Reminder to take Forest Insect & Disease Newsletter Survey

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Gentle reminder: we sent a request to take a survey in the latest Forest Insect and Disease Newsletter. If you have already taken this survey, way to go and thank you very much!

If you've been waiting for the right moment, it's now! Please take our survey by Thursday, Dec. 17. Your opinion matters to us, and now is your chance to let us know just what you want.

Thanks and best wishes,

DNR Forest Health Team

Ecological Restoration Online Courses

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Register today for the Spring 2015 Ecological Restoration Online Courses

Site Assessment and Setting Restoration Goals (required) - January 5-February 8, 2015
Designing and Using Native Seed Mixes - February 9-March 22, 2015
Monitoring Ecological Restorations - February 9-March 22, 2015
Vegetation Management for Restored Ecosystems - March 23-May 3, 2015
Designing, Installing, and Managing Native Plantings - March 23-May 3, 2015

For more detailed program information, and session descriptions, visit the website.

Registration Fee
The registration fee for each course is $375.

NEW Certificate in Ecological Restoration

120-hour certificate program (4 out of 5 courses, Site Assessment is a required course, along with 3 of the 4 elective courses, and at least one field session).

The Ecological Restoration certificate is designed to provide early career professionals with the skills necessary to undertake the most common kinds of Midwestern restorations including re-vegetation of prairies, wetlands, lakeshores, forests, and savannas.

These courses were developed in partnership with staff from several Minnesota state agencies who identified a critical need to train more restoration professionals to meet the growing demand for these skills. These courses provide practical skills and knowledge to succeed at restoration.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Participants who successfully complete each course will receive 3.0 CEUs (or 30 contact hours) and a Certificate of Completion.

Winter DNR Volunteers

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Meet our Volunteers
Winter 2014-2015

Jerry and Karen Ibberson: Rare Plant Monitors and SNA Site Stewards
Karen IbbersonJerry and Karen Ibberson have been volunteering with DNR rare plant surveys since 2009, including monitoring plants at Clinton Falls Dwarf Trout Lily Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) before it was even an SNA. It all started when they were enjoying a hike at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park. DNR staff and volunteers were monitoring dwarf trout lily at the park that day and the Ibbersons were intrigued by the activities they observed during this chance encounter. It ended up with them joining the monitoring efforts that day, and over time they expanded their monitoring efforts statewide. They have assisted with searches for western prairie fringed orchid in the prairie region and small white lady's slipper in southern Minnesota. In total, Jerry and Karen each average well over 80 hours a year just assisting with rare plant monitoring across the state!
Jerry IbbersonIn 2011, when the Clinton Falls Dwarf Trout Lily site became an SNA, they quickly stepped up to volunteer as site stewards. They hit the ground running as stewards and haven't stopped yet! Projects on the SNA have included sign installation and maintenance, organizing a volunteer event, monitoring plants, and invasive species control. When DNR staff began cutting buckthorn at the site, Jerry obtained DNR chainsaw training so he and Karen could continue removal efforts in parts of the SNA that DNR crew did not reach. In addition to the time Jerry has invested at this SNA, he also spent two days helping DNR staff cut buckthorn at another SNA this year.
Thank you, Jerry and Karen, for sharing your time, talents and enthusiasm as DNR Volunteers!

Campground Hosts - Bob Manders and Nancy Carlson
Bob Manders and Nancy CarlsonBob Manders and Nancy Carlson, spouses from Minneapolis, volunteered approximately 170 hours as campground hosts this past summer at Lac Qui Parle State Park. Terri Dinesen, Park Manager, says, "Bob and Nancy do not stop with helping keep the sanitation building in the Upper Campground shining clean. They also paint signs including the park entrance sign (pictured here), the historic map in the map building, picking up litter along the roadsides, and taking cool park photos of park happenings."
Thank you, Bob and Nancy, for volunteering with the DNR!

Apr 11 Garden Expo 2015

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UMN Extension Crow Wing County Master Gardeners
Ready, Set, Grow! Garden Expo 2015
Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Central Lakes College - Brainerd Campus
501 West College Drive, Brainerd

Cost: $30. The registration fee will include morning / afternoon refreshments
and a boxed lunch. There will be vendors, exhibitors, silent auction and door

This Horticulture Day offers a total of 26 different classes!

Visit for registration details and class offerings.
Classes fill fast so register early.

Your completed registration form must be accompanied with payment.

Space will be limited so register early!

Dec My Minnesota Woods

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You can view the newsletter here.

Boozhoo! The Thirteen Moons Fond du Lac Tribal College Extension Program is proud to host the Gichi Manidoo Giizis Traditional Pow Wow and Workshop.
The mission of the Gichi Manidoo Giizis Traditional Pow Wow and Workshop is to bring together community members and federal, tribal, and state organizations to learn from one another about how we take care of the land and community.
Please see attached files for more information and Workshop Registration.pdf.

Gichi Manidoo Workshop Flyer.pdf
This workshop is for Farmer/Producers, Land Owners, Tribal, State & Federal Resource Management Programs.
Workshop Agenda (1).pdf will include
· USDA and NRCS Program Presentations
· Producer and Land owner Technical Assistance
· Seed Saving & Agriculture Presentation
· Tribal Resource Management Programs
To Register contact Nikki Crowe by January 7th by phone 218-878-7148 or email
There is no cost for this workshop, however donations for Pow Wow Dance Specials will be accepted.

Pow Wow Flyer.pdf
Grand Entry at 1pm and 7pm
Traditional Feast at 5pm
Information Tables on Tribal, State, and Federal Natural Resource Programs and Tribal Community Programs

Dec Headwaters Science Center Newsletter

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In This Issue
Science Store Ready
Saturday Science
New Years Eve Party
Science at Home


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Our December ArbLINK is available for your viewing by clicking on the link below:
Friends of Northland Arboretum - December 2014

If you are a Minnesota Master Naturalist, a Crow Wing County Master Gardener, or would like to get extra volunteer hours in before the end of the year, please be sure to give us a call! There is always something to do around our grounds and buildings!

...AND to get a head start on your volunteer hours for 2015 - consider volunteering for the upcoming 25th Annual Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza being held on Saturday, January 24, 2015 on Gull Lake's Hole in the Day Bay.
Contact us at if you are interested in volunteering for this wonderful event. Last year Northland Arboretum had 17 volunteers help out on the ice and in the buses. So get those snowmobile suits out of storage and email us to get on our volunteer list today!

To ALL Our Northland Arboretum supporters!

As we quickly come up to the end of 2014, your Northland Arboretum staff would like to thank you - our wonderful members, volunteers and supporters - for everything you have given to keep us here for all to enjoy! We could not be here without your generosity - be it your time, your in-kind donations and your monetary donations. We are humbly grateful. May you all enjoy the beauty of this season - and don't forget to give those close to you an extra hug - and a warm smile to those you pass by daily. It goes a long way!

Volunteer Safety Instructors

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Volunteer Safety Instructors (Metro and Central MN, NW, NE, and Southern MN)
Consider becoming a Certified Volunteer Safety Instructor in Firearms, Bowhunter Education, Snowmobile, ATV, or Wildlife Species!

Pass on a love for your sport by teaching youth and adults the ethics and safety you would expect from those you meet in the field. During the instructor training, applicants will learn about policy and procedures, teaching concepts, use of training aids and youth classroom training techniques.

