Nov. 19 Extending the Garden Season

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Nothing is better than fresh garden produce, especially in the dead of winter. Ryan Pesch, Extension Educator and market gardener, will explain techniques and materials you can use to extend your garden season. Ryan will also explain deep winter greenhouse technology that commercial operators are now using to extend for winter production.

Wednesday, November 19 6:30-7:30 pm,
AgCountry Auditorium at the West Central Research and Outreach Center
46352 State Hwy 329, Morris. 320-589-1711.

Admission is free. Coffee, tea and dessert provided

Dec 12 Member & Volunteer Open House

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Member & Volunteer Open House
Friday, Dec 12 | 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Great Hall, SJU

Join us as we honor our members, volunteers and special guests at our annual holiday celebration. Enjoy food, entertainment and conversation and bid on our silent auction! Invitations were sent out this week. If you don't receive an invitation, contact us to check on your membership

Nov. 17 MN Natural History Lecture Series

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MN Natural History Lecture Series:
Nocturnal Animals
Monday, Nov 17 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM
New Science Center, SJU
Join Outdoor U educator MJ Bach to explore the world of nocturnal animals (people, too!). Indoor lecture followed by an optional outdoor hike.

Nov. 11 2014 Outdoor U Photo Contest

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2014 Outdoor U Photo Contest
Entries due Nov 11
Capture the Abbey Arboretum at its best (and send us some of those beautiful photos that don't count for Outdoor Nation...)

Submit up to 5 photos per category per person:
Earth, Lake & Sky | People Outdoors | Plants & Critters
Age 18 & Under | Age 18-22 | Age 23 & Up

Email photos as attachments to

Nov 20 Banff Mountain Film Festival Wold Tour

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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Thursday, Nov 20 | 7:30 p.m.
Pellegrene Auditorium, SJU
Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks at the film festival!

Non-CSB/SJU Students: Tickets on sale now!
$5-Outdoor U Members | $10-Non-members

CSB/SJU students are FREE (1 ticket per student). Student tickets are available to pick up in the OLC starting Nov 3.

The West Metro Chapter of Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteers invites all members to attend its Nov. 13 meeting and presentation. Learn about the natural history of the Minnesota River Valley across our state - from the Twin Cities to Big Stone. The discussion will cover our four seasons, animals, plants and more.

Presenter Craig Mandel is a Minnesota River Valley National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Interpreter and Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter (MRVAC) past president and field trip leader. Craig has presented programs on white-tailed deer and wildflowers, led bird identification classes, and currently leads a number of bird walks for the Refuge each month. Craig leads bird watching field trips for MRVAC at various locations around the metro and the state.

At Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minnetonka. Social Time 6:30 p.m.; Presentation 7:00 p.m.. Free and the public is welcome. Sponsored by the West Metro Chapter of Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteers. More information is available at

PlayCleanGo volunteer opportunities

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For those of you who have participated in past events with PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species In Your Tracks (PCG), thank you so much. The campaign is growing by leaps and bounds largely due to your participation. We now have 70 public and private organizations partnering with us in our outreach and education campaign. Most recently the North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) adopted PCG as their national campaign. Way to go PCG!!

Past PCG volunteers have reported having a great time talking to visitors about invasive species and the simple steps folks can take while recreating to prevent the accidental spread of terrestrial invasive species. This is to announce that we have more volunteer opportunities this winter! Between now and the next PlayCleanGo Day in June 2015, we have five sports show around the state. I invite you to participate by visiting the doodle links below and picking shifts that work for you. Be sure to hit 'save' once you check your preferred time slot. Each participant will receive a free ticket to the show (for each day you sign up). Plan to stay the day to check out the show before or after your shift. I have as much fun talking to the other vendors as I do the visitors, dreaming about that next vacation or that camp shirt I just have to have. It's also a great opportunity to enroll other PCG partners. I've had other vendors sign-up and hang our PCG poster in their own booth for the duration of the show. How rewarding is that! So come join us for the fun and help protect our precious natural resources.

