May 1-June 1 - A is for Afton, Z is for Zippel Bay

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A is for Afton, Z is for Zippel Bay:
An Exploration of Minnesota State Parks
Artworks by Robyn Beth Priestley

May 1 through June 1, 2014

AZ Gallery
308 Prince Street, St. Paul, Minnesota

Opening Reception: Friday, May 2, 2014; 6:00-9:00 p.m.

The AZ Gallery is pleased to host A is for Afton, Z is for Zippel Bay: An Exploration of Minnesota State Parks, an exhibit by Robyn Beth Priestley that showcases new artwork inspired by Minnesota's state parks.

Selecting 26 of Minnesota's 68 state parks to include in her alphabet of explorations, Priestley highlights parks throughout the state, including the oldest park (Itasca, founded in 1891) and the newest park (Lake Vermilion, established in 2013). "I wasn't after the typical park scene," she explains. "I searched for the essence of each park--how it makes me feel and what strikes me--as well as what is iconic and inspiring about each park. I hope the viewer will come away with a sense of each park and be inspired to visit and experience the glory of all of these parks."

She goes on to say, "I came up with the project, and applied for the Artists Initiative Grant through the Minnesota State Arts Board. I've been inspired artistically and professionally by the wealth of natural areas we are so lucky to have in this state, and I wanted to do a project that highlighted the natural world in some way. Most people have visited a state park at some point, and I thought that this would be a great way to remind people of what state parks have to offer, and to enliven our sense of responsibility for the natural world."

Created in 2014, the mixed media works blend painting and block printing, a technique Priestley developed through years of experimentation. They reflect her love of Japanese and Arts and Crafts woodblock prints, but have a completely modern feel. After visiting, sketching, and researching the parks, she created linoleum block prints, mounted them on birch wood gallery panels, and painted them with acrylic paints.

Robyn Beth Priestley received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in printmaking and textiles. She is a member of Project Art for Nature, and the Women's Environmental Artists Directory. She is also a non-profit administrator, and has worked at the Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota, amongst other conservation and arts groups. She recently received her Minnesota Master Naturalist certification.

After AZ Gallery showing, the exhibit will be shown at the Great Lakes Aquarium's Merrill-Lynch Fine Art Gallery in Duluth, Minnesota, from September 13, 2014 through January 11, 2015 and at the Silverwood Park Gallery Annex, St. Anthony, Minnesota, from January 15, 2015 through March 13, 2015.

The AZ Gallery is located in the Northern Warehouse Building on the corner of Fourth and Broadway in downtown St. Paul.

Regular weekly hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 5:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The gallery is open other hours by appointment and can be reached at (651) 224-3757 and www.theazgallery.org.

Robyn Beth Priestley is a fiscal year 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to an appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

ARBOR DAY: GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD TREES
Free. All Ages.
At Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th Street, Maplewood, MN 55119.
Saturday May 10, 1:30-4:30 pm
How many neighborhood trees can you identify? Come to Maplewood Nature Center to learn to recognize common Minnesota trees and hear fun facts about them.

1:30-2:30 pm - Tree identification walk around Nature Center visitor center. Register by May 9.
Register online at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com.
If you need help with registration, call 249-2170 for more info.

2:30-4:00 pm - Tree crafts and activities for families. Drop in for these self-guiding activities.

Sept 20 Hawk Ridge Trip

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Hawk Ridge Trip

Trip Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8 am - 10 pm
Cost: $95/person
CEUs: 6 CEUs available

Twenty different species of raptors migrate along the north shore of Lake Superior, following the ridge line as they make their way from summering grounds as far north as the Arctic to wintering grounds as far south as South America. Join a Minnesota Zoo naturalist and a Hawk Ridge naturalist for this awesome experience. Observe the raptor migration from the amazing view point at Hawk Ridge in Duluth, learn about the logistics and challenges of migration, and hopefully get a chance see a raptor up close and learn about bird banding and monitoring of these amazing birds. Trip fee includes transportation, instruction and snacks. Adult friends and family may register, too!

Register Online

May 9 How-to of Nature Play

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oin MN Children & Nature Connection for How-to of Nature Play: Practical Tips for Engaging Kids in Nature. Sil Pembleton, Director of Educational Workshops at the Jeffers Foundation will present. GO Cards, a parent's guide to nature play, Minnesota Weather Guide calendar, and magnifier will be provided for each attendee. The target audiences for this event are parents, day care providers and others serving young children. Please contact Marcie Oltman for further information. Register now!

Date: May 9, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: REI Bloomington
750 American Blvd W
Bloomington, MN 55420
Cost: Free

State Symbol Geocache - Big Stone Lake State Park

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Do you know why Minnesota's State Fish is the walleye and the muffin is the blueberry?

Join us as we introduce you to the different symbols that represent Minnesota.

Meet at the Big Stone Lake State Park Headquarters to view a Powerpoint talk. Then use a GPS to find pictures hidden in the Meadowbrook Unit of the State Park. Powerpoint Starts at 10:00 am then be the first group back before 4 pm with pictures of the State Symbols.

Dates: May 24
July 12
August 10
Call 320-839-3663 with any questions.

NATURE STORY & CRAFT TIME
at
Big Stone Lake state park
Meadowbrook office
10 am TO NOON.

May 24 - Mammal Tracks
July 5 - Around the Campfire
August 17 - Secrets of the Prairie

Join us for all or one of the events for kids 3-12 years old. Start with story, then activity, craft and end with snack. Please register children
ahead of time. Call 320-839-3663 to register.

NATURE STORY & CRAFT TIME
At
Lac qui Parle state park
Headquarters
From 10 am to noon

May 25- Bird Watching
June 29- Animal Tracks
July 27- Night Sky
August 31- Camping Skills

Join us for all or one of the events f or kids 3-10 years old. Start with story, then activity,
craft and end with snack.
Please register children ahead of time.
Call 320-734-4450 ext 221 to register

April 25 Jefferson Awards for Public Service

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Hello.

My name is Tom Basquill and I'm the Minnesota Regional Director for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service. I'm reaching out to you because youth do some incredible service projects across our state, and I'd like your help to Celebrate, Honor, and Recognize these young people and their efforts in service and volunteerism.

The Jefferson Awards is looking for stories of youth service (ages 5-25) as part of our "Lead360" initiative. We are collecting service project stories on our website - www.lead360.jeffersonawards.org. Projects that are submitted can earn local recognition, and possibly earn National recognition and prizes, including mini-grants, trips to Washington DC, international service trips, and even Super Bowl tickets!

You can also submit multiple service projects at once, by completing the Lead360 Mass Upload (1).xlsx and emailing it to me at t.basquill@jeffersonawards.org.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 25th! Please see the Lead360 Flyer - Front and Back 2013-14 - MN.PDF for more info.

Please consider submitting some youth service projects and/or sharing this opportunity with other teachers, youth workers, and students so that we can celebrate and honor these amazing young people!

Please contact me if you have any questions. Thank you for your assistance!
Tom

Tom Basquill
Regional Director - Minnesota
Jefferson Awards for Public Service
763-742-8142
t.basquill@jeffersonawards.org
jeffersonawards.org

Help wanted caring for a native plant greenway

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Next to the U of M Twin Cities-Minneapolis campus, our neighborhood would like help caring for a native plant greenway and our Mississippi River parks, including an eagle nest.

Can you help us connect with people here - 55414 - to ask for their help? Thanks.

