Minnesota State Parks offering camping workshops this summer

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting 27 "I Can Camp!" overnight workshops this summer. The following information is taken from their website, which you can go to by clicking here.

Want to go on a camping trip with your family, but aren't sure you really know how? Attend an I Can Camp! overnight workshop offered at Minnesota State Parks this summer and learn all the skills you'll need for a lifetime of camping fun — no experience necessary!

Our trained crew will be on hand to ensure your whole family has a safe and fun adventure. There will be lots of outdoor activities for kids and adults, from nature walks and wildlife watching to fishing and geocaching.

You'll learn a variety of outdoor skills through firsthand experience, including:
  • How to set up camp and tent
  • Fire starting
  • Outdoor cooking with fun recipes
The standard one-night workshop costs $35 and the two-night workshop costs $55. The fee includes use of camping equipment and all camping and activity instruction. If you arrive by vehicle, a daily vehicle pass will be provided as part of your workshop fee. You may buy an annual Minnesota State Parks permit for an additional $20.

Your reservation is for up to six people in your party. We will provide you with a six person tent.

Kids will have a great time; however, young children require much more care and attention in an outdoor setting. For this reason, we do not recommend infants or toddlers for this workshop.

Our new two-night workshops will take your camping experience to the next level. We provide all the same information as in the one-night workshops and more. Two-night workshops offer more time for activities like hiking, swimming, and relaxing with the family. We also spend time learning some more advanced skills such as putting up a tarp and cooking over an open fire.

Please do not bring pets. The attention your pets will need during the workshop will interfere with your experience.

We provide the tent, air mattresses, firewood, cook stove, cook gear and most other basic camping equipment. You need to bring your own sleeping bags or bedding, groceries and personal items. Check out our handy list of Recommended Items to Bring and also our Food Shopping List.

Check out the list of workshops below, and when you're ready to make your reservation just click "Book Now" next to the one you want. If you'd rather sign up by phone, you can call between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week: 1-866-85PARKS (1-866-857-2757) or 1-317-249-9327 (international). For TDD/Telecommunications Device for Deaf, call 1-866-672-8213. We'll mail you a packing list and other pre-trip materials shortly after you register for a workshop.

The one-night workshop will last roughly 24 hours - it will start at 10:00 a.m. the first day and go until about 10:00 a.m. the following morning. Although the workshop ends in the morning, you are allowed to enjoy the park and campgrounds until 1:00 p.m. The two-night workshop lasts longer; participants arrive at 2:00 on Friday and leave Sunday morning around 10:00 a.m.

You will bring your own groceries - please refer to the Food Shopping List for specifics. We recommend the items and meals on the list, but you may bring more or less according to your budget and dietary needs.

We will loan you good air mattresses and sleeping pads. You just need to bring your own bedding or sleeping bag.

Here are the documents we've prepared to help you get ready to rough it:

If you still have questions about the I Can Camp! workshops, please call us at (651) 259-5577 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email ican.camp@state.mn.us