The shifts range from 4 to 5.5 hrs long depending on show hours. For all but the Outdoor Adventure Expo, PCG will be sharing the booth space with the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers outreach campaign. As such there will be at least one person with knowledge about aquatic invasives on duty for each shift. PCG volunteers are expected to have a basic understanding of invasive species and be familiar with the top four or five terrestrial invasive species threatening the state's natural resources. Talking points will be shared with the volunteers before each event and a folder of references will be at the booth to help with specific visitor questions. Each volunteer will receive a ticket to the show and a PCG tote bag to carry all of your goodies home with you. If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call. The available sports shows are as follows:

Outdoor Adventure Expo November 21-23, 2014 at Midwest Mountaineering on Cedar Ave in MPLS

MN Sports Show January 8-11, 2015 at the River Center on Kellogg in St Paul

St Cloud Sports Show February 6-8, 2015 at the River's Edge Conference Ctr in St Cloud

Red River Valley March 5-8, 2015 at the Fargodome in Fargo, ND

NW Sports Show March 25-29, 2015 at the MPLS Convention Ctr in MPLS

I look forward to working you!

Susan Burks
MNDNR Forestry / Invasive Spp. Prog. Coord.
500 Lafayette Rd / St Paul, MN 55155
651-259-5251 (office) / 651-296-5954 (fax)

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

Oct Mississippi Messages

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FMR Updates


Our recent rain barrel workshop quickly reached capacity, but we still have three free fall workshops to help you make your home river-friendly inside and out! Capacity is limited and early registration highly encouraged.

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Join us Saturday, November 1, 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the beautiful bluff-top prairie and oak woodlands above the river in Cottage Grove. Volunteers are needed to help FMR staff remove invasive species, such as buckthorn and honeysuckle. No experience is required and all supplies (pizza included!) will be provided. Learn more and sign up via the event listing, or contact Amy Kilgore at for details and directions. We look forward to hearing from you!

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting comments on their draft Waters of the U.S. rule - a clarification of the Clean Water Act. Tell the EPA that you support their efforts to protect our nations streams and wetlands today!

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Friends of the Mississippi River held our 13th annual "Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River" on October 1, 2014 at the Weisman Art Museum - overlooking the great river we are all working to protect. The evening was a success on many accounts, and we are very grateful to everyone who helped make it a success. For photos, numbers and more, read on!

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In recognition and appreciation for the individuals and families who also support our work, REI is offering special benefits during the month of October.

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FMR has called on activists to write letters, sign petitions, attend trainings and meetings, and send formal comments to the DNR over the past year. We would like to extend our thanks to nearly 2,000 FMR advocates that acted to better our river for future generations. Read on for what's next in the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA) rulemaking process.

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Restoration of the city of Cottage Grove's River Oaks Park has started. This park's primary ecological feature is a small (half-acre) remnant Bedrock Bluff Prairie. The vista of the Mississippi River, from the bluff prairie, is sweeping and gorgeous.

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Mississippi River News

The Vikings are paying another half-million for upgrades including an eighth elevator and additional food stands, but refuse to upgrade to bird-friendly glass for their new stadium. Due to its location in the Mississippi Flyway and towering glass wall, Audubon Society and many others, including the Minneapolis City Council, expect the new stadium to be a death trap for birds.

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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, October 21 and/or 28 -- 9:30-11:30 a.m.
FMR Headquarters, Robert & 5th, Downtown St. Paul

We have a big mailing that we need last-minute volunteer help to get out the door. Let us know if you can help Tuesday the 21st or the 28th! (Sign up for one or both.) We'll provide the pizza and sodas!

Capacity is limited and registration required. Learn more on the FMR calendar listings, or sign up now with Amy at or 651-222-2193 x31. (Be sure to let her know which night(s) you're committing to.)

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Wednesday, October 22 -- 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Dakota County Western Service Center (next to Galaxie Library), Apple Valley

Join FMR Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett to learn about practices and small projects you can take on inside your home -- be it a mansion or a small apartment -- to significantly improve your water footprint. We'll quickly cover the basics, touching on both well-known lessons and lesser-known tools to help you figure out the most effective steps to take to make your home river-friendly.

