With Joanne Klees
January 13-15, 2017
Explore the world of owls through your own creative sketching and writing with supportive guidance from Joanne Klees. This weekend-long workshop is set in the rural town of Houston, MN. It includes time working at the International Owl Center and the Houston Nature Center. You will experience live owls up close, work with real owl specimens, go out after dark in search of owls, and taste the flavor of a small town that is embracing owls in creative ways.
Ages 16 and over. Maximum 12 people.
Cost: $190/non-member, $175/member. Includes Friday evening gathering with local wine, local coffee and treats; breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings; admission to the International Owl Center all weekend; live owl programs; an owl prowl to call in wild owls; and of course the journaling workshop itself.
A note from Joanne Klees:
In going through the process of writing my biography for the workshop I started thinking about what drew me to journaling. Two things stand out. First was a workshop I attended while transitioning to an empty nest. I attended a water color workshop at John C. Campbell Folk School. JCC Folk School is a noncompetitive environment where everyone’s story is celebrated. I felt the richness of my own life and wanted to document what I had experienced.
A second event took place a couple of years later. A local group of artists put on a show celebrating women at work. Well, I couldn’t go as I was working. I started a journal called “Stuff of Work.” Again this allowed me to see the richness of my work life and since then I have explored a variety of journal formats. It has been fun to document my work and personal life. My day job is managing Hok-Si-La City Park and Campground for Lake City, MN. My passions are hiking, sunrises, and documenting life through drawing, writing and collage.
As time went on I started to share my passion for the journal format. I facilitated small workshops in a used bookstore, worked with homeschool groups, demonstrated at Frontenac State Park and a local women’s group and gathered with friends to explore nature journaling.
This workshop is as much about meeting live owls and journaling as experiencing a small town in southeast Minnesota. Their passion is owls. I wanted to meld that with my exploration of nature journaling. Besides, it gives me an excuse to venture to Houston and visit with Alice, Uhu, Rusty, Iris, Ruby, Rupert and Piper. Piper is the latest addition and is a Barn Owl.
SUMMER CAMPS for Adults and Children
Owlology 401 – For Adults
Thursday, June 30, 2016; 12:30 PM – 10:30 PM
$150 (must be a member to participate), includes pizza dinner
Limit 6 people
Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to spend an afternoon and evening with The International Owl Center’s Executive Director, Karla Bloem, in a small group setting experiencing owls up close and in-depth. You will learn to identify area owls by sight and sound, see the fine details of owl anatomy first hand as an owl is dissected, get experience finding a transmitter using telemetry, go behind the scenes to meet the Owl Center’s live owls and see how they are housed and fed at night, and go on an owl prowl to call in wild owls. Participants need not stay for the owl prowl. A pizza dinner is included in the fee.
REGISTRATION IS FULL for Owlology 401
Owlet Day Camp
Thursday, June 23, 2016; 9:00 AM-12:00 PM.
$20 for members, $25 for non-members
Limit: 15 children, ages 7-9
Come learn about owls! What do they eat? How do they move so quietly? How do they survive in the wild? Register for the International Owl Center’s Owlet Day Camp for a morning of discovery, learning and fun! We will learn through games, crafts, hands on activities, and of course meet a live owl up close and personal!
Please note that some treats and activities may involve cheese and peanuts.
Presented by educator Sue Fletcher.
Fledgling Owl Camp
Thursday, June 16, 2016; 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
$30 for members, $35 for non-members, includes snacks
Limit 20 children, ages 10-13
It’s a whole day about owls! Spend 6 hours at The International Owl Center learning how to identify local owls, drawing owls from live models, dissecting owl pellets, going on a scavenger hunt, taking part in a game show, and much more. Parents, please pack your child a lunch and a water bottle, and please arrive for pickup at 2:30 PM to watch your children’s skits about what they learned.
Presented by educator Jo Severson.