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June 2011 Archives

The National Academies Press announced today a new resource - Successful K-12 STEM Education: Identifying Effective Approaches in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The 48 page text includes goals for US Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, criteria to identify successful STEM schools, and suggestions for districts and policy makers to improve STEM education. The resource can be ordered from the National Academies Press website. The full text can also be browsed and downloaded from the link above.

MN Master Naturalist blog updated 6-24-11

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The Minnesota Master Naturalist blog has been updated at http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lothe013/mnats/ You can use the blog to find volunteer opportunities, resources, and a variety of other information. The blog is updated weekly with new listings and opportunities.Below is a summary of items that have been posted in the past week. Please send relevant items you would like posted to the blog to: mminsten@umn.edu. Please note what location category/tag they should go under: NE, NW, SE, SW, central, metro.

Please see the blog for more details on each item:

Categories below are by location of event:
While in the blog, you can use the following tags to search for entries: NE, NW, SE, SW, central, metro, volunteer opportunities.

Metro:

Maplewood Nature Center Summer 2011 Family Newsletter Posted on the blog
many events and opportunities
http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/nc


NE:
Volunteers Needed for events Minnesota Sea Grant and the National Park Service are coordinating this summer along the north shore of Lake Superior
See blog for more details
Contact: mkitson@d.umn.edu

Central:

Annual Dutch Oven Dinner & Wildflower Walk
June 27, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Saint John's Arboretum, New Science 104, Collegeville, MN 56321
320-363-3163, arboretum@csbsju.edu

General:

Lots of master naturalists featured on DNR volunteer site for summer 2011
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/volunteering/meet.html

carls009.jpgEnvironmental Science Education Educator, Stephan Carlson, along with colleagues, Joe Heimlich and Martin Storksdieck, have published a research article in the current issue of the International Electronic Journal of Environmental Education. The article, titled Validating an Environmental Education Field Day Observation Tool describes one step of the process used to develop our Field Days Observation Tool. The article describes how Carlson and his colleagues assessed the alignment between student perceptions of the field days they attended, and how observers noted characteristics of these events. Results suggest that our observation tool captures both the perspectives of trained observers and students participating in these events. Click to read the abstract and access a PDF of the full text for this article.

MN Master Naturalist blog updated 6-17-11

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The Minnesota Master Naturalist blog has been updated at http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lothe013/mnats/. You can use the blog to find volunteer opportunities, resources, and a variety of other information. The blog is updated weekly with new listings and opportunities. Below is a summary of items that have been posted in the past week. Please send relevant items you would like posted to the blog to: mminsten@umn.edu. Please note what location category/tag they should go under: NE, NW, SE, SW, central, metro.

Please see the blog for more details on each item:

Categories below are by location of event:
While in the blog, you can use the following tags to search for entries: NE, NW, SE, SW, central, metro, volunteer opportunities.

Metro:

June 2011 Update from the Raptor Center Posted
http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/u=2b1e662bffed6e299305c9318&id=5fa6fb0404&e=55307764b1

Tamarack Swamp Nature Preserve Tour
Thursday, July 14, 6:30 PM
Tamarack Nature Preserve parking lot, 1825 Tower Drive, Woodbury (on the east side of Tower Dr., 0.14 miles north of the Valley Creek Rd / Tower Drive intersection)

and/or

Lake Phalen Wildflower Walk
Wednesday, July 20, 6:30 PM
Lake Phalen Beach House, 1615 Phalen Drive, St. Paul (off of Phalen Drive just north of Wheelock Parkway)

Please register for either or both: Shelly at 651-792-7965 or shelly@rwmwd.org. FFI: www.rwmwd.org
NE:

June 13, 2011 Friends of the Parks, Duluth E-Newsletter
Posted on the blog

Central:

Job Posting: Youth Energy Summit Unit Coordinator & Grant Project Leader
Prairie Woods ELC, Spicer, MN
http://www.youthenergysummit.org


General:

June 2011 Update www.MyMinnesotaWoods.umn.edu
http://www.myminnesotawoods.umn.edu/email/?emailID=5785

Best Practices for Field Days Events June 16, 2011
http://www.extension.umn.edu/FieldDays
Several events posted where volunteers are needed

Minnesota Public Radio recently highlighted research on Golden Winged Warblers that is being conducted by John Loegering, Extension Wildlife Specialist with the Environmental Science Education team. You can learn more and listen to the story at http://z.umn.edu/jloegeringresearch.