Topics include the biggest water users in your house or apartment (both direct and indirect usage), where to take leftover prescription drugs, alternatives to household products containing triclosan and other river polluters.

Capacity is limited and registration required. Learn more about this free Vermillion Stewards event on the event page, or sign up now with or 651-222-2193 x31.

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Saturday, October 24 -- 3:00-7:00 p.m.
REI Bloomington, 750 American Blvd W, Bloomington, MN 55420

Throughout October, FMR and REI are celebrating their longstanding partnership with special member benefits. One of these perks, is a complimentary REI "Steward 2014" t-shirt ($20 value) for individuals that are both REI and FMR members. T-shirts will be available only for pick-up on the date provided above. Additionally, when picking up your t-shirt you can enter to win a light-weight REI Passage 2 Tent -- it's great for backpackers. Come out and join us on October 24th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at REI Bloomington. T-shirts available while supplies last. Only one per member please. Contact John Briel, Development Associate, with questions at

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Saturday, November 1 -- 9:30-11:30 a.m.
3M Cottage Grove facility natural area

Join us in the oak woodlands and bluff prairie near the Mississippi River, part of a natural area owned by 3M-Cottage Grove being restored in partnership with Friends of the Mississippi River. Alongside FMR Ecologist Joe Walton and River Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett, volunteers will learn about, explore and then help restore the woodlands and prairie by hauling cut brush, primarily buckthorn, and removing honeysuckle. This will immediately create openings for the return of native plants that benefit our local wildlife and waters. No experience is required and all supplies will be provided.

Capacity is limited and registration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Amy at or 651-222-2193 x31.

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Tuesday, November 4 -- 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center, Hastings

Whether you're interested in a smaller native planting or want to transform your whole yard into a force for clean water in 2014, this FMR workshop can help you jump-start your spring planning. We'll also touch on ways to make your yard river-friendlier this winter. Taught by FMR's former River Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett, the presentation receives rave reviews from participants, who also appreciate the high-quality and concise take-home materials.

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

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Thursday, December 4 -- 6-7 p.m.
Wilder Center, Midway (near the Green Line), St. Paul

Whether you're interested in a smaller native planting or want to transform your whole yard into a force for clean water in 2014, this FMR workshop can help you jump-start your spring planning. We'll also touch on ways to make your yard river-friendlier this winter. Taught by FMR's former River Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett, the presentation receives rave reviews from participants, who also appreciate the high-quality and concise take-home materials.

Capacity is limited and registration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Amy at or 651-222-2193 x31.

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Mid to late fall can be a rewarding time to see rare birds in the Twin Cities.

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Supporting FMR

If you've read this month's Mississippi Messages down to this point, you are well aware not only of what FMR has accomplished but what we still need to accomplish. And to do that, we need your support. Your gift in any amount today will help us accomplish more for your river and your community. And if you are able to consider a sustaining, monthly gift - the impact will really add up! If you value the work that we are doing, please make a gift today. Thank you!

Quote of the Month

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."

- Albert Camus

Nov 8 Superior Agates and MN Geology

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Superior Agates and MN Geology (Grades 3-6 w/ adult)
Learn about rocks and minerals and Minnesota's state gem, the Lake Superior Agate. Unearth the secrets of Minnesota's long geologic history from volcanoes and inland sea to glaciers. Test rocks and minerals for their characteristic hardness, magnetic qualities and more. Make a piece of rock jewelry to take home. Agate Phil will share his rock collection and help you identify really cool rocks. Cost is $5.00 per child. Registration deadline is November 6.

Nov 6 Owl Moon Storyhike

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Owl Moon Storyhike (Ages 3.5 - 6 w/ adult)
Read "Owl Moon" and take a walk by the light of the full moon, listen and look for owl, mouse and raccoon. This is a great opportunity to learn to get comfortable with the night. Cost is $4.00 per child. Registration deadline is November 4.

Upcoming 13 Moons Programs

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Boozhoo, The 13 Moons Ashiniswi Giizisoog program has several workshops and events coming up this fall and winter! Please go to under News and Events for more information.

