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Ely Folk School


Adventurous Elyites: Canoeing Conversations


with Sean Bloomfield Colton Witte

Calendar Sep 8, 2018 at 7 pm

September 8, 2018
7:00 PM- 9:00 PM

Tuition: $10

Sean Bloomfield and Colton Witte will speak about their book Adventure North: 2,200 Miles by Canoe, 49 Day in the WildThe book shares the story of their canoeing adventure from Chaska, Minnesota to Hudson Bay. The two boys graduated from high school early to retrace Eric Sevareid’s classic canoe trip detailed in the book Canoeing with the Cree. Bloomfield and Witte will speak about their adventure and how it differed from Sevareid’s experience.

About the Instructors: Sean Bloomfield teaches 8th grade Social Studies, and coaches high school hockey and lacrosse in Chaska, Minnesota. Along with canoeing to Hudson Bay in 2008, he and his paddling partner, Colton Witte, and two others lived off of the land for one month in the Absaroka-Beartooth region of Montana in 2011. He currently lives with his wife and two sons in Minnesota, and

Colton Witte studied international relations, institutional philosophy, and business at Minnesota State University. He continues to backpack, canoe, fish, and hunt with friends and family, and enjoys exploring music and culture with his girlfriend. In his free time, he plays guitar and signs, performing professional in weddings and at social events. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Wild Rice Harvesting


with LynnAnne Vesper

Calendar Sep 3, 2018 at 8 am

Monday, September 3, 2018
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $65  Materials: $35

This class is also offered on Saturday, September 1, and Sunday, September 2..

We will spend a day harvesting wild rice from a local lake. Identification of the native plant, tips on how to recognize when it is ripe to harvest, and harvest methods will all be covered.  Participants will receive a proportional share of the wild rice harvested by the class, and you will gain enough knowledge to be able to continue harvesting wild rice on your own. 

Materials fee includes canoes, paddles, life vests, and harvesting tools, which will be provided by the instructor, as well as wild rice processing.  Participants will need to purchase a DNR wild rice harvesting license, which is available wherever fishing licenses are sold.  

About the instructor: LynnAnne Vesper has guided canoe and dogsled trips for over two decades, teaching all the skills needed to participants. She has taught with Elderhostel programs, the Swedish and French Voyageur summer youth programs, Corcordia Language Villages and Vermilion Community College.


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