June 27 Bog BioBlitz III Sax-Zim Box

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Our Third Annual Bog BioBlitz and it will be bigger than ever! Now an all-day event. Go in the field with experts in many areas including birds, spiders, dragonflies, butterflies, wildflowers, orchids and more! Then we'll all meet back at the Welcome Center in the afternoon to share our discoveries. Each expert will give a report on what their group found. The Biodiversity of the Bog continues to amaze us. Join us as we continue to explore this magical place. BYOL (Bring your own Lunch and drinks). Bird trips will be at dawn (meet at Welcome Center at 5am) and other trips will depart at 8am. Please RSVP/Register with your preferred trip by emailing info@saxzim.org. Also include your cell phone number.

WE ARE ALSO LOOKING FOR EXPERTS IN ANY NATURAL HISTORY FIELD. CONTACT US IF YOU'D LIKE TO BE A BIOBLITZ LEADER info@saxzim.org or call Sparky 218.341.3350

Maplewood Nature Center Adult Events

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Maplewood Nature Center Public Nature Programs
Contact: Karen Wachal, karen.wachal@ci.maplewood.mn.us, 651-249-2170

About Maplewood Nature Center
Maplewood Nature Center is a 40-acre preserve operated by the City of Maplewood. The Visitor Center is located at 2659 East Seventh Street in Maplewood and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The Nature Play Yard adjoins the Visitor Center. Trails wind through oak woods and marsh and are open every day from dawn to dusk. Trails are available to explore every day from dawn to dusk. Use of facilities is free of charge. For more information about Maplewood Nature Center and its programs visit www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com or call 651-249-2170.

To Register for a Nature Center Program:
· Register online for paid or free programs www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com then click on the Register Online-Go! button.

· You can also register in person, by phone or mail with credit card, cash or check by the date indicated. Program sizes are limited, register early.

· No need to register for Drop-in programs.

· For more information please call 651-249-2170.

· Location is Maplewood Nature Center, (unless otherwise indicated in program description)

2659 E. 7th Street, Maplewood, MN 55119.

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BACKYARD CHICKEN BASICS - (Adults)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Adults and Children 10 and up
Tuesday, June 16, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Prepay by June 12 $15/adult, $5/ child with adult
Register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.
This seminar will cover all aspects of backyard flock management in an urban setting: getting permits, choosing suitable varieties, raising chicks, coop and run requirements, feed and nutrition, common health issues, predators, cold-climate care, chickens in the garden, composting chicken waste, etc. There will be plenty of time for questions, and hands-on time with live chickens (chickens permitting).

Bob Lies, co-owner of Egg/Plant Urban Farm Supply in St. Paul, started raising chicks at the U of MN Student Organic Farm, and has experienced both the joys and troubles of keeping chickens in the city.

PROJECT LEARNING TREE- EARLY CHILDHOOD WORKSHOP (Adults)

AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Friday, June 19, 9AM-3:30PM

Fee: $45 includes two curriculum books, lunch, & six hours of continuing education credits.

Registration: Deadline is June 4, 2015. To register or with questions, go to www.mndnr.gov/plt or call Laura Duffey at 651-259-5263, 888-646-6367.

• For: Early childhood educators, Kindergarten and Grade 1 teachers, Scout leaders, Head Start teachers, naturalists, and environmental educators.

• Environmental education for very young children is a natural fit: As children naturally discover, explore, and experience their environment, guided activities will help them gain valuable skills: observing, listening, identifying, classifying, making sensory comparisons, and communicating.

• The day will include: in-depth instruction on learning styles of very young children, nature-based preschool activities and methods, and more. Participants will also devote some time to sharing ideas to improve outdoor learning sites for young children using Maplewood Nature Center's outdoor areas.

BOKASHI COMPOSTING - (Adults)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Saturday, June 27, 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Adults
Free. Pre-register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170, by June 25.
Learn how to compost all your household organics (including meat and bones) with this innovative, no hassle method. Bokashi is a new type of composting that is perfect for everyone even if you live in an apartment! The composting equipment, the Fermenator, will be available for sale.

Sean Alter is the owner of Urban Compost, a local company that is focused on compost solutions for the urban grower.

GARDEN TOUR - NATIVE PLANTS for POLLINATORS! (Adults)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Saturday, July 18, 10:00AM -11:00AM
Free. Pre-register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170, by July 17.
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 to design for specific pollinators.

ARCHEOLOGY DIG AT FISH CREEK
(Ages 14+ w/ Adult)
AT FISH CREEK PRESERVE
FRIDAY, JULY 24, 10:00AM-3:00PM - FIELD DAY 1
SATURDAY, JULY 25, 10:00AM-3:00PM - FIELD DAY 2
Sign up for one day or two days. (Rain dates July 31 & August 1st )

· Assist Archaeologist Jeremy Nienow in an archeological dig at the Fish Creek Preserve. On Field Day 1, we'll do shovel tests to determine the western boundary of this archeological site. On Field Day 2 we'll excavate a 1 meter square pit to search for artifacts.

· Participants must be able to stoop, use a shovel, and be outdoors for the full 5-hour session. Be prepared to get dirty -- wear old cloth­ing and sturdy shoes. Bring a lunch and water bottle.

· This program is presented by Maplewood Area Historical Society, Ramsey County Historical Society, and the City of Maplewood.

· Register by July 21. Cost is $15.00 per person per session. Maximum 12 people.

Register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

June 11 Art in Nature Night

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Art in Nature Night June 11

Learn about nature printmaking, nature drawing and sketching, and botanical art in one evening! Try your hand at making a nature print from plant leaves, petals, seeds and other plant parts; use those provided or bring your own favorite piece of nature to print! View nature print art by nature printmaker Sue Filbin. She has been nature printing since 2002 and studied under artist Sonya Larsen. See original nature drawings, sketches and paintings by artist, photographer, writer and Master Naturalist Greg E. Lecker, and try your hand at a creating a pencil sketch. In addition, botanical artist Anna Rosenthal will be displaying her beautiful and scientific works of art.

At Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka. Social time 6:30 p.m.; presentation 7:00 p.m.. Free and the public is welcome. More details about this presentation are available at http://westmetromasternaturalists.weebly.com/meetings.html.

Sponsored by the West Metro Chapter of MN Master Naturalist Volunteers. More information about the Master Naturalist Program is available at http://westmetromasternaturalists.weebly.com.

Thu Jun 11: Art in Nature Night! We have several nature art treats tonight!

Nature Printing: Apply water-soluble printmaking ink to plant parts. By pressing mightily with our hands - or feet! - the impression of the plant will easily transfer to acid-free paper, creating an original print that each person will take home.
Artist Sue Filbin has applied ink to leaves and flowers since 2002 to create distinctive prints. The impression made by the specimen beckons people to really see the dazzling bounty of shapes, sizes, and details of the plants--a discovery Sue very much enjoys sharing with others through her prints and note cards, and during demos and classes.

Drawing and Sketching: Artist and naturalist Greg Lecker creates drawings, paintings, photography and writing based on nature. Greg will demonstrate drawing methods, and lead attendees through a drawing of their own!
While applying the medium of light in architecture as a lighting designer for over twenty-five years, Greg Lecker continues to develop as a landscape painter en plein air (in the open air). Greg captures changing light in the man-made and natural world in vibrant oil pigment. He communicates his "real-time" experiences with passersby and shares newly finished oil paintings - sometimes still wet -- with gallery visitors and collectors to trigger memories of a favorite place or make introductions for a newly discovered treasure. Greg is especially proud of a series of wildflower portraits painted in 2014. He has been a Minnesota Master Naturalist since 2005, and currently blogs for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's Nature Notes. His website is www.greglecker.com.

Botanical Art: Artist Anna Rosenthal will display her meticulous botanical artworks. She is currently a student at University of St. Thomas. Come discuss with her how she creates these beautiful, accurate artistic and scientific pieces of art.

Social time 6:30 p.m.; presentation 7:00 p.m.. At Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka. Free and the public is welcome. More information about this presentation is available at http://westmetromasternaturalists.weebly.com/meetings.html.

Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy is excited to announce a unique opportunity for educators to participate in the UNFCCC 21st Conference of the Parties in Paris, France November 30-December 11, 2015!

Educators that are selected will join thousands of individuals from around the world in observing UN climate change negotiations. In addition to the official UN events, there will be side events, a People's Climate Conference and other events hosted by the NGO community and city of Paris to attend. Educators that apply will be eligible to attend the official negotiations or NGO events based on quotas provided by the UN this fall.

If you are an educator and interested in applying for this opportunity please visit the Climate Generation website for more information and requirements to apply. Applications due by June 17, 2015. Your application does not guarantee selection, nor does it bind you to attending. Participants will be notified of their acceptance by June 20 and need to accept invitation by July 1, 2015. A current passport is required to apply.

Support the innovative climate change education and youth programming we offer to thousands of youth and educators annually, and ensure we have strong climate and energy policy at all scales. Thanks to you, every year our programs extend and deepen their impact.

Last year, FMR volunteers installed over 5,000 native prairie and woodland plants. These ecological powerhouses filter pollution, reduce erosion and provide much-needed bee, butterfly and bird habitat. Now we need help getting these young plants through the summer.

Let me know if you can pitch in at one of these 2-hour June prairie and woodland events!

We'll take care of supplies and training, and I'll send directions to the correct meeting spot and other basics. Capacity is limited. We make sure there's just enough work so that everyone's busy, but not so much that we can't take the time to enjoy these special places we're protecting.

Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you!

For the River,
FMR Events Registrar Amy Kilgore

p.s. For more detailed descriptions, please see the FMR calendar.


Crosby Park, Th June 4, 6-8 pm
Help tend the newly planted raingarden and 'green infrastructure' at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers in St. Paul.


Ravine Lake, Sa June 13, 9-11 am
Volunteers have done a great job helping the native plants along the shores of Ravine Lake in Cottage Grove. But now this naturalized area needs a good burn, and there's too much deadwood to safely send in the fire crew. Are you up for hauling a little deadwood?


Riverside Park, Tu June 23, 6-8 pm
Join us in Minneapolis' oldest park! Help tend the native grasses, flowers and small shrubs that offer much-needed urban wildlife habitat and reduce erosion in the Mississippi River Gorge.


Mounds Park, Th June 25, 6-8 pm
Join us at St. Paul's iconic bluff-top park! The native prairie plants are coming along nicely; they just need us to take out some burdock and other invasive species trying to crowd them out.