November 15th--The Herbal Salve, Lotion, and Soap making workshop will be held at the Cloquet Community Center, 1720 Big Lake Road, Cloquet, MN--10am-3pm.
There is no need to sign up for this workshop, just show up with a willingness to learn. POTLUCK, Bring a dish to pass!

December 6th--The Balsam Bough Wreath making workshop will be held at the Cloquet Community Center, 1720 Big Lake Rd. Cloquet, MN--10am-3pm.
Participants will learn about sustainably harvesting balsam boughs and learn the art of making a wreath for seasonal decorations! POTLUCK, Bring a dish to pass!

MN Zoological Gardens Horticultural Tours

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MN Zoological Gardens Horticultural Tours

Thursday, December 4th, 5-6 pm

These tours are a chance to walk the Tropics Trail after hours with one of our Zoo horticulturalists. You'll get an insider's view of the trail without the public around, as you learn all about how we get tropical plants to thrive in a Minnesota winter, where our plants come from and how they're selected, and how they interact with their environment. This will be a high-level look at tropical ecosystems and their coolest plants, and incredibly relevant for anyone interested in studying horticulture or botany at any level.

Tickets: $20/person
Learn more and register online:

Oct My Minnesota Woods

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Check out the latest news here

Feb 27-28 Schoolyard Garden Conference

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Save the Date!
Schoolyard Gardens Conference
February 27-28, 2015
Stay Tuned...Registration available November 2014

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Hello Master Naturalists!
We have a special event coming up on Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Lake Itasca Pioneer Farmers Showgrounds (north entrance of Itasca State Park).

The Capitol Christmas Tree, which is being cut in the Chippewa National Forest is making its first stop at Itasca as it makes its journey to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

We are looking for a few volunteers to help with this event, such as, crafts, photo taking (using visitors cameras and taking pictures of them behind a family tree photo board), assisting in loading visitors on the horse drawn wagons, refreshments, and much more!

It should be a really fun and exciting day!

Let me or Connie know if you are interested in helping!

We will have more information coming out soon about all the activities!

Thank you, Sandra

P.S. We also have our dates set for our winter lantern lit events........ will send more info later

Lantern Lit Snowshoe/Ski
Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 5-7:30 p.m.
Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center

Lantern Lit Snowshoe on Schoolcraft Trail
Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 5:30-8 p.m.
Meet at Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center

Sandra Lichter, Park Naturalist
Itasca State Park
36750 Main Park Drive
Park Rapids, MN 56470
(218) 699-7252

Oct Headwaters Science Center News

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You can read the latest news from the Headwaters Science Center here.


Aquatic invasive species is on the minds of citizens and decision makers across the state of Minnesota. We have a critical stake on this issue, especially in northern and central Minnesota, due to the vast amount of water in our part of the state.

University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) invites you to participate on Wednesday, November 19 in a showcase to take an inside look at the MAISRC at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus. You will have the opportunity to interact with faculty and researchers as they share the latest about their work. See demonstrations of methods used to advance the science of AIS detection and control, gain some basic skills for working on AIS issues in your community, and learn about some of the current research on invasive carps, zebra mussels, aquatic invasive plants, and harmful fish diseases. An overview about the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center will also be shared.

This Showcase is intended for county staff, county commissioners, lake association members and anyone who is concerned about Minnesota's waters. Please share this widely with anyone you know who would be interested in attending.

2014 Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research and Management Showcase

You are invited to the 2014 Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research and Management Showcase

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
10:30a.m. - 4:00p.m.
St. Paul Student Center, University of Minnesota
2017 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108

Cost is $25 for bus ride & lunch or $15 for lunch only.

Space is limited - register early! Participants from Northeastern and Central Minnesota have the opportunity to register for the Showcase prior to opening registration statewide on October 15th.

There will be two buses traveling to St. Paul: one starts at Bemidji with stops in Walker, Brainerd and Little Falls. The second starts at Hibbing with stops in Grand Rapids, Floodwood, Cloquet and Pine City. The bus schedule will be included in your registration confirmation sent to your email.

Presented by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center and University of Minnesota Extension.