Cordelia Pierson, President
Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association

Cordelia Pierson
612-379-8196 home
651-815-1268 cell
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/cordelia-pierson/11/690/154
https://www.facebook.com/cordelia.pierson

May 9 The How-to of Nature Play Brown Bag Lunch

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MN Children & Nature Connection
2014 Brown Bag Lunch Series

May 9
The How-to of Nature Play: Practical tips for Engaging Kids in Nature


Date Friday, May 9, 2014

Time 12:00 -1:00 pm

REI
750 American Blvd, Bloomington, Phone:(952) 884-4315

Presenter Sil Pembleton, Director of Educational Workshops, Jeffers Foundation

This program is FREE and open to the public. However, pre-registration is requested and appreciated. Register for the upcoming session at http://www.mnrpa.org/cnc/ It's easy--all you need is your name and organization!

Please email marcie.oltman@co.ramsey.mn.us for more information.

April 24 Herbal Preparation Workshop - Cloquet

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13 Moons FDLTCC Extension Program
Presents
Herbal Tincture Workshop

Date: April 24th, 2014
Time: 5pm-8pm
Location: Cloquet Forestry Center
175 University Road
Cloquet, MN 55720
Contact: Nikki Crowe
218-878-7148
nikkicrowe@fdlrez.com

13 Moons is hosting an evening workshop with Rick Gitar, Master Herbalist, who will introduce participants to the process of preparing herbs for tinctures. This workshop covers the process of making herbal tinctures & teas from both fresh and dried herbs including:


  • Understanding different extraction media (menstruum)

  • Jars and equipment.

  • Differences between using fresh and dried herbs.

  • Differences between tinctures and other herbal preparations.

This workshop will include both lectures and demonstrations of how to prepare, macerate and press herbs, how to use different kinds of equipment in the preparation of tinctures.

Participants will go home with a sample of an herbal tincture.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Ramsey County Invasive Plant Patrol is seeking Invasive Plant Patrol volunteers for the city of North St. Paul. Contact Carole Gernes.

Carole Gernes
Maplewood Nature Center
and Neighborhood Preserves
2659 7th St. East
Maplewood, MN 55119
651-249-2180
Wednesdays and Thursdays

Ramsey Conservation District
Ramsey County CWMA
c/o Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District
2665 Noel Drive
Little Canada, MN 55117
651-792-7977
Mondays and Fridays

St. John's Outdoor University Events

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The newsletter is available here

Includes information on:
Biology of Resurrection
Ecological Footprints
Fruit at the Finish Triathlon
Wilderness Advanced First Aid

April 28 NativeSkywaters Workshop

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Date: April 28th, 2014
Time: 530pm-8pm
Location: Cloquet Forestry Center
175 University Road
Cloquet, MN 55720

Contact: Nikki Crowe
218-878-7148
nikkicrowe@fdlrez.com

13 Moons is hosting an evening workshop with the Native Skywatchers program.

Annette Lee is an astrophysicist and artist who leads the Native Skywatchers research project, which seeks out and celebrates indigenous peoples' connection to the stars. She works closely with Ojibwe and Lakota elders and community members to document Native star knowledge. Currently Annette is a faculty member in astronomy & physics and planetarium director at St. Cloud State University.

William Wilson will talk about his art and the connection to the stars.

Jeff Tibbets will be presenting on his work at the Fond Du Lac Tribal & Community College with Native Skywatchers.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Minnesota Herpetological Society will host their Annual Field Survey at Minneopa State Park ( http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/minneopa/ ) in June. The event is only open to MHS members. Membership, however, into this focused organization is only $20 per year. Interested in joining? Check the society out athttp://www.mnherpsoc.com. The field survey runs from 4pm on Friday, June 13th, through 4pm on Sunday, June 15th. You may participate for some or all of it. Limited camp sites are available for those who register early. Additional details can be found at http://www.mnherpsoc.com/content/research-and-field-trips

Besides the survey, which will count as MHS volunteer hours and MNAT Citizen Science hours, there is an advanced training scheduled for MHS members as well. The two-hour training will cover what a field survey is and how it is done. The training will be held at Spring Lake Park Reserve (Hastings, MN) from 10am until noon on Sunday, June 1st.

Also, the MHS monthly meetings are held the first Friday of every month (unless there is a holiday conflict) at 6:30 PM in room 335 of Borlaug Hall on the University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus (1991 Upper Buford Circle, Saint Paul, MN 55108). You do not need to be a member to attend.

The May 2nd program will have speakers talking about Herp Mapper (http://www.herpmapper.org), the DNR's Non-game Wildlife Program, and the Field Survey. Check it out at http://www.mnherpsoc.com

The meeting on June 6th will feature John Moriarty who will talk about his new book, Amphibians and Reptiles in Minnesota. Written with Carol Hall, the book is due out in June 2014!

You can contact Beth Girard, fellow Master Naturalist volunteer and long-time MHS member, for more information. Beth_girard@msn.com or Ph# 612/616-8431.

July 21-25 Course in Ecology at Cedar Creek

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Even if snow is on the ground, it's not too early to start thinking about summer professional development. I am pleased to announce the 3-credit graduate level course Ecology and Earth Science Dynamics for Educators, offered each summer at the University of Minnesota Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, is now available in three different formats: for those enrolled in graduate programs, for those not enrolled in a graduate program but seeking graduate credit, and a non-credit certificate option.

Read on for more information!

Ecology and Earth Systems Dynamics for Educators (CI 5540-003) - a graduate-level Ecology course designed for pre- and in-service middle and high-school level science teachers and other educators who teach the public about ecology and environmental issues.

Course details at a glance:
· Dates: July 21-25, 2014
· Time: 8:00 - 4:00 daily
· Location of course: UMN Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, East Bethel, MN
· Is on-site housing available? Yes - cost is $26 - $39/night
· Presiding institution: University of Minnesota
· EESD flyer 2014 v.1-1.pdf

Course costs:
Three options are open to course participants:

Option 1:
If you are already enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Minnesota, please register for this course on-line through the regular procedure. Fees are $615/credit hour, for a total of $1845.00

Option 2:
If you are not enrolled in a graduate program but would like to receive graduate credit for this course, please complete the attached registration according to the instructions included with the form. Be sure to return the form at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.
· Fees for Option 2 are $350/credit for a total of $1050.00.

Option 3:
If you do not desire credit, you can pay a reduced fee for the course to receive a certificate of completion.
Fee for Option 3 is $450.00.
· Registration and payment are required at the same time. Register via this website at least two weeks before the start of class:
https://cedarcreeksummerinstitute.eventbrite.com

This course is designed to bolster your ecology knowledge enabling you to more deeply understand and interpret ecology concepts.

CI 5540 Registration Form EESD with instructions.pdf

Mother of Dragonflies

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Mother of Dragonflies
Become a Mother (or Father) of Dragons* this summer at a Dragonfly Educator Workshop!

What are these "Dragonfly Workshops" you speak of?

June 23rd @ the Minnesota Zoo
8:30 am -12:30 pm $50**
Register at the MN Zoo Website

July 24th @ Whitewater State Park
12:00 noon - 4:00 pm $55**
Registration details on my website

August 8th @ Maplewood Nature Center
9:30 am -12:30 pm $77
Registration details on my website

August 9th @ Citizen Science Center
(Beaver Creek Reserve, Fall Creek WI)
Time TBD, Cost $77
Registration details on my website

All workshops have limited space, RSVP required.