Sand Coulee, Th June 25, 6-8 pm
This Scientific & Natural Area just south of Hastings is home to 14 rare plant and animal species. Volunteers are needed to remove invasives, such as cow vetch and spotted knapweed, encroaching upon the tallgrass prairie.

Thank you program partners and funders
Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization
Winter Wheat Foundation
Edith H. Hahn Animal and Wildlife Preservation Fund of InFaith Community Foundation
Explore Outdoors St. Paul
Laura Jane Musser Fund
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Scientific and Natural Areas
Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
National Park Service, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area Unit
REI
St. Paul Parks and Recreation
West Bank Community Coalition

Questions about one of the above events?
Contact Amy, akilgore@fmr.org

Questions about volunteering, or FMR outreach in general?
Contact sue, srich@fmr.org

Friends of the Mississippi River | FMR.org

June 26-27 Master Gardener Conference

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Bundle and Save! Friday & Saturday, June 26 & 27

$160 Master Gardeners (also Master Naturalists and MN Tree Care Advocates)
$190 general admission, includes Friday evening Garden Party

For more information and to register, go to http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/EMGconference2015.aspx

Who Should Attend?
Teams of 3-5 teachers, administrators, informal educators and community partners

Cost:
Minnesota participants are FREE thanks to a grant from the Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership.
North Dakota participants, there may be a grant to cover your costs.

Apply: https://goo.gl/kpqWll

Call 701.235.2895 for availability after May 29.

For More Information:
Moorhead Public Schools: Tanya
Ochoa, tochoa@moorheadschools.org,
218.284.3311

Fargo Public Schools: Rachel Kjonaas,
kjonaar@fargo.k12.nd.us, 701.446.3065

Other schools: Christine Laney,
Christine@riverkeepers.org,
701.235.2895

Benefits
 2 professional development credits through NDSU for $50/credit. Register at:
http://www.ndsu.edu/dce/k-12/info/17423
 Creative project based learning that enhances Red River Water Festival and Buffalo River Science Center field trip experiences.
 Guide your students through schoolyard and riparian restorations.
 Team building
 Experiential learning
 Inspiration and support from new colleagues and community partners.
 Possible stipend for Fargo and Moorhead Public School District teachers.
 Receive Earth Partnership curriculum
 Discover species, habitats and cycles: observing species, food webs, local watershed
 Exploring/mapping watersheds: following the raindrop from school to river, lake or
stream observation at water's edge and phot mapping
 Inquiring, investigating, and monitoring: using citizen science and dynamic data tools
 Engaging community in service-learning: partnership building and stewardship action
 Restoring native species and habitats: using a 10-step place and project based process
 Sharing data and learning: websites, databases, social networks and digital
storytelling

Learn To
 Understand land and water interactions in the Red River Watershed
 Implement a habitat restoration or rain garden project at your school or natural area integrated into core curricula and service-learning objectives
 Enhance your teaching with experiential, place, project and standards-based learning sequences in multiple subject area.

Expectations
 Actively participate in a 5 day workshop.
 Keep a reflective journal.
 Develop a team action plan.
 Each team participates in one winter meeting.
 Each team carries out at least one service-learning project such as a rain garden or
restoration project

Hello! We are gearing up for the 2015 festival and fair season here in northeastern Minnesota. In years past, several of organizations including 1854 Treaty Authority,Cook and Lake County Invasive Team, Fond du Lac Environmental Department, Grand Portage National Monument, Lake County SWCD, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Master Naturalists, Minnesota Sea Grant, and USDA US forest Service banded together under the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers and Habitattitude banners to help raise awareness about the AIS and how to prevent their spread.

For the sixth summer in a row, Minnesota Sea Grant is coordinating the set-up, staffing, and tear-down of AIS booths at several venues. We would love your help staffing the booth! Please indicate your availability on the Doodles by COB next Tuesday, June 2nd by writing in your name and organization.

2015 Events

Two Harbors Heritage Days (July 9-12):
Participation link
http://doodle.com/s3eggm2stir8gwn8


Lake Superior Days (July 17-19):
Participation link
http://doodle.com/r8a624fru9k9g78b


Grand Marais Fisherman's Picnic (July 30-Aug2):
Participation link
http://doodle.com/s4i3ekk3e7qbebfh


St. Louis County Fair (Aug 12- 16): Please note this event overlaps with Carlton County Fair
Participation link
http://doodle.com/cmt9vir7wc7ps9np


Carlton County Fair (Aug 13-15): Please note this event overlaps with the St. Louis County Fair (Chisholm)
Participation link
http://doodle.com/kqda4nby2qd8z9ue

Also note, Sea Grant is hosting an free AIS outreach training on next Wednesday, June 3rd from 9AM to 12PM. We will cover the following:

We will cover:
AIS introductions -
species of concern
threats
impacts
pathways
communicating about preventing the spread of AIS
Email me directly if you wish to attend.

Yours in AIS spread prevention.

Marte Kitson

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Marte Kitson
AIS Extension Educator | Sea Grant Program | seagrant.umn.edu
31 W. College Street
University of Minnesota Duluth | umn.edu
mkitson@d.umn.edu | 218-726-8305

May Mississippi Messages Updates

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FMR AND ALLIES URGE GOVERNOR DAYTON TO VETO ENVIRONMENT BUDGET BILL

Send Governor Dayton a message asking him to veto the Environment budget Bill.

Following a disappointing and chaotic end to the 2015 legislative session, the conservation community is asking Governor Dayton to veto a highly controversial environmental bill. The bill makes deep cuts to environmental spending (24.3%), contains numerous rollbacks to environmental policies, and includes last-minute language violating a universal agreement on biofuels policy.

Our coalition of environmental and conservation organizations is planning a rally at the Governor's residence on Thursday, May 21st at 10:30 AM to urge the Governor to veto the bill and send it back to the legislature to remove the rollbacks and dirty water provisions. Please join FMR and our allies at this rally for clean water.

While the legislature's compromise on a modest stream buffer proposal was among several positive outcomes this year, funding for both the buffer initiative and UofM Forever Green cover crop research failed to pass before the clock ran out. As a result, a special session is almost certain to be scheduled in the coming weeks.

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DID MINNESOTA'S WATERSHEDS JUST FAIL THEIR MIDTERMS?

Minnesota's recently released report, "Swimmable, fishable, fixable? What we've learned so far about Minnesota waters," highlights Minnesota's watersheds at the halfway point of our 10-year monitoring cycle. The results show that about half of Minnesota's waters are unfit for safe swimming and fishing.

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FMR APPEALS OVERSIZED BUILDING AT MISSISSIPPI & MINNESOTA RIVER CONFLUENCE

On April 24, 2015, the Saint Paul Planning Commission approved a height variance of 33.5 additional feet for Johnson Brothers' proposed mixed-use building at 1465 Davern Street which lies within the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area and the National Park boundary. FMR appealed this decision on May 4, 2015 because this development will significantly impact the scenic and historic character of the river valley at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers.

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WANTED: JUNE PRAIRIE & WOODLAND VOLUNTEERS

Last year, FMR volunteers installed over 5,000 native prairie and woodland plants. These ecological powerhouses filter pollution, reduce erosion and provide much-needed pollinator, bird and wildlife habitat. Join us at one of several June tending events to help these young plants make it through the summer!

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WEST SIDE FLATS MASTER PLAN APPROVAL DELAYED UNTIL JUNE 3

After two years of work by a community task force, the West Side Flats Master Plan update is receiving last-minute amendments by St. Paul City Councilmember Dave Thune. Approval of the plan update is delayed until June 3, so the City Council can hear testimony on the proposed amendments and vote on the plan.

The proposed revisions eliminate one of the plan's key goals -- to reintroduce the street grid to the industrial/jobs center east of Robert Street. FMR supports the street grid as it provides better physical and visual access to the river for pedestrians at street level.

FMR is pleased that the building height limits, as negotiated by the task force to protect scenic views, will remain in the plan.

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CITY OF FRIDLEY EARNS THE BLUE STAR AWARD

Congratulations to the City of Fridley for earning the Blue Star Award for Excellence in Stormwater Management!

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BECOME AN FMR SUPERVOLUNTEER!

Volunteer at four or more hands-on habitat restoration events or cleanups in a year to become an FMR SuperVolunteer! You'll receive a coveted t-shirt that can never be bought, only earned, and advance invitations to our most popular events. Get started today by selecting the volunteer outings that work for you on the FMR calendar.

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BUCKTHORN BAGGIES GET A TRIAL RUN

Could a plastic bag help in the fight against buckthorn? FMR ecologists are investigating this question at one of their restoration sites in Cottage Grove, MN. They deployed over 100 "Buckthorn Baggies" -- small black plastic bags designed to fit over the stumps of cut buckthorn -- and will be tracking their effectiveness over the course of the restoration. While likely only feasible with relatively small infestations, Buckthorn Baggies may provide landowners and managers with another useful tool against this harmful invader.

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Mississippi River News

HEALTHCARE ANTIBACTERIALS EARN FDA SCRUTINY

Prompted by a federal lawsuit, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced plans to review the safety and efficacy of antibacterial products (including environmentally risky antibacterial soap) used in the medical industry.

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Calendar of Events

FLOODPLAIN FOREST CLEANUP

Saturday, May 30 -- 9:30 a.m.-noon
Gores Wildlife Management Area, Hastings

Located roughly a mile downstream of downtown Hastings, the Gores Wildlife Management Area consists entirely of Mississippi and Vermillion River floodplain forests. With the spring thaw, a good deal of trash has been revealed in this natural area. Come help your local waters and wildlife at this limited-capacity cleanup. Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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RAINGARDEN AND NATIVE PLANT TENDING

Thursday, June 4 -- 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Crosby Farm Regional Park, St. Paul

Help tend some 'green infrastructure'. The Crosby raingardens and native plantings help filter pollution that would otherwise flow into the nearby Mississippi River while also providing much-needed bird, bee and butterfly habitat. Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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DEADWOOD HAUL, FIRE PREP AT RAVINE LAKE

Saturday, June 13 -- 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park

FMR volunteers have done a great job removing invasive species and assisting with other restoration tasks at this lakefront site. Now it's time to call in the professional fire crews to take it to the next level by performing a prescribed burn. Unfortunately, though, there are too many dead fallen trees and too much cut brush for the crew to work here safely. Come help FMR Senior Ecologist Karen Schik and staff from Washington County remove the deadwood and brush so we can take this important next step in this site's restoration. No experience is required and all supplies, including pizza, will be provided. And, of course, park entry (normally $5) is free for participating volunteers.

Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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MAKE & TAKE RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP [$40]

Tuesday, June 16 -- 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Dakota County Fairgrounds, Farmington

Using a rain barrel is one of the simplest, high-impact ways to save water, save money and help protect our watershed. Join FMR and Coca-Cola to learn about watershed-friendly home and garden practices and build your own ready-to-install rain barrel. The $40 registration fee covers all supplies, including the barrel and conversion kit.

Supplies are limited and early registration is suggested as these workshops have been filling quickly. Learn more and sign up via the event page.

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HELP TEND THE WELCOMING PRAIRIE

Thursday, June 18 -- 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Old Mill Park, Hastings

In fall 2014, Hastings High School students and FMR ecologists planted a small prairie at the entrance of Old Mill Park. Volunteers are now needed to work with FMR Lead Ecologist Karen Schik and Stewardship Events Coordinator Adam Flett to help remove weeds and assist with other tending tasks to help the young plants make it through their first summer. Once established, the prairie plants will provide much-needed bird, bee and butterfly habitat. The plants also double as a park amenity, serving as a beautiful welcome to Old Mill Park.

Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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RIVERSIDE PARK RESTORATION AND TENDING

Tuesday, June 23 -- 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Riverside Park, Minneapolis

Join the restoration of Minneapolis' oldest park. Working alongside FMR ecologist Alex Roth and Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett, volunteers will tend native plantings by removing invasive species and assisting with other ecological restoration tasks. The native grasses, flowers and small shrubs offer much-needed urban wildlife habitat in the river corridor while helping to reduce erosion.

Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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INDIAN MOUNDS PARK PRAIRIE TENDING

Thursday, June 25 -- 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Indian Mounds Park, St. Paul

Help remove burdock and other invasive species from this iconic bluff-top park. Last year, volunteers installed native plants to anchor the soil, filter oil and other pollutants from water that runs down the bluff, and provide bee, butterfly and bird habitat. Now we need volunteers to work with FMR Stewardship Events Coordinator Adam Flett and staff from Saint Paul Parks & Recreation to help the young plants make it through the summer.

Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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WORKNIGHT IN THE RARE PRAIRIE

Thursday, June 25 -- 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Sand Coulee Scientific & Natural Area, Hastings

With less than 1 percent of Minnesota native prairie remaining, this highly protected preserve is no less than an oasis in a desert of wildlife habitat -- 14 rare plant and animal species call the Coulee home. Plus, with its deep prairie root systems, the Coulee helps filter pollutants from runoff waters before they can enter the nearby Vermillion and Mississippi Rivers. Help protect it by removing invasive vetch and knapweed with FMR Restoration Ecologist Karen Schik and Registrar Amy Kilgore.

Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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INVASIVE SPECIES REMOVAL AT RAVINE LAKE

Thursday, July 16 -- 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park

Help expand the lakefront restoration area in beautifully diverse Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park. A glacial tunnel valley bisects the park, featuring 80- to 100-foot slopes home to a compelling array of vegetation and habitats. The ravine ends in a small lake where volunteers will work with FMR staff to remove invasive species, helping to make way for native plants that originally called this park home.

Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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SCHEDULE YOUR STENCILING OUTING TODAY

Mid-April through mid-October
City of St. 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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Phenology

MAY: SERVICEBERRY

This large shrub is a great landscaping plant to attract birds.

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Resource of the Month

LANDSCAPE FOR THE RIVER

Got the gardening or "yardening" itch? Want to beautify your lawn, garden or landscaping and turn it into a force for clean water while you're at it? Check out FMR's Landscape for the River page. We combed the net for the best sites and info to help metro-area river-lovers not only learn about but find the resources they need to complete their projects. If you're thinking about buying or building a rain barrel, picking plants for your site, installing a rain garden or seeing if there's a local cost-share program to help you with any of these projects, be sure to check it out.

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Supporting FMR

DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT: DONATE TODAY AND YOUR GIFT WILL BE MATCHED!

If you've been considering becoming a member of FMR, do it today and your impact will be doubled! Some of our most generous donors have offered a $10,000 challenge gift to encourage greater support for our important work. If you become a new member or increase your level of annual support today, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar!


Quote of the Month

"Some lakes, rivers, and streams all over our state have become dangerously polluted - so bad that fish can't live in them and people shouldn't swim in them. One Minnesotan living in a town providing free bottled water to its residents after its water treatment plant malfunctioned, said, 'That's just the way it is, living here.'

I disagree. That should not be 'just the way it is,' living anywhere in Minnesota. No one person or industry is responsible for our state's deteriorating water quality; but every one of us is responsible for improving it.

Yet, the headline in this week's Outdoor News reads: 'Buffer Bill has No Future' in this legislative session. I find that hard to believe and impossible to accept. You ARE the bill's future. Passing it is your responsibility.

If all the interest groups, who oppose my bill, spent half as much time improving it as they do criticizing it, it would have passed already. My initial proposal is condemned for being 'One size fits all.' Well then, tell us how many sizes, in what shapes, as determined by whom, will fit all?

Everyone professes to want clean water. Too many, however, don't want to do what's necessary to get it. And everyone means not just farmers, but also municipalities, industries, landowners, and everyone else. It's time for all of us to work together to pass a bill this session that will protect our citizens from polluted water."

- Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, State of the State Address, April 9, 2015

Calling all folks interested in the great outdoors and stopping the inadvertent spread of terrestrial invasive species. PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species In Your Tracks is hosting the 3rd annual PlayCleanGo Day to coincide with National Get Outdoors Day on June 13, 2015. Nine state parks and four Three Rivers Park District regional parks will be participating. From 11am to 3pm, we will have volunteers at each park location to talk with visitors about invasive species that live on land and the steps folks can take to help stop their spread. We'll have boot brushes and kids activities at each station along with information about some of the plant species they might see at the park. For the list of participating parks, see the list at the bottom of this email.

We are looking for two to three volunteers per site. One volunteer will arrive at 10:30 to set up the table and greet the other volunteers. Their shift ends at 3:00. The other two volunteers arrive at 10:50. At the end of the event, they will be responsible for packing up the materials and getting them back to the park office by 3:30.

All supplies will be at the Park ahead of time. So volunteers need bring only themselves, their smiles and their personal belongings. Plan to bring water, lunch, sun screen and bug repellent. Wear comfortable shoes or boots. We'll provide a tote bag, ball cap and poncho for all volunteers.

If you are interested in setting up the table and greeting the other volunteers please go to this doodle poll and select your state park of choice. https://doodle.com/pemhssxvie9c8x6k

If you are interested in arriving a little later and are willing to pack up the materials at the end of the day, go to this doodle poll and select your state park of choice. https://doodle.com/eq68daa7unuteubw

The Three Rivers park District will be arranging their own volunteers. But if you are interested in being at one of those sites, let Angela know at AIsackson@threeriversparkdistrict.org.

Invite a friend and join us on June 13, 2015. Celebrate the Minnesota outdoors!!
PlayCleanGo Day Event Locations
· BUFFALO RIVER STATE PARK--565 155th Street South, Glyndon, MN
· CARVER PARK RESERVE--7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria, MN
· CASCADE RIVER STATE PARK--3481 West Hwy 61, Lutsen, MN
· ELM CREEK PARK RESERVE--13351 Elm Creek Road, Dayton, MN
· GOOSEBERRY FALLS STATE PARK--3206 Hwy 61 East, Two Harbors, MN
· HYLAND PARK RESERVE--10145 Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN
· ITASCA STATE PARK--36750 Main Park Drive, Park Rapids, MN
· LAKE SHETEK STATE PARK--163 State Park Road, Currie, MN
· MURPHY HANREHAN PARK RESERVE--15501 Murphy Lake Road, Savage MN
· SCENIC STATE PARK--56956 Scenic Hwy 7, Bigfork, MN
· SIBLEY STATE PARK--800 Sibley Park Road Northeast, New London, MN
· WHITEWATER STATE PARK--19041 Minnesota 74, Altura,
· WILLIAM O'BRIEN STATE PARK--16821 O'Brien Trail North, Marine on St. Croix, MN

Project Learning Tree Summer Workshops

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Project Learning Tree
May 2015
Summer Workshops

Summer is a great time to get new activities and spice up your curricula in science, math, reading, and social studies!

PLT - Early Childhood
Friday, June 19, 2015
9 am - 3:30 pm
Maplewood Nature Center, Maplewood

For preschool - grade 1 educators

$45. Participants get the PLT Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood book and CD, lunch, and CEUs.

Register


FREE PLT K-8 Workshop
Friday, June 26
9 am - 3 pm
Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area (Forest Lake)

For grade K-8 educators

FREE! Participants get PLT K-8 Activity Guide, 6 CEUs, lunch

Register


PLT/WILD/WET Secondary Institute
July 21-24, 2015
Vermilion Community College, Ely

For grade 7-12 educators.

$130, includes breakfasts, lunches, WET K-12 Activity Guide 2.0, WILD K-12 Activity Guide, PLT Secondary guides, field trips, 18 CEUs. Optional on-site lodging and graduate credit available for additional cost.

Register

Revamped Nature's Notebook Instructional Materials

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Looking for a refresher on the basics of using Nature's Notebook or a teaching resource for the groups you lead?

The Nature's Notebook How-to Online Course:
Gives you instructions on setting up a site, making observations of plants and animals, and entering observations online
Shows you how to use the Nature's Notebook website via instructional videos
Tests your new knowledge with interactive quizzes after each lesson and a comprehensive final quiz
Automatically saves your progress, so you can leave the course and then pick up where you left off
The entire course should take 45 minutes to one hour to complete.


Take the course »

May Headwaters Science Center News

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Spring PWLC Environmental Education News

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PWLC Environmental Education News
Spring 2015

Contents:
1. PWLC News
2. PWLC Events
3. Other Resources
4. Housekeeping

1. PWLC News
Spring on the Prairie
We are enjoying a lengthy spring this year! Many birds have returned from their winter homes including all four swallow species, American coots, and clay-colored sparrows; and bobolinks are not far behind! Pussy willows are leafing out. The pasque flowers have bloomed and we are waiting to see the second prairie bloomer, golden alexanders, anytime now. We anxiously await our first goslings. Our most recent field investigations include bird surveys, watershed mapping, frog calling surveys, searches for wonder, and bird investigations. How is spring progressing at your school yard, park, or prairie?

Booking Your Visits to the PWLC
Please remember to contact Terrie Eidal to book your dates for field trips to the PWLC. She can be reached by phone at 218-998-4481 or via email at terrie_eidal@fws.gov. Please do not reply to this message to make bookings. Thanks!

