Outdoor Skills Academy

  • Want to try something new in Michigan’s great outdoors and need some help getting started? Or maybe you just want to brush up on your skills and learn some tips and tricks from the pros? The Outdoor Skills Academy can help! We offer expert instruction, gear and hands-on learning for a range of outdoor activities, from hunting and fishing to hiking, birding and much more. Classes explore each topic in-depth, for a full day or more, with knowledgeable and skilled instructors leading the way. Participants will receive a certificate of completion for each class, with special recognition for Outdoor Skills Academy “graduates” who complete multiple classes.

    Both beginners and those with more experience are welcome. Most of these in-depth classes are designed for adults, youth ages 16 and older, and children over 10 who are accompanied by an adult. Please see the age requirements for each class before signing up.


View Classes by Topic

Classes by Topic
Fishing  »

Steelhead Clinic: March 25, 2017, Mitchell State Park - Carl T. Hunt and Fish Center, cost is $40

Fly Tying Workshop: April 15, 2017, Hartwick State Park - Visitor Center, cost is $20

Steelhead Fishing: April 22-23, 2017, Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery - Visitor Center, cost is $45

Open Water Walleye Seminar: May 7, 2017, Mitchell State Park - Carl T. Hunt and Fish Center, cost is $25

Open Water Walleye Clinic: May 9-10, 2017, Bay City Recreation Area, cost is $165 CLASS FULL

Beginner Bass Fishing Clinic: May 13, 2017, Mitchell State Park - Carl T. Hunt and Fish Center, cost is $25

Fly Fishing Basic Workshop: May 13, 2017, Waterloo Recreation Area - Eddy Discovery Center, cost is $20

Fly Fishing Clinic: May 20, 2017, Mitchell State Park - Carl T. Hunt and Fish Center, cost is $25

Fly Fishing Clinic: June 10, 2017, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, cost is $25

Fly Fishing Clinic: June 18, 2017, Mitchell State Park - Carl T. Hunt and Fish Center cost is $25

 

Hunting  »

Turkey Hunting Clinic: April 1, 2017, Mitchell State Park - Carl T. Hunt and Fish Center, cost is $25

Turkey Hunting Clinic: April 8, 2017, Waterloo Recreation Area - Eddy Discovery Center, cost is $20

Bear Hunting Clinic: July 29, 2017, Mitchell State Park - Carl T. Hunt and Fish Center, cost is $30

Bear Hunting Clinic: August 5, 2017, Mitchell State Park - Carl T. Hunt and Fish Center, cost is $30

Bear Hunting Clinic: August 6, 2017, Mitchell State Park - Carl T. Hunt and Fish Center, cost is $30

Other Outdoor Recreation Classes  »

Birding Basics: April 8, 2017, Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery - Visitor Center, cost is $20

Plants of the Wooded Dunes: April 29, 2017, Hoffmaster State Park - Gillette Visitor Center, cost is $50

Plants of the Open Dunes: June 30, 2017, Hoffmaster State Park - Gillette Visitor Center, cost is $50

Dutch Oven Campfire Cooking: July 1, 2017, Bay City Recreation Area - Saginaw Bay Visitor Center, cost is $60

Archery Clinic: September 16, 2017, Ludington State Park - Visitor Center, cost is $30

Managing your Forestland: September 16, 2017, Hartwick Pines State Park - Visitor Center, cost is $25

Navigation in the Wilderness: October 14-15, 2017, Porcupines Mountains Wilderness State Park - Visitor Center, cost is $35

Hiking 101: November 4, 2017, Porcupines Mountains Wilderness State Park - Visitor Center, cost is $35

Snowshoe Building Clinic: December 16, 2017, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, cost is $180

Snowshoe Building Clinic: December 9-10, 2017, Ludington State Park - Visitor Center, cost is $220

Snowshoe Building Clinic: January 13-14, 2018, Ludington State Park - Visitor Center, cost is $220

 


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Bay City State Recreation Area - Saginaw Bay Visitor Center  »

Open Water Walleye Clinic: May 9-10, 2017  cost is $165 CLASS FULL

Dutch Oven Campfire Cooking: July 1, 2017  cost is $60

Calendar of all events for Bay City Recreation Area

Bay City Recreation Area webpage

Saginaw Bay Visitor Center webpage

Hartwick Pines State Park - Visitor Center  »

Fly Tying Workshop: April 15, 2017  cost is $20

Managing Your Forestland: September 16, 2017 cost is $25

Calendar of all events for Hartwick Pines State Park

Hartwick Pines State Park webpage

Harwick Pines Visitor Center webpage

Hoffmaster State Park - Gillette Visitor Center  »

Plants of the Wooded Dunes: April 29, 2017  cost is $50

Plants of the Open Dunes:June 30, 2017  cost is $50

Calendar of all events for Hoffmaster State Park

Hoffmaster State Park webpage

Gillette Visitor Center webpage

Ludington State Park - Visitor Center  »

Archery Clinic: September 16, 2017  cost is $30

Snowshoe Building Clinic: December 9-10, 2017  cost is $220

Snowshoe Building Clinic: January 13-14, 2018  cost is $220

Calendar of all events for Ludington State Park

Ludington State Park webpage

Ludington State Park Visitor Center webpage

Mitchell State Park - Carl T. Johnson Hunt & Fish Center  »

Steelhead Clinic: March 25, 2017  cost is $40

Turkey Hunting Clinic: April 1, 2017  cost is $25

Open Water Walleye Seminar: May 7, 2017  cost is $25

Beginners Bass Fishing Clinic: May 13, 2017  cost is $25

Fly Fishing Clinic: May 20, 2017  cost is $25

Fly Fishing Clinic: June 18, 2017  cost is $25

Bear Hunting Clinic: July 29, 2017  cost is $30

Bear Hunting Clinic: August 5, 2017  cost is $30

Bear Hunting Clinic: August 6, 2017  cost is $30

Calendar of all events for Mitchell State Park

Mitchell State Park webpage

Carl T. Johnson Hunt & Fish Center webpage

Porcupines Mountains Wilderness State Park - Visitor Center  »

Navigation in the Wilderness: October 14-15, 2017  cost is $100

Hiking 101: November 4, 2017  cost is $35

Calendar of all events for Porcupines Mountains Wilderness State Park

Porcupines Mountains Wilderness State Park webpage

Porcupines Mountains Visitor Center webpage

Tahquamenon Falls State Park  »

Fly Fishing Clinic: June 10, 2017  cost is $25

Snowshoe Buildling Clinic: December 16, 2017  cost is $180

Calendar of all events for Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Tahquamenon Falls State Park webpage

Tahquamenon Falls Education Programs webpage

Waterloo Recreation Area - Eddy Discover Center  »

Turkey Hunting Clinic: April 8, 2017  cost is $20

Fly Fishing Basics Workshop: May 13, 2017  cost is $20

Calendar of all events for Waterloo Recreation Area

Waterloo Recreation Area webpage

Eddy Discovery Center webpage

Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery - Visitor Center  »

Birding Basics: April 8, 2017  cost is $20

Steelhead Fishing: April 22-23, 2017  cost is $45

Calendar of all events for Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery

Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery webpage

Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery Visitor Center webpage


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  • P.J. Hoffmaster State Park - Plants of the Wooded Dunes Date:  April 29, 2017  Time:  09:00 AM - 03:00 PM Description:

    Learn to identify key plant features, plant identification, particularly as it relates to spring wildflowers of the wooded sand dune and information on dune systems.