Check current certified volunteer instructor classes or sign up for our instructor e-mail list to receive notification of any additional instructor training sessions.
All new instructor applicants and instructors seeking recertification must meet the requirements of being at least 18 years old and passing a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) background check. All applicants for any of the DNR safety programs must also complete the forms online and attend a volunteer instructor training course. There is no fee to attend.

If you are interested in becoming a DNR Certified Volunteer Safety Instructor, the process begins online: Get started now! And check out upcoming safety instructor courses.

Zebra Mussel Monitoring Program

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Zebra Mussel Monitoring Program (NE, NW, Southern, Metro area and Central MN)
Zebra mussels are spreading to lakes and rivers in the Midwest. These small invasive mussels attach to hard surfaces in lakes and rivers killing native mussels, limiting recreational activities, clogging water supply pipes, and competing with larval fish for food. You can provide important help tracking their distribution in Minnesota by spending a few minutes monitoring the lake or river where you live without any specialized equipment. Early detection for zebra mussels is important in protecting your property and Minnesota's water resources.

Learn more on how you can monitor for zebra mussels.

Volunteer LoonWatcher Survey

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Volunteer LoonWatcher Survey (NE, NW, Southern, Metro area and Central MN)
Volunteers that live on lakes or regularly visit lakes can participate in the Minnesota Volunteer LoonWatcher Survey as a volunteer "loon watcher". Loon watchers report on their lake at the end of the season providing information on nesting success, number of loons observed, interesting occurrences and problems that may negatively affect the loons. Anyone with an interest in loons can join this program and choose a lake to report on. Some volunteers have been in this program for many years.

For more information about the Minnesota Volunteer Loon Survey contact Kevin Woizeschke at or 218-833-8729.

Lake Level Minnesota Volunteering

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Lake Level Minnesota volunteering...
doing your level best! (NE, NW, Southern, Metro area and Central MN)
Whether it is floods, droughts, or just a normal year, lake level fluctuations (or the lack of them) are important to document. Lake levels are recorded on a regular basis, thanks to the efforts of volunteer observers. These volunteers are joining with the Minnesota Department of natural Resources to create permanent, credible, public lake level records.

Find out more about the Lake Level Minnesota program and Check lake levels with the LakeFinder

Adopt-a-River Program

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Adopt-a-River Program (NE, NW, Southern, Metro area and Central MN)
The Adopt-a-River program encourages Minnesota volunteers to "adopt" a section of a lake, river, wetland, ditch or ravine to ensure its long-term health through annual cleanups. Get involved!

State Natural Areas Assistance

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State Natural Areas Assistance (Metro and Central MN, NW, NE, and Southern MN)
State scientific and natural areas (SNA) are the premier state lands displaying examples of native prairies, old growth forests, geological features and habitat for rare and endangered species. The state natural areas program needs volunteers to work on projects at natural areas throughout the state. Projects are typically carried out on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, unless otherwise noted, many weekends throughout the year. Activities include prairie and woodland seed collection, planting seedlings, removal of exotic species, pulling buckthorn, and cutting and burning brush such as sumac.

These activities and other events posted on the SNA Program Events Calendar.

Historic Files Consolidation

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Historic Files Consolidation (Metro Area and Central MN)
Assist with sorting and scanning historical program files into an electronic format. This project will make historic records more accessible to internal staff as well as external stakeholders. The paper files involved may include any of the following: information on various local units of governments' regulations of water bodies, watershed district information, historical information, technical reports, photographs, meeting reports, policy information, or information on specific water bodies.

Volunteers with entry-level computer and typing skills are needed. Training will be provided. This work must be done at the DNR Central Region Headquarters, 1200 Warner Road, Saint Paul, MN 55106, anytime from 9 AM - 3 PM, Monday through Friday. Hours are flexible and any amount of time is acceptable, although preference will be given to those who can commit more time per day or more time overall. For more information contact Lindsey Peterson, Ecological and Water Resources, St Paul, at 651-259-5771 or email

Make 100 Tree Cookies

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Make 100 Tree Cookies (Metro and Central MN, NW, NE, and Southern MN)

Project Learning Tree (PLT) program is a natural resources education program for teachers across Minnesota. PLT needs volunteers to create "tree cookies" as teaching aides for teachers to use with their students. Tree cookies are slices of branches or trunks that show the rings of a tree. They are used to teach children how trees and other woody plants grow, environmental factors affecting tree growth, tree identification, and more. Teachers often don't have the time or capability to make these so volunteer help is greatly appreciated!

Slice the branches or trunk into half-inch thick, wafer-shaped "cookies" that are between three to six inches in diameter. Sand the surfaces until the rings appear. Finish the surfaces with clear varnish. "Interesting" cookies with easily readable rings are preferred (e.g. cookies that show history of disease, disturbance, or other story).

Labeling cookie species and location harvested is optional, but appreciated. This project can be done individually or with a group (scouts, 4-H, FFA, Kiwanis, etc.) You must provide your own tree or woody plant material, saws, sander, oven, varnish, and labor.

Tree Cookies - How to Make Your Own

When finished contact Laura Duffey, Project Learning Tree Coordinator, at 651-259-5263 or email to arrange for delivery to site and to get Minnesota DNR recognition! 100 cookies are enough for about three classes. So the more you can make, the better! They will be used!

Share your Best Shots

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Share Your Best Shots (Metro Area and Central MN, NW MN, NE MN, Southern MN)
Expand your outdoor photography! The DNR Parks and Trails Outreach section is looking for beautiful and scenic photos of Minnesota State Parks and Trails. Volunteers that are willing to share their photos of recreating in a Minnesota state park or trail will help expand the current DNR photo library and provide updated photos for publications, advertisements, the website and social media. Your photos have a chance of making it into print!

Here's all you have to do:
• Take high-resolution (300 dpi) digital images of recreation opportunities in Minnesota State Parks and Trails.
• Upload photos to the DNR photo uploader to share your best shots!

Volunteers must have access to a digital camera that takes high-resolution images, Internet accessibility to upload the photos and be familiar with Minnesota State Parks and Trails. The time commitment for this project would vary depending on how involved the volunteer would like to be. The bulk of the time would be spent traveling to a Minnesota State Park or Trail, taking photos and then uploading them to the DNR public photo site.

For more information, contact Claire Gahler, Communications Project Specialist, Parks and Trails Division, St Paul at 651-259-5647 or email

Geocaching Wrap-up Volunteers Needed

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Geocaching Wrap-up (Metro Area and Central MN)
A Geocaching Avian Adventure Bird Cache (or treasure box of trinkets and collectible Bird Cards) was hidden in every one of Minnesota's 76 state park and recreation areas, as well as on one state trail. Over the last two years, people were challenged to locate the Bird Cache using a hand-held GPS (global positioning system) unit. Now that this geocaching program has ended, Minnesota Parks and Trails would like to evaluate what worked and what didn't, and collect some statistics on participation. This is where you come in!

Volunteers will be going through the geocaching logbooks for all the parks and trails. Specifically, you will be counting the number of entries in the logbook as well as using sticky notes/flags to mark pages with any interesting notes visitors may have entered talking about their visit to the park/trail or their geocaching experience.