Welcome, Sue McDonald!
We are pleased to welcome our new visitor services manager to the PWLC, Sue McDonald. Sue grew up in MN and has worked all around the country for the National Park Service (FL, AK) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (MN, MT, AZ, and IA). She moved here from Mid Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Washington and Oregon. We invite you to join us in welcoming Sue to the Fergus Falls community and the PWLC!

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


2. Events at the PWLC for Educators and the Public
July 10: Fireflies at Night (10:00 pm - 11:00 pm)
Learn how and why they light up the sky, collect them outside, and examine them up close! All educators who participate receive a certificate documenting continuing education/clock hours. Free! Instructor: Molly Stoddard, Instructional Systems Specialist. For more information or to register, please call Molly at 218-998-4489.

July 20-23: Teaching in the Outdoor Classroom Workshop (times vary)
Open to all who teach children including licensed teachers, teachers in training, naturalists, non-formal educators, park rangers, volunteers, and Friends members! Held in conjunction with the Summer Explorers Biology Camp for students entering 5th and 6th grades in the fall. Workshop participants may teach any grade level and have the opportunity to apply their new skills each day with a small group of interested students. Working together as a team, we explore the many ways to use an outdoor classroom to enhance and strengthen a child's education. Participants receive 30 hours of clock hour instruction and workshop materials. Dormitory lodging is available for workshop attendees. Enrollment is limited to the first 15 teachers who register. Free! Instructors: ISD 544 Prairie Science Class teacher Mona Davis; and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service educators Molly Stoddard and Dave Ellis. For more information and to register, please visit www.friendsofprairiewetlands.com .

July 24: Moths at Midnight (10:00 pm - 11:30 pm)
Discover the nocturnal life of much-overlooked moths which are more abundant than their flashy family members, the butterflies. Search for moths in the field with flashlights. Learn more about these nocturnal insects, and catch, identify, and study them. All educators who participate receive a certificate documenting continuing education/clock hours. Free! Instructor: Teresa Jaskiewicz, Environmental Education Specialist. For information or to register, please call Teresa at 218-998-4486.

August 4-6: ArtStart Presents Reading the Landscape: Illuminating the Significance of Place (9:00 am - 3:30 pm daily)
A summer institute for K-12 educators and artists, Reading the Landscape is a hands-on, standard-based professional development opportunity integrating disciplines of visual arts, media arts, poetry, and environmental science working side-by-side with Dakota, Lakota, and/or Anishinaabe artists and scholars. This unique approach to multidisciplinary learning includes field work, art making, creative writing, assessment strategies, lesson development, and evaluation experiences. CEUs and graduate credits available. Cost is $75. For more details and registration information, please see the separate attachment or contact Carol Sirrine at 651-698-2787 or email her at carol@artstart.org.


3. Other Resources
2015 Gathering Partners of Natural Resources Conference, May 15-17
Coming right up! Organized by Minnesota Master Naturalists, Minnesota Phenology Network, Minnesota Family Woodlands, and Minnesota Forestry Association. Many opportunities for field trips, educational sessions and workshops. Rebecca Montgomery will present on phenology trends in Minnesota. http://www.minnesotamasternaturalist.org/annualconference/


July 21-24, 2015: Project Learning Tree/Project WILD/ Project WET Secondary Institute at Vermilion Community College, Ely
For grade 7-12 educators. $130, includes breakfasts, lunches, WET K-12 Activity Guide 2.0, WILD K-12 Activity Guide, PLT Secondary guides, field trips, 18 CEUs. Optional on-site lodging and graduate credit available for additional cost. For more info, check out these three links: http://www.projectwet.org/what-we-do/publications/guides, http://www.projectwild.org/ProjectWILDK-12CurriculumandActivityGuide.htm, and http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/plt/secondarymodules.html

Free Pollinator Partnership Resources
Did you know pollinators pollinate about 75% of our plants, both agricultural and native? If you teach about animals, arthropods, invertebrates, insects, birds, pollination, plants, agriculture, monarchs, gardens, or habitat - you will love the wealth of resources at this web site. Curriculum, posters, activities, facts, contests, food, other links - it's all there!
http://www.pollinator.org/education.htm#cr


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


Find us on Facebook! You can reach the official PWLC Facebook page and "like" us along with about 1,200 other folks. Click this link: www.facebook.com/prairiewetlands


"The lasting pleasures of contact with the natural world are not reserved for scientists but are available to anyone who will place himself under the influence of earth, sea and sky and their amazing life."

Rachel Carson,
The Sense of Wonder

May My Minnesota Woods Newsletter

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June 16 Bee Talk and Woods Walk

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Bee Talk and Woods Walk
Friday, June 26

Metro Area MNWWN member, Debra Donath, has invited us to her 23-acre property just off of Hwy 19, east of Cannon Falls. She and her husband have offered to give a bee talk and demo, take a look at two prairie restoration sites they are working on, a white pine planting, and maybe some oak and walnut plantings.

When: Friday, June 26, 2015: 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: 31541 White Rock Trail, Welch, MN 55089
Hosts: Debra Donath and Kent Volz, Landowners
Cost: Free
RSVP: Barb Spears at 651-328-0463 or barb@twfllc.com so we can plan
accordingly.

Directions from Cannon Falls: drive east on Highway 19 towards Red Wing. Go nine miles to mile marker 199 on Highway 19. About 200 yards past MM 199 turn right on White Rock Trail. Drive one mile to our home on the right. You will pass two old farm houses on your way.

Light rain or shine! Dress and prepare appropriately for outdoor field tour including insect and tick protection and sunscreen. Light refreshments provided.

Sponsored by the Metro Area MNWWN

May Mississippi Messages Calendar

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Calendar of Events

VERMILLION RIVER AMA BUCKTHORN HAUL
Saturday, May 9 -- 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Vermillion River Aquatic Management Area, Empire Township, Dakota County

Join us in the oak woodlands bordering the Vermillion River, a cold prairie stream in the heart of Dakota County and a major tributary of the Mississippi River. Volunteers will be helping to remove invasive species in an Aquatic Management Area, a special type of preserve for shoreline property. With creek, lake and river shores being developed throughout the state, the AMA program helps Minnesota preserve public access as well as critical fish and wildlife habitat. Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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FLOODPLAIN FOREST CLEANUP
Saturday, May 30 -- 9:30 a.m.-noon
Gores Wildlife Management Area, Hastings

Located roughly a mile downstream of downtown Hastings, the Gores Wildlife Management Area consists entirely of Mississippi and Vermillion River floodplain forests. With the spring thaw, a good deal of trash has been revealed in this natural area. Come help your local waters and wildlife at this limited-capacity cleanup. Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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RAINGARDEN AND NATIVE PLANT TENDING
Thursday, June 4 -- 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Crosby Farm Regional Park, St. Paul

Help tend some 'green infrastructure'. The Crosby raingardens and native plantings help filter pollution that would otherwise flow into the nearby Mississippi River while also providing much-needed bird, bee and butterfly habitat. Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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DEADWOOD HAUL, FIRE PREP AT RAVINE LAKE
Saturday, June 13 -- 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park

FMR volunteers have done a great job removing invasive species and assisting with other restoration tasks at this lakefront site. Now it's time to call in the professional fire crews to take it to the next level by performing a prescribed burn. Unfortunately, though, there are too many dead fallen trees and too much cut brush for the crew to work here safely. Come help FMR Senior Ecologist Karen Schik and staff from Washington County remove the deadwood and brush so we can take this important next step in this site's restoration. No experience is required and all supplies, including pizza, will be provided. And, of course, park entry (normally $5) is free for participating volunteers.

Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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MAKE & TAKE RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP [$40]
Tuesday, June 16 -- 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Dakota County Fairgrounds, Farmington

Using a rain barrel is one of the simplest, high-impact ways to save water, save money and help protect our watershed. Join FMR and Coca-Cola to learn about watershed-friendly home and garden practices and build your own ready-to-install rain barrel. The $40 registration fee covers all supplies, including the barrel and conversion kit.

Supplies are limited and early registration is suggested as these workshops have been filling quickly. Learn more and sign up via the event page.

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HELP TEND THE WELCOMING PRAIRIE
Thursday, June 18 -- 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Old Mill Park, Hastings

In fall 2014, Hastings High School students and FMR ecologists planted a small prairie at the entrance of Old Mill Park. Volunteers are now needed to work with FMR Lead Ecologist Karen Schik and Stewardship Events Coordinator Adam Flett to help remove weeds and assist with other tending tasks to help the young plants make it through their first summer. Once established, the prairie plants will provide much-needed bird, bee and butterfly habitat. The plants also double as a park amenity, serving as a beautiful welcome to Old Mill Park.

Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

Read more »


SCHEDULE YOUR STENCILING OUTING TODAY
Mid-April through mid-October
City of St. 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.

Spring Horticulture Newsletter

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May SEEK Bulletin

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Greetings from SEEK!
As the school year winds down and the weather warms up, it's a great time to bring your students outside to learn and explore. The month of May is full of environmental celebrations including Arbor Month, Asthma Awareness Month, Composting Awareness Week, International Migratory Bird Day and more. Below you will find resources and ideas for your classroom and EE programs.

Don't forget to check SEEK's Jobs, Internships, and Volunteer pages

In this issue:

Headwaters Science Center (HSC)
Professional Development
EE News
General Resources
Funding Resources

The Will Steger Foundation is excited to launch Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions, a two-year project funded through the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. Climate Minnesota responds to the urgent need to increase climate literacy and promote sustainable behavior change among Minnesotans by sharing the knowledge of local experts and the stories of individuals impacted by climate change. The project builds on the power of media for sharing stories and the importance of personal contact to reach a broader, more diverse audience.

The project's components include:

1) Convenings: Throughout 2015 and into 2016, we will hold a series of 12 public convenings across the state that will connect communities through local science, stories, and solutions that encompass the broad range of impacts that Minnesotans are seeing now. In addition we will hold two to four educator workshops that highlight local resources and build capacity.

2) Climate action teams: Each convening will culminate in the establishment and ongoing support of peer groups in all of the 12 communities. These groups will focus on sharing their "climate stories" and implementing community projects that advance climate change solutions.

3) Storytelling Collection: We're inviting Minnesotans across the state to share their stories of how climate change has impacted their lives, either in blog or podcast form. We will present these stories online and encourage them to be shared statewide as educational resources and as inspiration for climate action.

4) Television production: Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) is creating a TV production and video segments that examine the different ways that climate change is affecting Minnesotans in various settings.

Click here for opportunities to be involved with Climate Minnesota.

The Science Museum of Minnesota and R.H. Stafford Library are looking for energetic individuals to join our team. If you love learning, work well as part of a team, & thrive when interacting with and educating others, you can become part of our fun learning environment!

