Learn Something New


Spring is just around the corner, which means the season of mud + unpredictable weather in the North. If getting outside this time of year is not your thing, there is still plenty to do. We recommend learning something new or coming back to an old hobby! We have put together a list of classes and presentations to help you get started. Get out of the house and learn something this spring!

The Great Outdoors

River Trip: Meandering the Manitowish River

Equal parts education and adventure, this trip down the Manitowish River with the North Lakeland Discovery Center is the perfect spring event. Join a Naturalist and the Water Program Coordinator to look for migrating birds, other wildlife, and discuss the different ways rivers change throughout the season. The trip is about 8 miles and will cross level 1 rapids, so prior canoe experience is strongly encouraged.

Saturday, May 5th at the North Lakeland Discovery Center, Manitowish Waters
9:00am – 3:00pm
$35, $30 for members
Limited spots available. Pre-registration is required by May 2nd


Beginner Bike Maintenance and Repair

If you are planning to hit the Heart of Vilas County Bike Trail or WinMan Trails this summer, basic bike maintenance knowledge is key! Learn how to clean the drive train, adjust the brakes and shifting, replace tires and tubes, and share stories about bicycles.

Thursday, May 10th at North Lakeland School, Manitowish Waters
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Call or stop by North Lakeland School to register.


Best Paddles and Hikes of Northern Wisconsin

Get the inside scoop on where to find some of the best places to paddle + hike in the North. Local naturalist John Bates will share his “off the beaten path” experiences, and help you find your next adventure.

Tuesday, May 15th 6:30pm – 8:00pm
RSVP’s appreciated. Call 715-365-4544 or email lakeland@nicoletcollege.edu.


Get in the Kitchen

Flippin’ Good Crepes

Making crepes takes patience and skill, but when mastered is one of the most delicious treats on the planet. This hands-on class will teach you how to create a variety of crepes including herbed egg, ham and Swiss, spinach, artichoke and Brie with sweet honey, and chocolate cake crepes.

Thursday, April 12th, Minocqua Nicolet-Lakeland Center, Minocqua
10:00am – 1:30pm
$25 (ages 62+ $21)
Hosted by Nicolet College, fill out and mail in this Registration Form


Making the Most of Your Cast Iron Skillet

Cast iron cookware looks amazing sitting on your stovetop, but sometimes it can be intimidating to learn how to use it. This class will teach you what to cook and what not to cook in your cast iron, and how to clean and season it. The menu for the night is skillet flatbread, perfect pan roasted chicken thighs, and apple crisp.

Thursday, April 19th at North Lakeland School, Manitowish Waters
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Call or stop by North Lakeland School to register.


Sushi Made Simple

Have you ever tried to make homemade sushi and ended up with a messy pile of ingredients? Us too. In this beginner class, you will learn how to cook and prepare sweet Japanese rice, slice your items to go inside the sushi, how to roll, and how to cut the roll into pieces. The class will not use raw fish, but will instead use vegetables, cooked foods including eggs, and other prepared foods.

Saturday, April 28th at Woodruff Unitarian Church, Woodruff
3:00pm – 6:00pm
$30 (ages 62+, $26)
Hosted by Nicolet College, fill out and mail in this Registration Form.


History + Culture

No Man’s Land Film Festival

An all-female adventure film festival based out of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado that meets a need and desire to highlight and connect women in pursuit of the radical.

Friday, March 23rd at The Alvord Theater at Northland College, Ashland
Doors open at 7:00pm, show begins at 7:30pm

Minocqua Latin Dance Social

Put on your dancing shoes and learn to dance the Bachata at Minocqua Brewing Company with Rubie Tiburcio. Rubie has traveled around the world dancing and teaching, but recently settled in Minocqua. It is a fun, relaxed class, and no partner necessary! Bonus: you get 10% off of your meal if come to eat before the class!

Thursday, March 29th, April 5th, April 26th at Minocqua Brewing Company, Minocqua
7:00pm - 9:00pm
$5 per person


Global Histories of Agriculture

How did we get to the industrialized agriculture systems we have today? Explore the history of American agriculture development with Courtney Fullilove, professor of history at Wesleyan University, as she discusses her recent book, The Profit of the Earth: The Global Seeds of American Agriculture, and talks about the challenges of writing national histories in a global frame.

Friday, April 6th at Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College, Ashland
4:00pm – 7:00pm


Nibbles & Knowledge: Weathering the Ice Age

An evening of delicious nibbles and expanding your knowledge. Join Ray Reser, Director of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Museum of Natural History, to learn how Native Americans navigated Wisconsin’s glacial landscape. Includes artifacts for you to explore!

Thursday, April 12th at Camp Jorn YMCA, Manitowish Waters
7:00pm – 9:00pm
$15, $12 for members
Buy tickets HERE.


Coffee + connections

A hands-on approach to help you feel more comfortable using technology. Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Town of Manitowish Waters, Coffee + Connections offers computer classes ranging from how to turn on your device to social media to cybersecurity. Classes are once per month and are held at North Lakeland School with a light breakfast included!

Third Wednesday of the month beginning May 16th at North Lakeland School, Manitowish Waters
8:00am - 9:00am
Call the Town of Manitowish Waters for more info: 715.543.8400


Get Creative

Forest Lodge Tours + Capturing the Landscape with Watercolor

A trip to Cable to explore Forest Lodge and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is well worth the drive. Northland College and the Cable Natural History Museum offer public tours of this beautiful estate along the shores of Lake Namekagon throughout the summer, but you can spend a weekend with artist Janet Moore learning to capture beauty with watercolor.

May 11th – 13th at Forest Lodge, Cable
Prices vary based on lodging options


Drawing, Painting, illustration, and Graphic Design

Studio artist, muralist, and book illustrator Peggy Grinvalsky will teach you to draw everything you see, develop a lively sense of color, and experiment with bold vitality. Beginner through advanced students welcome. Bring old, comfy clothes, your favorite comfort food, and get creative!

Dates vary beginning April 3rd at the Campanile Center for the Arts, Minocqua
$160 for four classes includes are tools + materials
Register HERE.


Stained Glass

Learn to create beautiful stained glass art piece by piece. In this class you will learn to cut, fit, and solder stained glass using lead foil techniques. All skills levels, including beginners are welcome.

April 19th – May 24th at Nicolet-Lakeland Center, Minocqua
1:00pm – 4:00pm
$79 ($61 for ages 62+)
Hosted by Nicolet College, fill out and mail in this Registration Form.


You Can Draw! For the Absolute Beginner

LOLA (Land O’ Lakes Arts) is a hidden gem of the Northwoods! In this class, start from scratch with guest artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet, as she helps you to get over the fear of starting a drawing practice.

Tuesday, May 22nd at LOLA Center for the Arts, Land O’ Lakes
10:00am – 4:00pm
Register HERE by May 15th.


Please note that there are many great classes happening around the Northwoods, we just chose a few highlights. Visit any of the links below to see what else is being offered this Spring:
Campanile Center for the Arts
Earth Goods Pottery
LOLA Center for the Arts
Manito Art League
Nicolet College
North Lakeland Discovery Center
North Lakeland School
Northland College