There are approximately 200 logbooks to go through. A minimum of 2 hours is desired and up to 6 volunteers may come in to work on this at one time! So grab your friends and come into the DNR Central Office, 500 Lafayette Rd N, St Paul, any day, Monday - Friday, between the hours of 9 AM to 4 PM. To sign up contact Rebecca Oestreich, Parks and Trails Division, at 651-259-5612 or email


Volunteer to be part of the Nerstrand Big Woods State Park Team (Metro Area and Central MN, Southern MN)

The following three volunteer positions work with park staff and are designed to enhance and enrich visitors' experiences at the park.

1. Monitor ski trails and report trail conditions:
Monitoring duties include removing small branches and sticks off the trail and reporting the need for larger branch removal. Volunteers must have their own X-Country skis and be able to ski 4-6 miles of trail.

2. Roving Naturalist - 6 weekends beginning March 27 - May 3:
Volunteer for 2 to 4 hour shifts to assist guests with wildflower identification of MN Dwarf Trout Lily on the boardwalk. Training and scheduling will begin in early March. Volunteers need to be able to walk ½ mile to the trail location and boardwalk.

3. Winter photography:
Photographer needs own digital camera and an understanding of winter photography and basic photo composition.

Background and experience in each area are helpful, however, a love of nature and a willingness to expand your personal knowledge and share that with park guests are the most essential qualifications to being a team player!

For more info on any of these positions contact Elaine Feikema, Park Manager, 9700 170 Street East, Nerstrand, MN 55053 at 507-333-4840 or email

Gooseberry Falls Candlelight Ski, Snowshoe, Hiking Event - Feb. 21 (Northeastern MN)
Enjoy a unique winter outdoor experience as you help with the preparations for Gooseberry Falls State Park's Annual Candlelight Event, Saturday February 21, 2015 near Two Harbors. This event is very popular and attracts hundreds of visitors to the park, but could not be offered without the assistance of volunteers! We plan to have cross-country ski loops, snowshoe and hiking trails (depending on weather conditions), all of which need to have candle illumination.

The event includes several miles of ski, snowshoe and hiking trail, plus hot beverages by the fire in the Visitor Center. A MN Ski pass is required for skiers and can be purchased at the park. The event may be cancelled for cold or icy conditions.

Volunteer Duties:
• Set out and light luminaries before and/or extinguish and pick up after the event (luminaries are a candle in a cup or bag placed beside the trail). We will split into teams to cover all trails and match volunteer abilities - children are welcome to help (families will work together).
• Other tasks available include tending the bonfire or setting up special luminary displays.
• Setup starts at 4:00 PM (arrive at Visitor Center by 3:45 PM for instructions).
• Bring something to share at the Volunteer potluck (after setup), then take your family out to enjoy the trails or sit by the fire in the Visitor Center!
• Takedown will begin at 8:15 PM - if you want to help with this part of the evening, you're invited to arrive early for the potluck! We're usually finished by 9:30 PM.

Volunteer for the entire evening or for a minimum time commitment of 2 hours. Please request your preferred task/time. Training will be provided. This would be a great group activity as upwards of 30+ volunteers are needed for this event! The more, the merrier!!!

All volunteers need the physical ability to travel over challenging terrain and be comfortable working in cold conditions. Bring skis to work on ski trails or snowshoes for snowshoe trail. Please dress for weather conditions and bring a backpack to carry supplies. Headlamps are also essential!!

For more information, contact Audrey Butts, Park Manager, Gooseberry Falls State Park, 3206 Hwy 61, Two Harbors, MN 55616 at 218-834-3855 x 222 or email

Rice Lake State Park Candlelight Ski/Hike/Snowshoe Event - Feb. 14 (Southern MN)
Enjoy the crisp winter weather by taking part in the preparations for the Rice Lake State Park Candlelight Ski, Hike and Snowshoe Event on Saturday February 14, 2015.

Volunteer Duties: Up to 10 volunteers will set out candles, light them, hike/ski the trail relighting candles and pick them back up at the end of the evening. Set up time and lighting of candles is from about 2 - 6 PM, maintaining the candles is from 6 - 9 PM, and tear down will be from 9 - 10 PM. Training will be provided. Volunteer for the entire evening or just one of these times. Please request your preferred task and time. Any length of shift is appreciated. Training will be provided. Older kids are welcome to volunteer with parents - families will work together.

Volunteers must be comfortable working in the outdoor environment being physically able and wearing warm winter clothing as appropriate. If you have available, bring a backpack to make it easier to carry candle materials. Dress for cold weather.

Rice Lake State Park is located at 8485 Rose Street, Owatonna, MN 55060, just 7 miles east of Owatonna. From Hwy 35, take exit 42A. Follow the signs to Rose Street. Go east on Rose Street to the park.

For more information contact Sandi Gatlin, Park Technician, at 507-455-5871 or email

Gateway State Trail 4th Annual Candlelight Event - February 14th (Metro Area and Central MN)
Volunteers will help with the preparations for the 4th Annual Candlelight Hike Event on the Gateway State Trail, Saturday February 14th, 2015. The event will begin in Maplewood at the intersection of White Bear Avenue and the Gateway State Trail near the Maplewood Community Center.

Duties: Up to 10 volunteers will set out candles, light them, hike the trail relighting candles or pick them back up at the end of the evening. Set up time is from about 3 to 4:30 p.m., lighting and relighting the candles is from about 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., and pick up will be from about 8 to 9:00 pm. Volunteers are also needed to assist with serving refreshments, overseeing a bonfire, and cleanup from the event.

Volunteer for the entire evening or just one of the times. Please request your preferred task/time. Any length of shift is appreciated. Training will be provided. Older kids are welcome to volunteer with parents - families will work together.

Volunteers must be comfortable working in the outdoor environment, i.e. being physically able, and wearing warm winter clothing as needed, etc. Backpacks are also helpful for carrying candle materials. Dress appropriately for cold weather.

For more information contact Jess Schein, Assistant Area Supervisor, Gateway State Trail, St Paul, at 651-259-5774 or email

Candlelight Ski/Snowshoe Event at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park - February 7 (Metro Area and Central MN, Southern MN)

Join us in creating a magical night of cross country skiing or snowshoeing (or walking, if there is no snow) on trails lit by the warm glow of luminaries! Volunteers are needed to assist with setting out luminaries along the 5 kilometers of ski trails, lighting the candles, and picking them up at the end of the evening. Help is needed on Saturday, February 7, 2015, between the hours of 4:30 - 9:30 PM. Up to 15 volunteers are needed for this event. This would be a great group activity! The event itself runs from 5:30 - 8:30 PM. Snowshoes are available to rent.

Volunteers need to be comfortable in dark, forested situations and physically able to work 2 - 3 hours outside in the cold weather. Listen for the barred owl at dusk and other winter night sounds. Hot beverages will warm your fingers and toes when you return to the Visitor Center!
Directions to Nerstrand Big Woods State Park: Take I-35 to State Highway 19 east into Northfield. Go south on State Highway 3, east on State Highway 246, then turn right onto County Road 29.
For more information, contact Elaine Feikema, Park Manager, 9700 170 Street East, Nerstrand, MN 55053 at 507-333-4840 or email

Split Rock Lighthouse Candlelight Snowshoe & Hike Event - Feb. 7 (Northeastern MN)
Enjoy the beautiful winter scenery at the annual candlelight snowshoe and hike event at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park in Two Harbors on Saturday, February 7, 2015. Put on your snowshoes or boots and trek along the shoreline to listen to the waves crash; or head into the woods and see the snow sparkle in the candlelight. Refreshments will be provided at the Trail Center, where visitors can warm up around a fire, roast marshmallows or enjoy a hot drink. This event is not possible without the commitment of volunteers. Experience the park in a unique outdoors setting that is not usually available on trails at night!

