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River Bend has archery day for area women

Join River Bend naturalists from 5 to 7 p.m. June 12 for the first Thursday Women in Nature outdoor skills and natural history-based program specifically for women. This monthly program series will move to Thursdays starting in June.

June’s WIN program will be archery. Staff will give instruction on shooting technique and safety. The compound bows suitable for all sizes and strengths of archers.

All necessary equipment provided. Registration is limited to 12 participants. River Bend will also have separate activities for children ages 5-12 during the times of the class for participants who wish to bring them.

Pre-registration is required for these programs; please indicate the age & number of children that will be coming when registering. For those wishing to register with kids the registration deadline is Friday June 6. Register in person, by phone at 507-332-7151 or online at The program fee is $8 ($5 for River Bend members).

ATV riders can explore Minnesota trails for free

Minnesotans with all-terrain vehicles registered for private or agricultural use won’t need to pay the additional registration fee ($53.50 for three years) to ride the state’s public ATV trails on Saturday June 7, and Sunday June 8. Out-of-state riders can explore Minnesota ATV trails that weekend as well, without the need for a nonresident trail pass ($21 annually).

This is the second year that Minnesota is providing ATV riders with free access to more than 3,000 miles of state forest and grant-in-aid trails during “No Registration Weekend.”

“We see this weekend as a great opportunity to showcase the wide variety of state and grant-in-aid trails across Minnesota,” said Mary Straka, off-highway vehicle program coordinator. “There are a large number of privately registered ATVs across the state that, during this weekend, can give the public trails a try and ride for free.”

Learn the basics at I Can Camp!

Learn to camp or refresh rusty outdoor skills during an overnight I Can Camp! program at a Minnesota state park in June.

These programs, led by experienced instructors from Conservation Corps Minnesota, cover basic camping and outdoor skills, including how to set up a tent, how to build a campfire and camp cooking. All camping equipment is provided (including tents, air mattresses and cook stoves). Participants just bring their own food and bedding (sleeping bags or blankets and pillows).

Tgw following one-night programs have space available: June 27-28 — Nerstrand Big Woods State Park (near Northfield), Wild River State Park (Center City); June 14-15 — Afton State Park (Hastings), Minneopa State Park (Mankato); June 28-29 — Sibley State Park (New London). A two-night program June 27-29 at Glendalough State Park in Battle Lake also has space.

The cost is $40 (one night) or $60 (two nights) for a tent accommodating up to six people. A one-day vehicle pass is included as part of the program fee.

Reservations can be made online or by phone. Visit or call 866-857-2757

I Can Camp! is part of a series of DNR skill-building programs. Other programs in the series introduce climbing, fishing, paddling and archery to beginners.