Saint John's Outdoor University Upcoming Events

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

April Headwaters Science Center Newsletter

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In This Issue
Saturday Science
Nat'l Math Fest
AmeriCorps
Board Openings
Science At Home

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.

Apr. 24 Arbor Day Fine Wine & Craft Beer Sampling

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6:00-8:00 p.m.
Northland Arboretum
$35 per person in advance/$40 at the door

Enjoy fine wine and craft beer sampling paired with different food. Attendees will also enjoy commemorative wine or beer glass to take home, seedling tree to take home, silent auction, door prizes, and more.

Tickets available at Northland Arboretum
218-829-8770 or online at www.northlandarb.org
14250 Conservation Drive, Brainerd, MN

Aug 22 & 23 Aquatic Plant Identification Workshop

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Are you a fisheries biologist, botanist, environmental consultant, biological technician, aquatic biologist, extension agent, college student, etc. who would like to improve your knowledge of aquatic plant identification? If so, be sure to sign up for the Gratiot Lake Conservancy-sponsored AQUATIC PLANT IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP in Michigan's Upper Peninsula this summer! This class will also be useful to volunteer monitors or lake association members interested in learning how to identify aquatic plants and invasive species in order to protect healthy ecosystems in inland lakes.

NOTE: A pdf version of this notice and an enrollment form are attached to this email.

WHERE: near Eagle Harbor (Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan's Upper Peninsula)

WHEN: August 22 (Sat.) and August 23 (Sun.) 2015
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (eastern time) each day

INSTRUCTOR: botanist Janet Marr

SPONSOR: Gratiot Lake Conservancy (GLC) http://www.gratiotlakeconservancy.org
Program Director, Bonnie Hay director@GratiotLakeConservancy.org

FEE: Space is limited and advance enrollment is required. The fee (in US currency) for this 2-day workshop is $100 ($85 for GLC members). Fee includes a field notebook, a handbook, Guide to Aquatic Plants of Gratiot Lake and other Keweenaw County Lakes, and canoe rental (use of your own canoe or kayak is optional). Enrollment form can be downloaded from the Aquatic Plant Workshop page at http://gratiotlakeconservancy.org/AquaticPlantWrkshp2015.htm

SCHOLARSHIP: There will be Janet Avery Scholarships available. Interested applicants should email Bonnie Hay at director@GratiotLakeConservancy.org
Please indicate your affiliation, why you would like to attend the workshop, and how you intend to use what you learn in your work, studies, or teaching. Put "Aquatic Plant Workshop Scholarship" in the subject line.

WORKSHOP ACTIVITIES: Workshop activities will take place both inside the classroom and in the field at several Keweenaw lakes and channels/coves connected to Lake Superior. Submersed and floating-leaved aquatic plants will be identified with a focus on identification of pondweeds (Potamogeton and Stuckenia species) and rosette-formers including the Michigan endangered awlwort (Subularia aquatica). Techniques for collecting and herbarium specimen/label preparation will be demonstrated. Differences between aquatic invasive species such as Eurasian water-milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) and curly-leaf pondweed (Potamogeton crispus) and their native relatives will be discussed.

Visit the GLC website to view photos of past Aquatic Plant Workshops.
MICHIGAN K-12 TEACHERS: State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) may be available to workshop participants.

OTHER GRATIOT LAKE-SPONSORED 2015 WORKSHOPS. For further information please visit the GLC website or email Bonnie Hay at director@GratiotLakeConservancy.org :

Sketching the Landscape in Watercolor (Marilynn Brandenburger), August 1 and 2.
http://www.gratiotlakeconservancy.org/BrandenburgWkshop2015.htm

Beginners Workshop on Dragonflies and Damselflies (Bob Marr), August 25 (raindate August 26) 10am - 4pm
http://www.gratiotlakeconservancy.org/DragonflyWrkshp2015.htm

Lichens Workshop (Karena Schmidt), August 15 focusing on natural history and identification.
http://www.gratiotlakeconservancy.org/LichenWrkshp2015.htm

April 25 Crex Meadows Field Trip

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North Metro Master Naturalist Chapter April Field trip Information

Place: Crex Meadows
http://www.crexmeadows.org/
Location: 102 East Crex Avenue, Grantsburg, WI 54840
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Status: Open to all members and non-members, family and friends.
Cost: Free

Happenings: We will meet at the Visitor's Center at 10:00am for 2 short films. Jeff Fischer will then lead us around the area on a car and walking tour discussing various aspects of wildlife and photography at the site. Beth Girard will discuss how to teach
birding and bird related subjects to children and adults.

Lunch: 12:00-1:00pm-On your own. There is no picnic area at the site or Visitor's Center
so there is a list with some places to eat below. Please check times, locations and
note that not all places take credit cards.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g59927-Grantsburg_Wisconsin.html
Notes: The Visitor's Center has a small museum, restrooms, and a very good book and
gift store.

Please email Kathy Lane if you would like a carpool ride or if you can offer someone a ride up to Grantsburg. We will try to consolidate rides once we get up there so we are taking as few vehicles as possible around the area for our car tour with Jeff.

Bring appropriate gear including rain gear if the weather calls for it. Some additional items you might consider include sunglasses, hat, water, sunscreen, bug spray, a small notebook and pen, binoculars, and a camera.

In the event of extremely bad weather (ex. severe thunderstorms with lightening or snow) feel free to call any of us before you start the trip to Crex Meadows.

Beth Girard: 612-616-8431
Kathy Lane: 651-274-2301
Alison Hruby: 651-230-6486

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/

April Mississippi Messages Calendar of Events

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CLEAN WATER RULES! UNDERSTANDING THE EPA'S CLEAN WATER ACT UPDATE
Tuesday, April 7 -- 6:30-8:30 PM
UMN St. Paul Student Center Theater, Falcon Heights

Join Friends of the Mississippi River and Environment Minnesota for a one-time opportunity to hear directly from the leader of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Administrator Gina McCarthy. The Administrator will present the keynote address on the EPA's recent work to strengthen our nation's Clean Water Act at our forum Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Seating is limited; reserve your spot today!

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'STATE OF THE RIVER' AT FULTON BREWERY
Saturday, April 11 -- 11 a.m.-noon
North Loop, Minneapolis

Join FMR Watershed Program Director Trevor Russell and Water Quality Coordinator Lark Weller of the National Park Service MNRRA Unit at Fulton Brewery for a brief State of the River overview. From invasive "flying" carp to bacterial contamination, from eagles to swimmability, Trevor and Lark, the report's principal authors, will highlight the most important trends and emerging issues facing the river today as well as potential solutions. Learn more and sign up via the event page.

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MIA'S APRIL 16TH THIRD THURSDAY: NATURE OF NATURE
Thursday, April 16 -- 6:00-9:00 pm
Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Take action and get creative with FMR at Minneapolis Institute of Art's Third Thursday: Nature of Nature on April 16. Enjoy food and drink while advocating for a healthy river and channeling your inner Banksy with a fun stenciling project. Admission is free and open to the public.

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HASTINGS AREA BIRDING FESTIVAL
Saturday, April 18 -- 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings

Celebrate the arrival of spring by learning about our region's many bird species. Enjoy classes, talks, bird banding demonstrations, guided bird trips in the Hastings area, and a special kids-only birding competition. Capacity is limited and RSVPs required. Learn more on the event page.

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SOUTH CREEK, VERMILLION STEWARDS EARTH DAY CLEANUP
Saturday, April 25 -- 9:00-11:30 a.m.
South Creek, Lakeville

Help clean up South Creek! This creek feeds the Vermillion River, a cold prairie river flowing through the heart of Dakota County and an important tributary of the Mississippi River.

Volunteers will meet at Cross of Christ Community Church. Lots and fields surrounding the church lead right up to South Creek, providing plenty of clean-up options. You can pick up trash from the parking lot and other hard surfaces, venture into the grassy areas leading up to the stream, or put on your waterproof boots to pick up litter in the marshy area next to the creek. Volunteers with waders are also needed to clean up stream-side. A few pairs of waders are also available on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more on the event page.