Volunteers are needed for the following duties:

Trail Crews: We need people to place candleholders along the trails, light candles, patrol the trails throughout the event and collect the candles and holders at the conclusion of the event. These folks will be working outside for 1 - 2 hours, so need to dress accordingly for the cold weather. All of these volunteers need to be in good physical condition, able snowshoe or walk 3 - 4 miles and help people have fun!

This is a one-day event on Saturday, February 7. The event itself runs from 6:00 - 8:30 PM, but set up volunteers are needed starting at 3:30 PM. Volunteers that can help for the whole event should be available from 3:30 PM - 10:00 PM, otherwise sign up for a few hours at the beginning or end. Volunteer registration will begin at 3:30 PM, trail setup will be from 3:30 - 5:00 PM, lighting will take place 4:30 - 6:00 PM and takedown will be 8:30 - 10:00 PM. Approximately 10 - 15 volunteers are needed for the day. Training will be provided. This would be a great individual or small group activity!

For more information or to volunteer, contact Dean Holm, Operations Supervisor, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, 3755 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd, Two Harbors, MN 55616 at 218-595-7621 or email

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is located at 3755 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd, Two Harbors, MN 55616, about 20 miles northeast of Two Harbors on MN Hwy 61.

PlayCleanGo Events at Sports Shows: January - March (Metro Area and Central MN, NW MN)

Support the outreach and education campaign "PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species In Your Tracks" by assisting staff in the booth at one or more of the sports shows listed below. Help educate recreationists about invasive species and the simple steps they can take to avoid accidently spreading terrestrial invasive species. By changing at-risk public behavior, the campaign's goal is to protect the state's natural resources.

• January 8 - 11, 2015: Minnesota Sportsmen's Show, River Center, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd, St Paul
• February 6 - 8, 2015: St. Cloud Sportsmen's Show, River's Edge Convention Center, 10 South 4th Ave., St. Cloud
• March 5 - 8, 2015: Red River Valley Sportsmen's Show, Fargodome, 1800 University Dr. North, Fargo, North Dakota
• March 25 - 29, 2015: Northwestern Sportsmen's Show, Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. South, Minneapolis

Volunteer Duties at Sports Show Events:
 Read over the talking points shared before the show.
 Arrive for your assigned shift on time. Shifts are 4 - 5.5 hours.
 Restock any of the materials that have run low (supplies will be under the table).
 Pick up and dispose of any trash.
 Be open, accessible and friendly.
 Engage show visitors and talk to them about the importance of stopping the spread of invasive species and action steps folks can take to help protect our natural resources.
 Pass out boot brushes and handouts as needed.
 Answer visitor questions to the best of your ability (as time allows, refer to the reference folder under the table).

Volunteer Qualifications Desired:
Volunteers must have a basic understanding of invasive species prevention and management, and be familiar with at least four or five of the worst terrestrial invasive species. Among them are the emerald ash borer, gypsy moths, common and glossy buckthorn, garlic mustard, spotted knapweed, common tansy, wild parsnip, Japanese beetle, Asian longhorned beetle, and European earthworms. The term "invasive" is reserved for the most aggressive nonnative species capable of changing site or living conditions for the worse where they establish.

Volunteers will receive a free ticket to the show for each day they sign up to help.

Click on the link(s) below to sign up for a 4 to 5.5 hour shift as per the following online Doodle polls:

• MN Sportsmen's Show, January 8-11, 2015 at the River Center in St Paul

• St Cloud Sportsmen's Show, February 6-8, 2015 at the River's Edge Conference Center in St Cloud

• Red River Valley Sportsmen's Show, March 5-8, 2015 at the Fargodome in Fargo, ND

• NW Sports Show March 25-29, 2015 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis

Contact Susan Burks, Forestry Invasive Species Program Coordinator, 500 Lafayette Rd, St Paul, MN 55155 at 651-259-5251 or email for more information.

Luce Line State Trail Candlelight Hike Event - Friday Night, Jan. 2 (Metro Area and Central MN)
Enjoy the winter season as you help with the preparations for the Luce Line State Trail Candlelight Hike event, Friday January 2, 2015. The event will begin in Plymouth at the intersection of Vicksburg Lane and the Luce Line State Trail.

Duties: Volunteers will set out candles, light them, hike the trails to relight them, serve refreshments, oversee a bonfire, and pick up the candles again at the end of the evening along with other cleanup from the event. Shifts will start at 3 PM and continue throughout the evening until 9 PM. Any length of shift is appreciated. Volunteer for the entire evening or just a part of it. Please request your preferred task and time. Training will be provided.

Volunteers must be comfortable working in the outdoor environment, i.e. being physically able, and wearing warm winter clothing as needed. Backpacks are also helpful for carrying candle materials for those helping directly on the trail.

This would be a great group activity as upwards of 10 volunteers are needed for this event. Older kids are welcome to volunteer with parents - families will work together.

For more information contact Jess Schein, Assistant Area Supervisor, Luce Line State Trail, St Paul, at 651-259-5774 or email

Dec Maplewood Parks and Rec Activities

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Letters for Santa (Ages 2-10)

Calling all boys and girls! Bring your wish lists and join us for our Letters for Santa get together. Our elves will have everything that you need to write and decorate the perfect letter to Santa - we'll even mail it for you! Enjoy holiday stories and delicious treats while you create. Parents are welcome to stay. Children must be potty trained if parents choose to leave. Cost is $5.00

Santa's Workshop Party (Ages 3-10)
Hey kids, join us for breakfast treats while your parents are out holiday shopping or working out at the MCC. Join Santa and the gang for a razzle-dazzle good ol' time. We'll have a visit from Santa, games, musics, movies, arts and crafts, holiday stories and much more! Bring an unwrapped girft for Toys for Tots and you'll receive a special prize. Cost is $10.00 ($7.00 for MCC members).

Just Go! Sports (Ages 3-6)

Join your child in a fun, non-competitive environment that will introduce them to the world of sports. Children and their parents will participate in fun games and drills using special equipment designed for younger children. Max 8 participants. Parents must accompany child during classes. Cost is $45.00 ($35.00 for MCC members).

Gym & Swim (Ages 3-6)
Give your active preschooler the opportunity to burn some energy in this great class! Fun gym games and plenty of splashing in the pool is bound to make for a fabulous day. Please have your child dressed with a swimsuit under their clothes. Cost is $50.00 ($40.00 for MCC members).

Youth Soccer Clinic (Ages 4-12)
In these clinics your child will learn the basic fundamentals of each sport. Step-by-step instruction an d fun games will help each student learn proper technique while having fun! Each participant will receive a clinic shirt! Cost is $55.00 ($45.00 for MCC members).
Ages 4-6 : 5:30PM - 6:25PM
Ages: 7-9: 6:30PM - 7:25PM
Ages 10-12: 7:30PM - 8:25PM

Beginner Group Guitar Lessons
(Adults, Teens, and Kids 10+)
6:00PM - 7:00PM
Give the Gift of Music! Looking for a fun, out of the box gift for someone this holiday season? Give the gift of music with these affordable beginner group guitar lessons! Learn to play chords, songs and tune your guitar with easy instructions. Participants are required to bring their own guitar. Cost is $83.00 ($73.00 for MCC members).