Description of Position:
Kids of all ages can bring in a natural object (or a journal entry, photograph, rubbings or drawings of that object) and share their knowledge about the item with Collectors' Corner volunteers. The more a trader knows about the object, the more points they will earn. With the points earned, the trader may trade for another item. Volunteers interact with children and families to introduce and facilitate the trading process and enter information into the Collectors' Corner database.

Collectors' Corner Volunteer.pdf

Basic Requirements -
· At least 16 years of age
· Able to volunteer for a biweekly 4-hour shift for at least 6 months (Tuesdays 3:30 pm-7:30 pm or Saturdays 9:30 am-1:30 pm)
· Available to take all required trainings and are open to feedback
· Have effective communication skills
· Enjoy interacting with people of all ages
· Enjoy nature and talking about the natural world
· Comfortable with computer and data entry

How to become a Collectors' Corner Neighborhood Trading Place Volunteer:
Apply online at: www.smm.org/volunteer/application
Contact SMM Volunteer Department with questions at 651-221-9453 or volunteer@smm.org
Or contact librarian Janet Poff at 651-275-8534 or janet.poff@co.washington.mn.us

Volunteer Benefits
Gain experience and valuable skills for college and job applications
Positively impact your community by helping individuals love learning
Support one of the finest science museums in the nation
Be a part of an environment of fun, curiosity and lifelong-learning
Receive complimentary tickets to museum exhibits and Omnitheater, attend enrichment workshops, trainings, and learning opportunities including computer classes for free and enjoy discounts to the Explore Store, food areas, and other museums' admission.
Receive free parking during training/enrichment opportunities at the Science Museum of Minnesota

July 22 MN Traveling Invasive Species Workshop

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The Minnesota Invasive Species Council (MISAC) and the MN Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) Chapter invite you to attend the MN Traveling Invasive Species Workshop meeting at Elm Creek Park Reserve Chalet on Wednesday, July 22nd.

The traveling workshop is a one-day, field based workshop taking place in the West Metro and Three Rivers Park District. This year's topics include early detection and identification of newcomer invasive plants, zebra mussel control, battling wild parsnip, using goats and fire to manage buckthorn and much more!

This will be a full day event beginning at 8:00 a.m. and ending by 4:00 pm. Registration fees cover the cost of lunch, water/ice, and transport between field sites. Registration details will follow at a later date. We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Wilderness in the City and Dakota County Parks are excited to host a Garlic Mustard Challenge at Lebanon Hills Regional Park. Help us free the park of this highly invasive plant.

Attend one of two training sessions, May 12 or May 14, from 6-8pm.

To register or to learn more, contact Meghan at 952-891-7108, Meghan.manhatton@co.dakoa.mn.us.

Maplewood Nature Center Public Nature Programs

Contact: Karen Wachal, karen.wachal@ci.maplewood.mn.us, 651-249-2170

About Maplewood Nature Center

Maplewood Nature Center is a 40-acre preserve operated by the City of Maplewood. The Visitor Center is located at 2659 East Seventh Street in Maplewood and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The Nature Play Yard adjoins the Visitor Center. Trails wind through oak woods and marsh and are open every day from dawn to dusk. Trails are available to explore every day from dawn to dusk. Use of facilities is free of charge. For more information about Maplewood Nature Center and its programs visit www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com or call 651-249-2170.


To Register for a Nature Center Program:

Register online for paid or free programs www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com then click on the Register Online-Go! button.

You can also register in person, by phone or mail with credit card, cash or check by the date indicated. Program sizes are limited, register early.

No need to register for Drop-in programs.

For more information please call 651-249-2170.

Location is Maplewood Nature Center, (unless otherwise indicated in program description)
2659 E. 7th Street, Maplewood, MN 55119.


MAY

BIRD BANDING DAY (All Ages )
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Saturday, May 2, 9:30AM - Noon
Free
Drop-in program for adults and families.
Youth groups, call 651-249-2170 to register by May 1.

Cardinals, warblers and chickadees, Oh My! Watch licensed bird banders capture, band and release wild birds to learn about age, populations and migration patterns. If conditions allow, take a short hike to observe birds with binoculars on the floating boardwalk. Bring a camera.


FABULOUS FROGS (For Ages 6 and older, with Adult)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Thursday, May 7, 7:00PM-8:30PM
Prepay $5/family by May 5.
Register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

Hike to listen for frogs! Learn to identify frog species by their calls and make your own frog call to take home! Each family will receive a Minnesota Frog poster and a frog call phenology sheet. Discover other good areas to listen for frogs.


WILDFLOWERS for moM (Ages 4 and older, with adult)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
May 9, 10:00AM - 11:15AM
Fee: $6/child
Pre-register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170, by May 6.

Decorate a basket for Mom with a native perennial plant that keeps giving joy year after year. Meet some early bloomers outdoors, flowers called Jack, Violet and Ginger.

DESIGN YOUR RAIN GARDEN
Maplewood Nature Center
2659 E.7th St. Maplewood
Thursday, May 14, 6:30 - 8:30 P.M.
Call Deb Barnes, 651-792-7959 at Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District to register. Please provide your name, e-mail, address, phone number and # of people attending. Register by May 1.

Learn how to design and build a rain garden with Ramsey Conservation District, Watershed District and Maplewood Nature Center experts. Tour the fun rainwater features at the Nature Center and discover what rain garden plants are popping up in mid-May. Identify soil types and determine how fast water soaks into your soil. Learn how to choose plants and get advice from technical staff and Master Gardeners in planning your rain garden design. Prior to the class you will be e-mailed or mailed a questionnaire and a worksheet to fill out including a drawing of your yard. Please complete these before the workshop and bring them with you to the class. At the workshop we will provide an aerial map of your site to use in planning your rain garden.

This free workshop is sponsored by Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, Maplewood Nature Center, the City of Maplewood, Ramsey Conservation District and Blue Thumb. For more information about the class contact Sage Passi@612-598-9163.


ARBOR DAY HISTORY MYSTERY (For All Ages)
At KELLER REGIONAL PARK, meet at Golfview picnic shelter, on Highway 61, ½ mile north of Frost Avenue
Saturday, May 16, 11:00AM-12:00 Noon
FREE! There's a tree history mystery brewing,

"The Case of the Missing Elm Grove--Who (or What) Done It?"

Come try to solve the mystery. You will discover the story of Maplewood's historic tree groves. There will be a brief ceremony at 11:30 to rededicate the Memory Grove plaque.

For a map & the history behind the mystery, see:
www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/treemystery. For more information: 651-249-2170.


NATIVE PLANT Garden TOUR (Adults)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Wednesday, May 20, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Free
Pre-register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170, by May 18.

Take this guided tour of native gardens for sun, rain and shade. Find out which native plants will grow in your yard to provide beauty as well as food tor butterflies and other pollinators.


Yardscaping with Fruit: Apples, Berries, Cherries, and More! (Adults)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Saturday, May 23, 10:30AM - Noon
Prepay $5/person by May 16.
Register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

Edible Landscaping is made up of several tiers of plant types for maximizing the production of food on your urban landscape. This class will focus on some of the different cultivars and species of the tree and shrub layer which bear delicious and edible fruit for eating, baking, juicing and drying.

Rebecca Koetter is a consultant working with various edible trees and shrubs throughout the Metro area. She has experience designing, selecting, implementing, harvesting and processing of nearly every edible fruit from a woody plant growing in Minnesota.


JUNE

BUILD YOUR SOIL: In-Garden Demonstration (Adults)
AT HARVEST COMMUNITY GARDEN, SW corner of County Rd C & Hazelwood St, www.harvestgardens.org
Monday, June 1, 6:30PM-7:30PM
Free, Drop-In Program

Check out the 'rain simulator' to witness the effects of soil-building techniques, & learn more about ways to keep your soil from running off or pooling instead of soaking into the soil where your plants need it. This program will be translated into Karen language. Additional language translation may be requested by two weeks prior. Raindate: Tues June 2nd.

This outdoor presentation will be given by Dan Nath from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.


BACKYARD CHICKEN BASICS - (Adults)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Adults and Children 10 and up
Tuesday, June 16, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Prepay by June 12 $15/adult, $5/ child with adult
Register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

This seminar will cover all aspects of backyard flock management in an urban setting: getting permits, choosing suitable varieties, raising chicks, coop and run requirements, feed and nutrition, common health issues, predators, cold-climate care, chickens in the garden, composting chicken waste, etc. There will be plenty of time for questions, and hands-on time with live chickens (chickens permitting).

Bob Lies, co-owner of Egg/Plant Urban Farm Supply in St. Paul, started raising chicks at the U of MN Student Organic Farm, and has experienced both the joys and troubles of keeping chickens in the city.


PROJECT LEARNING TREE- EARLY CHILDHOOD WORKSHOP (Adults)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Friday, June 19, 9AM-3:30PM
Fee: $45 includes two curriculum books, lunch, & six hours of continuing education credits.
Registration: Deadline is June 4, 2015. To register or with questions, go to www.mndnr.gov/plt or call Laura Duffey at 651-259-5263, 888-646-6367 FREE.

• For: Early childhood educators, Kindergarten and Grade 1 teachers, Scout leaders, Head Start teachers, naturalists, and environmental educators.

• Environmental education for very young children is a natural fit: As children naturally discover, explore, and experience their environment, guided activities will help them gain valuable skills: observing, listening, identifying, classifying, making sensory comparisons, and communicating.

• The day will include: in-depth instruction on learning styles of very young children, nature-based preschool activities and methods, and more. Participants will also devote some time to sharing ideas to improve outdoor learning sites for young children using Maplewood Nature Center's outdoor areas.


WILDERNESS WISDOM: (For Adults & Children ages 7 and older, with Adult)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Saturday, June 20, 10:30AM-11:45AM
Prepay $5/family by June 16
Register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

Join the Naturalist for a hike to discover what's safe and what to watch out for on your summer camping trips. Make a poison ivy rubbing; learn how to identify nightshade and stinging nettle and its herbal antidote. Learn tips and tricks for preventing ticks and mosquito bites; get your own "ticker" tape and Tick ID card. Includes Tick Remover.


JUNIOR VOLUNTEERS!
For Ages 10 - 14 (Ages 14-15 may apply to be Assistant Leaders.)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Dates: Tuesdays, June 23, June 30, July 7,14, 21, 28
Time: 9:30AM -11:15AM
Free. Pre-register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

Fill out permission slip and return to nature center by Friday June 19, in order to participate.

