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Sandhill outdoor skills calendar

Attention Motorists: The Trumpeter Trail is now open to the public.

The Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center provides a variety of educational activities in the wide and wild world of wildlife recreation.

Find upcoming events at Sandhill Wildlife Area [exit DNR]

Wildlife staff, volunteers and guest instructors conduct a variety of workshops each year, primarily on weekends. Workshops use both an indoor classroom center as well as the outdoor world of Sandhill Wildlife Area. Workshops introduce participants to the appropriate use of outdoor equipment, developing skills to feel more competent outdoors and introducing participants to others who share similar interests. Outdoor skills programs are enhanced by a shooting range, trails, orienteering course and opportunities for supervised hunting and trapping experiences. These workshops and clinics are designed to be hands-on learning experiences to improve participant knowledge, skills and experience level.

Workshop registration

The Sandhill Wildlife Area is open to the public year-round. Individuals and groups are welcome to register for any of our workshops on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please fill out the workshop registration form [PDF] for the workshop you would like to attend and mail it to the address on the application form. Applications CANNOT be taken over the phone.

Nominal fees are charged per participate for most Outdoor Skills Center workshops and tours to cover costs of educational materials, meals and special equipment. Checks should be made out to "DNR-Skills Center." Registration is based on receipt of an application and fees. We do not accept credit/debit cards or cash.

Those registering for workshops will receive confirmation about one week prior to the event.

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Learn to Hunt Deer

There will be no Learn to Hunt program or antlerless deer hunts inside Sandhill during 2020. Please check back in early June 2021 for future deer hunting opportunities inside Sandhill.