New Year's Party at the Nature Center
(Families w/ children ages 3-10)
Bring in the New Year with fun indoor and outdoor activities, treats, crafts, music, and games including a glow in the dark scavenger hunt. We'll provide hotdogs and a campfire. You provide the laughter and the New Year's stories! Cost is $15.00 per family. Registration deadline is December 30.

Build a Birdfeeder (Grades 2+ w/ Adult)
OR 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Perfect for small scout groups! Build a birdfeeder with reclaimed cedar fencing. Birdfeeders make a cherished homemade gift for a special someone, or are wonderful to keep for your own winter enjoyment! Learn about our native winter birds. Cost is $5.00 per birdfeeder. Registration deadline is December 11.

Register for activities here.

For more information on upcoming programs, events, and hosting a birthday party at the Nature Center call 651.249.2170

Audubon Center of the North Woods Newsletter

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Wonder, adventure and discovery for all at our Winter Family Escape!

Early Bird deadline extended through Friday!
Why not celebrate the year end by spending time with your family in the north woods, and making memories that last a lifetime! Escape the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and join us for this exciting family adventure! Activities that your family can participate in during your stay at the Center range from active programs such as climbing wall and snow sculpture to educational programs such as Minnesota Mammals and Winter Ways of Native Cultures to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and kicksledding to quiet activities such as crafts and sleigh rides.

Because the Early Bird Discount deadline happened to fall on Thanksgiving weekend, we are extending the discount for registrations made through this Friday, 12/15/14 - save 10%! Register via phone at 888-404-7743 or click here to register online.

New Year's Eve at the Lake
Celebrating 50 Years of Wilderness
with Kevin Proescholdt, Conservation Director for Wilderness Watch
A half-century ago, President Johnson signed the 1964 Wilderness Act. This landmark law took 8 years of work to make it through Congress, and established wilderness protections for the first time in the federal statutes. It also established the National Wilderness Preservation System of 9.1 million acres, which included (with some struggle) the million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Today, the National Wilderness Preservation System has grown to 110 million acres. Kevin Proescholdt will describe the background and importance of the Wilderness Act, its many successes, and some of the challenges remaining ahead.

Appetizers and dinner at 6:00 p.m.; presentation following dinner
Adults: $25...Children ages 5-12 yrs: $18

Call 320-245-2648 or email for reservations

2015 Events Calendar

Below is a listing of our 2015 events, subject to change.
Visit our Calendar of Events for more information and details.

Winter Phenology Weekend w/ Larry Weber - 1/30-2/1/15
Dinner at the Lake - 2/14/15
Wilderness First Responder Course - 3/14-21/15
Maple Syrup Day/Brunch - 3/28/15
Food & Farms Weekend - 4/17-19/15
Dinner at the Lake - 4/18/15
Women's Wellness & Adventure Weekend - 5/1-3/15
Spring Phenology Weekend w/ Larry Weber - 5/8-10/15
Mother's Day Brunch - 5/10/15
Birding Bonanza Weekend - 6/5-7/15
Dinner at the Lake
Migration Mysteries - 6/7-12/15
Migration Mysteries - 6/14-19/15
Forkhorn II Camp - 6/15-19/15
Exploring Lake Superior's South Shore - 6/20-28/15
Outdoor Adventures Camp - 6/28-7/3/15
Summer Family Escape - 7/5-10/15
Woods, Waters, & Wildlife Family Camp - 7/12-17/15
St. Croix Family Canoe Camp - 7/17-19/15
Ways of Wildlife camp - 7/26-31/15
North Shore Family Camp - 7/31 - 8/2/15
Exploring Lake Superior's South Shore - 8/1-9/15
Backpacking on Superior Hiking Trail - 8/2-7/14
BWCA Expedition camp - 8/9-14/15
Hooked on Fishing camp - 8/16-21/15
Paddling Sigurd Olson's Canoe Country - 8/16-23/15
Migration Mysteries - 8/23-28/15
Migration Mysteries - 8/30-9/4/15
Migration Mysteries - 9/6-11/15
Women's Superior Hiking Trail Weekend - 9/11-13/15
Paddling Sigurd Olson's Canoe Country - 9/13-20/15
'Autumn at the Audubon' Open House - 9/26/15
Renewable Trail Run - 9/26/15
Women's Wellness & Adventure Weekend - 10/2-4/15
Dinner at the Lake - 10/17/15
Winter Family Escape - 12/27-30/15
New Year's Eve at the Lake - 12/31/15

For more info about or to register for any of our upcoming events:

Call us:

Visit the Calendar of Events on our website:

Email us:

Forest Insect & Disease Newsletter

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Speak out and help us improve how we communicate!
If you like to speak your mine, you've come to the right place. Take our short survey and help us improve how we communicate forest health information with you. We want to hear what you think!

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In this issue:

Summer highlights

Bur oak blight summary for 2014

Noteworthy EAB confirmations since last Newsletter
Spider mites caused yellow spruce needles this fall in southern MN
Acorns: to be, or not to be?

2014 Aerial survey results
18 maps depict damage by causal agents

Feature article
The impacts of Diplodia infections on red pine silviculture and productivity

Dec. SEEK Bulletin

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Happy Holidays from SEEK!
On behalf of all SEEK Partners, we would like to thank you for your support and dedication to environmental education in Minnesota.

Blessings this Holiday Season,
Colleen Schoenecker, SEEK Coordinator

In this issue:

Hormel Nature Center
Professional Development
EE News
General Resources
Funding Resources

1. PWLC News
Autumn on the Prairie
We enjoyed a dry, sunny, and warm fall in September and October. Our wetlands have now frozen over and we have a few inches of snow on the ground with temperatures more like January. Bird migration is finishing up with blackbirds, geese including "cacklers," ducks, hawks, and bald eagles making their way south. American tree sparrows and common redpolls, two winter resident species, have made the scene preceded by juncos. We are noticing more deer and muskrats this fall than in summer or even the previous years. Now when we travel off-trail we flush up the occasional meadow vole. Our late blooming flowers are all finished. How is fall progressing in your school yard, backyard, refuge, or park? As our national day of thanks approaches, what are you thankful for in nature?

Scheduling Your Class
A brief reminder that when contacting the PWLC to book your dates here, please call Terrie Eidal at 218-998-4481. You can also email her at Terrie handles all of our calendar scheduling for all groups visiting the PWLC. Thank you!

Yellow Bus Fund
At the PWLC, students have the chance to explore a prairie, sample the life of a wetland, and discover the beauty of a vanishing landscape. The Friends of the PWLC feel all schools should be able to visit the PWLC regardless of funding. Thanks to a grant they secured, the Friends provide up to 50% reimbursement for classes that cannot otherwise afford to visit. The funds pay for transportation to and from the Center for both daytime and overnight visits. For more information, contact Terrie Eidal at the PWLC at 218-998-4481.