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EARTH DAY IN THE CITY: MINNEAPOLIS WATERSHED CLEANUP
Saturday, April 25 -- 9:30 a.m.-noon

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

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MAKE & TAKE RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP
Tuesday, May 5 -- 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Wellstone Center, West Side, St. Paul

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 at the Wellstone Center 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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GARLIC MUSTARD PULL AT PINE BEND
Wednesday, May 6 -- 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific & Natural Area, Inver Grove Heights

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

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URBAN BIRD HIKE, BEGINNERS WELCOME!
Saturday, May 9 -- 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Willowbrook Fish Hatchery, East Side St. Paul

Tucked below St. Paul's iconic Indian Mounds Park, Willowbrook Fish Hatchery is a little-known patch of wilderness in the city. Join longtime local bird enthusiast Joshua Davis and FMR staff for a casual bird walk in this floodplain natural area near the Mississippi River. 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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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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JOIN THE PLEDGE TO PULL AT CROSBY PARK
Tuesday, May 19 -- 6:00-8:00 pm
Crosby Park, Mississippi River Gorge, St. Paul

Enjoy a spring evening near the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers helping to protect a striking array of native spring wildflowers -- Dutchman's breeches, trout lily, and Jack-in-the-pulpit to name a few. Volunteers will be trained to remove the invasive species garlic mustard before taking the "Pledge to Pull" -- pledging to return to the area and independently remove the garlic mustard and protect the native wildflowers at times convenient for them. This opportunity was created for those looking to contribute more than a couple hours, but needing to set their own volunteer schedule. Trained participants may team up with a buddy from the event or return to the area with family and friends to complete pledged hours. Capacity is limited and preregistration required. Learn more on the pledge kickoff 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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For current event listings and more information on the events listed above, please visit our events calendar page at www.fmr.org/participate/events.

Eveleth Naturalist Classes: FUN with PHENOLOGY


April Session:

"The Wakening Season of Frogs, Snakes, Turtles and Other Slimy Creatures"
Guest Speaker: Bobbi Zenner, Laurentian Environmental Center Naturalist
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
3:30 - 5:00
Eveleth Public Library

(An adult must accompany attendees under the age of 13)

Dress for the Weather!

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

For more information call: 744-7499 or visit the city website for the schedule of guest naturalists and topics for the coming year. www.evelethmn.com and click on Special Events Tab.

Sponsored by the University of MN Master Naturalist Program and the Eveleth Public Library

May 8 Mississippi River Forum

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Please join us for the
National Park Service's seventh annual

Mississippi River Forum workshop
Friday, May 8, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m
at the Science Museum of Minnesota, Saint Paul

Keynote address provided by Bill Stowe,
CEO and General Manager of Des Moines Water Works

Topics will include:
The Return of the River Otters
Minnesota's Buffer Initiative: An Up-to-Date Look at the Proposed Legislation


Program information will be updated at www.nps.gov/miss/learn/nature/riverforum.htm.

To RSVP, and for more information, contact Lark Weller at 651-293-8442 or lark_weller@nps.gov.

Thanks to Mississippi River Fund and The McKnight Foundation for support of this program.

The Mississippi River Fund is the proud charitable partner of the National Park Service.

April 16 FREE! Beautifully Sustainable Landscapes

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Thursday, April 16
AT MAPLEWOOD LIBRARY
3025 SOUTHLAWN DRIVE, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55109
Ages: Adults

Registration Deadline: April 13
6:30PM: Book signing: Meet the author, Douglas Owens-Pike and purchase books!

6:45PM-8:30PM: Presentation and Resource Sharing

Join celebrated local landscape designer/president of EnergyScapes and author, Douglas Owens-Pike for an evening of conversation centered around his new book,
Beautifully Sustainable. Doug's presentation will feature lovely views of gardens he has designed, installed and maintained over his 25 years of following ecologically sound principles. Learn how to modify your own landscape to succeed with the least care and reduce the need for irrigation. Explore the techniques of rainwater harvesting and rain garden design. Discover resources and funding you can tap into to support sustainable landscapes.

Doug will explain why it is critical to move away from traditional horticultural varieties to attract a greater diversity of birds, butterflies and other increasingly rare pollinators. While it may seem our world is overwhelmed with strife and turmoil, this will be an evening helping us imagine calmer lives, while supporting and protecting the life around us that is under pressure and threatened.

A free event sponsored by Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, Maplewood Nature Center, the City of Maplewood, Maplewood Library, Ramsey Conservation District and Blue Thumb.

TO REGISTER:
Call Deb Barnes at 651.792.7959 at Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District to register. Please provide your name, email, phone number, and number of people attending.

For more information about the class contact Sage Passi at 612.598.9163.

April 13-17 Emerald Ash Borer Field Workshops

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Emerald Ash Borer Field Workshops

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) staff will be leading free EAB field workshops at Fort Snelling State Park and Lebanon Hills Campground. These workshops will provide an opportunity to get a first-hand look at EAB-infested trees, and will assist the community in becoming familiar with early detection. General EAB biology, distribution, management, regulations and treatments will also be covered.

Continuing Education Units provided:
ISA - Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist, BCMA Science
SAF - Category 1 - CF

Registration:
Register online at http://goo.gl/forms/dyY5Vsffx7 or by phone contact Jennifer Dippel 651-201-6097. Maps and parking instructions will be provided with registration confirmation.

Fort Snelling State Park
101 Snelling Lake Road
St. Paul, MN 55111

Monday, April 13
9:00 - 10:00 am
11:00 am - noon
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Tuesday, April 14
9:00 - 10:00 am
11:00 am - noon
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Wednesday, April 15
9:00 - 10:00 am
11:00 am - noon
1:00 - 2:00 pm


Lebanon Hills Campground
12100 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Thursday, April 16
9:00 - 10:00 am
11:00 am - noon
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Friday, April 17
9:00 - 10:00 am
11:00 am - noon
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Details:
Parking is limited at Lebanon Hills Campground, carpooling is highly recommended.
Dress for the weather as the workshops are held completely outside.
Bring a pair of binoculars.
Cancellations due to severe weather only.


If you have questions, contact Jennifer Dippel, Minnesota Department of Agriculture: Office: 651-201-6097; Cell: 612-715-6516; E-mail: Jennifer.dippel@state.mn.us

April 20 Henrik Williams Lecture

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Prof. Henrik Williams is a philologist and runology expert at Uppsala University. In April and May, he will be on a North American lecture tour, including a stop in Alexandria, MN on the evening of Monday, April 20. More information on the tour is at: http://runicstudies.org/

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.

Working Title: Forestry Program Coordinator
University Job Classification: 8316A2, Extension Program Associate 2

The Extension Center for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources--Extension Forestry Team seeks a Forestry Program Coordinator. This individual will work closely with Forestry Extension Educators and Specialists to coordinate events, maintain and develop informational resources, and lead communication efforts. A Bachelor's degree and strong written and verbal communication skills with two years of related experience are required.

Coordinating the program's activities includes each of the following responsibilities, with the amount of time available for each responsibility dependent upon the Program Coordinator's percentage of time as well as the demands of the Extension Forestry Team. This 100% position will be based on the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota.

Program Coordination- 40%
● Lead the planning and organization of large conferences and workshops sponsored by
UMN Extension oriented to private forest landowners, natural resource managers, and
loggers.
● Use digital communication technologies to market and deliver Extension Forestry
programming.
● Contribute and participate in Extension Forestry team meetings with regular program and communication updates.
● Collaborate with Extension Forestry partners (e.g., MN Department of Natural
Resources, MN Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Forestry Association, UMN
Department of Forest Resources, Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative, Minnesota Logger Education Program) to help advance program goals.
● Provide logistical support for UMN Extension Forestry programming (e.g., conference
and workshop registration and set-up).
● Provide support for the delivery of web-based educational programming, including
webinars.
● Follow and implement University of Minnesota Extension policies and practices.