April 8 Mississippi Messages

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Calendar of Events
HASTINGS AREA BIRDING FESTIVAL

Saturday, April 19 -- 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings

Celebrate the arrival of spring by learning about our region's many bird species. Enjoy classes on "Landscaping for Wildlife" with the esteemed Carrol Henderson, bird banding demonstrations, guided bird trips in the Hastings area, and a special kids-only birding competition. Learn more and sign up via the event page.

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EARTH DAY IN THE CITY: MINNEAPOLIS WATERSHED CLEANUP

Saturday, April 26 -- 2:00-4:00 p.m.
E. 36th St. & E. 44th St. at W. River Pkwy, Mississippi River Gorge, Minneapolis

Join this Earth Day tradition in the Minneapolis River Gorge! People come from throughout the local river corridor neighborhoods and metro area to contribute to the health and vitality of the Mississippi River Watershed. All ages are welcome and all supplies provided, including lunch. We'll meet at two sites along the parkway and bluff-top. Pick whichever works better for you -- the oak savanna at East 36th Street and West River Parkway, or the maple basswood forest at 44th and the parkway. No registration is required and complete details and directions are available on the event page. We look forward to seeing you at the first River Gorge Stewards event of the season!

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VERMILLION RIVER STEWARDS SEASON KICK-OFF!

Thursday, May 1 -- 6:00-8:00 pm
Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center, Hastings

The Vermillion River is a cold water prairie river that runs through the heart of Dakota County. The only trophy trout stream located near a metropolitan area in the United States, the Vermillion is also a major tributary of the Mississippi River. Come learn about this special river, celebrate the program that helps protect it, and learn how you can get involved! New and veteran stewards alike are encouraged to attend.

Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Lindsay at lhefferan@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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GARLIC MUSTARD PULL AT PINE BEND

Thursday, May 8 -- 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific & Natural Area, Inver Grove Heights

In addition to stunning river valley views Pine Bend Scientific and Natural Area provides vital habitat for many birds who rely on the Mississippi River flyway. Come join this award-winning regional restoration project. At the end of this two-hour volunteer event, participants will be certified to return to this protected area to complete additional invasive species removal work this spring. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Lindsay at lhefferan@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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'RIVER BLUFFS PLUS' BIRD HIKE

Saturday, May 17 -- 7:45-10:30 a.m.
Oak woodlands and prairie, 3M Cottage Grove facility natural area

Join top-notch local birder Kevin Smith and FMR conservation staff for a hike through the 3M-owned fields and natural areas along the Mississippi River in Cottage Grove during migratory bird season. During the 1.5-hour walk along the wooded bluff above the river and some wetland areas, participants should see many songbirds. There will also be stops to see an eagle nest, a recently installed osprey tower, and a falcon nest box complete with live-cam.

Capacity is limited and preregistration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Lindsay at lhefferan@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x24.

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JOIN THE PLEDGE TO PULL AT CROSBY PARK

Tuesday, May 20 -- 6:00-8:00 pm
Crosby Park, Mississippi River Gorge, St. Paul

Enjoy a spring evening near the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers helping to protect a striking array of native spring wildflowers -- Dutchman's breeches, trout lily, and Jack-in-the-pulpit to name a few. Volunteers will be trained to remove the invasive species garlic mustard before taking the "Pledge to Pull" -- pledging to return to the area and independently remove the garlic mustard and protect the native wildflowers at times convenient for them. This opportunity was created for those looking to contribute more than a couple hours, but needing to set their own volunteer schedule. Trained participants may team up with a buddy from the event or return to the area with family and friends to complete pledged hours.

Capacity is limited and preregistration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Lindsay at lhefferan@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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INDIAN MOUNDS PARK PRAIRIE PLANTING

Saturday, May 31 -- 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Indian Mounds Park, St. Paul

Indian Mounds Park is home to one of the most photographed river scenes in the metro area. Join us as we continue to restore and preserve this historic overlook by planting native plants to prevent erosion and restore much-needed bird and wildlife habitat.

Capacity is limited and preregistration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Lindsay at lhefferan@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x24.

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SCHEDULE YOUR STENCILING OUTING TODAY!

Mid-April through mid-October
City of Saint Paul

If you're looking for a great service outing that is educational, active, outdoors and provides a significant community benefit, consider storm drain stenciling. It's just one and a half to three hours in length, and can be set at a time and St. Paul location convenient for your group. Reservations are now being taken for outings through October 2014. Learn more on the stenciling event page or go straight to our stenciling, cleanup and presentation request form!

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For current event listings and more information on the events listed above, please visit our events calendar page at www.fmr.org/participate/events.

April News from Headwaters Science Center

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In This Issue:


  • Whooo Am I?

  • Saturday Science

  • Summer Camp

  • Science at Home

PHENOLOGY NOTES
Students will learn a book binding technique to supply a lifetime of nature journals.
As phenology is defined as the study of the timing of natural events, we'll spend time
outdoors learning how the seasonal changes we see connect to greater themes in
ecology and discuss ways to be more involved in observing nature. $8. Ages: 14+.
April 9, Wednesday #237811-08
6:00-8:00 PM

MINNESOTA MIGRATIONS
Spring in our northern state is full of migrations! In this class we will head outsie to look for feathered friends returning for the season. We'll make plantable paper from scratch for you to take home and start your own garden to welcome another set of migrants - the monarchs.
$8. Ages: 14+
April 16, Wednesday #237811-09
6:00-8:00 PM

PLANT ID
If you've ever walked by a plant, fruitlessly paged through a field guide, and wondered "what is that?" this this is the class for you. We'll practice identifying trees using a variety of keys and field guides. We'll complete a simple art activity to help us remember the species we've learned.
$8. Ages: 14+
April 23, Wednesday #237811-10
6:00-8:00 PM

Call (763) 694-7707 with questions.

Volunteers needed for
WaterFest 2014
Saturday, May 31, 2014
11 AM - 4 PM (rain or shine)
Lake Phalen Park, 1600 Phalen Dr, St. Paul, MN 55106
North of Phalen Dr. & Wheelock Pkwy

"Water Is Life" is the theme of this year's WaterFest--a celebration of our clean lakes and an opportunity for outdoor hands-on learning about clean water, wildlife, and land and water conservation. Experience the lake with Voyageur canoe and solar pontoon boat rides; stand up paddleboards and fishing lessons; canoes, kayaks and paddleboats for check out. Enjoy other activities including a fishing contest, Geocaching, climbing walls, jump castle, native plant give-away, Eco Arcade, live animals, water games, landscaping, watershed and art exhibits, an Open Mic, lakeside yoga and lots more.

This event is sponsored by the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, cities of St. Paul, Maplewood, Little Canada, Oakdale, Roseville, Shoreview, Landfall and North St. Paul, Ramsey County and other partners. For more information: https://www.rwmwd.org/waterfest

To volunteer please contact me at 651.647.6816 or dmeister.mmc@gmail.com

Maplewood Nature Center Upcoming Gardening Programs

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MAINTAINING YOUR EXISTING RAINGARDEN

1. RAINGARDEN RESCUE!
Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Adults
Location: Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th St., Maplewood, MN 55119.
Has your rain garden been overrun by weeds? Does it need a few new plants or a complete overhaul? Come get tips on how to rescue your raingarden and make it the garden of your dreams. See slides of the new plants and designs. We'll answer questions and help you figure out where to start.
Fee: Free, Call (651) 249-2170 or email info@maplewoodnaturecenter.com, to register by April 3.

