Step by Step Watercoloring with Duane Barnhart
Sunday, April 28th 1-5pm (limit of 20 students) in Long Lake’s red Schoolhouse | $50 per painter
Cartoonist, illustrator, and painter Duane Barnhart invites you for an afternoon of watercolors. Participants will explore the medium of watercolors and how to use them as we watch Duane show us some techniques. Discover that there is an artist in all of us as you create your own masterpiece through Duane’s step by step guidance. Connect your new found talent with others as you bring your artwork home and hang it proudly in your home!
Art in Nature: Spring Ephemerals Meet Watercolors
Sunday, May 19th 1-5pm (limit of 10 participants) in Long Lake’s red Schoolhouse | $20 per painter
Minnesota Master Naturalist and nature artist Ann Luloff invites you to an afternoon of nature and watercolors! We will explore outdoors to see what flowers might be blooming at Long Lake. We will then head inside to discover various painting techniques as well as focusing on just one flower.Through Ann’s guidance and expertise we will create our own one of a kind watercolor masterpiece. Recommended as a follow up to Duane’s workshop, but not required!
Nature Photography with Scott Turner
Sunday, June 9th I $15 Per Participant
Join retired Aitkin County Sheriff Scott Turner as he shares his love of nature through photography. We will explore with a hike to the bog to see what might be blooming at Long Lake and then discover tips of the trade for what it takes to be a great nature photographer. Scott will share how he was able to ‘get the shot” for his amazing photographs. We will then explore more while connecting our new knowledge to our own camera skills out in nature. Dress for the weather , bring your camera, and be prepared for a hike!
Dragonflies 101 with the MN Dragonfly Society
Sunday, June 30th I $10 Per Participant
Members of the Minnesota Dragonfly Society invite all interested insect investigators to a workshop focused on dragonflies.We will explore outdoors in search of them. We will discover the interesting life cycle of these insects by dipping into Long Lake to find nymphs. After we find specimens we will draw connections to dragonfly knowledge by identifying our collection. Long Lake and the Minnesota Dragonfly Society will share information about identifying dragonflies in your own backyard! This workshop gets learners outdoors swishing, dipping, and observing like curious kids! Long Lake and the Minnesota Dragonfly Society will have some nets to use, but you are welcome to bring your own. Dress to be outside!
Long Lake is open to the public almost everyday as an Aitkin County Park. But, it is not every day that our naturalists are here ready to take you on a spring leaf out hike, teach you a new skill, or send you home with nature craft totally free for the whole family.
On April 6th we are inviting our community out to an OPEN HOUSE!
Our no cost event starts at 1pm! We will be leading 3 different activities from 1-5 pm. Come at 1pm to attend all, 2pm to attend two, or 3pm for just one event and the opportunity to explore!
Dress for the weather, we will host rain or shine! Refreshments provided, too!
Community workshops are opportunities for all and any interested learner to explore and discover at Long Lake! Workshops fall into 2 categories: Nature Exploration and Skills Discovery. All of the workshops are nature based learning! In Nature Exploration workshops, we will focus on the nature around us and delve into one topic of interest. In our Skills Discovery Workshops, learners practice new skills like crafting or creating with natural resources!
We call them community workshops because Long Lake is a place where the Aitkin County community can come together, and a place where community is built beyond the county borders. To find out what community workshops are upcoming follow the link below to see our full catalog and registration page!