A Better Season for Monarchs
The PWLC experienced its 5th best tagging season this past August and September since tagging started 16 years ago! A total of 170 volunteers tagged a total of 402 monarchs, 214 females and 188 males. Of the 402 monarchs tagged, 62 were reared in captivity. (Graph that data with your class.) The jury is still out on the current monarch status internationally. You can help monarchs by tagging (thanks!!!), growing milkweed and other native prairie flowers in your yard or on your land, and avoiding mowing and spraying milkweed if you can. Monarchs need it! Visit for more info and great ideas like becoming an monarch waystation. For more PWLC monarch data that you can use with your students, please see the background section in our 2nd grade fall lesson,

Tips for Dressing Warm in the Cold
Tried and true tips from the PWLC and the Prairie Science Class, students and teachers who use the outdoor classroom almost every day, even in winter!

  • Layer your clothing -- long johns work wonders as well as sweaters and sweat shirts over turtlenecks or long-sleeved t-shirts.

  • Tuck your shirt into your pants to avoid that up-the-back drafty chill or snow.

  • Mittens are warmer than gloves because your fingers can directly share body heat. Better yet, layer a thin pair of mittens under a heavy pair of mittens.

  • Wear real socks. No footies, no anklets. Knee-length socks are best. Thick winter socks beat athletic socks hands-down.

  • Use everything you've got - snaps, Velcro, hoods, and zip all the way to the top of the coat collar to cover your neck and chest.

  • A scarf or face mask protects exposed cheeks from wind and frost nip and seals the space where the hood joins the coat collar.

  • Bib overall snow pants are warmer and more effective at keeping out the cold and snow than regular snow pants.

  • Look for snow pants with built in gaiters and tuck those gaiters into your boots. Fasten the boots and then pull the ends of your snow pants down over your boots to keep snow from sneaking inside.

  • Once back inside, remove boots and boot liners so they can dry out before the next use (they do get sweaty).

Staffing Update
Our visitor services manager, Matt Conner, accepted a position at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska and moved there with his family in August. They are thoroughly enjoying the scenery and wildlife! While we are glad for their incredible opportunity, we also miss them as the whole family was involved with the PWLC. We wish them all the best in their new life! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is in the process of filling Matt's position - we'll update you in the winter newsletter.

PWLC Events

Nature at Night, Thursday, December 11, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Dress for an outdoor adventure searching for the PWLC's largest mammal, the white-tailed deer. Come back inside for a Backyard Almanac on white-tails, meet the deer family tree, and make an antler head band to wear home. You can also do some holiday shopping in the Bluestem Store. The store is operated by the Friends of the PWLC, and proceeds from your purchases stay local to help support education at the PWLC. All ages are welcome, and it's free!

2015 Workshops for Educators and the Public
Mark your calendars for these upcoming, free professional development and enrichment opportunities at the PWLC. We provide clock hours certificates for any teachers who participate. For more info or to register, call 218-998-4480 or email
March 28 Wildlife through the Lens, 9 am - 12 noon
Capture the beauty of wildlife and nature through a camera lens. Bring your own camera or use ours. Call to register. Free.
July 10 Fireflies at Night, 10 pm - 11 pm
Learn how and why nature's fireworks light up the sky, collect them outside and examine them up close! Free.
July 20-23 Teaching in the Outdoor Classroom, see below for details.
July 24 Moths at Midnight 10 pm-11:30 pm
Discover the nocturnal life of moths & explore in the field with lights Free.
October 17 Intro to Birding, 10 am - noon
All about birds ... families welcome! Call to register. Free.

Teaching in the Outdoor Classroom, July 20-23, 2015
For all adults who work with children ... Workshop participants may teach any grade level and have the opportunity to apply their new skills each day with a small group of interested students. This workshop is not just a learning opportunity for teachers - it is held in conjunction with the Summer Explorers Biology Camp for students entering 5th and 6th grades in the fall. Working together as a team, we explore the many ways to use an outdoor classroom to enhance and strengthen a child's education. Participants receive 30 hours of clock hour instruction and workshop materials. Dormitory lodging is available for no charge. Instructors: ISD 544 Prairie Science Class teachers Mona Davis; and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service educators Molly Stoddard and Dave Ellis. Registration opens in late winter at the Friends of PWLC web site, For more info, please contact

Other Resources

Environmental Education Cohort
Join a dedicated group of educators focused on integrating and embedding environmental education and outdoor instruction into every day teaching practice. This group usually meets the first Saturday of each month from 9:30-12:00 noon at the Bloomington Education and Visitor Center of Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. For an updated list of session dates, locations, and themes, please go to Come prepared to spend a bit of time outdoors at each session. Note: Those who attend at least 3 sessions are eligible to receive a classroom set of Jeffers Journals for your students. To learn more about the Jeffers Foundation go to Call Suzanne Trapp at (952) 361-4502 for more information and to register. REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED to ensure they have teaching materials for you. Register online at

Phenology Calendars Available Again for 2015!
The Wisconsin Wildlife Phenology Calendar incorporates Aldo Leopold and Nina Leopold Bradley's average dates for phenological events in Wisconsin, paired with stunning wildlife photography. This year, we partnered with Wisconsin Wetlands Association to feature wetland signal species. Each month, learn a new plant or animal that can help to tell you if your wetland is healthy. Order yours from the Aldo Leopold Foundation store,

Words on Fire: Fire Island Wilderness Poetry Slam
Join three teen poets from New York City on an adventure to the wilderness of Fire Island National Seashore. Here, these young city dwellers discover a natural sanctuary sheltered from the fast paced frenzy of urban life. And it's only a train ride away! As Ramya, Gabe and Sergio explore this coastal wilderness with spoken word poetry, each begins to form a deeper understanding of their personal relationship to the natural world.


Brought to You by...
This seasonal environmental education (EE) e-mail is provided by the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. If you know of other educators who may be interested in receiving this e-mail, we welcome you to forward this message to them or ask them to send an e-mail to with their name, school district, grade level(s), subjects, and city/state. We also welcome your feedback at anytime. If there is something in particular that you would like us to share, please let us know.

Find us on Facebook
Check it out and "like" us! We post announcements of visiting schools, nature discoveries, student journal quotes, photos, and/or events on a daily basis. You will know you have the official page when you see the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service emblem in the profile photo.

"This sudden plash into pure wildness - baptism in Nature's warm heart - how utterly happy it made us! Nature streaming into us, wooingly teaching her wonderful glowing lessons... . Here without knowing it we were still at school; every wild lesson a love lesson... ."

John Muir, The Story of My Boyhood and Youth

Humming for Bees - St. Louis Park

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Master Naturalists from St Louis Park are invited to join Humming for Bees as we plan and meet with the city council to encourage St Louis Park to become a bee safe city. Aspects of the resolution include banning the use of systemic neonicotinoid pesticides and planting pesticide-free pollinator plants on city land.

Humming for Bees meetings are every other Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at local public libraries. Our next meeting will be November 30 at Ridgedale Library. We are expecting to meet with the city council in January. Please see our website,, or contact Judy Chucker ( or Melissa Hochstetler ( for more information.

Western Monarch Count

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A new web site is launched to support volunteers counting monarchs in California -- and new energy is brought to monarch conservation in the United States thanks to a memo from the president.

Knowing how many monarch butterflies there are and where they overwinter is vital information that shapes protection efforts. Monarchs ranging from British Columbia to Arizona migrate primarily to the California coast, where they overwinter in wooded groves scattered from San Diego to Mendocino. The Western Monarch Count is an annual citizen-science project that collects data on the status of these monarchs during the overwintering season. Xerces has launched the Western Monarch Count web site to support this effort and help coordinate the count.