Communications - 40%
● Develop a communications and marketing plan for the Extension Forestry program.
● Lead the delivery of Extension Forestry communications, including monthly email
newsletters and social media.
● Work with Extension Forestry Team members to coordinate educational content for
targeted audiences.
● Maintain the Extension Forestry events calendar.
● Address questions and requests for information (e.g., website comments and emails)
through working with Specialists and Educators.
● Collaborate with Specialists and Educators on content delivery and maintenance of the
MyMinnesotaWoods website.
● Collaborate with UMN Extension personnel for delivering new educational materials
(digital and print).
● Build relationships with Extension Forestry audiences (private forest landowners, natural resource professionals, loggers) to help advance program team goals.
● Communicate the value, impacts and outcomes of the Extension Forestry program with
local stakeholders and media.

Database Development and Maintenance - 10%
● Collaborate with UMN partners to improve and refine the delivery of the MN
Stewardship Plan Preparer database.
● Compile program evaluation data for annual reporting of Extension Forestry activities.
● Develop and maintain a database of forest landowners throughout MN.
● Collect and ensure entry of data for program reporting.

Fiscal Responsibility - 10%
● Provide financial guidance on Extension Forestry Team programs.
● Assist Specialists and Educators in the development of proposals and grants.
● Manage program team revenue to enhance educational programming.
● Ensure all fiscal policies are followed.

Required Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree required. Two years of experience coordinating events and educational activities or related experience. Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communications.
Ability to work evenings and weekends, as needed. Access to reliable transportation for job related travel. Experience with word processing, e-mail, and Internet browsers.

Preferred qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in forestry, natural resource management, communications, natural resource education, or a related field. Experience working with culturally and economically diverse audiences. Education and experience in digital and print communications. Experience and knowledge of issues related to forest ecosystem health, invasive species, agroforestry, and/or urban natural resources. Organizational and time management skills with attention to detail. If you have experience in coordinating educational programming, please describe the role/duties, organization, start & end dates, and average hours per week in your resume or cover letter.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer

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

April SEEK Bulletin

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How Will You Celebrate National Environmental Education Week?

Spring is full of environmental celebration days that are often accompanied with free education resources and ideas to incorporate into your classroom and education programs. National Environmental Education Week is the nation's largest celebration of environmental education and will be celebrated April 19-25, 2015. Find resources to help you celebrate EE Week in this issue and on SEEK.

Don't forget to check out SEEK's Jobs, Internships, and Volunteer pages. Many organizations are hiring their seasonal staff at this time.

In this issue:

Como Zoo & Conservatory
Professional Development
EE News
General Resources
Funding Resources

April Maplewood Parks & Rec Newsletter

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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

Tree Inventory Volunteers - City of Hastings

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The Forestry Department will partner with Tree Trust to provide training for the volunteers at their facility which is located at 920 West 10th Street, Hastings, MN 55033. Interested volunteers should contact the City Forester, Paul Mahoney, by email or a phone call. pmahoney@hastingsmn.gov or 651-480-6177

An exciting professional development opportunity for teachers of students in grades 7-12 this summer at Cedar Creek - Ecology and Earth System Dynamics for Educators (CI 5540 - 006/7) is a graduate level 3-credit course designed expressly for teachers in both formal and informal arenas. This hands-on, field-based course addresses the ecological concepts and experimental protocols required to teach the ecology standards dictated in the Minnesota State Science Standards and the NGSS.

Always a fun time, we work hard, learn and laugh over the five day course. For the final product, students develop a lesson or activity to use in the classroom or nature center using information and methods learned in the course.

Three tuition options are available for this course:


  • graduate student tuition for those already registered in a UMN masters program

  • a rate for those not enrolled a graduate program but who desire graduate credits

  • a rate for those who want to take the course and receive a certificate in lieu of college credit


Please refer to the attachment for details on these options. EESD registration packet 2015.pdf

Volunteer to monitor water quality

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Who: Residents of northern St. Louis county and Lake County. People interested in getting involved with their watershed and learning more about water quality.

What: Volunteer to monitor water quality alongside an intern. Receive training and support from SWCD staff.

When: May - September, once a month. Training to take place in April - Early May

Where: Northern St. Louis county and Lake county (Vermilion River, Cloquet River, and Rainy River watersheds)

Lakes: Thomas, Sullivan, Sand, Indian, Little Stone, Bassett, Big Bear, Johnson, Little Johnson, Spring, Gabrielson, West Robinson, Armstrong, Astrid, Winchester, Susan, Ban, Kjostad, Marion

How to sign up: Contact Emily Nelson at Lake County SWCD


We are looking for people in northern St. Louis county and Lake county who are interested in getting involved with their watersheds to volunteer in water quality monitoring. Volunteers will be a part of the MPCA's surface water assessment grant (SWAG) monitoring program, and will work alongside a water quality intern. They will receive training and support from Lake County SWCD staff. They will learn to collect water samples, measure water quality parameters such as pH and conductivity, and assess water clarity. Mileage and the use of a personal boat will be reimbursed.

Monitoring will take place on lakes once per month, May through September. Training will take place in April and early May. If you're interested and would like more information, contact Emily Nelson at Emily.Nelson@co.lake.mn.us or (651)249-5868

Ospreys in the Twin Cities and need for volunteers

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Osprey season has officially begun with the first report of a sighting in the southern suburbs so I am posting my annual plea for new nests or sightings to be reported to the Twin Cities Metro Osprey Watch. We have an informative page on Facebook, have a blog at ospreywatch.blogspot.com or you can email us at osprey.mn@gmail.com. Last year we had 101 occupied nests in the eight county metro area. There were 89 nests where eggs were laid and
126 chicks survived to fledging age. We are always in need of help monitoring all these nests, so if you are interested in getting involved and watching a nest thru the breeding season, contact us! We are happy to answer questions about ospreys in the Twin Cities Metro area! Thanks.

Workshop Logistics
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
8:00 a.m. - Noon
Andrew F. Kokesh VFW Post #1816
27234 Monroe Street
Garrison, MN

Floods, ice heaves and erosion from wind, rain and snowmelt may cause serious damage to shoreland in Aitkin and Crow Wing Counties. These damages impact the value and beauty of shoreland property as well as the quality of the water and habitat of lakes and streams. This workshop will provide recommendations to minimize shoreland damage from flooding, erosion and ice heaves.

See Aitkin-CW Shoreland wksp Flyer 2015 (2).pdffor more information.

Apr 24 Northland Arboretum Arbor Day Fundraiser

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Northland Arboretum's 9th Annual Arbor Day Fine Wine & Craft Beer Tasting is on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 6 pm to 8 pm.
Tickets are now available to purchase at the Northland Arboretum Visitor Center, from Northland Arboretum Board members, or online at www.northlandarb.org

We are also collecting items for our silent auction for this event.
If you are not able to attend but would like to support the event with a silent auction item, let me know J
Northland Arboretum could and would not be here without the generosity of our members and community!

Hope to see you on Arbor Day!!!

Friday, April 24, 2015
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Tickets $35 in advance/$40 at the door
For more information or to purchase tickets
call Northland Arboretum at 218-829-8770
stop in at the
Visitor Center 14250 Conservation Drive, Brainerd
or check out our website at www.northlandarb.org

Apr. 18 Outdoor Family Expo

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OUTDOOR FAMILY EXPO: All ages, from beginner to experienced

FREE! Indoors at Maplewood Community Center

2100 White Bear Ave N, Maplewood, MN 55109

Saturday, April 18

Time: 10:00am-1:00 pm

Make 2015 the year of the outdoors for your family! Start your journey at Maplewood's Outdoor Family Expo. Join the fun, learn new skills, talk to the experts, and find the resources you need to fully enjoy the outdoors. First 50 guests get a free goodie bag!

EXPO Highlights
• Live Animals: Meet Spike, a real live porcupine! Get a close-up view of a raptor and other creatures that call Minnesota home.