For more information visit:
Contact: Becca Nash at
Susanne Hinrichs at
Mardi Harder at

Pre-registration required at
Pre-registration deadline is Friday, November 7, 2014

Nov. 8 Zoo Career Day

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Are you interested in having an exciting career working with animals? Join Minnesota Zoo professionals in these informational seminars to learn about science careers and receive practical advice on how to prepare for the future.

Zoo staff from different areas of the Zoo will recommend college programs, discuss how volunteering, interning and related-work experience can give them an edge over others and explain what they do in their day-to-day activities.

Time: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

*Fees: $35 per participant for members $37 per participant for non-members

Ages: 12 - Adult Minimum 12 years old, participants younger than 16 must be accompanied by a paid adult participant

*Group Registration Discount: If you have 15 or more people in your group that would like to attend Career Day, you will receive the member rate for your group. To check on availability and to register your group, please call the Education Scheduler at 952-431-9320. Full payment for the group will be collected at the time of registration.

Register here.

Nov 5 Connecting Diverse Communities to the Outdoors

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Connecting Diverse Communities to the Outdoors:
Addressing Culture, Equity and Access

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 • Keller Golf Course
2166 Maplewood Drive (Entrance off County Rd. B) • Maplewood, Minnesota

Disparities in access to and use of outdoor recreation spaces matter. Research indicates that time spent in nature provides a host of physical health, mental health, educational and developmental benefits, especially for children and youth. Providing access, support and educational opportunities to outdoor learning environments for children and families of color is increasingly important as Minnesota's demographics continue to diversify.

Day's Agenda
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. -- Check-In and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. -- Welcoming Remarks
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. -- Keynote Speaker "The Why"
Ryan O'Connor, Policy and Planning Director for Ramsey County
We live in a state that demographically looks much different than it did 25 years ago. Will our parks and outdoor spaces remain a cultural and environmental asset for all races, cultures and ages in the midst of this changing environment? Ryan will explore this topic by looking at Minnesota today and into the future, focusing on program design, access and community involvement challenges and opportunities that we must collectively address. He will share principles and strategies that we can apply to our work to ensure that Minnesota's parks and outdoor spaces are as vital to our communities tomorrow as they were yesterday.
10:15 - 11:00 a.m. -- Research "The What"
Researchers Yingling Fan of the University of MN Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Raintry Salk of the Metropolitan Council will offer an evidence-based picture of who is, and who is not, using parks and outdoor recreation environments. We will consider how underserved audiences use parks and outdoor recreation resources and the various barriers they perceive.
11 - 11:15 a.m. -- Break
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. -- Panel Discussion "The How"
Panelists from nonprofits, government agencies and grassroots groups will share their efforts, challenges and successes to increase the diversity of populations who access and use natural spaces. The panel will include a facilitated discussion and Q & A session.
12:15 - 1:00 p.m. -- Lunch -- Buffet Style Seasonal Fare (Vegetarian Options Included)
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. -- Interactive Session "The What Next"
Applied visioning and problem-solving activities will help us process ideas and come away with next steps for success.
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. -- Lightning Talks "The Inspiration"
Rapid fire presentations that will generate awareness, thought and action related to diversity in the outdoors.
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. -- Networking & Appetizers with Cash Bar
Finish the day networking with attendees and continuing conversations with workshop presenters and panelists.

Register online here<>

Registration deadline is October 24.

Forest Pest First Detector & Ash Management Guide Workshops

Rochester will host two upcoming workshops in response to recent emerald ash borer (EAB) in Olmsted County. The first will be Forest Pest First Detector on Wednesday, November 5th from 9 AM - 3:30 PM, $40; followed by Ash Management for Woodland Owners on Wednesday, November 12 from 9 AM - noon, $20. Pre-registration is required for both workshops. Money will be collected at the door. Checks and credit cards are acceptable. These workshops will begin and end in HA 102, Heintz Center, 1926 Collegeview Rd E, Rochester, MN. To register visit for one or both classes at

Forest Pest First Detectors

Forest Pest First Detector will be from 9 AM - 3:30 PM on Wed, Nov. 5, 2014, $40 lunch included.