The height of this volunteer effort occurs during three weeks surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday. Those three weeks are starting now -- and you could join in! Roughly 100 overwintering sites are monitored each year, but we know of approximately 450 sites that monarchs are currently using or have used in the past. With your help we can monitor more sites and paint a clearer picture of the status of this vital monarch habitat. The new website allows volunteers to find sites to monitor, read information about those sites, and contact regional count coordinators. The project will also use social media to enable volunteers to connect with each other and share count information.

In the last year, a revived energy has been brought to monarch conservation in North America -- in large part due to President Obama issuing a memorandum that directs U.S. government agencies to do what they can to protect the butterfly. Xerces has been protecting monarchs since the 1980s, placing us in a good position to help. Through the Monarch Joint Venture, Xerces is helping the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Mexican agencies revise the tri-national North American Monarch Conservation Plan. We are also assisting other federal agencies to develop monarch conservation strategies (including the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Forest Service) and collaborating with NatureServe to complete a status review of the monarch in North America.

But don't worry if you are not able to help count monarchs this fall, there are still things you can do to conserve monarchs:

  • Help map milkweed. Each spring, monarchs leave the California coast and disperse across several western states, searching for milkweed plants on which to lay their eggs. We are also searching for milkweed plants and creating maps of likely monarch breeding areas. You can help with this by contributing to the Milkweed Survey in spring and summer.

  • Plant native milkweed. This can be in your backyard, at your workplace, or at your school. Find sources of local, native milkweed seed in your state using our Milkweed Seed Finder.

  • Plant native flowers. Monarchs need nectar to provide energy to migrate, breed, and overwinter. For information about which flowers to plant, visit the Bring Back the Pollinators web page.

  • Avoid using insecticides and herbicides. These may kill butterflies or caterpillars, or kill the plants that monarchs use for nectaring or breeding.

  • Get involved in another citizen science project. The Western Monarch Count web site has a directory of projects in other parts of the continent.

  • Support the Xerces Society's monarch conservation efforts.

Master Water Stewards Training

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Want to protect clean water in a lake or stream you care about? The Master Water Stewards program can give you the knowledge, skills, and network to make it happen!

2015 is the last year training will be offered at no cost to the participant. Applications are due by Dec. 20. Interested applicants must attend one of the following hour-long informational sessions:

Thurs., Dec. 4 -- 6:30 p.m., MCWD Offices (15320 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minnetonka, MN 55345)
Tues., Dec. 16-- 6:30 p.m., MCWD Offices
The program offers extensive training from top industry professionals -- engineers, educators, planners and more. Participants will also build a network with like-minded peers, with an emphasis on creativity and collaboration.

Armed with that knowledge, Stewards build projects in their communities that protect water quality and work to educate their neighbors on clean water issues. Past certified Stewards have installed raingardens, rain barrels, cisterns, and water-permeable walkways that catch polluted rainwater before it makes it to a nearby lake or stream.

The program is a partnership between the Freshwater Society and Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD), made possible by a grant from the state Clean Water Fund. Participants must live in a city that is within the MCWD. Learn more at

Fall/Winter Call of the North Newsletter

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The Call of the North Fall Winter 2014.pdf is the quarterly newsletter of the North Country Trail Association for North Dakota & Minnesota.

Minnesota Zoo NEW Teen/Adult Programs

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Horticulture Tours
A New View of the Tropics Trail
We're not just a zoo; we're the Minnesota Zoological Garden. Botanists and plant-lovers, come on out to learn more about the amazing variety of plants along our Tropics Trail. With the zoo closed to the public, you'll get a unique tour led by one of our horticulturalist staff, as you discover plants native to exotic locale around the world but raised right here in the Zoo's greenhouses.
DATE/TIME: December 4 from 5-6 p.m.
AGES: 16 years old - adult
FEES: Members: $10 per person; Non-members: $12 per person
More information on Horticulture Tours

Photography at the Zoo
This series of photography programs includes sessions perfect for photography beginners, professional photographers, and everyone in between. Learn tips and tricks-of-the-trade from photography experts, and take advantage of the chance to see and photograph the Zoo's animals without the crowds, as the Zoo will be closed to the public. A Zoo naturalist will also assist with each program to answer questions and share fun facts about the trails and their animals. Each session offers a new focus and the chance to visit a new area of the Zoo - bring your cameras and come back often!
AGES: 16 years old - adult
FEES: Members: $35 per person; Non-members: $40 per person

Bypassing Barriers
The Minnesota Zoo is a great place to test your photography skills; where else will you find a 900+ lb grizzly bear on the other side of your lens without going to Alaska? Sometimes figuring out how to get that great animal photo without the fence or glass can be a bit of a challenge though...Come to our inaugural photo workshop to learn some handy ways to "bypass the barrier" and other useful camera tricks.
DATE/TIME: November 30 from 8-10 a.m.

Focusing on Focus: Selection Point Strategies
Whether you're shooting in the wild or at the zoo, taking advantage of your camera's auto-focus abilities is often crucial to capturing the best photos of nimble critters. Whether you're using a full-featured DSLR or a point & shoot, this workshop will explore the ins and outs of your camera's focusing options before heading out to the Tropics Trail and its aviary for practice.
DATE: January 31 from 8-10 a.m.
More information on Photography at the Zoo

Our World Speaker Series
Join wildlife and wild place experts as they share their amazing stories of working around the world on conservation and environmental issues. Free to attend! However, space is limited, so pre-registration is required.

Critters I Have Known...with Ron Schara and RavenSpeakerSeriesRonScharaAndRaven
Ron Schara, and his trusted black lab, Raven, began sharing stories of the outdoor lifestyle back in 1995. Ron will be sharing some of his more memorable stories from his travels and experiences throughout Minnesota, highlighting the fascinating critters that call Minnesota home.
DATE/TIME: December 10 from 7-9 p.m.
More information on Our World Speaker Series

For more information, please email or call the Education Scheduler at 952-431-9320

Minnesota Harvester Handbook

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The Harvester Handbook is now available at Minnesota's Bookstore. The retail price is $24.95. Quantities of five or more for use in educational programs or for resale may be purchased for $20 per copy. Contact Mary Mikes at Minnesotas Bookstore -- -- 651-297-3979 to place orders for five or more books.

For information about the book visit

Citizen Science Wolf Tracking Project

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this story is about a Minnesota guy starting a citizen science wolf tracking project. He's among Midwest Mountaineering's Outdoor Adventure Expo presenters this weekend. Plans still in the works re: setting up training; when we talked he was aiming for December.

The link:

Nov. The LEAFlet

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Your Online Source for K-12 Forestry Education News, Stories and Resources can be viewed here.

Dear Master Naturalist,

Are you knowledgeable about the threats and impacts aquatic invasive species have on our natural areas, or do you wish to expand on your knowledge?

For the second year in a row, Minnesota Sea Grant cordially invites you to co-host an aquatic invasive species exhibit at the Northern Green Expo, which will be held Wednesday, January 14th through Friday, January 16th at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Sign up for a shift by Tuesday, December 9th:

Trade show only: FREE (a $25 savings)
To attend classes: $100 for all three days or $75 for one day.
To take advantage of this special offer, you need to sign up for one shift at the booth (to qualify as an exhibitor) AND email me directly at so we can work out registration details. This pricing reflects a $50 savings for people who are not members of supporting organizations.
Class information can be found here: Education - Northern Green Expo
Other Information
Northern Green Expo info: You will find trade show hours, directions, and parking information here. You will be responsible for your own parking expenses.
AIS knowledge: It is not a requirement that you know much about AIS, as you will be paired with an AIS expert. You do need to be friendly, engaging, and interested in outreach. If you want to brush up on your AIS knowledge, here are two links for you:,

I hope to see you there! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me: 218-726-8305.