2. DIVIDE & CONQUER- RAINGARDEN DEMO
Tuesday, May 13, 6:30-7:30 pm
Location: TBD
It's spring clean-up time for raingardens. Come learn how to cut back old vegetation, divide and transplant perennials, and prevent erosion at the inlet. We'll also cover strategies for dealing with overly aggressive plants. Meet us in the neighborhood for this outdoor demonstration. Dress for the weather.
Fee: Free, Call (651) 249-2170 or email info@maplewoodnaturecenter.com to register by May 11

JOY PARK BIRDS AND BLOOMS
Friday, May 2nd, 6:30-7:30 pm
Adults. Take a leisurely stroll along the trails of the old Joy family homestead. A naturalist will point out the spring ephemerals in bloom and the warblers in the basswood and maple trees. Optional: bring binoculars and a camera.Meet in the east parking lot on the north side of Silver Lake (on Joy Rd just west of Century Ave)
FREE. Register online by clicking the online registration Quick Link at
www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com

If you have trouble registering online, call 249-2170 for more info.
Register by May 1st.


GROW YOUR OWN FOOD

EAST SIDE FOOD RESOURCE HUBS EVENT: Plant Distribution
AT FIRST COVENANT CHURCH (1280 Arcade St.)
Saturday May 17, 9:30am-12pm
Join this network to get low cost seeds and plants, access to cooking & gardening workshops, community events, & more! More info and registration: http://www.gardeningmatters.org/hubs or call Rebecca; 651-228-7073

COMPOSTING - MAKE YOUR OWN BLACK GOLD!
FOR ADULTS
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 7th St. E., Maplewood, MN 55119.
Saturday, May 17th, 1:00-2:00 pm
Transform your leaves, kitchen scraps, and yard waste into rich dark soil while reducing your trash. Compost builds your soil and makes your garden and lawn plants vibrant and vigorous.
FREE: Register by May 16.
Register online by clicking the online registration Quick Link at
www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com
If you have trouble registering online, call 249-2170 for more info.

POLLINATORS IN YOUR GARDEN
FOR ADULTS
AT THE FIRST EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH
Monday, May 19th, 7-8:30 PM
Learn what you can do for pollinators: creating a pollinator-friendly garden habitat. Heather Holm, Author of Pollinators of Native Plants will do a presentation about types of native pollinators that visit our gardens and how we can foster all parts of their life cycles, including providing food, water and nesting habitat. The top native plant species for pollinators will also be discussed. Translated into Karen language during the presentation. Additional language translation can be provided upon request (by May 1st)
Location: The First Evangelical Free Church, 2696 Hazelwood Street,
Maplewood, MN 55109
FREE. Register or drop in.
Register online by clicking the online registration Quick Link at
www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com
If you have trouble registering online, call 249-2170 for more info.

ORGANIC GARDENING DEMONSTRATION
Tuesday, May 27th, 6:30-7:30pm
AT HARVEST GARDENS: (corner of Hazelwood & Co. Road C, Maplewood)
Learn from a Master Gardener outdoors at the garden site how to improve the soil to have a high-producing vegetable garden, and learn great tips on how to best control weeds and pests without using any chemicals. Translated into the Karen Language (translations to other languages upon request by May 18th).
FREE, just stop by. You can bring a lawn chair if you prefer to sit in a chair, or you can stand near the garden, or sit on blankets provided.

GARDEN ART
ADULTS & FAMILIES
AT EDGERTON GARDEN: Corner of Roselawn & Edgerton in Maplewood, north of Edgerton Elementary.
Tuesday, June 10th, 6:30-8:00pm
Master Gardener Lisa Pearson leads you on a journey of reusing materials to create playful garden art. Create whimsical plant markers that you can use each year! Materials provided.
FREE, Register by June 7th
Register online by clicking the online registration Quick Link at
www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com
If you have trouble registering online, call 249-2170 for more info.


NATIONAL OUTDOOR DAY HIKE: FROM FISH CREEK TO PRAIRIE
Adults, Families w/children 8+.
At Fish Creek.
Saturday, June 14, 9:30 - 11:30 am
Celebrate National Outdoors Day with a hike from the creek to the blufftop. Explore several plant communities along the creek's riparian zone, then hike one steep hill, through forest edge, to the grasslands. Learn about the city's newly acquired open space and future management plans. For those who like to linger, bring a bag lunch and enjoy the grand views. Wear sturdy boots, & long pants appropriate for primitive trails, and tall grasses. Bring a hat, water bottle, bug repellant. Meet at Henry Lane south of Carver Avenue; a shuttle will be provided down to our starting point at Oakwood Church.
FREE. Register by June 13
Register online by clicking the online registration Quick Link at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com
If you have trouble registering online, call 249-2170 for more info.

BEFRIENDING BUMBLE BEES
For adults, families with children age 5+.
At Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th Street, Maplewood, MN 55119.
Saturday, June 21, 10:00 a.m.--Noon
Join the quest for the Rusty-patched bumble bee formerly common in Minnesota.
Assist Elaine Evans, Entomologist from the U of MN and co-author of the book, Befriending Bumble Bees, in collecting bumblebees from prairie flowers. Watch as she identifies and records them before releasing them back to the wild.
FREE, register online by June 19.
Register online by clicking the online registration Quick Link at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com
If you have trouble registering online, call 249-2170 for more info.

BUTTERFLY GARDEN TOUR
For Adults.
At Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th Street, Maplewood, MN 55119.
Saturday, July 12th, 10:00 am
Tour the nature center butterfly and rain gardens to see the
colorful flowers. Learn how to attract butterflies to your yard by planting native plants with nourishing leaves for caterpillars and flower nectar for adults. Learn which flowers
attract bees and hummingbirds so you can design pocket gardens for specific pollinators.
FREE. Register online by July 10.
Register online by clicking the online registration Quick Link at
www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com
If you have trouble registering online, call 249-2170 for more info.

TREE ID & DISEASE WORKSHOP
Adults.
At Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th Street, Maplewood, MN 55119.
Saturday, July 26, 9:30 -11:30 am
Deadly infectious disease and invasive pests threaten our ash, elm and oak trees. Learn what these diseases and pests are, how they spread, and what you can do to protect trees. After examining displays, take a guided walk to identify ash, elms and oaks at the Nature Center. Coffee, rolls and snacks provided.
FREE. Register online by July 25.
Register online by clicking the online registration Quick Link at
www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com
If you have trouble registering online, call 249-2170 for more info.

PLANT ID AND LORE
Adults, kids 14+.
At Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th Street, Maplewood, MN 55119.
Tuesday, August 19, 6:30--8:00 pm
Walk the nature center trail to identify prairie grasses, wildflowers, shrubs, and trees. Hear fascinating stories of their history and lore. Taste some edible ones, and learn which ones to avoid. Enjoy a cup of cold sumac " lemonade".
Fee: $20.00 includes wildflower field guide. Register online by August 16.
Register online by clicking the online registration Quick Link at
www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com
If you have trouble registering online, call 249-2170 for more info.

May 7 National Symposium on Plant Conservation

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The Center for Plant Conservation and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Invite you to join us for a National Symposium in conjunction with The Center's 30th Anniversary!
From the Freezer to the Landscape: Leading Plant Conservation into the Future May 7, 2014 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum - MacMillan Auditorium Buffet Dinner with Keynote to follow at 6 p.m. Access all materials online. The Symposium features 12 expert speakers, addressing timely topic areas: · Applying our Current Knowledge · Integrating Population Restoration with the Landscape · Looking Forward and Preparing for the Future · Working with the Public and Existing Policy Registration fee is $45, including Lunch and breaks, and an optional $25 for a Buffet Dinner and Evening Keynote Speaker. The Symposium Hotel Rate is $94 Reservations close April 12 - we recommend making reservations soon. Additional Travel and Hotel information is Attached. We hope to see you there!

