How does someone who's more comfortable with computers than campfires get introduced to the fun of camping?

With a one-night or two-night I Can Camp! overnight program through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, no is experience necessary. Its I Can Camp! crew will be on hand day and night to answer all of your "how do I do it?" questions.

One-night programs are $60; two-night programs are $85 (two adults and three small children fit comfortably in one tent, max. five people per tent).

Hands-on instruction on setting up camp, starting a campfire, camp cooking and more from our experienced I Can Camp! instructor crew.

Use of tent, air mattresses, cook stove and other gear, and a Minnesota State Parks one-day permit is included.

Geocaching, nature photography, fishing—each program offers unique activities that will entertain both adults and children.

Camping is in a large group setting. Advance registration is required.

I Can Camp! One-night Programs begin at 10 a.m. Saturdays

Local events are scheduled as follows:

Sat., June 29: Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

Sat., July 6: Minneopa State Park

Sat., Aug. 3 Fort Snelling State Park

Sat., Aug. 17 Afton State Park

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Reach Regional Managing Editor Suzanne Rook at 507-333-3134. Follow her on Twitter @rooksuzy

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