Kind regards,

Marte Kitson

Fall Water Resources News

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From Shore to Shore Newsletter

Greetings Shoreland and Water Quality Steward!

The Fall issue of the "From Shore to Shore" newsletter is now posted on the website for you to view and/or download. To access it, please go to:

This issue includes the following articles:
Small Town, Big Project: Reducing Pollutants Entering the Blue Earth River
Green Infrastructure for Clean Water: Costs & Benefits to our Communities
What's being done about Asian Carp?
Low Salt Diet: What is Nine Mile Creek Doing
SNAPSHOTS: Water Resources Team Programming & Research - Recent Past & Upcoming Opportunities

Please feel free to share the newsletter with others; reproduce articles for other newsletters (please credit "From Shore to Shore" as the source); and submit shoreland and water quality articles, pictures of projects, upcoming local events, and suggestions for topics for upcoming issues. Your input and feedback are always welcome!

If you have difficulty accessing the website, please let me know. Also, please notify Heidi Olson-Manska,, if your email address changes. If you wish to unsubscribe to this newsletter, please send an email to with "Unsubscribe to From Shore to Shore" in the subject line.

Karen Terry, Extension Educator-Water Resource Team
University of Minnesota Extension
Regional Office, Morris
WC Research/Outreach Ctr.
46352 State Highway 329
Morris, MN 56267

Voice: 320-589-1711
Fax: 320-589-4870

2014 Lake Friendly Awards Winners Announced

The Lake Friendly Awards Committee proudly announced the 2014 Lake Friendly Award Winners at a Brainerd Area Environmental Learning Network-sponsored event on October 9, 2014. This was the 12th consecutive year of recognition of lake friendly activities by citizens and collaborations of organizations to protect our area water resources.

Winners were selected in several categories this year as follows. In the category of Lake Friendly Stewardship, Margaret Blistain and Peter Berg were recognized for shoreland restoration to native vegetation on Bay Lake in Crow Wing County. For Lake Friendly Protection Strategy, Crow Wing County and Dan Steward were recognized for the innovative 2013 Crow Wing County Water Plan. The Water Plan created a methodology to prioritize protection and restoration implementation efforts for the county. This plan provides opportunity to measure and quantify implementation efforts. Also in the category of Lake Friendly Protection Strategy, the Army Compatible Use Buffer Program, Camp Ripley Area, was recognized for protecting the rural character of Morrison, Crow Wing and Cass counties. Their partnership has maintained and improved water quality and habitat along the Mississippi, Crow Wing, Gull and Nokasippi rivers.

In the category for River Stewardship, the Brainerd Rotary Club, was recognized for their efforts in protecting land from development along the Mississippi River including wetlands downstream from Buffalo Creek. They purchased the land and donated it to the City of Brainerd which will maintain it as a park with trails and wildlife viewing.

John Allen, Bar Harbor on Gull Lake in Cass County, was recognized in the category of Lake Friendly Lakescaping for installing a shoreland buffer and rain gardens. Also in the category of Lake Friendly Lakescaping, Charles and Julie Costa were recognized for their work in restoring shoreland on Lake Ossawinnamakee in Crow Wing County by adding two rain gardens and a shoreline buffer on their property.

At this event, honors were given in memory of Alan Cibuzar, Chief Executive Officer, A.W. Research Laboratories (1971-2014) and Image Engineering, Inc. (1981-2014). Mr. Cibuzar dedicated his life and work to sustaining the quality of Minnesota lakes.

The awards event was also highlighted by an engaging presentation by Paul Radomski, author of Lakeshore Living: Designing Lake Places and Communities in the Footprints of Environmental Writers. Radomski shared facts about the impacts on our lakes and strategies for maintaining clean water and healthy water resources into the future.

Partners for the Lake Friendly Awards include Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society, Crow Wing County Lakes and Rivers Alliance, Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District, Jerry Raedeke, Minnesota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Nongame Wildlife Program, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources consecutive year of recognition of lake friendly activities by Section of Fisheries, The Nature Conservancy and the University of Minnesota Extension.

Source: Eleanor Burkett, Extension educator/specialist in water resources, U of M Extension Regional Office, Brainerd, MN (218)828-2326,

Discovery Farms Minnesota helps farmers protect water quality and soil fertility

Discovery Farms in Minnesota are capturing real-world data on water run-off from Minnesota farm fields.

Read more at:

Column: Imagine how it could be

How clean do we need our lakes and rivers to be before we're satisfied we've accomplished our goals? Is it enough that they don't catch on fire, or do we hold the bar a bit higher? Early in the morning, beneath a blanket of stars, it's easy to dream big and imagine things as they could be.

Read more at:


Events Calendar

Flux32 - Introductory
Date: November 19, 2014
Location: Chanhassen, MN
Contact: Shahram Missaghi

Flux32 - Advanced
Date: January 14, 2015
Location: TBD
Contact: Shahram Missaghi

32nd Annual Red River Basin Land & Water International Summit Conference
Date: January 20-22, 2015
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Contact: Leah Thvedt

Shoreland Buffer Basics
Date: February 5, 2015
Location: Windom, MN
Contact: Karen Terry, 218-770-9301,

Partnership for River Restoration & Science in the Upper Midwest Symposium
Date: February 8-11, 2015
Location: Dubuque, Iowa
Contact: Barbara Heitkamp

Linking Land Use and Water Quality
Date: March 25 or 26, 2015
(same workshop each day)
Location: Fulda, MN
Contact: Karen Terry, 218-770-9301,

Let It Rain: Using Rain Gardens & Rain Barrels
Date: May 29, 2015
Location: Windom, MN
Contact: Karen Terry, 218-770-9301,

For the most current calendar items and more details, visit

Nov My Minnesota Woods

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Check out the lasted issue of My Minnesota Woods here.

Pollinators3 (NEW Three-Part Series)

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Pollinators3 (NEW Three-Part Series)
What You Need to Know and How to Make a Difference

The news media is crammed with reports on declining pollinator populations. But what are the facts, and more importantly, how can you be part of the conversation? University of Minnesota researchers and industry professionals will reveal the truth behind the headlines. Come and explore the complex relationship between pollinators and plants that ultimately affects people. Investigate the hot-topics around pesticides and pollinators, and the impact of legislation and policies to effect change. Learn ways to support pollinators - from home landscapes to national forums. Discover what difference you can make.

Attend an individual session, or bundle them all!
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, MacMillan Auditorium
Part 1: Plants & People - Thursday, November 6, 2014, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Part 2: Pesticides & Other Problems - Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Part 3: Policies & Politics - Thursday, May 21, 2015, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Learn more and register
Each Individual Session: $20 member/$25 Master Gardener & Master Naturalists/$32 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
3-Session Bundle Bundle and Save!: $48 member/$60 Master Gardener & Master Naturalists/$77 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Certificate(s) of Attendance will be available for Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, or others who wish to verify their participation.

Details on this series can be found here