Adopt-A-Park

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We would love your help maintaining our parks! If you are ready to make a difference, please call 651.249.2120. If you have a particular park you would like to adopt, that's great! If not, we would be happy to help find the perfect park for you. More details can be found here.

Free! Climate Trends and Climate Change in Our Own Backyard
AT RAMSEY COUNTY LIBRARY-MAPLEWOOD
3025 SOUTHLAWN DRIVE
TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 7:00PM - 8:00PM
By University of Minnesota Climatologist and Radio Commentator Dr. Mark Seeley, 6:30 - Book Signing and Sales.
Join the discussion; learn more about our changing climate! There has been increasing recognition by scientists that the climate is showing several distinct trends or changes quantity and in character. In our own Great Lakes Region there are measurable changes going on. These changes are important for us to understand if we are to adapt effectively. Learn what these trends are; and what changes are predicted for Minnesota's future.

Meet Dr. Mark Seeley, U of M extension Climatologist, Author, and Commentator on Minnesota Public Radio's "Morning Edition" news program and have an opportunity to purchase "Minnesota Weather Almanac" or "Voyageur Skies" (co-authored by Don Breneman) winner of the Northeast Minnesota Book Award in 2012.
This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of Maplewood Nature, Maplewood Nature Center and the Ramsey County Library-Maplewood.
Limited seating, pre-registration is required. Call Maplewood Nature Center @ 651-249-2170 to reserve your spot early!

Aprl 26 Maplewood All Park Clean Up

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Annual Maplewood ALL PARK CLEAN UP
SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 8:00AM - 1:00PM
The Parks and Recreation Commission invites you to participate in our annual spring clean up. Cleanup materials, coffee and snacks will be available from 8:00AM - 10:30AM at the MCC. A complimentary lunch and beverage will be served at Wakefield Park from 11:30AM - 1:00PM for all volunteers. For more information contact Jim Taylor at 651.249.2121 or james.taylor@ci.maplewood.mn.us.

Citizen Science Opportunity

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Good afternoon, my name is Derek Colwell and I am a student with the Nebraska Watershed Network. We're a student driven organization sponsored by University of Nebraska at Omaha.

We have a nation-wide project collaborating citizen science and water quality that I believe you or someone you might know may possibly be interested in participating in. We're doing a crowd sourced water quality project along the Mississippi river to test for agricultural runoff and more specifically for Atrazine levels.

We're excited to present this opportunity to you or someone you may know to get involved in and for intercollegiate partnerships with your institution!

We eagerly look forward to hearing from you. Please feel free to contact us by phone or email at the following:

Nebraska Watershed Network
(402) 554-2236
unonwn@unomaha.edu

Dr. Alan Kolok
(402) 554-3545
akolok@unomaha.edu

Derek Colwell
(402) 841-9698
dcolwell@unomaha.edu

Thank you so much for your time and I can't wait to move forward on this project with you!

Conservation and Controversy: The Wolf in Minnesota

Don't miss this opportunity to participate in a two-session course on the most controversial animal in Minnesota: the wolf, taught by founder and board member, L. David Mech. Everything from the social behavior of this gregarious animal to its predatory habits will be discussed. The course also will examine current wolf conservation efforts in Minnesota and the controversy surrounding wolf hunting and trapping.

Register - April 23 and April 30, 2014
Location: University of Minnesota - St. Paul Campus
Program Rates: $80

L. David Mech has been at the forefront of wolf research and preservation efforts for 55 years. His work has carried him to Isle Royale, Denali Park, Yellowstone Park, and Ellesmere Island. Mech is the founder and vice chair of the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota, an organization dedicated to advancing the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wild lands, and role of humans in their future. Participants will begin with basic information about wolf social behavior: predatory habits, movements, travels, dispersal, pack formation, family life, survival, mortality, and other wolf natural history. Through discussion, video screenings and PowerPoint presentations, the instructor will address the wolf's placement on the Federal Endangered Species List, its eventual recovery in several states, and its "de-listing" and subsequent state management. Ample time will be given for questions and answers, and discussions will include topics such as public hunting and trapping, livestock-depredation control, and other management issues and controversies.

April Project BudBurst Newsletter

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View the April Project BudBurst newsletter here.

In This Issue
Seasonal Transitions
Website Update
Cherry Blossom Blitz
Citizen Science Academy
Larimer County Natural Resources
New England Leaf Out Project
PopClock Project Update
Project BudBurst at NSTA

July 12 BioBlitz Volunteers Needed

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Dear Friends and Associates,

The Land Stewardship Project is hosting a BioBlitz this coming July 12th. Robin Moore, the Chippewa 10% Project Coordinator with the Land Stewardship Project is coordinating this effort. She is in need of people to lead groups or simply participate in the biological survey of the Simon Lake Area, near Sunburg. The majority of effort will take place between 8am and 4pm, with plans to survey bats, frogs and other nocturnals at night. The main goal is community engagement and education.

If you or someone you know has an interest or experience and can help lead groups in the identification of any biological organism (e.g. owls and other birds, insects, other invertebrates, plants) please contact me or Robin Moore directly.

Best,
Sharon

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Sharon L. Weyers
USDA ARS NCSCRL
803 Iowa Ave.
Morris MN 56267
Phone: 320-589-3411 x 146
Fax: 320-589-3787
Homepage: http://www.ars.usda.gov/mwa/ncscrl

Aprl 25-27 PlayCleanGo

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Folks, just a reminder that we have one trade show left at the end of this month. The Outdoor Expo (focusing on non-motorized sports) will be at Midwest Mountaineering in Minneapolis on Apr 25-27. PlayCleanGo will have a booth by itself (without Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers) with boot brushes and tips on how to stop the spread of invasive species while on the trail. If you are interested in participating, please visit the doodle site below and pick a time slot that works well for you. There are two slots open per shift, so invite a buddy. Thanks for your future consideration and past support.

https://doodle.com/496mpn7irhe4ng5k

Apr. Northland Arboretum Newsletter

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The April newsletter includes information on:
In This Issue



  • Fine Wine & Craft Beer Sampling, - April 25th

  • Creating a Garden Sanctuary - April 10th

  • Introduction to Beekeeping - April 12th

  • Making Your Own Mini Garden - April 12th

  • Water Gardens Presentation - April 14th

  • MN Master Naturalist Training Begins - April 17th

  • Golden Eagles of Minnesota - April 23rd

  • New and Renewing Members / Businesses

  • Special Thank You To:

  • Valued Members - Please Note

  • General Information

  • Calendar of Events on Our Website

Read the newsletter here.

April 1 SEEK Bulletin

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You can read the April 1 SEEK Bulletin here.

Carp Wars - An Environmental Forum for the Public

Join the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District for a fascinating look at the common carp, its amazing survival skills and cutting edge research to fight against this adept invader in the Phalen Chain of Lakes and other waters. Dr. Peter Sorensen will share the fascinating research he is leading and the creative solutions his team has developed to control invasive carp.

Monday, April 28th, 2014
7:00 pm
H.B. Fuller Company, 1200 Willow Lake Blvd., Vadnais Heights, MN
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This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. RSVPs appreciated via our Eventbrite site http://tinyurl.com/luam8r6 or by contacting Shelly Melser at 651.792.7965 or shelly.melser@rwmwd.org. For more information, contact the Watershed District at 651.792.7965. On the evening of the event, call 651.236.5921.