Discover nature, seek new discoveries, and take some action! Make new friends and learn outdoor skills- cook with a solar oven, identify poisonous and edible plants, care for live animals and more! Assist the naturalist with on-going trail and nature projects at the nature center and nearby city-owned nature preserves. Use hand tools to clear trails, plant and maintain wildflowers, and more!


Bokashi Composting - (Adults)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Saturday, June 27, 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Adults
Free. Pre-register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170, by June 25.

Learn how to compost all your household organics (including meat and bones) with this innovative, no hassle method. Bokashi is a new type of composting that is perfect for everyone even if you live in an apartment! The composting equipment, the Fermenator, will be available for sale.

Sean Alter is the owner of Urban Compost, a local company that is focused on compost solutions for the urban grower.


JULY

FIREFLY MAGIC Night Hike (For Ages 3-10 with Adult)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Thursday July 9, 8:30PM-10:00PM
Prepay $5/child by July 7
Register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

Fireflies are magical bugs with a built-in night light.
Learn how and why they light up, and take a hike in search of them.
Listen to a firefly story and make your own glow-in-the-dark firefly to take home.
Early registration recommended.


the good, the bad, and the bugly (For Adults & Children 7 and older, with Adult)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Saturday, July 11
10:00AM- 11:45AM
Free - Pre-register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170, by July 9.

Learn about bugs that are good for trees and bad for trees. On the trail, learn to identify common trees and search for bugs on them. Program includes information on emerald ash borer, Dutch elm disease and oak wilt.


GARDEN ART (For Adults & Children ages 4 and older, with Adult)
AT EDGERTON GARDEN: Corner of Roselawn & Edgerton in Maplewood, north of Edgerton Elementary.
Tuesday, July 14, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Free - Pre-register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170, by July 11.

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.


Garden TOUR - NATIVE PLANTS for POLLINATORS! (Adults)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Saturday, July 18, 10:00AM -11:00AM
Free. Pre-register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170, by July 17.

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 to design for specific pollinators.


Bat Survey (Adults & Children ages 7 and older, with Adult)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Thursday, July 23, 8:30PM -10:00PM
Prepay $4/person by July 20
Register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

Hike the trails at twilight to listen for bat clicks and chirps with our electronic echo-locator. Help identify and record species flying over the nature center pond.

What do bats eat? Where do bats live?

Examine a bat house and receive free bat house plans.


TASTY TREATS FROM THE BEES
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Saturday, July 25, 10:00AM-11:30 AM
Prepay $5/person by Thursday, July 23rd
Register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

Taste different kinds of honey, and sample food pollinated by bees such as blueberries and raspberries! Learn about different kinds of bees and why they are important. We'll do an easy and fun bee-count to help the bees with the Great Sunflower Project, www.greatsunflowerproject.org, that you can also do later in your backyard or nearby park.


AUGUST

DRAGONFLIES AND GRASSHOPPERS GALORE! (For Ages 3-8, with Adult)
Saturday, August 1, 10:AM-11:15AM
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Free. Pre-register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170, by July 30, by Noon.

Singing, buzzing, jumping, flying - it's fun to catch and release grasshoppers and other bugs in the gardens and prairie. Use, nets and magnifying lenses to help you catch and observe these amazing creatures.


BUMBLE BEE SAFARI (For Adults & Families with children ages 5 and older)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Saturday, August 8th, 10:00AM-11:30AM
Free. Pre-register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170, by August 4.

You can learn more about befriending bumble bees! Assist Ian Lane from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, in surveying bumblebees and other pollinators from the Nature Center's prairie flowers. Watch as he identifies and records them before releasing them back to the wild.


Super Spiders (Ages 4 and older, with Adult)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Saturday, August 15, 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Prepay $4/child by August 12.
Register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

Spiders are nature's bug zappers! Meet live spiders; learn about webs and spider silk. Put together a spider identification book to take home. Hike to look for orb, funnel, jumping and crab spiders. Wear shoes suitable for hiking.


MONARCH OPEN HOUSE (For Adults and Families)
Saturday, August 29, 1:00PM-3:00PM
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Free, drop-in program

Come between 1:00 and 3:00 to help the naturalist tag Monarch butterflies. Learn about the Monarch life cycle and migration to Mexico. See native nectar plants in the Nature Center's gardens that nourish Monarchs .

April Audubon Center of the North Woods

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Lunchtime Webinars

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More Lunchtime Webinars heading your way

Be sure to tune in Wednesdays at noon to watch these upcoming webinars:

May 6 - Looking for Native Pollinators
May 13 - Landscaping for Pollinators

Review the instructions in advance to make sure you have the necessary plug-in. Busy on Wednesdays? No worries! Webinars are posted online to view at your convenience 5 to 10 days after the air date.

View webinar instructions, schedule and archive

Saint John's Outdoor University Upcoming Events

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Find out about all of the happenings at the Outdoor U here.

Summer Fun at Big Stone Lake State Park

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Big Stone Lake State Park Activities 2015
Big Stone Lake State Park
35889 Meadowbrook State Park Rd.
Ortonville, MN 56278
320-839-3663
cara.greger@state.mn.us

Please join us for all or any of the following activities this spring and summer.

MAY
· May 2- Park Clean-up Day-10 am-2 pm - Need volunteers to come and work on cleaning up the park for the camping season. Bring shovels, rakes, and gloves. We will be asking volunteers to pick up sticks, garbage, and do light maintenance work to get the park ready for camping.

· May 23- Alphabet in Nature Photo Safari-register at 10 am and be back by 3 pm. Sign up as an individual or team. You will need a digital camera and a great imagination. Participants will be asked to venture out in the park either Meadowbrook area of Bonanza and look for all 26 letters of the alphabet in the park. You must use your power of observation and imagination to find the Alphabet in Nature. When you have found all 26 or it is 3 pm, come back to the park office to show the Park Ranger. The team or individual with the most letters or first to have 26 will win a prize.

JUNE
· June 6 & 7- Archery In the Park- Here is your chance to learn how to shoot a bow in a safe, supervised setting. The Archery in the Parks program is designed for families and people of all ages and skill levels. You can get hands on instruction from a certified instructor along with experience with target practice. Learn a lifelong skill. Adult must accompany participants younger than 14 years of age. All equipment provided. Open shoot from 10 am to 2 pm.

· June 13- State Park Open House- Nature Story and Craft: Around the Campfire-The Art of Story-telling: time 7-9 pm. Join us at the State Park office located at the Meadowbrook unit to learn about the art of Storytelling as it relates to Around the Campfire. Designed for ages 3-12, we will begin with a story, take a nature hike to inspire some creative writing and drawing, and return to the office to compose and draw about what we experienced. Then we will make a craft, eat a snack, and play a game related to being Around the Campfire. Please register your children by calling 320-839-3663.

· June 20-Alphabet in Nature Photo Safari-register at 10 am and be back by 3 pm. Read previous write up on May 23.

· June 27 & 28- Archery In the Park. 10 am- 2pm both days. Read previous write up on June 6 & 7.

JULY
· July 5-Nature Story and Craft- Animal Tracks. 10am- noon. Join us at the Bonanza Education Center to learn about identifying animal tracks and scat. Designed for ages 3-12, we will begin with a story, take a nature hike to look for some tracks, and return to the center make an animal track ID book. Then we will eat a snack and play a game related to animal tracks. Please register your children by calling 320-839-3663.

· July 11-12- Archery in the Park. 10am- 2 pm both days. Read previous write up.

AUGUST
· August 1-Eye Spy Photography. 9am- noon. Come join us as local photographer John White attempts to help participants understand the visualization of composition in a natural setting. The program will begin at 9AM Saturday August 1st, at the Bonanza Learning Center. Program is open to all ages, but it is intended as a beginners and introductory level program. No registration is necessary. The park will provide all equipment needed, but some sharing may be necessary depending on number of participants.

· August 8-Alphabet in Nature Photo Safari. Register at 10 am and be back at 3 pm. See above description of event.

· August 15- Nature Story and Craft-Wonders of the Prairie. 10am- noon. Join us at the State Park office to learn about the Prairie and its hidden secrets. Designed for ages 3-12, we will begin with a story, take a nature hike to find some hidden secrets, and return to the office to draw about what we experienced. Then we will make a craft, eat a snack, and play a game related to The Wonders of the Prairie. Please register your children by calling 320-839-3663.

DNR Job Postings

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Here is a list of job postings/cancellations at the DNR.


Working Title: Cave/Park Naturalist
Class/Option: INTERPRET NATURALIST 1
Position: 01003308 Location: Rochester
Bargaining Unit: Commmissioner's Plan: Insufficient Work Time
Employment Condition: Seasonal Intermittent - 5%
FLSA Status: nonexempt Temporary Position End Date:
Days of Work: Varies Hours of work: 08:30 AM-10:30 PM
Work Area: Previous Incumbent: N/A
View at: https://statejobs.doer.state.mn.us/JobPosting/View?_posting=15DNR000329

Working Title:
Class/Option: PARKS WORKER
Position: 00970520 Location: Itasca State Park
Bargaining Unit: AFSCME
Employment Condition: Seasonal Part-time - 90%
FLSA Status: nonexempt Temporary Position End Date:
Days of Work: Varies Hours of work: 07:00 AM-10:30 PM
Work Area: Itasca State Park Previous Incumbent: N/A
View at: https://statejobs.doer.state.mn.us/JobPosting/View?_posting=15DNR000337

Working Title: Gift Shop Coordinator
Class/Option: CENTRAL SVCS ADMIN SPEC
Position: 01019555 Location: Rochester
Bargaining Unit: AFSCME
Employment Condition: Seasonal Part-time - 80%
FLSA Status: nonexempt Temporary Position End Date:
Days of Work: Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday Hours of work: 08:00 AM-04:30 PM
Work Area: Forestville State Park Previous Incumbent: Luann Wilcox
View at: https://statejobs.doer.state.mn.us/JobPosting/View?_posting=15DNR000328

Working Title:
Class/Option: INTERPRET NATURALIST 1
Position: 00166220 Location: Willmar
Bargaining Unit: MAPE
Employment Condition: Seasonal Full-time - 100%
FLSA Status: nonexempt Temporary Position End Date:
Days of Work: Varies Hours of work: 08:30 AM-10:30 PM
Work Area: Previous Incumbent: Melissa Rothwell
View at: https://statejobs.doer.state.mn.us/JobPosting/View?_posting=15DNR000327