Loegering is a member of the Golden Winged Warbler Working Group, a global effort to study and conserve the small songbird. John also shares his wildlife expertise and research through the Minnesota Master Naturalist, Master Gardener, and other Extension programs.

New Site Summarizes Research on Informal Science Education

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A new NSF-Funded internet site - www.research2practice.info (this site is no longer available) - encompasses summaries of current, notable research studies from ten research journals. You can browse, search, and sort through the summaries, and link to full articles. The site lists current 'hot topics'. You can save interesting summaries to your virtual 'bookshelf'. You can sign up for digest updates of new content and/or tweets announcing new releases.

MN Master Naturalist blog updated 6-13-11

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The Minnesota Master Naturalist blog has been updated at http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lothe013/mnats/. You can use the blog to find volunteer opportunities, resources, and a variety of other information. The blog is updated weekly with new listings and opportunities.Below is a summary of items that have been posted in the past week. Please send relevant items you would like posted to the blog to: mminsten@umn.edu. Please note what location category/tag they should go under: NE, NW, SE, SW, central, metro.

Please see the blog for more details on each item:

Categories below are by location of event:
While in the blog, you can use the following tags to search for entries: NE, NW, SE, SW, central, metro, volunteer opportunities.

Metro:

Arboretum Photography Symposium 2011
Full Exposure: Images to Change the Future
Saturday, June 11, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, MN
Registration closed.

Tamarack Nature Center, a Destination for Discovery Nature Play Area, Discovery Garden and Garden House Grand Opening Celebration
June 11, 2011, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
5287 Otter Lake Road, White Bear Township, MN 55110-5851
(651) 407-5350
Registration closed.

Minnesota Master Naturalists who live and/or work in the west metro area of the Twin Cities are cordially invited to the West Metro Chapter's Open House! Drop by on Thursday, June 21, between 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to meet our chapter members, enjoy some social time and refreshments, and learn about our service projects, field trips, and community involvement

Field trip to Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District
located in the eastern Twin Cities, Minnesota metropolitan area
Saturday, June 18, 10 AM - Noon
Deadline for sign up is June 10. Registration closed.
Also, there will be a meeting of the Book Club on Tuesday, June 21st. The club is reading Sigurd Olson's Reflections from the North Country.

Wild Dining Demonstration
Sky Ridge Nature Preserve
5800 Baker Rd, Minnetonka
June 21, 2011, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
RSVP by June 18
Email:lakebleeker@charter.net, ph: 763-350-8052
Registration closed.

Wildlife Wing Interpreters Needed at the 2011 Minnesota State Fair
The state fair runs from August 26 through September 6, 2010 in St. Paul. We need volunteers each day. Up to two people will be stationed in the wildlife wing per shift. Shifts run 9 AM - 12 PM, 12 PM - 3 PM, 3 PM - 6 PM and 6 PM - 9 PM. Sign up now to reserve one or more shifts by contacting Dawn Flinn at dawn.flinn@state.mn.us or 651-259-5344. You will be required to fill out a DNR volunteer agreement and a background check, there will be no cost to you.
Registration closed.

NW:

Grand Opening celebration for the new Visitor Center and Fire Tower at
Big Bog State Recreation Area in Waskish, MN. The building is open 9 am to 9 pm, with activities starting at 1 pm, a short ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 pm, and a picnic with entertainment to follow.
NE:

Day of Fieldwork: 2011 Minnesota State Parks BioBlitz
at Lake Vermilion State Park
Sat., June 25 to Sun. June 26, 2011
12 noon to 12 noon
Registration closed.
Contact: tavis.westbrook@state.mn.us

West Central:

Summer Fun in the Garden
Began June 1, 2011
Summer Fun in the Garden, a series of Wednesday family garden programs, begins with a light supper at 6:00 p.m. on five Wednesday evenings.
Registration closed.