Dr. Sorenson is a professor in the University of Minnesota Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology and the director of the new Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center where the University of Minnesota, the MN Deptartment of Natural Resources and others strive to find biologically and economically sound ways to address the increasing number of aquatic invasive species threatening Minnesota's waters.

July 24 Dragonfly Educator Workshop

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Giving Roots to your STEM: Dragonfly Educator Workshop
Use dragonflies to teach science in your classroom!
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Noon - 4pm
At the Whitewater State Park Visitor Center

During this workshop teachers will get a bit of dragonfly background knowledge, a lot of
hands-on outside exploration, the beautifully illustrated full-color Dragonfly Curriculum
Guide with 17 classroom activities, and 4 CEUs. Space is limited! Cost: $55 Vehicles
entering the state park will need a MN State Park vehicle permit: $5/daily or
$25/annual. Permits can be purchased at the park visitor center upon arrival.

The Dragonfly Workshop Includes:


  • Dragonfly life history 101

  • Outdoor hands-on field time capturing and examining as many

  • dragonflies as we can catch

  • Techniques for dragon and damselfly ID

  • Practice using the dragonfly classroom activities from the

  • Dragonfly Curriculum Guide

  • A full-color paperback and electronic version of the Dragonfly

  • Curriculum Guide, including 17 activities

  • Four CEUs

  • Connections to all of the NGSS Scientific Practices: asking questions, using models, investigating, computational thinking, constructing explanations, argumentation, and communication



Quotes from previous participants:

"I think this is the BEST training, related to science,
I have ever received."

"Fun. Organized. Professional. Great take-aways.
Good Knowledge of the Science! Thank you!!"

"Really well prepared workshop and you get a lot for your money. Tons of free
resources, materials, and activities. We were always moving and learning something
new, never bored!"

To register for this workshop, contact Whitewater State Park
Interpretive Naturalist, Sara Grover, by email at
sara.grover@state.mn.us or by telephone at 507-932-3007 ext
226.

The $55 registration fee is due by July 18. Please make checks
payable to: Ami Thompson Consulting LLC. Mail to:
Attn: Sara Grover
Whitewater State Park
19041 Highway 74
Altura, MN 55910

Invasive Blitz Volunteer Training Workshops

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JOIN A WORKSHOP NEAR YOU

Calling all volunteers from the Minnesota Master Naturalist, Woodland Advisor, Forest Pest First Detector and Master Gardener programs! As you know, invasive species such as buckthorn, garlic mustard and wild parsnip pose serious threats to Minnesota's natural resources, ecosystems and economy. We want YOU to join in a statewide effort to tackle the growing problem of invasive species.

Join us for a one-day workshop (qualifies as Advanced Training/continuing education hours!) in which you will learn the impact of invasive species in Minnesota
and be trained to identify and remove selected problem species and provide follow-up management and monitoring. All workshops have a registration fee of $50 (scholarships available), and include extensive take-home materials and lunch.

Who should attend?
Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, Forest Pest First Detectors, Woodland Advisors, Tree Care Advisors, Shoreland Volunteers, School Forest volunteers, DNR Scientific & Natural Area Site Stewards and others with knowledge of trees and plant identification who are willing to lead volunteer invasive species service projects.

Workshops are offered across Minnesota in 2014-2015. See the InvBlitz Promo Flyer 2014-15.pdf for
specific workshop locations, dates and times!

The Minnesota DNR Ecological and Water Resources, Forestry, and Fish and Wildlife Divisions are partnering to offer training in the use of the DNR Field Guides to the Native Plant Communities of Minnesota and in DNR Forestry's silvicultural interpretations for forested native plant communities.

There will be three indoor introductory classes and three field classes offered. The introductory class provides information about how to use the field guides, incorporates practice exercises, and explores how the information gained from using this process has been applied in resource management planning. The field sessions include plant identification, soils information, keying exercises, and discussions of management implications. The silviculture field applications class will provide field-based forest stand assessment exercises to apply the DNR ECS Silvicultural Interpretations, discuss silvicultural prescriptions that address different stand objectives in the context of native plant communities, and address topics in ecological forestry, and will offer an optional bird session which will focus on identifying bird species and their needs. CEU/CFE credits will be available for all classes.

Please refer to the attached 2014 NPC training flier.pdf for class locations and registration information. There is no cost for these but registration is limited for the field classes.

Wetland Plant Identification Workshop, Keweenaw Peninsula (in Michigan's western Upper Peninsula), August 23 and 24, 2014!

"So many aster-types in this wet meadow! How can I tell them apart?"

"Help! What is this sedge that keeps cropping up and doesn't seem to key out?"

"Hmmmm, is this giant grass the highly invasive non-native Phragmites, the native strain, or maybe a reed canary grass on steroids....?"

If you need to identify wetland plants for work, research, or school, be sure to sign up for the Gratiot Lake Conservancy-sponsored Wetland Plant Workshop being taught in August!
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WHERE: near Eagle Harbor (Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan's western Upper Peninsula)

WHEN: Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, 2014
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM eastern time each day

INSTRUCTOR: Botanist Janet Marr has taught various Gratiot Lake Conservancy-sponsored workshops focusing on spring botany (May) and aquatic plants (August) in addition to this wetland workshop (August); she also has taught many botany workshops on Isle Royale (June) sponsored by the Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association

SPONSOR: Gratiot Lake Conservancy (GLC) at gratiotlakeconservancy.org
Program Director, Bonnie Hay at belh@verizon.net

FEE and ENROLLMENT: Space is limited and advance enrollment is required. The fee for this 2-day workshop is $80 ($60 for Gratiot Lake Conservancy members). Fee includes a field notebook. Enrollment form can be downloaded from the Wetland Plant Workshop page at http://gratiotlakeconservancy.org/WetlandsPlantWrkshp2014.htm

SCHOLARSHIP: Janet Avery Scholarships are available. To apply email Bonnie Hay at belh@verizon.net Please indicate your affiliation, why you would like to attend the workshop, and how you intend to use what you learn in your work, studies, or teaching. Put "Wetland Plant I.D. Workshop Scholarship" in the subject line.

WORKSHOP ACTIVITIES: Workshop activities will take place mostly out-of-doors. Visits will be made to local wetlands including swamp forests, shrub thickets, and more open community types such as marshes and fens. Native wetland plant species, including more difficult groups (sedges, grasses, rushes, aster relatives), will be identified. Selected non-native invasive wetland species will also be identified. Characteristics of selected plant families will be discussed, botanical terms will be defined, dichotomous keys will be used when appropriate, and wetland community types will be described.

ARE YOU A MICHIGAN K-12 TEACHER with a professional certificate? If so, you will earn 12 SCECHS (pending) when you participate in this workshop.

Gratiot Lake Conservancy offers other workshops. The 2014 calendar will be posted on the website at www.gratiotlakeconservancy.org in April. One workshop which may be of special interest will focus on freshwater clams and mussels. If you would like to receive notice of upcoming workshops and events please email Bonnie Hay at belh@verizon.net

If you know of anyone who may be interested in this wetland plant workshop, please pass this message on to them. Thanks!

Audubon Center of the Northwoods Newsletter

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Click here to read the entire newsletter

Includes information on Free education events, upcoming spring/summer events, and spring/summer dinners at the lake.

