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Adult Education Classes

Lake Katherine is proud to offer a number programs on various topics and designed specially for adults - brought to you by the Natural Resources Committee.

Natural Navigation April 12th 6:30pm-7:30pm Cost $6 per person
Min/Max 10/50
Learn how you can use your local environment to orient and find your way. Using stars, the direction trees bend, even which direction satellite dishes point, to help find you way in the world. Operations Manager Gareth Blakesley will lead a talk on one of his pet interests, navigation, and will show simple ways that you can use natural and unnatural cues to figure out your location in the world.

Beginning Birding May 13th 8:00am-10:00am Cost $6 per person           Min/Max 5/15                                                                                              Want to learn more about the birds in our area and techniques to identify them? Joinour bird walk at the Nature Center led by Natura l Resources Commitee member Jim Reichel. The class will be held rain or shine.

Camping Made Easy May16th 6:00pm-8:00pm Cost $6                                  Min/Max 5/20                                                                                                Have you ever wanted to go camping, but never get past talking about it? Intepretative Educator Shamim Graff will go through the basics of trip planning, selecting the right gear and setting up camp. We'll also talk about simple ways to help keep your first camping trip fun and enjoyable for the whole family.

Canoe Kayak Program May 19th 7:00pm-8:15pm Cost $8 per person     Min/Max 10/27
Natural Resources Committee Member Jake Hynes will reveal the secrets of the lake as he guides us on a unique tour before sunset pointing out the species that start to come out to play around dusk. Spots are limited to a total of 27 people with three single person kayaks available on a first come first served basis. Canoes seat three people each and parties may be split up to fill all seats. The event will be rescheduled if the weather or water conditions are deemed unsuitable.

Wild Edibles June 10thTime 10am-Noon Cost $6 per person
Min/Max 5/20
Ever wanted to walk through the woods, and know what is edible and what’s not? Natural Resources Committee Member Melissa Drozd will lead a walk around Lake Katherine and show some of the species that one could safely eat. You she also will be sharing tips on safety protocols when eating wild food.

Fly-fishing June 17thTime 9:00am-11:00am Cost $6 per person
Min/Max 5/12
Tried angling but want to expand into fly-casting? Natural Resources Committee Member Mike Littmann will share the rudiments of fly-casting, revealing useful tools and techniques. Meet on the festival grounds, please show your receipt.

Hiking for Beginners June 24th 9:00am–11:30am Cost $6 per personMin/Max 5/15
Are you interested in hiking, but don’t know how to get started? Interpretive Educator Shamim Graff will cover the basics of how to prepare and what to expect as you hit the trails for the first time. Ladies, we’ll also address some of the unique concerns you may have about hiking. We’ll finish the class by hiking along our eastern trails. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring a refillable water bottle.

Each class is $6 per person unless otherwise stated.  Pre-registration is required at the Lake Katherine front desk.  Designed for those 18 years and older.  








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