Working Title:
Class/Option: PARKS WORKER
Position: 00046880 Location: Itasca State Park
Bargaining Unit: AFSCME
Employment Condition: Seasonal Part-time - 90%
FLSA Status: nonexempt Temporary Position End Date:
Days of Work: Varies Hours of work: 08:00 AM-10:30 PM
Work Area: Itasca State Park Previous Incumbent: N/A
View at: https://statejobs.doer.state.mn.us/JobPosting/View?_posting=15DNR000335

Working Title:
Class/Option: PARKS WORKER
Position: 00046740 Location: Itasca State Park
Bargaining Unit: AFSCME
Employment Condition: Seasonal Part-time - 90%
FLSA Status: nonexempt Temporary Position End Date:
Days of Work: Varies Hours of work: 07:00 AM-11:00 PM
Work Area: Itasca State Park Previous Incumbent: N/A
View at: https://statejobs.doer.state.mn.us/JobPosting/View?_posting=15DNR000333

Working Title: Buildings & Grounds Worker
Class/Option: BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS WKR
Position: 00511300 Location: Itasca State Park
Bargaining Unit: AFSCME
Employment Condition: Seasonal Part-time - 90%
FLSA Status: nonexempt Temporary Position End Date:
Days of Work: Varies Hours of work: 07:30 AM-03:30 PM
Work Area: Itasca State Park Previous Incumbent: N/A
View at: https://statejobs.doer.state.mn.us/JobPosting/View?_posting=15DNR000334

Working Title: Forester
Class/Option: NR FORESTRY SPECIALIST INTER
Position: 01003912 Location: Grand Rapids
Bargaining Unit: MAPE
Employment Condition: Unlimited Full-time - 100%
FLSA Status: exemptpro Temporary Position End Date:
Days of Work: Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday Hours of work: 08:00 AM-04:30 PM
Work Area: Previous Incumbent: N/A
View at: https://statejobs.doer.state.mn.us/JobPosting/View?_posting=15DNR000326

Working Title: Cave/Park Naturalist
Class/Option: INTERPRET NATURALIST 1
Position: 00605770 Location: Rochester
Bargaining Unit: MAPE
Employment Condition: Seasonal Full-time - 100%
FLSA Status: nonexempt Temporary Position End Date:
Days of Work: Varies Hours of work: 08:30 AM-10:00 PM
Work Area: Previous Incumbent: N/A
View at: https://statejobs.doer.state.mn.us/JobPosting/View?_posting=15DNR000330

Working Title:
Class/Option: GENERAL MAINTENANCE WORKER
Position: 00915020 Location: Stillwater
Bargaining Unit: AFSCME
Employment Condition: Seasonal Part-time - 80%
FLSA Status: nonexempt Temporary Position End Date:
Days of Work: Varies Hours of work: 08:00 AM-04:30 PM
Work Area: William OBrien State Park Previous Incumbent: N/A
View at: https://statejobs.doer.state.mn.us/JobPosting/View?_posting=15DNR000336

You can view all job postings at http://www.careers.state.mn.us/

Minnesota Fishing - April 2015

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Trout harvest season opens April 18

Got your fly tackle and lures ready? The trout harvest season on inland streams opens Saturday, April 18.

It's a great time to be a stream trout angler. Opportunities for trout anglers have continued to expand, and at present there are about 3,800 miles of trout streams in Minnesota. With an early snow melt, and barring heavy rains, the streams will be flowing clear, making conditions good for fishing.

The possession limit for brook, brown and rainbow trout, and splake, is five combined, with not more than one longer than 16 inches. In Lake Superior streams, different regulations exist below posted boundaries, and anglers should check for special regulations on the streams where they plan to fish. For more information on trout fishing, see www.mndnr.gov/fishmn/trout.

Tips for introducing kids to fishing
Planning to take a kid fishing this year? Here are some tips from the DNR:


  • Fun and safety are the most important considerations, and adults need to practice patience;

  • Fish for smaller fish like bluegills that tend to bite frequently, and use live bait, smaller hooks and lighter line;

  • Fish from shore so it's easy to take breaks;

  • Keep fishing gear simple, appropriately sized and in working order;

  • Pack snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent and first-aid basics;

  • If fishing action or weather doesn't work out, call it quits before it becomes a negative experience and try again another day; and

  • Congratulate kids on catching any size fish, and take lots of photos.

Common fishing questions, a beginner's guide to fishing, and places to fish can be found at www.mndnr.gov/fishmn. For information about hands-on programs that teach the basics of fishing, see www.mndnr.gov/takeakidfishing or www.mndnr.gov/bow. Resources for educators can be found at www.mndnr.gov/minnaqua.


Catch that? Bass fishing expands

Anglers get more opportunity to fish for bass this year starting on the Saturday, May 9, fishing opener when a new catch-and-release bass season begins in most of the state.
The catch-and-release season runs until the regular harvest season opens Saturday, May 23. All largemouth and smallmouth bass caught during this two-week period must immediately be released.

Meanwhile, anglers in northeast Minnesota can continue to catch and keep bass during these two weeks starting May 9. Northeast Minnesota is defined as essentially north and east of U.S. Highway 53. In past years, anglers could not fish for bass until Memorial Day weekend outside northeastern Minnesota.

In another bass season change, the fall closure on harvest of smallmouth bass has been lifted in the northeast.

More on bass fishing can be found at www.mndnr.gov/fishmn/bass.

Saint Paul Natural Resources Spring Newsletter

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10th Annual Blooming Saint Paul Awards Ceremony

2014 was an exciting year for the Blooming Saint Paul Awards! With over 195 nominations and more than 150 attendees, it was the largest award ceremony yet. This year also marks the tenth anniversary of the program and tenth year of sponsorship from the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. To show our appreciation for their support and all they do to support gardening, the Saint Paul Pioneer Press received an Outstanding Gardening Advocate Award. We would also like to thank our additional sponsors: Capitol Region Watershed District, Kern Landscape Resources, Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply, Union Depot and The Saint Paul Hotel. It is with the help of our generous sponsors that we are able to continue to hold the Blooming Saint Paul Awards Ceremony each year.

Once again, the Ramsey County Master Gardeners served as the judges for the Blooming Saint Paul Awards. Nearly twenty Saint Paul homes, businesses and people received awards for their exemplary work! The Awards Ceremony was held on Monday, January 26th at a new venue, The Redcap Room, located in the Union Depot, and was catered by D'Amico and Sons Catering. We were fortunate to have Don Engebretson, The Renegade Gardener, as our informative and humorous guest speaker, as well as an appearance by Mayor Coleman.

Citywide Spring Cleanup

Join forces with family, friends and neighbors alike to clean up the garbage that has recently become exposed due to the melting snow. We invite everyone--families, friends, neighbors to come together to help beautify the city of Saint Paul.

Participating is easy! Register online, and then drop by your selected Cleanup Site any time between 9:00 and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18th, to pick up bags, gloves and snacks and meet your neighbors and community members. Then head out and clean up your park or neighborhood of choice. More info at http://www.stpaul.gov/index.aspx?NID=1043.

Register at http://bit.ly/StPaulCleanup2015.

Conservation Corps of Minnesota: Partners in Restoration

Longer days and warmer weather means one thing - field season! With over two thousand acres of wild lands in our park system, Saint Paul Natural Resources highly values partnerships with local environmental organizations to help enhance and maintain wildlife habitat in the city. Conservation Corps Minnesota has been a partner in this effort for over a decade. Conservation Corps, a national non-profit affiliate of AmeriCorps, provides youth and young adults with training and job experiences in natural resources work. On average, the Corps employs eight young adults who mentor sixty-six youth each year in Saint Paul's natural areas. The young adults split their time between specialized fieldwork, such as chainsaw operation and prescribed burning, and leading crews of high school students controlling invasive species and planting native vegetation. Be on the lookout for hardhats in our parks - it just might be the Conservation Corps!

Natural Resources Brings Students Outdoors

Saint Paul Natural Resources is partnering with Wilderness Inquiry and Saint Paul Public Schools to engage students in Saint Paul parks. Natural Resources staff members are providing youth with outdoor recreation and environmental learning opportunities to connect students to nature. The partnership is engaging students at 14 participating Saint Paul schools.

In one program, students at Washington Technology Magnet are exploring urban wildlife ecology, learning mapping skills through geocaching, researching the regional park system, and studying stormwater runoff and water quality to prepare for field trips to Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary. As a part of this program, Natural Resources staff will provide hands-on bicycle safety training so that students can navigate to the Sanctuary by pedal power.

We are thankful to Cargill for funding geocaching equipment and the Capitol Region Watershed District for providing field trip transportation for these programs.

Arbor Month 2015: Celebrating St. Paul's Great American Elms
Saturday, May 30, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm

Linwood Park, 860 Saint Clair Avenue (east of Rec Center)

Most St. Paul residential streets during the 1960s were lined with large, mature American elms creating a tunnel-like effect over the road. It has been estimated that 80% of the boulevard trees during that time were American elms. They were the perfect tree - strong, fast-growing, and tolerant of drought. That is, until Dutch elm disease (DED) hit, killing tens of thousands of elms during the 1970s. Today, DED continues to kill old, large elms which currently comprise less than 1% of the total boulevard tree population. If losses continue at the average annual rate, there will be approximately 50 left by 2025.

To mark 50 years since DED was first found in the City, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Tree Advisory Panel (TAP) and the University of Minnesota will have a special focus on the history and future of the American elm at this year's annual Arbor Month event.

At the event, arborists will be on hand to answer questions and share useful tree care tips. Exhibitors from local organizations will be offering a variety of tree-related information and disease-tolerant elm trees will be available for free adoption. There will be many other family-friendly activities, including food and music performed by the Midway-Frogtown Arborators.

Pollinator Protection

Saint Paul Natural Resources (SPNR) is acutely concerned about the decline of pollinators, such as bees, worldwide linked to increased uses of insecticides and habitat loss. While this has been an issue for many years, 2014 saw a large uptick in publicity and educational awareness partially led by efforts of the University of Minnesota Bee Squad. As such, SPNR staff members are currently working on a couple of fronts:

1. SPNR is working with City officials to develop a City Council Resolution taking a position in support of practices that help protect pollinators. At this point, a resolution would be focused solely on internal City staff and the fieldwork they do.

2. SPNR is working with the Bee Squad on the possibility of developing a Community Apiary to provide a home for bees and engage the public on pollinator issues.

Stay tuned for more buzz on SPNR's pollinator projects.

April Project GO Newsletter

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April is a great month to open up the house and get outside. The name originally came from a Roman word, Aprilis, meaning 'to open'. In the month of April, small animals come out of hiding and birds migrate northward, and bees and butterflies begin to gather nectar. Did you know, April is planting time but in other parts of the world, it's the harvest season? April is also known for people going on huge spring cleaning sprees indoors and outdoors. Rain and mud are also in huge supply during April, so don't forget the rain boots!