First Detectors are a part of the Federal "National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) First Detector program (that) promotes the early detection of invasive, exotic plant pathogens, arthropods, nematodes and weeds."

The Minnesota Forest Pest First Detectors training program is designed to help identify the occurrence of Emerald Ash Borer and other forest pests in Minnesota. First Detectors are the front line of defense against likely infestations. Meeting, working with and educating the public about exotic forest pests are key activities of Forest Pest First Detectors.

Other pests to be discussed include gypsy moth, Asian longhorned beetle, thousand canker disease, and Oriental bittersweet.

Everyone is welcome to attend - even if you do not wish to become a Forest Pest First Detector! Anyone with a background in tree or forest health should consider becoming a Forest Pest First Detector.

Before coming to class participants are:
· Able to identify common tree species
· Willing to be contacted by and work with the public
· Prepared and able to visit sites if necessary
· Frequent users of the internet and e-mail
· Ready to document EAB-related activities
· Able to guard confidential information
· Able to complete on-line training modules

Examples of potential First Detectors include Master Volunteers (Master Naturalist, Master Gardeners, Tree Care Advisors, etc.), tree care professionals, forestry professionals, natural resource professions who work with trees, environmental educators, MN Conservation Corps participants, and others.

Forest Pest First Detectors must complete online training modules before attending the one-day Forest Pest First Detector training and commit to being available and involved with the program after completing the training. Involvement includes being accessible to the public, willing to conduct site visits if necessary, report forest pest-related activities, protect confidential information, and notifying organizers of current contact information.
For more information visit:

To register visit

Ash Management for Woodland Owners

Ash Management for Woodland Owners is from 9 AM - noon on Wed, Nov. 12, 2014. There will be a field tour; dress for the weather.

Ash Management for Woodland Owners will include information about emerald ash borer and managing your woodland in the era of EAB. An outdoor field tour will follow an indoor presentation.

This workshop is intended for woodland owners.
To register visit

Boulder Lake ELC Volunteers Needed

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Below are some items I need help with.
If you can help, please send me a quick email letting me know which ones you can help out with.

November 24 Anytime 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (4-8 people needed) Help collect boughs and make wreaths...

Dec 1 Anytime 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (4-8 people needed) Help collect boughs and make wreaths

Dec 5 9:00 a.m. - Noon Help set up for Christmas Tree Cut (1-4 people needed)

Dec 6 8:00 a.m. - Noon or Noon - 4:00 p.m. (8-10 people needed) Help with Christmas Tree Cut - Greeters, take pictures, help carry out trees, keep bonfires going, set up, take down, etc.

Thanks in advance,

John Geissler
Program Director
Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center
7328 Boulder Dam Road
Duluth, MN 55803

Oct. Maplewood Parks & Rec Newsletter

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You can view the latest events and information from Maplewood Parks and Recreation here.

Oct SEEK Bulletin

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You can view the October SEEK Bulletin here.

Fun with Phenology - Eveleth

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Join other outdoor enthusiasts on the third Tuesday of each month at the Eveleth Public Library for a Naturalist Class called "Fun with Phenology." Journey through the four seasons unlocking the secrets of our great Northwoods, as you study at the library with a guest Naturalist, followed by a phenology hike through Fayal Pond. Sessions will continue from Sept to May and are free of charge.

For more information call: 744-7499 or visit the city's website for the schedule of guest naturalists and topics for the coming year. (Special Events Tab)

Fun_with_Phenology_Guest_Lecturers(1) (1).pdf

BirdSleuth Action Map

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You are recieving this email because I thought you might be interested in the positive conservation actions Breck School third graders made before I left for my sabbatical.

Last year, my third grade and seventh graders worked together to built bird houses for Breck School's campus. When I began working at the the Lab of Ornithology, I became aware of something called BirdSleuth Action Map. It is a site on which teachers (and others) can post information about the work children are doing to help nature. It is meant as a place to share what kids are doing so their work may inspire others to take action in their areas to be better stewards of nature.