SE:

Rochester Chapter of MN Master Naturalist Potluck
June 15th, 6:00 PM at Chester Woods Park picnic shelter # 3, $5park entry fee.
Nature Hike, canoe rental, fishing (provide own equipment), playground, swimming beach. Please RSVP to Kelly kjvc@charter.net for further information
Registration closed.

NE, WCentral, NW

Volunteers Still Needed: Kids Fishing Day at Mills Fleet Farm stores
July 9th, 11-3 pm
Registration closed.

General:

June 1, 2011 - Vol 4, Issue 6 SEEK Bulletin
posted on the blog

The Forestry, Fish and Wildlife, and Ecological and Water Resources Divisions are offering ECS training sessions in the use of the native plant community field guides and their applications to silviculture and natural resources management this June at 6 Minnesota locations. See blog for details.

Many summer volunteer opportunities with Minnesota DNR
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/volunteering/opps/index.html

The EAB Volunteer survey website has just been updated and the new web site is at the following address: http://beetledetectives.com/index.php

May/June 2011 MN Naturalists Association Newsletter Posted
includes information on scholarships for NAI conference

MN Master Naturalist blog updated 6-8-11

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The Minnesota Master Naturalist blog has been updated at http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lothe013/mnats/ You can use the blog to find volunteer opportunities, resources, and a variety of other information. The blog is updated weekly with new listings and opportunities. Below is a summary of items that have been posted in the past week. Please send relevant items you would like posted to the blog to: mminsten@umn.edu. Please note what location category/tag they should go under: NE, NW, SE, SW, central, metro.

Please see the blog for more details on each item:

Categories below are by location of event:
While in the blog, you can use the following tags to search for entries: NE, NW, SE, SW, central, metro, volunteer opportunities.

Metro:

Minnesota Master Naturalists who live and/or work in the west metro area of the Twin Cities are cordially invited to the West Metro Chapter's Open House! Drop by on Thursday, June 21, between 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to meet our chapter members, enjoy some social time and refreshments, and learn about our service projects, field trips, and community involvement


Arboretum Photography Symposium 2011
Full Exposure: Images to Change the Future
Saturday, June 11, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, MN
http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/photosymposium2011.aspx

General:

June 1, 2011 - Vol 4, Issue 6 SEEK Bulletin
posted on the blog

The Forestry, Fish and Wildlife, and Ecological and Water Resources Divisions are offering ECS training sessions in the use of the native plant community field guides and their applications to silviculture and natural resources management this June at 6 Minnesota locations. See blog for details.

Twin City Chapter Minnesota Master Naturalist:
Field trip to Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District located in the eastern Twin Cities, Minnesota metropolitan area

2665 Noel Drive
Little Canada MN 55117
June 18: 10 - noon
Deadline for sign up - June 10. E-mail Jeanne jkreeve@isd.net

Join us (Twin City Chapter Minnesota Master Naturalists) for an exploration of the many ways that a watershed district has "greened" its headquarters. The Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District office in Little Canada has a vegetated roof, rain gardens and a pervious parking lot. We will have a guided tour of the property and then car-caravan to one of their unique projects on Phalen Lake. Much of the shoreline at the lake has been restored and native prairie plants as well as wetland plants are thriving in what was once a wasteland.

The Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District is a special purpose governmental unit responsible for protecting the water resources of the District, located in the eastern portion of Ramsey County and the western edge of Washington County. The District was established in 1975 under the Minnesota Watershed District Act, and covers approximately 56 sq. miles that ultimately drain into the Mississippi River.
Web site and directions:

www.rwmwd.org
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=2665+Noel+Drive+Little+Canada+MN+55117&hl=en&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=16

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