See the entire newsletter here.

Summer Itasca State Park Outdoor Kids Programs

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Outdoor Kids is a naturalist lead program series designed for children.
It is a chance for kids of all ages to explore nature at their leisure and have
fun at Itasca while hanging out at the swimming beach or playground.
Connect with nature in the outdoors. This program series allows kids
to investigate nature through hands-on activities. Many of the programs
focus on life around the lake.

2015 Outdoor kids_ Summer (1).pdf

Itasca State Park Event Day Volunteer Opportunities

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Happy Spring Volunteers!

We hope you have had a great winter! We wanted to share with you upcoming volunteer opportunities and event days at Itasca State Park for 2015.
I have attached some volunteer opportunities as well as the park event days.

Let Connie or I know if you have any questions or if you are interested in any of these opportunities.

Thank you for your help! Sandra

Sandra Lichter, Park Naturalist
Itasca State Park
36750 Main Park Drive
Park Rapids, MN 56470
(218) 699-7252
sandra.d.lichter@state.mn.us

Itasca State Park Event Day
Volunteer Opportunities

PlayCleanGo Day! (ongoing display)
Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 11-3 p.m.
Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center
Stop by PlayCleanGo booth at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center and learn how you
can help prevent the spread of terrestrial invasive species and protect our beautiful
Minnesota natural resources. Stop invasive species in your tracks! Visit for as little or as
long as you like. To learn more, go to: http://playcleango.org/ .

Volunteers Needed: help with set up, manning booth and visiting with park visitors about
terrestrial invasives, help with take down.


Wet and Wild Mississippi River Day
Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 11:30-1:30 p.m.
Meet around the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center
Come explore and discover the infant Mississippi River at a variety of information and
activity stations. Learn about wildlife, plants, and people that make the river home.
Many activities for all ages at the family friendly event!
Volunteers Needed: help with various activity stations
Time needed: 11-2 p.m.


Smokey Bear Day at Itasca!
Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 11:30-1:30 p.m.
Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center
Smokey Bear along with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fire fighters will
be sharing fire facts at Itasca's Smokey Bear Day. At your own pace, learn about
Minnesota's forests and how fire affects the forest, check out fire trucks and equipment,
try getting into a fire shelter, make a variety of forest crafts, and much more. Don't forget
to have your picture taken with Smokey Bear! This family friendly event will have many
activities for all ages!
Volunteers Needed: help with various activity stations
Time needed: 11-2 p.m.


Explore Bow Hunting
Friday, July 31, 2015 from 9:45- 3 p.m.
Rain date: Friday, August 7, 2015 from 9:45-3 p.m.
Meet in the back lot of the Indian Mounds/North Picnic Grounds Parking Area
Volunteers Needed: Lunch help: set up, cook hot dogs, serve lunch, clean up from
lunch. Time needed: 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


7th Annual Itasca's Forests! Day
Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 11:30-1:30 p.m.
Meet at the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center (under the porch at the
Mary Gibbs Center if raining.)
Discover the wonders of Itasca's forests! Join staff from Minnesota DNR Forestry and
Itasca State Park as you learn all about trees! Learn how to identify trees, discover
forest insect pests and disease, explore the care and management of trees, and make
leaf art! Many more stations and activities for all ages during this family friendly event!
Volunteers Needed: help with various activity stations
Time needed: 11-2 p.m.


8th Annual Autumn Harvest Festival: Lantern Lit Hike and Activities
Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 6-8:30 p.m.
Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center
"Exploring Itasca's Birds" is the theme of this year's lantern lit hike. Guides with lanterns
will lead you down the kerosene lantern-lit trail to meet characters that will share stories
about special birds that call Itasca home during this family-friendly evening hike. Group
hikes will last about 30 minutes, departing every ten minutes from the Jacob V. Brower
Visitor Center. Registration for hikes begins at 6 p.m. The first hike leaves at 6:30 p.m.
and the last hike will begin at 8:10 p.m. Suitable for all ages! Children must be
accompanied by an adult. Other activities will be ongoing, including music and a variety
of children's activities.
Volunteers Needed: help with various activity stations and hike leaders
Time needed: 5:30-8:45 p.m.

Happy Spring Volunteers!

We hope you have had a great winter! We wanted to share with you upcoming volunteer opportunities and event days at Itasca State Park for 2015.
I have attached some volunteer opportunities as well as the park event days.

Let Connie or I know if you have any questions or if you are interested in any of these opportunities.

Thank you for your help! Sandra

Sandra Lichter, Park Naturalist
Itasca State Park
36750 Main Park Drive
Park Rapids, MN 56470
(218) 699-7252
sandra.d.lichter@state.mn.us

Itasca State Park Interpretive
Volunteer Opportunities 2015
1. Park Event Days--year round
See attached list.
2. Program prep assistance--year round
Assist naturalists with preparation for programs. Might include making copies,
cutting out items, making props, painting, etc. If interested, contact the park
naturalists to let you know if you are interested. Days can vary as projects arrive.
Naturalists will contact interested volunteers in advance of the programs.
3. Outdoor Kids, volunteer assistant
Assist naturalist corps on educational outdoor kids programs at swim beach. See
attached sheet for dates and topics. Work includes helping children with crafts,
and activities.
4. CCC Honor Roll computer data entry
Update and enter data in Microsoft Access. Update report form layout in
Microsoft Access. Volunteer must be proficient in Microsoft Access. Contact park
naturalists if interested

Happy Spring!

Spring has sprung - and here at the Audubon Center of the North Woods we are very happy that it looks like we will actually have a spring this year (so far anyway:)!

Passing your woodland or cabin to the next Generation:
Intergenerational Land Transfer Family Workshop

Friday, October 2, 2015
9:30am to 4:00pm
Bunker Hill Activity Center; Oak Room
550 Bunker Lake Blvd NW
Andover, MN 55304

You have a vision for your woodland or cabin properties. It may be as simple as keeping the woodland or cabin in the family or as complex as maintaining a working woodland for future generations. We have worked with more than 200 families and found communication with family members who care as much about the land as you do is the best starting point. Having a shared family land ethic or vision for your property with family will help guide your decision about the legal tools used to pass the land on to the next generation.

This 6-hour workshop will help you begin a conversation about the future of your families' woodland or cabin. You will also learn about what you can do to share your land ethic with the next generation. You will participate in exercises designed to stimulate discussion and be given resources that will help you plan a successful transfer.

Allison Eklund, an attorney, cabin owner and graduate of the Woodland Advisor Program, will discuss wills, trusts, and limited liability companies and how each of these can be used to help you to pass your land on.

Registration
To register on-line https://www.regonline.com/LandTransferFamilyWorkshop or contact Mike Reichenbach, 218-726-6470

The registration fee is $150. This fee covers:
All members of a family or successor group. This includes people who are part of the decision-making process or will likely inherit or accept transfer of the land. We encourage you to bring your entire family.
One set of books per family or group. This includes Ties to the Land and Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate. Additional copies will be available for sale.
Refreshments and lunch
Hosted by
University of Minnesota Extension and
The Minnesota Forestry Association Metro Chapter
The Minnesota Land Trust

For more information
Mike Reichenbach, UMN Extension, 218-726-6470 or reich027@umn.edu
Barb Spears, MN Forestry Association Metro Chapter, 651-328-0463 or barb@twfllc.com

Nature's Notebook

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Did you know you have a very important plant in your yard? Your observations on cloned dogwood (Cornus florida 'Appalachian Spring') and native flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) contribute to a long term project seeking to understand the impact of local environmental conditions on plants across the country.

As part of the Dogwood Genome Project, researchers at universities in the southeastern US will use yourobservations to identify variation in the phenology of flowering dogwood varieties, and investigate the genes that may be influencing the timing of leaf-out, flowering, and leaf-fall.

Have you seen breaking leaf buds or flower buds on your cloned dogwoods yet this year? Check out the map below to see which locations have reported breaking leaf buds this year for cloned and flowering dogwood.

Observers in the south are already reporting seeing breaking leaf buds, while most observers in northern states are still waiting for leaf buds to appear. This year, we even have observers on the west coast reporting on dogwoods!

Your next steps....
1. If you have not already done so, set up a site and add your plants to it in Nature's Notebook. Visit our website for further details on observing phenology using Nature's Notebook. Now is a great time to make sure you have registered the correct dogwood varietal. If you have registered your plant incorrectly, email support@usanpn.org.

2. Start checking your dogwood (at least weekly) for breaking leaf buds and flower buds. Remember, logging "no" observations are just as important as "yes" observations - the "no's" help data analysts to pinpoint when an event actually started.

Leaf buds and flower buds can be tricky to identify. If you think you have misidentified a flower or leaf bud, you can correct your submitted observations. Learn more here. Also, remember that the "flowers" you are looking for are actually the small yellow/green flowers inside the large white bracts.

3. Report your observations. Periodically log into your Nature's Notebook account and transfer your observations from your paper data sheet into the online reporting system. Alternatively, you can enter your observations directly using our Android or iPhone smartphone and tablet apps.

You can expect to hear from us every few weeks, as we enter the spring season. Now it really starts to get exciting!

Thank you for continuing this important legacy!

The Will Steger Foundation is launching Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions this spring with four public convening events in the communities of Bemidji, Crookston, Burnsville, and Duluth! Join your friends and neighbors in attending these public convenings on the local impacts of climate change and community based solutions. Hear from experts, community leaders, and storytellers about local climate issues. Work with neighbors, friends, and colleagues to implement innovative local solutions. These events are free and open to the public, ALL ages are welcome, and food will be provided. Join us at 5:00 pm for a local resources fair, followed by speakers, discussion, and break-out sessions from 5:30-8:00 pm. For information on specific dates and locations, as well as how to get connected and spread the word see the information below.
We look forward to seeing you there!

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Bemidji, MN: Tuesday April 14th 5:00-8:00 pm. Bemidji State University's Beaux Arts Ballroom, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE Bemidji, MN 56601

Crookston, MN: Wednesday April 15th 5:00-8:00 pm. UMN Crookston Campus's Bede Ballroom, 225 Sargeant Student Center, 2900 University Ave. Crookston, MN 56716

Burnsville, MN: Tuesday May 12th 5:00-8:00 pm. Diamondhead Education Center, 200 West Burnsville Parkway, Burnsville, MN 55337

Duluth, MN: Monday, May 18th 5:00-8:00 pm. Duluth Depot, 506 West Michigan Street, Duluth, MN 55802