and biking the rest of the year.

I’ve done a variety of jobs, but my favorite was working for Elderhostel, now called Road Scholar, teaching snowshoeing and skiing. I’ve been making slippers, hats, muffs, scuffs, insoles, baby booties, and dog and cat toys in my business, Sheepskin Stuff, for 35 years, with many satisfied people and animals.

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Happy Hexagon Hunt: Unlocking the Night Sky: Live Online
Feb 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sunday, February 7, 20214:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tuition: $10

Happy Hexagon Hunt — How to unlock winter’s brightest stars and constellations with a single key. The night sky in winter is truly an amazing thing. Did you know that some of the brightest stars in our hemisphere all gather in our view of the sky in February? This class will highlight the most notable things to look for in the sky this month and give you the knowledge and tools to do so successfully. We’ll also discuss how to photograph the northern lights as we head into “aurora season” in March.

About the Instructor: Bob King has loved the stars since he was a kid and shares that love through teaching and writing. He lives in Duluth with his wife Linda and is recently retired from a career as a photojournalist and photo editor at the Duluth News Tribune.

His books “Night Sky with the Naked Eye” and “Wonders of the Night Sky” are available on Amazon and at area bookstores. His latest book, “Urban Legends from Space” will publish this fall. Bob has 31 years teaching community education astronomy for the Duluth School District and has taught previously at the Ely Folk School and North House Folk School.

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Night Hike for Kids!
Feb 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Sunday, February 7, 20216:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Tuition: $20

This night hike focuses on exploring the woods at night, listening for animals, and starting a fire in the dark. If the sky is clear, we will also look at and learn about different constellations. We’ll slide down snowy hills, roast marshmallows, and share some stories. Come prepared to have a lot of fun, to laugh a lot, and learn about our backyard!

Recommended for kids 10+ wearing clothing appropriate for the weather.

About the Instructor: My name is Benjamin Gardner, but most people call me SunShine. I have spent the past four years working for Karen Pick at Widjiwagan playing outside with kids of all ages. Sliding down snowy hills and stomping up frozen creeks are all part of a great day in my book, and my classes reflect that. Besides teaching, I love Nordic skiing and other endurance sports so much that I have run the portage marathon for the past two years.

As the instructor I will always have a pack with a first aid kit, extra warm layers, a head lamp, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, some sort of allergen free snack, and a tarp.

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