• Maplewood Parks: Pick up a park map and recreation brochure. Talk to Maplewood parks staff and commissioners about parks, trails, picnic shelter rentals, programs, and the City's new Park Master Plan.

• First-Aid: Maplewood paramedics will be on hand to make sure your outdoor first aid skills are up to snuff. Learn how to protect yourself, what symptoms to watch for, and what to do for sunburn, heat exhaustion, dehydration, ticks, and more. Practice the new hands-only CPR technique.

• Birding: Try out a pair of binoculars and test your knowledge of Minnesota birds. Folks from the Audubon Society will answer your questions and help you identify local birds.

• Weather: Planning a picnic or an afternoon on the lake? Be sure to check the weather forecast. Stop by this station for a refresher on Minnesota weather, including reading an on-line weather radar map and reviewing what to do when severe storms or tornados hit.

• Fishing: Fishing is an age-old tradition in this land of 10,000 lakes. If you've never tried it, how about this year? Stop by the DNR's MinnAqua booth to see what's new or to learn how to get started.

• Geocaching: Geocaching can turn the most adverse young hiker into an avid outdoor fan. After a brief orientation, head out on the trail to find a hidden cache.
• Gardening: Gardening is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. From fruits and vegetables to rain gardens and native plants, skilled gardeners will spark your botanic curiosity and answer your questions.

• Vendors: Talk to the experts. Local vendors, health providers, and non-profits will wow you with the newest gear and techniques. Check out the latest in biking, learn the basic canoe paddle strokes, tie a fly for fly fishing, and more.

• Food: Stay for lunch! Food trucks are cooking up delicious fare for purchase.

The Minnesota Wetland Professionals Association is looking for Master Naturalist Volunteers to assist or lead our new mini courses that we are developing in the fields of hydrology, wetland vegetation identification, and soil sampling. We would prefer someone who has WDCP Certification, but it is not required. The fieldtrips will be held simultaneously at a yet to be determined location in Duluth, Mankato and in the Twin Cities Metro Area, preferably in a Wildlife Management Area, Park, or SNA. The courses would be held from 9-11am on a Saturday in the months of May, July, and September. Groups will be limited to 10 people. If there is enough interest we will consider holding another class 2 weeks later. We are considering these basic courses to attract new members and to help current members practice their wetland delineation skills. The skills would include the following:

Hydrology (May):
Pointing out hydrology indicators and features in the chosen area.
Teaching how to flag and GPS a wetland correctly.
Discussion and Q&A session on why hydrology is or is not present.

Vegetation (July):
Focus will be narrowed to wildflowers, grasses, and/or sedges this year. We will pick one when the date gets closer.
Learn how to use several field guides.
Go on a 1/2 hour walk to ID plants.
Lay out a vegetation survey plot and ID all items within the plot.
Practice filling out data form vegetation section.
Move to an upland section and search for flowers and trees to ID.

Soils (September):
Use a soil proble/auger on various wetland, upland, and questionable areas in between.
Look for hydric soils and use a Munsell book to ID soils.
Offer help texturizing and coloring soils both wet and dry samples.
Practice filling out data forms.

The WPA will take care of setting up the date, time, and location of the courses and obtain permission to be in the areas and dig soil samples. The WPA will bring all necessary equipment, but would appreciate if the MNat Volunteers brought additional field guides (for flowers, trees and grasses), shovels, and Munsell books if they have them. At least 1 WPA Board Member will be present at each location to collect fees, assist the instructor and answer questions about the WPA.

If you would like to volunteer please send your contact information including email address to the following people. Please indicate your area of expertise. Since these courses will be credit driven, we will request an attachment stating your qualifications and experience in the area in which you wish to volunteer.

Metro Area:

Alison Hruby
a_hruby@yahoo.com

Mankato Area:

Nick McCabe
nick.mccabe@is-grp.com

Duluth Area:

Ethan Harvey
eharvey@baywest.com

Please specify "Mini Courses" in the Subject Line of the email so they know what this is regarding.

Spring SNA Nature Notes

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Restoring the Character of Swedes Forest SNA
By Brad Bolduan, SNA Program Management Specialist

Over the past 100 years trees and shrubs have become more abundant in prairies of the Minnesota River valley. The two dominant species invading many areas are Eastern red cedar and non-native common buckthorn. Swedes Forest SNA has experienced vast expansion of both these species, and is one location where the SNA Program is working to reverse that trend. Swedes Forest SNA is a rocky 207 acre site about 15 miles southwest of Granite Falls that is home to an uncommon lizard called the common five-lined skink, and to several rare plants.

Native plant species adapted to prairie, rock outcrop, and savanna environments have been slowly dying out as the shade from woody invaders has increased. Open habitats needed by reptiles, butterflies, and other animals have slowly disappeared as well. Study of the common five-lined skink will begin this year to monitor population trends. The goal is restoration to a condition that more closely matches pre-European settlement as inferred from historic aerial photos. Accelerated cutting has begun at SNAs in the area, including the progress at Swedes Forest as follows:

In 2011 -2012 buckthorn was removed from the understory on about 60 acres in the northwest portion of the SNA.

In 2012-2013 work continued on buckthorn control, and removal of the red cedar canopy began with the clearing of 12 acres on the west side of the SNA. Photo above shows cutting and adjacent photo shows vegetation beginning to recover in this area.
In 2013-2014 efforts included clearing buckthorn and small red cedar from 18 acres of rock outcrop at the south end of the SNA.

In 2014-2015 about 8 acres of large red cedar were removed adjacent to the 2013-2014 effort.

Plans are being implemented for further removal of 60-80 acres of red cedar over the next two years.

The work has just begun with the initial removal. Buckthorn stump sprouts and new seedlings can grow vigorously and will take continued control measures. Areas that were dense with red cedar and buckthorn may come back with burdock and thistle. By using prescribed burns, as well as chemical and mechanical controls, the non-native thistles and buckthorn can be kept in check. These newly opened areas will recover at their own pace while staff continues to push back the cedar and buckthorn from other parts of the SNA. Seeding with native prairie grasses and wildflowers will be required in the most significantly impacted areas.

Efforts of this scale would not be possible without funding provided from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and the Outdoor Heritage Fund.


Special Event Goes On

Despite a warm week having made plans difficult to confirm until the last minute, a special event at Burntside Islands SNA went off without a hitch this past weekend (March 14th). The day dawned cloudy and cool, but still above average for this time of year. A planned snowshoe hike out to the islands was scuttled, but walking on the slushy, snow-covered ice worked out. The group was led by the Ely Field Naturalists who provided details about the area geology and hydrology as well as area plants and animals. A highlight after the hike was a tour of Listening Point, the private retreat of beloved local author Sigurd Olson, now run by the Listening Point Foundation.

The event was hosted by the Trust for Public Land, DNR SNA Program, Listening Point Foundation, Ely Field Naturalists, and the Burntside Lake Association to spotlight the addition of Gaul (Hayes) Islands to the SNA. The Trust for Public Land played a key role in the recent acquisition. In December of 2014 the 4.5 acre Gusty Island was sold to The Trust for the possible future addition to the SNA.


SNA Events

Time to get out and soak up all the sights and sounds spring has to offer. Enjoy some hands on activities, or just revel in the beauty of the first of the spring wildflowers on an enjoyable hike. A full list is available on the SNA Events Calendar.

04/25/15
Lost Valley Prairie SNA
Volunteer Project: Clear Brush

05/16/15
Wolsfeld Woods SNA
Spring Wildflower Walk

06/06/15
Grey Cloud Dunes SNA
Site Tour and Volunteer Project to Remove Trash


Site Highlight: Badoura Jack Pine Woodland SNA

We are excited to officially welcome the newest addition to the list of Minnesota's Scientific and Natural Areas! Designated in early November, Badoura Jack Pine Woodland SNA is located in the southeastern corner of Hubbard County. This site is host to one of the largest remaining stands of mature jack pine woodlands in Minnesota.

