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Deep portage offers winter events

Deep Portage Learning Center and Conservation Reserve in Hackensack offers the following winter public events and activities.

• Naturalist guided snowshoe hikes: Saturdays, Jan. 11 and 18, and Feb. 8 and 15. A Deep Portage naturalist will guide participants through the woods while they learn proper snowshoeing technique, hear about the history of the land and discover the winter patterns of northern forest friends.

The program begins at 1 p.m. in the main building. Fee is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12, seniors and members. Fee includes use of Deep Portage snowshoes, which are available for ages 10 and up.

• 34th annual Winter Rendezvous: Saturday, Jan. 25. Join Deep Portage’s annual celebration of winter. The day starts with registration at 9:30 a.m. and ends with an awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Activities include tomahawk throwing, snowsnakes, cross-cut saw, Atlatl and more.

Each participant carries a scorecard and travels from event to event; at the end of the day points are tallied and awards are given. Hot lunch is served at noon, or bring your own.

This event is geared for families and individuals of all ages. Fee is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12, seniors and members. The hot lunch is an additional $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

• Becoming an Outdoors Woman Winter Workshop: Feb. 21-23. This Minnesota DNR workshop offers three sessions of outdoor-related classes. Classes still open include snowshoeing, ski-joring, fish decoy carving, wood burning, indoor climbing wall, orienteering, cross country skiing, Nordic walking and trapping.

The $180 per person fee includes Friday night-Sunday afternoon lodging, meals and snacks, three outdoor skill classes, two evening programs and campfires, class equipment and instruction. Scholarships are available.

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For the Winter Rendezvous and Snowshoeing programs, register by contacting Deep Portage at 218-682-2325, 888-280-9908 or

Deep Portage is located 10 miles east of Hackensack, off Cass County Road 46. Visit

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