Volunteer this Spring in St. Paul

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2014 CITYWIDE SPRING CLEANUP
Saturday, April 12 | 8:30 am in Saint Paul parks and neighborhoods--kickoff locations are below

For nearly 30 years, Saint Paul individuals, families, groups, and communities have volunteered to remove litter from Saint Paul's parks and neighborhoods during the annual Citywide Spring Cleanup.

With the help of volunteers, we can remove the trash that accumulates in these natural areas harming wildlife, polluting lakes and rivers and detracting from the beauty of our community. This event is a fun and effective way to improve the natural environment in our local community.
Citywide Spring Cleanup Kickoff Sites:
Como Lakeside Pavilion (1360 N Lexington Pkwy)
Harriet Island--Kelley's Landing (200 Dr Justus Ohage Blvd)
Highland Pavilion (1200 Montreal Ave)
Indian Mounds Shelter (10 Mounds Boulevard)
Phalen Pavilion (1600 Phalen Drive)
Linwood Recreation Center (860 St. Clair Ave)
Coffee and donuts will be provided at all locations, with the exception of Linwood. Brasa Rotisserie will be sponsoring the Linwood Recreation Center location and will provide pancakes, coffee and vegan baked goods. All locations will have a chance to win some awesome prizes.

We need your help! Please join us for the morning to help clean up Saint Paul!
REGISTER HERE

Questions? Contact Ryanna.Jackson@ci.stpaul.mn.us or call 651.632.2411.

PLANTING AND PULLING AT HIDDEN FALLS

Saturday, May 3rd | 9-11:30 am at Hidden Falls Regional Park, North Gate
Let's kick off spring together! Join us to plant tree and shrub seedlings and pull garlic mustard at Hidden Falls. This is a great event for families, groups, and individuals alike. We will provide all of the necessary tools for the restoration projects. Be sure to bring your own water bottles and dress for the weather. See you there! REGISTER HERE.


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2014 ARBOR MONTH CELEBRATION AND PLANTING

Saturday, May 17th | 8:30 am Volunteer 10 am-2 pm Celebration at Phalen Recreation Center
Help plant 50 trees in the landscape surrounding the recreation center. Registration begins at 8:30 am with light refreshments and music. We kickoff at 9 am with remarks and planting instructions from staff. The celebration will include tree climbing stations, a climbing wall, tree-related activities, information tables, demonstrations, and a visit from Smokey Bear. Please join us! (Register soon! Space is limited.)
REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER HERE.

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BLOOMING SAINT PAUL DAY

Saturday, May 17th | 9-11 am at various Saint Paul parks
Love to garden? Blooming Saint Paul Day is a day to promote volunteer gardening and to prepare public gardens for the coming growing season. We hope to engage 150 volunteers helping in as many as 40 sites throughout Saint Paul. Many of our garden sites could use several hands to help plant and prep gardens. Current garden volunteers and those interested in gardening for one day are encouraged to REGISTER HERE.

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COMO PARK GARLIC MUSTARD CHALLENGE

Saturday, May 24th | 9-11 am at Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom (CWOC)
We are partnering with Conservation Corps Minnesota to host a garlic mustard challenge. Join the Corps crews and other groups and individuals to help us clear away this pesky invasive species. For more information and REGISTRATION, CLICK HERE.

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JOIN THE PLEDGE TO PULL AT CROSBY

Tuesday, May 20 | 6-8 pm at Crosby Farm Regional Park
Join Friends of the Mississippi River to help protect spring ephemerals and other important species by removing garlic mustard, an extremely invasive plant. Participants will be asked to sign a Pledge to Pull, promising to remove garlic mustard in this area of Crosby Park for a total of eight hours in the following weeks.. For more information and registration, CLICK HERE.

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VOLUNTEER PARK PATROL

This summer, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is piloting a Volunteer Park Patrol, and we need YOU! We are looking for 8-14 volunteers to help us pilot this program in Como Regional Park. Park Patrol volunteers help create safe and welcoming environments by being a park ambassador for park visitors and by being an extra set of eyes and ears in the park. Come be a part of a unique opportunity to help us develop this brand new program.

We are asking individuals to dedicate a minimum of 8 hours per month. This is a great opportunity to get outside and stay active in a park we all love.

Training and materials will be provided. Please contact Ryanna.Jackson@ci.stpaul.mn.us if you are interested in applying.
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CONTACT INFORMATION
Ryanna Jackson, Volunteer Coordinator
Ryanna.Jackson@ci.stpaul.mn.us | 651-632-2411
Keep up with the latest Community Volunteer Events at www.stpaul.gov/parks/environment.
Like us on FACEBOOK and follow our BLOG!

Volunteer with MN DNR this Spring!

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All of the newest DNR volunteer opportunities are NOW posted on our website! Check them out to see how YOU might get involved in the outdoors!

MN Frog and Toad Calling Survey
MN Loon Monitoring Program
Whitewater State Park
Tree Planting Project
Prairie Butterfly Garden Maintenance
2nd Annual Parsnip Pull

And many other opportunities

Great River Greening Spring Opportunties

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Here at Great River Greening, we are busy gearing up for the spring volunteer restoration event season. This spring, we will be doing a variety of restoration work through our volunteers across the metro. We're looking to our partners in the community and groups who have volunteered with us in the past to help spread the word. As much as we can, we want to engage returning volunteers while continuing always to increase the number of people we involve--across the state--in restoration activities that benefit us all.

Our volunteer events have something for everyone--all ages and abilities. We need volunteers to help is in a number of ways at each event:


  • Registration volunteers ensure the timely and organized check-in of restoration volunteers as they arrive in the morning.

  • Restoration volunteers receive specialized training the morning of the event and carry out the activities needed to meet the restoration goals for the event.

  • Lunch volunteers help serve lunch to hard working restoration volunteers and help clean up after the event.

  • Photo Op volunteers help us catalog the whole event.

  • Volunteer Supervisors make sure the event is as successful as possible by training and managing our restoration volunteers (You can learn more about Volunteer Supervisors on our website if this sounds interesting.)

If you are interested in registering for one or more of our events, please visit our website to do so: http://www.greatrivergreening.org/vol-events/.

I've attached our Great River Greening Spring 2014 (1).pdf to this email. Some of our events are already beginning to fill up, and we'll soon be starting a waiting list, so now is the best time to get registered!

Please let me know if you have any questions about our events or organization.

Thank you, and I hope to see you out in the field this spring!

June 21 Parsnip Pull at Whitewater State Park

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2ND ANNUAL PARSNIP PULL AT WHITEWATER STATE PARK
Wild Parsnip is an invasive plant that can cause phyto-photo dermatitis, a very painful and disfiguring blistering effect on the skin. The plant is abundant throughout the park and poses a serious problem for campers and other park visitors.

On Saturday, June 21 from 8am - Noon, volunteers will work in teams with project leaders to pull wild parsnips from heavy use areas in the park. Over the last several years volunteers have pulled parsnip from campsites in the park and results show a dramatic drop in the number of parsnip plants regenerating at those sites.

WHAT TO BRING?
Participants are asked to bring a shovel and to wear long sleeve shirts and pants tucked
into long socks. A hat, sunglasses and water bottle are also recommended. The park
will provide rubber gloves.

Working together, we can slow the spread of this invasive plant at Whitewater State Park. A free lunch will be provided for volunteers! To sign up, contact Sara Grover at sara.grover@state.mn.us or call 507-932-3007 ext 226.