The rapid disappearance of jack pine woodlands since the early 2000s, especially larger tracts, has been a growing concern and prompted the preservation of this site. The SNA was not entirely spared from clear cutting as roughly half the acreage of the 887 acre site was harvested prior to SNA designation. Despite this, what is left is in excellent condition and large enough to sustain itself into the future. Especially encouraging is the intact ground layer of native wildflowers and grasses which have responded favorably, and even thrive in the cut-over areas. Jack pine seedlings have already begun to grow in these openings and over the long-term jack pine woodland should regenerate throughout the site.

Future management strategies for the Badoura Jack Pine Woodland will likely include the re-introduction of fire to the jack pine stands. Surveys for reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds would be useful as well. A reptile survey would be particularly important to determine if Blanding's turtles, a rare species, are present, since the new SNA seems to have habitat to support them.


Notes from Site Stewards

Site stewards continue to monitor SNAs across Minnesota. Their observations provide invaluable information to the SNA Program. Here are some interesting notes from reports:

New Year's Day 2015 rang in quietly at Chamberlain Woods SNA when site steward Todd Nelson did a complete tour of the site. The only thing out of place that Todd had to take care of was a little trash in the parking lot.

Snowshoes were the transportation of choice for observations in December and January by the Gitar family of site stewards (Richard, wife Lori, daughter Cheryl and son Cory) at Hovland Woods SNA. On their January 25th visit Richard and Cheryl trekked into this large site via the Superior Hiking Trail, which skirts the southeastern boundary of the site. The tracks they made were the only ones they observed.

In order to learn more about the plant life of Uncas Dunes SNA site steward Brett Whaley called upon a knowledgeable friend to join him on a winter field visit on January 25th. They found a few interesting species such bearberry and beach-heather. Brett is also a talented photographer; see the bur oak photo above that he took at Uncas Dunes.
Thanks for all the work you do for SNAs stewards!

May 30 Request for Volunteers for WaterFest 2015

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Volunteers are being sought to help at WaterFest. There is a link at our website below to volunteer (or exhibit).

Contact: Debbie Meister, 651.968.7130

WaterFest 2015
Saturday, May 30, 2015
11 AM - 4 PM (rain or shine)
Lake Phalen Park, St. Paul
North of Phalen Dr. & Wheelock Pkwy


"A Water Wonderland" is the theme of this year's 16th annual WaterFest--a free celebration of our clean lakes offering fun and an opportunity for outdoor hands-on learning about clean water, wildlife, and land and water conservation. Experience the lake with Voyageur canoe rides, fishing lessons and canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and paddleboats for check out. Enjoy other activities including a fishing contest, geocaching, climbing walls, jump castle, obstacle course, native plant give-away, Water Arcade, live animals, water games, landscaping, watershed and art exhibits, music, lakeside yoga and lots more!

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

Apr 18 Garden Party & Workshop for Northern Gardeners

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Saturday, April 18, 2015
Evangelical Free Church
115 Carr Lake Rd. SW
Bemidji, MN 56601

Program

8:30-9:00 Registration

9:00 Welcome
Onen Markeson, President

9:10 The Confusing World of Garden Seeds
Jim Stordahl

10:10 Poisonous Plants
Chris Weir-Koetter

10:45 Marketplace
Vendors, refreshments, door prizes.

11:05 Home Lawn Care
Randy Nelson

11:55 A Little Lunch:
Marketplace, door prizes

1:00 Landscaping for Pollinators
Christine Herwig

1:45 Marketplace

2:00 Orchids for All
Maggie Schwegman

2:30 Straw Bale Gardening
Becky Livermore

3:00 Marketplace/Door prizes

Registration
Because of limited space, you MUST pre-register.
Participation will be limited to the first 175 who pre-register.
No registrations will be taken at the door.
Registration forms and checks must be received by Friday, April 3, 2015. The workshop fills quickly so early registration is a must. No confirmations will be sent.

Workshop Fee: $25.00
Make check payable to Beltrami County Master Gardeners. Fee is not refundable. Mail this form and your check to:
Garden Workshop • Beltrami County
Extension Service • 7223 Fairgrounds Rd NW•
Bemidji, MN 56619.
If you have questions, call Jodi at the Extension
office at 444-5722 or Jodi.Coulombe@co.beltrami.
mn.us

Name:

Address:

City/State/Zip:

Phone:

Email:

Amount Enclosed:

Meal Choice: check one
All are box lunches and include chips, fresh fruit cup, & dessert.
__ Asian Chicken Wrap
__ Smoked turkey & cheese on Kaiser roll
__ Ham & cheese on Kaiser roll
__ Roasted vegetables on Kaiser roll
__ Gluten Free option available on Kaiser roll meals only. Please check kind of sandwich and gluten free option.

Mar Friends of the Mississippi River Updates

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FMR'S SPRING 2015 CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN-ADVENTURE GUIDE

Spring fever has struck again! Join us to clean our parks and creeks, restore local habitat for our waters and wildlife, or turn your yard or home into a force for clean water. From workshops to hands-on outings, FMR is honored to help you help the river. Bring on the season!

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GOVERNOR UNVEILS BUFFER PROPOSAL

In what is one of the most important water quality initiatives in decades, the Dayton Administration recently unveiled its detailed stream buffer proposal.

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: FEW REASONS TO SMILE AMID A DELUGE OF DIRTY WATER BILLS

The 2015 legislative session in Minnesota is shaping up to feature a mixed bag of water quality and natural resource conservation policy. While the Governor's buffer initiative and Forever Green funding are cause for optimism, a deluge of so-called "dirty water bills" has become an unwelcome theme in the halls of the Capitol.

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GRACO RENEGES ON ITS PROMISE TO PROVIDE A RIVERFRONT TRAIL EASEMENT

Graco, the Northeast Minneapolis company whose headquarters occupy the riverfront adjacent to the new Scherer Park, have disappointed many with their recent attempt to back out of an agreement to provide a public trail easement.

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ST. PAUL CITY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER WSF MASTER PLAN

Thanks to the many St. Paul residents who have spoken up and defended the iconic views of the St. Paul River Valley for generations. Throughout 2014, many West Side Flats community members worked hard to ensure the West Side Flats Master Plan Update included building heights that would not diminish the power of the valley by blocking natural land features and minimizing a viewer's sense of place. Now is the time to defend this great plan. Join us in testifying in favor of the plan and proposed building heights. The hearing will likely be held on April 15 or May 6, 5:30pm at Council Chambers, 300 City Hall, 15 Kellogg Blvd., West. Please confirm the final date by checking the City Council Agenda or visiting us on Facebook at facebook.com/friendsmissriv.

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"POOR RELATIVE" PARK GETS MUCH-NEEDED ATTENTION

While other Washington County parks have taken center stage for funding and numbers of visitors, the beautiful Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park has long been left out of the dance. Things are changing now as the county focuses new funding and resources on the park. FMR has helped get the ball rolling with a plan for the park, volunteer events and restoration projects.

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Mississippi River News
SITE NEAR LILYDALE LANDSLIDE TO REOPEN

After being closed to park visitors for nearly two years, a portion of Lilydale Regional Park, where a landslide tragically took the lives of two children on a school field trip, will reopen this summer.

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PROPOSED REDEVELOPMENT OF NYE'S BAR SITE DOESN'T SIT WELL WITH PRESERVATIONISTS

Most folks agree that it will be a sad day when the iconic Nye's Polonaise Room closes its doors for good later this year. A proposal to redevelop the site with a 30-story residential tower, however, is the subject of an intense community debate. Although the proposal would maintain two of the historic structures, Preserve Minneapolis released a strong statement opposing the project because it fails to meet the city's Saint Anthony Falls Historic District guidelines. Transit and community development advocates support the project citing the need to encourage density close to downtown. The city's Historic Preservation Commission is in the process of reviewing the project and listening to the debate before they weigh-in later this spring.