Our submission was just posted and I am emailing you in hopes that you will like it. (And then, perhaps, invite 3 more people to like it also!) You can find the homepage for BirdSleuth Action Map at:

Our submissionis called Bird Houses for Breck School.

If you can, please view it and then click the like button (green heart) to let me know you were there. You can also comment on our submission, I believe. If I get enough likes, I just might win some binoculars for my classroom!

Action Map is an excellent place for teachers and kids to share and/or get ideas about ways to to take positive conservation actions. I think it is a great site. I hope you enjoy it and looking over our submission.

Thanks in advance for taking the time to view (and, I hope, like) it.

Thanks so much,

Barbara Jacobs-Smith

Sept. 27-Nov. 22 Make CSB/SJU National Outdoor Champions!

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Outdoors is calling...will you answer?

Sept. 27-Nov. 22

Get outside. Win awesome gear.

How to Win:
1) Get outside! For at least 30 minutes
2) Take a photo! Have fun. Be creative.
3) Log on:
4) Repeat Up to 5 times a day
5) Win awesome prizes along the way!

10 schools...8 weeks...1 champion

A head-to-head outdoor battle to see which school can inspire the most people in their communities to do outdoor activities:
Whoever you are;
Wherever you are;
Whenever you can;
Sharing with as many people as possible.

Pre-Game Prizes
Log-on to the challenge by Sept. 27 to win these great prizes!

All will receive a discount code for 25% of products at good through Dec. 24, 2014

These people will be selected to win one of these 5 prizes (1st drawn, 1st choice):
1 gallon St. John's Maple Syrup
$200 coupon toward a PRP trip
A Minnesota book set
A Patagonia better sweater jacket
A Neverest Outfitters backpack or messenger bag (your choice)

Win weekly prizes throughout the challenge.

Dec. 7 Winter Sneak Peek Field Trip Sax Zim Bog

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Winter Sneak Peek Field Trip
Sunday, December 7th, (Time to be Announced)

Meet at the Welcome Center (Directions at the bottom of this e-Newsletter). We'll depart in a car caravan (Please plan for passengers or to ride with someone else). Two-way radios will keep all cars in touch. No major hiking as all birding will be from the car or stops along the road. Dress warm!
Cost: Free to members (those who've donated more than $20 during the last 12-months). $20 to non-members who have not donated $20 during the last 12 months.

Please RSVP to so I have your email address in case we have a weather delay/cancellation.

Jan 30-Feb 1 Winter "Phenology with Larry Weber" Weekend

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January 30, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - February 1, 2015 @ 1:00 pm |
Audubon Center of the North Woods

Explore our woods, prairies, ponds, lake and wetlands with renowned phenologist Larry Weber and learn about the wonderous changes the season brings to our natural world

The crunch of snow under foot, the nostril-stinging cold temperatures and the utter silence of the snow-blanketed forest are familiar to Minnesotans during the winter season. This weekend, phenologist Larry Weber shares his vast knowledge of the natural world to give you a more in-depth, up-close look at nature as you've never seen it during this season of frigid temps and stark landscapes.

Enjoy skiiing or snowshoeing the trails and exploring the different habitats and ecosystems here at the Center during this special all-inclusive weekend.

More info to come - stay tuned

Comfortable lodging and all meals are included in the weekend's fee.

Pricing (includes 2 nights lodging, all meals and instruction):

Two people to a room: $235 person

Four people per room: $155 per person

To register, call us at 888-404-7743

About Larry Weber

Phenologist Larry Weber shares his knowledge of the natural worldNow retired, Larry Weber taught science for 40 years. In 1993, he was named Minnesota Secondary Science Teacher of the Year and 1998, he received the National Biology Teacher Association's Middle School Life Science Teacher of the Year award. Larry is the author of several books including Backyard Almanac, Minnesota Phenology, Fascinating Fungi of the North Woods, and a series of Northwoods Naturalist Guides. He also writes a weekly phenology column for newspapers, and is a regular contributor to the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer and Natural Superior.

Larry lives with his wife, Fran, on a farm in northeastern Minnesota, where he observes and pursues critters with a camera and continues to enjoy sharing his vast knowledge of the natural world with other.