Water Cycle Teaching Resource Pack

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Designed specifically for educators teaching the water cycle to children ages 8 to 12, this comprehensive Water Cycle Teaching Resource Pack includes the popular "Incredible Journey" Activity, nine Station Markers and Activity Dice, colorful Water Cycle Poster and a Screencast to give educators the background information needed for teaching the water cycle. All of the items in the Water Cycle Teaching Resource Pack are available as downloads for easy and immediate use, and the activity is correlated to Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards and the National Science Standards Framework.

Visit the Water Education Store today to purchase the Water Cycle Teaching Resource Pack and to see all the other resources available to help you bring water into your classroom!

Using the Outdoors as a Classroom - Spring 2014
Hamline University Continuing Education Course
SCED 6062, 1 credit, 24 CEUS
Saturday, April 26th
(8:30a.m.-5p.m.)
Sunday, April 27th
(12-4 p.m.)

Course Outcomes
Students will be able to:


  • Use the outdoors to teach existing lessons

  • Apply nature themes to develop new lessons to teach outdoors

  • Match nature themes to graduation standards

  • Find resources to help with curriculum development

Instructor:
Cristina Palmisano
Interpretive Naturalist
Three Rivers Park District
763-694-7706
cdefranco01@hamline.edu

Course Description:
Spending time outdoors has been proven to calm and focus students. In this class, students will explore general nature education topics including habitats, life cycles, animal and plant structures and functions, and food chains. We will then hone in on specific graduation standards and determine how to develop corresponding lesson plans. Students will be able to use this course to enhance their current curriculum in
science, social science, mathematics, language arts, and the arts. Topics will be presented in a way that can be transferred to the school yard or on a self-directed trip to a local park or nature center. We will also examine the nature center resources in-depth and demonstrate constructive teaching tools.

All readings are provided in class. No text is required.

Instructional strategies include, but are not limited to:


  • Cooperative learning / Problem-solving activities

  • Group projects and presentations

  • Whole group discussion

  • Guest speaker(s)

  • Activity stations

  • Inquiry-based learning

  • Lecture / Power Point presentation

  • Video

  • Exploration of nature center exhibits, habitats, and collections

Meeting Place:
Eastman Nature Center
Three Rivers Park District
13351 Elm Creek Road
Osseo, MN 55369
763-694-7700

To register, call 763-694-7706 or email Cristina Palmisano at
cpalmisano@threeriversparkdistrict.org to have a registration form sent to you.


Changing Public Behavior: People and the Environment

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Changing Public Behavior: People and the Environment is a self-study, e-learning course designed for natural resource professionals, Extension educators, and environmental educators who work with communities. Through an interactive format and investigation of practical examples, participants build skills and confidence in identifying and analyzing behavior change opportunities. When you complete the course, you will have a draft plan for increasing people's involvement in an environmental situation.

The course is set up as self-enroll. You must enroll (create a password) to participate, but there is no fee. Access the course at http://campus.extension.org . Enter or create a login, and then type Changing Public Behavior into the search box. Or click on the Energy & Environment button and scroll down the (mostly) alphabetical list to find the course. You can also log in by clicking on "Login" in the upper right corner on the course listing page.

COURSE SUMMARY
The course is presented in 8 Units. Within each Unit, Lesson content is 1-4 pages in length. There are many lessons and activities, but each is relatively short, and is designed to be accomplished within a limited time-frame. This structure allows the learner to stop and start as time permits. You can reduce course time by using a course Questionnaire to assess your skills, then itemize a Personal Education Plan that focuses only on the skills you need. If you choose to complete all the work, activities, and required readings for the entire course, it will take you about 30-40 hours.

The course offers several "badges" as evidence of Unit and course completion. You can collect e-learning "badges" on the eXtension Web site and/or at http://backpack.openbadges.org .

Badge details are available on the course site for:
Unit 4 - Behavior change theories
Unit 5 - Collect audience information
Unit 7 - Select education or outreach techniques
Changing Public Behavior course badge

The Changing Public Behavior course is sponsored by the eXtension Drinking Water and Human Health interest area, and the University of Wisconsin-Extension Environmental Resources Center. Initial work to develop course content was funded by the USDA Water Program. Course content has been extensively tested and reviewed, in collaboration with Extension and natural resource professionals around the USA. Background information is available at http://wateroutreach.uwex.edu . Course instructors: Elaine Andrews, Kate Reilly, Patrick Robinson.

Spring News @ Neon

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News @ Neon - the enewsletter of the National Ecological Observatory Network

In this issue
Spring citizen science programming
Citizen science or crowdsourcing? Yes!
Data portal survey results
New NEON Project Manager
Continental-scale soil dataset
Construction update
Jobs

View the newsletter here.

Mar Maplewood Parks & Rec Newsletter

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Wellness, Arts, and Fun for Everyone! View the newsletter here.

March My Minnesota Woods Newsletter

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Read the March My Minnesota Woods Newsletter here.

CLIMATE TRENDS AND CLIMATE CHANGE IN OUR OWN BACKYARD
By University of Minnesota Climatologist and Radio Commentator Dr. Mark Seeley
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
6:30 p.m. - Book Signing and Sales.
Location: Ramsey County Library-Maplewood at 3025 Southlawn Drive, Maplewood, MN 55109. The library is just west of Maplewood Mall.

Join the discussion; learn more about our changing climate! There has been increasing recognition by scientists that the climate is showing several distinct trends or changes quantity and in character. In our own Great Lakes Region there are measurable changes going on. These changes are important for us to understand if we are to adapt effectively. Learn what these trends are; and what changes are predicted for Minnesota's future.

Meet Dr. Mark Seeley, U of M extension Climatologist, author, and commentator on Minnesota Public Radio's "Morning Edition" news program and have an opportunity to purchase "Minnesota Weather Almanac" or "Voyageur Skies" (coauthored by Don Breneman) winner of the Northeast Minnesota Book Award in 2012.
This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of Maplewood Nature, Maplewood Nature Center and the Ramsey County Library-Maplewood.
FREE! There is limited seating, so pre-registration is required. Call Maplewood Nature Center 651-249-2170 to reserve your spot early! OR email info@maplewoodnaturecenter.com to register.

Join a Nature's Notebook Campaign in 2014

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It may still feel like winter at your home, but it's not too early to begin thinking about spring! Consider joining us in tracking one or more of our target species through a Nature's Notebook campaign. We have 4 different campaigns to offer you this spring: you can watch for leaf out of maples, oaks and poplars, report on flowering of lilacs or dogwoods, or track leaf phenology of poplars. Learn more below.

If you intend to collect data for one or more of these campaigns, be sure to sign up to receive the campaigns messages we send out periodically. You will receive messages providing early results, encouragement, observation tips, interesting links, and campaign-specific opportunities. To sign up for campaign messages, click the "Sign me up!" links below.

Please note: Even if you participated in one or more of these campaigns last year, you will not receive campaign messages unless you sign up for the lists this year.

Catch the Greenwave this Spring
Help scientists and natural resources managers track the "green wave" - the flush of green that accompanies leaf-out - over the course of the spring season, and the spread of seasonal color across the country in the autumn.
Sign me up!

Become a Lilac Flower Follower
Your observations of common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) life cycle events can enhance the decades of lilac phenology observations that have been collected across the United States.

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Become a Dogwood Flower Follower
Your observations of native flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) life cycle events can enhance the decades of lilac phenology observations that have been collected across the United States.

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Track the Timing of Trees with PopClock
Researchers at the University of Maryland are working to identify genes that could ensure tree survival as the climate changes. You can assist by collecting observations of leaf phenology for balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera) and quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides).

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Learn more about the specifics of registering and observing your plants at www.usanpn.org/nn/guidelines.