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NEW HOTEL AND APARTMENTS PLANNED FOR SAINT PAUL RIVER BLUFF

As reported in the Pioneer Press, the former downtown St. Paul post office, an art deco landmark on the city's riverfront since 1934, will be converted to a new Hyatt Hotel and luxury apartments when redevelopment is finished in 2016.

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EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISE COMPANY STEAMING FOR SAINT PAUL

Viking River Cruises, a European cruise company, announced recently that they will launch tours of North America's greatest river beginning in 2017. The company expects to offer 60 stops in St. Paul each year.

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Calendar of Events
CLEAN WATER RULES! UNDERSTANDING THE EPA'S CLEAN WATER ACT UPDATE

Wednesday, April 8 -- 6:30-8:30 PM
UMN St. Paul Student Center Theater, Falcon Heights


FMR and Environment MN are hosting a forum on Wednesday, April 8, on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recent work to strengthen our nation's Clean Water Act. Please join us to hear directly from EPA Clean Water Rule expert, John Rumpler.

Mr. Rumpler is the Senior Environmental Attorney for Environment America in Boston. A panel discussion will follow his talk and include representatives from the hunting & fishing, agriculture, and water quality communities as well as a representative from the state of Minnesota.

Reserve your spot today! All are welcome. Join us for snacks and mingling at 6:30 and a presentation and panel from 7-8:30pm.

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HASTINGS AREA BIRDING FESTIVAL

Saturday, April 18 -- 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings

Celebrate the arrival of spring by learning about our region's many bird species. Enjoy classes, talks, bird banding demonstrations, guided bird trips in the Hastings area, and a special kids-only birding competition. Capacity is limited and RSVPs required. Learn more on the event page.

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SOUTH CREEK, VERMILLION STEWARDS EARTH DAY CLEANUP

Saturday, April 25 -- 9:00-11:30 a.m.
South Creek, Lakeville

Help clean up South Creek! This creek feeds the Vermillion River, a cold prairie river flowing through the heart of Dakota County and an important tributary of the Mississippi River.

Volunteers will meet at Cross of Christ Community Church. Lots and fields surrounding the church lead right up to South Creek, providing plenty of clean-up options. You can pick up trash from the parking lot and other hard surfaces, venture into the grassy areas leading up to the stream, or put on your waterproof boots to pick up litter in the marshy area next to the creek. Volunteers with waders are also needed to clean up stream-side. A few pairs of waders are also available on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more on the event page.

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EARTH DAY IN THE CITY: MINNEAPOLIS WATERSHED CLEANUP

Saturday, April 25 -- 9:30 a.m.-noon
Join this Earth Day tradition in the Minneapolis River Gorge! People come from throughout the local river corridor neighborhoods and metro area to contribute to the health and vitality of the Mississippi River Watershed. All ages are welcome and all supplies provided, including lunch. We'll meet at two sites along the parkway and bluff-top. Pick whichever works better for you -- the oak savanna at East 36th Street and West River Parkway, or the maple basswood forest at 44th and the parkway. No registration is required and complete details and directions are available on the event page. We look forward to seeing you at the first River Gorge Stewards event of the season!

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MAKE & TAKE RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP

Tuesday, May 5 -- 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Wellstone Center, West Side, St. Paul

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 at the Wellstone Center 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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GARLIC MUSTARD PULL AT PINE BEND

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

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

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JOIN THE PLEDGE TO PULL AT CROSBY PARK

Tuesday, May 19 -- 6:00-8:00 pm
Crosby Park, Mississippi River Gorge, St. Paul

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

Around since the Eocene, the sandhill crane is an ancient species that migrates to and through Minnesota in the spring to continue its primeval walk of life that perpetuates the species.

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Resource of the Month
THE EAGLES HAVE HATCHED

If you are trapped inside as the weather gets nicer this month, we recommend spending a few minutes watching the DNR's Eagle Cam to brighten your spirits! Watch baby eagles grow up right in front of your eyes.

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Supporting FMR
THE BIG RIVER THANKS OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY

FMR would like to gratefully acknowledge the following businesses for their noteworthy support of our work:

Split Rock Coffee Company for generously renewing their business membership at the River Protector Level in support of FMR's 'Above the Falls' program in North and Northeast Minneapolis.

Izzy's Ice Cream for thoughtfully donating a portion of proceeds to FMR from their 2nd annual 13 Days of Giving event in February.

The eco-friendly local business, loop holes, for donating 10% of every purchase to support FMR's mission to protect and restore the river.

For information on FMR's Business Memberships, please contact John Briel, Development Associate, at jbriel@fmr.org.


2015 3M ENVIRONMENTAL MATCH

Are you a 3M employee or retiree? Do you love the river?

Don't miss out on having your gift or membership to FMR matched 1:1 by the 3M Foundation.

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Quote of the Month

"Awake, thou wintry earth -
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!"

- Thomas Blackburn, "An Easter Hymn"

Nominate a Young Environmental Hero for a $5,000 Barron Prize
Deadline:
April 15, 2015
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes invites nominations for its 2015 awards. The Barron Prize celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and our environment. Each year, 15 winners each receive a $5,000 cash award to support their service work or higher education. Half of each year's winners are chosen for their work to protect the environment.
http://www.barronprize.org

June 29-Aug 2 Turning Learners Into Leaders ~ Online

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Turning Learners Into Leaders ~ Online
June 29-August 2, 2015
The 2015 Roots & Shoots Summer Online Course--Turning Learners Into Leaders: Empowering Youth Through Service in Education--is free and open to everyone. This course will teach participants how to identify and implement a local service-learning campaign.
http://www.rootsandshoots.org/onlinecourse

May 27-31 Leave No Trace Master Educator course

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Leave No Trace Master Educator course
When: May 27-31, 2015
Cost: $450
During five days of training at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center participants will learn and teach the principles of Leave No Trace immersed in the northern coniferous forest. The course will involve practicing Leave No Trace skills while base camping at a site along the Baptism River. The Leave No Trace Master Educator course was developed by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and is the highest level of Leave No Trace training offered. Students who successfully graduate a Master Educator course will receive a diploma and will be qualified to offer and teach two-day Leave No Trace Trainer courses.
A Leave No Trace Master Educator course is designed for individuals who are actively teaching others outdoor skills, environmental education or providing environmental recreation information to the public, however anyone with a passion for the outdoors is welcome to participate. Click the following link for more information: http://www.nols.edu/nolspro/pdf/LNT-MN2015CD.pdf

When:Wednesday evenings in April and May
Join fellow waste reduction enthusiasts and become an advocate for the three Rs in your community as a Hennepin County Master Recycler/Composter. Master Recyclers are trained volunteers who work to reduce waste generation and increase public awareness of opportunities to recycle and compost.
For more information, contact Carolyn Collopy at carolyn.collopy@hennepin.us or call 612-596-0993.

Volunteer to monitor wetlands

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Hennepin County is looking for people with an interest in protecting our natural resources to help monitor wetlands this summer through the Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP). No experience is needed - all the training and equipment is provided! Learn more and apply: http://www.hennepin.us/your-government/get-involved/volunteer-protect-environment#wetland-health-evaluation-program

Join us at upcoming Outdoor U spring events!

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Join us at upcoming Outdoor U spring events!
Details at csbsju.edu/OutdoorU

MN Natural History Lecture Series
Mar. 17
6:30-8:00 p.m.
New Science Center, SJU

Maple Syrup Season
csbsju.edu/outdooru/maplesyrup
Register Now
Maple Syrup Festivals
Sat, May 28 & April 11, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

20th Annual Fruit at the Finish Triathlon
Sat., April 25
Register online now

Join or continue a Nature's Notebook Campaign in 2015

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It may still feel like winter at your home, but it's not too early to begin thinking about spring! Consider joining us in tracking one or more of our target species through a Nature's Notebook campaign. If you joined one of these last year, we'd love to have you stick with us!

We have 4 different campaigns to offer you this spring: you can watch for leaf out of maples, oaks and poplars, report on flowering of lilacs or dogwoods, or track leaf phenology of poplars. Learn more below.

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

Please note: If you participated in one or more of these campaigns last year, we have kept you on the list, so no need to sign up again this year.

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

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

Sign me up!


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

Sign me up!

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

Sign me up!


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

Winter Prairie Wetlands Learning Center News

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


1. PWLC News

Winter on the Prairie
So much for winter! It's almost spring! Last winter was so cold, snowy, and long. This winter has been fairly cold, but not snowy or long. Maybe this means we'll have an early and long spring! We have noticed snow buntings and horned larks for weeks, have our first pairs of Canada geese on the ponds, and even have seen a few red-winged blackbirds. How is winter winding down in your school yard, backyard, refuge, or park?

Burr! in the Burrow
Over 1,350 preschool-5th graders from Alexandria, Ashby, Campbell-Tintah, Fergus Falls, and Underwood have crawled through this year's burrow in the barn and explored winter wildlife on the prairie (indoors or out). This year's burrow theme was animals that lay eggs underground and highlighted snakes, bumblebees, beetles, spiders, and turtles. Thank you to all the teachers and students who braved the cold to come out the PWLC! Special thanks to the Jr. Friends of the PWLC for spending their free time at the PWLC to help create and take down the burrow!

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.

Staffing
We warmly welcome three seasonal staff to the PWLC! Jo Fritz of Fergus Falls returns as our greenhouse staff and naturalist for the third year. Interns Emilie Sinkler (Illinois) and Aaron Heimann (Wisconsin) join us for the remainder of the school year to assist the Prairie Science Class and conduct environmental education programs for day use and residential groups visiting the PWLC. We are so glad to have you all with us!

Now Hiring Summer Youth
The Fergus Falls Wetland Management District (District) is hiring up to four individuals, ages 15 through 18, for employment in the Youth Conservation Corps. YCC is a work-learn-earn program that develops an understanding and appreciation in participating youth of the Nation's environment and heritage. Crew members work on wildlife habitat improvement projects, fence and building removal, boundary posting, brush cutting, nest monitoring and maintenance, and invasive species management. Some of these projects take place at the PWLC. For details, please see the separate attachments or contact Assistant Manager, Chad Raitz at (218) 736-0637 or by email Chad_Raitz@fws.gov or Manager Larry Martin at (218) 736-0627 or by email Larry_Martin@fws.gov. Application deadline is April 16.


2. PWLC Events for Educators and the Public

March 28: Wildlife Through the Lens (9 AM to Noon)
Learn to capture the beauty of wildlife and nature through a camera lens. Enjoy an opportunity to discover life at Prairie Wetlands Learning Center in late winter and preserve the experience with a camera. Bring your camera or borrow one of ours. Our goals are to increase outdoor photography skills while spending time outdoors. All educators who participate receive a certificate documenting continuing education/clock hours. Instructor: David Ellis, USFWS Instructional Systems Specialist. Please call 218-998-4484 to reserve your spot.

July 10: Fireflies at Night (10 PM to 11 PM)
Treat yourself to nature's fireworks display during their peak flashing period! We'll collect lightning bugs in the field and bring them inside to examine and identify. What's all that blinking about, anyway? How can some tiny creature light up without heating up, too? We'll answer these questions and more. All educators who participate receive a certificate documenting continuing education/clock hours. Free! Instructor: Molly Stoddard, Instructional Systems Specialist. To register, call Molly at 998-4489 or email molly_stoddard@fws.gov.

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. Free dormitory lodging is available for workshop attendees. Enrollment is limited to the first 15 teachers who register. Free! ($25 deposit returned upon full attendance) 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 PM to 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 and bait. Learn more about these nocturnal insects, and catch, identify, and study these fascinating critters. 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.


3. Other Resources

Jr. Duck Stamp Deadline: March 15
Remember that entries for the Minnesota Jr. Duck Stamp contest are due March 15 (postmarked) to Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge in Middle River, MN. This conservation through the arts program is open to K-12th graders. For contest rules, free curriculum, and more info, please visit: http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/ BONUS! Copies of the 2014 winning artwork are now on display until Friday, March 20, at the PWLC!

Get 'Em Outside
No Child Left Inside celebrates the outdoor classroom and its positive impact on children's learning, health, and leadership with this inspiring video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRR1feHqZPY

Nature's Notebook - Citizen Science
The National Phenology Network gathers information on plant and animal observations across the U.S. Scientists alone cannot collect enough data: They need your help. Join more than 6,000 other naturalists across the nation in taking the pulse of our planet. You'll use scientifically-vetted observation guidelines, developed for over 1,000 species, to ensure data are useful to researchers and decision-makers to ensure the continued vitality of our environment. https://www.usanpn.org/natures_notebook Find a wealth of curricula options here: https://www.usanpn.org/educate/nn_curriculum


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 over 2,000 other folks. www.facebook.com/prairiewetlands

ONE MORE THING

"It is an incalculable added pleasure to any one's sum of happiness if he or she grows to know, even slightly and imperfectly, how to read and enjoy the
wonder-book of nature."

Theodore Roosevelt

7 Ways to Volunteer in St. Paul This Spring

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Environmental Volunteers

For every event:
Bring a water bottle.
Bathrooms are usually limited.
Dress for the weather.
Suggested attire: long pants and closed-toe shoes.
Event leaders will be in safety vests.
Leave valuables at home. There is no safe place to store them in the park, and storing in your car is not a safe option.
Sign in.
HAVE FUN!


Information about upcoming volunteer events and current opportunities with
Saint Paul Natural Resources, a section of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation.
All events are family-friendly and great for individuals, friends and small groups.


With all the beautiful weather this week, it sure is easy to think spring! Here are seven (7) different ways to volunteer in your parks this spring. Don't worry, there will be many opportunities this spring, summer and fall. We are just getting started.


1. Citywide Spring Cleanup
Sat, Apr 18 | 9-11:30 am | Parks and neighborhoods in Saint Paul

Join forces with family, friends and neighbors to clean up the trash that has recently become exposed due to the melting snow.

Participating is easy! Register, 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 information here.

REGISTER HERE

All ages, individuals and groups are welcome. No experience necessary.


2. Spring Planting in Lilydale
Sat, May 9| 9-11:30 am | Lilydale Regional Park - meet at boat launch

Plant trees and shrubs to restore one of Saint Paul's beautiful riverside gems - Lilydale Regional Park! Join us, the National Park Service and Mississippi River Fund for an Arbor Month celebration along the floodplain of the Mississippi River. Volunteers will plant over 1,000 native trees and shrubs and take time to enjoy and learn about some of the Parks' feathered inhabitants on a guided bird walk.

REGISTER HERE

All ages, individuals and groups are welcome. No experience necessary.


3. Restoration Supervisor
Restoration Supervisor volunteers work closely with staff to help improve and maintain areas of high ecological significance in Saint Paul. They assist staff with supervising volunteers during large habitat restoration events, and may also lead small volunteer events in the absence of staff.

Combine your passions to care for our land and to share your knowledge by leading garlic mustard pulls, burdock cleanups or planting events. Click here for more information and to apply.


4. EcoSteward
EcoStewards are individuals and small groups who are dedicated to preserving, protecting and restoring natural areas and vital ecosystems. They will adopt a parcel of land in the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom in Como Regional Park.

This is a good fit for a volunteer who needs a flexible schedule. Care for your parcel of land on your own time. Click here for more information and to apply.


5. Garden Steward
Garden Stewards are individuals and groups who care for the many gardens in Saint Paul by planting, weeding, mulching and providing general garden maintenance.

We provide gloves, mulch buckets, knee pads, trowels and safety vests. Click here for more information and to apply.

Several openings available downtown and one opening in Como.


6. Group Volunteer Projects
Help prepare or clean up gardens, improve and maintain natural areas or pick up trash in our parks, while working together as a team. We have several large-scale, one-time volunteer projects each month during the growing season (April through October). Saint Paul Natural Resources will tailor a private volunteer project for your group to work together

Projects must be requested at least THREE weeks prior to the requested date(s).

Click here for more information and to apply.


7. Waterfest 2015
Sat, May 30| 11 am-4 pm| Phalen Regional Park

Join the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District and Saint Paul Parks & Rec for a free celebration of our clean lakes offering fun on and around the water with Voyageur canoes, boats, water games, live animals, climbing walls, music and much more! Click here more info or to volunteer.

Mar Headwaters Science Center Updates

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In This Issue:
Super PI Day
Summer Calendar
Thank you
Science at Home

May 30 Burnsville Native Plant Market

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Burnsville Native Plant Market

When: Saturday, May 30th 9am - 1pm

Where: Parking lot across the street from Burnsville City Hall, 100 Civic Center Parkway

Who: Open to everyone

Event Description: Native wildflowers, ferns and grasses will be available for sale from multiple vendors. Cash or check only. Event will occur rain or shine. More event information available at www.burnsville.org/nativeplants.

Apr 18 Recreational Trail Design

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Date: Saturday April 18, 2015 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Where: 19 Green Hall, U of MN, 1530 Cleveland Ave., St Paul Campus, St Paul, MN

"Trails help connect us to nature".
Learn the basic knowledge necessary to design, construct, and maintain sustainable trails for walking, snowshoeing, and natural resources interpretation. Sustainable trails require minimal maintenance because their design and materials hold up to intensive recreational use and severe weather conditions. The class will cover all steps in trail design, including how to: determine trail uses, select the trail corridor, establish trail design standards, mark exact trail location, clear the trail, and construct the tread, install structures to cross obstacles (e.g., a hillside, slopes and cliffs, wet soil, waterways and gullies, roads and fences), sign the trail, and install facilities that support the trail.

Instructors: Dr. Mel Baughman, Professor Emeritus, U of MN Forestry Department and Stephan Carlson, U of MN Extension
Cost: $50.00, Non-Master Naturalist $75.00

Includes: Indoor Power Point presentations and small group planning activities and outdoor trail planning activities in a nearby woodland. Bring a notebook and pen/pencil for notes. Light breakfast, lunch, snacks, and beverages provided. Dress for outdoor activities in the afternoon. Participants will receive a copy of the Extension publication Trail Design for Small Properties and other handouts.

Registration: http://www.minnesotamasternaturalist.org/ Go to COURSES, Advanced Training

Minimum: 10; Limited to 25

Questions: Contact: Stephan Carlson at carls009@umn.edu or call 612-624-8186

March Northland Arboretum Newsletter

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The latest newsletter from Northland Arboretum in Brainerd can be found here.

2015 Native Plant Community Field Guide Training

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2015 Native Plant Community Field Guide Training
Offered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

The Minnesota DNR Divisions of Ecological and Water Resources, Forestry, and Fish and Wildlife are partnering to offer training in the use of the DNR Field Guides to the Native Plant Communities of Minnesota and how they can be used to help inform management decisions.

There will be three indoor introductory classes and eight field classes. The introductory classes include information on use of the native plant community (NPC) field guides, basic plant identification, and applications for resource management. The forest field sessions include plant identification, soils information, NPC keying exercises, and
discussions of management implications. The prairie field sessions will each span two days: day 1 will emphasize plant identification, soils information, and NPC keying
exercises, while day 2 will have a heavier emphasis on management. New this year, we will be offering a 1-day session focused on the identification of wetland shrubs. CEU/CFE credits will be available for all classes.

Who are these classes for?
Anyone who is interested - the classes are geared toward natural resource managers working in forests and prairies, but are open to anyone. The introductory class (or a similar intro class taught in past years or the permission of an instructor) is required for the field classes.

How do I sign up?
To register for these classes, send an email to Lori Bailey at lori.bailey@state.mn.us with
the following information: Name, Organization (or DNR Division), phone number, email, mailing address, and the session(s) for which you want to sign up. Some classes will fill up quickly, so please register soon; sign up for the indoor sessions by March 12, and for the field sessions by June 1st. There is no cost for these classes.

For more information on the dates, times and locations, NPC Training Flier 2015 (4).pdf

Winter 2015 From Shore to Shore

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From Shore to Shore Newsletter

Greetings Shoreland and Water Quality Steward!

The Winter 2015 issue of the "From Shore to Shore" newsletter is now posted on the website for you to view and/or download. To access it, please go to: http://shorelandmanagement.org/shore_shore/

This issue includes the following articles:
Residents' Roles in Stormwater Mitigation
Antibacterial Products in Septic Systems
Cities Make Progressive Efforts to Protect the Mississippi River
Success! Common Carp Under Control in Riley Chain of Lakes
Please feel free to share the newsletter with others; reproduce articles for other newsletters (please credit "From Shore to Shore" as the source); and submit shoreland and water quality articles, pictures of projects, upcoming local events, and suggestions for topics for upcoming issues. Your input and feedback are always welcome!

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

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

Voice: 320-589-1711
Fax: 320-589-4870
Email: kterry@umn.edu
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Lawmakers want final say on water quality rules:
Environmental groups are alarmed about an effort at the Minnesota Legislature to put the brakes on new rules designed to keep the state's lakes and rivers clean.

Read more at: http://www.wday.com/news/3685157-minnesota-lawmakers-want-final-say-water-quality-rules

Twenty things you didn't know about snow:
You might as well understand the stuff that could soon paralyze your car.

Read more at: http://discovermagazine.com/2008/jan/20-things-you-didnt-know-about-snow

Here's how to end Iowa's great nitrate fight:
Most Midwestern farmers grow corn and soybeans, which are warm-season plants. And after they're harvested, for seven long months, from fall until the following spring, nitrate continues to form naturally in the soil.

Read more at: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2015/02/02/382475870/heres-how-to-end-iowas-great-nitrate-fight

Delta Dawn: Paddling a river run free:
The 2014 Colorado River Pulse Flow. Of the 260 rivers that cross international borders, this is the first binational agreement of its kind. A short highlighting the first crossing of the delta via watercraft

See more at: https://vimeo.com/97197932

MPR Special Reports: Climate change in Minnesota:
It's undeniable that Minnesota today is seeing the effects of a warming climate. That might seem contradictory after one of the coolest Novembers in Minnesota history and just one year after the polar vortex froze us to the bone.

Read more at: http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/06/mpr_news_presents

In an effort to cope with heavier rains and warmer temperatures that climate change brings, some communities are beginning to grapple with ways to help people adapt to the inevitable, even as they work to cut greenhouse gas emissions:

Read more at: http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/05/minn-communities-look-for-ways-to-adapt-to-climate-change

Are extreme blizzards the new normal?
An intense nor'easter is blasting parts of New England with up to three feet of snow, along with strong winds and storm surge in coastal areas. It might seem strange to talk about a major winter storm in the context of a warming world, but as the climate changes, extreme snowfalls may become a bigger proportion of all snowstorms.

Read more at: http://grist.org/climate-energy/east-coast-blizzard-climate-change-noreaster/?upw

1-minute video: Why warming causes bigger storms:
While some parts of the country are experiencing intense droughts, traditionally wet climates like Minnesota's are getting even wetter. Warming means that when it rains, it's more likely to pour.

See it at: http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/02/climate-change-rain-video

Your antibacterial soap is so dangerous, Minnesota just banned it:
For years, it was believed that anti-bacterial soaps were more effective at sustaining long-term health. Stripping and destroying harmful bacteria seems like a no-brainer when taken at face value. Triclosan, one of the most widely used anti-bacterial, anti-microbial agents in the United States, was introduced in 1972 to hospitals to help sterilize environments for surgeries.

Read more at: https://www.minds.com/blog/view/411982631022891008/your-antibacterial-soap-is-so-dangerous-minnesota-just-banned-it

Lake sturgeon continue recovery in Rainy River and Lake of the Woods:
A recent lake sturgeon population study in Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River illustrates the slow, steady sturgeon population recovery owing to cleaner water, effective fishing regulations and vigilant enforcement

Read more at: http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2015/01/15/lake-sturgeon-continue-recovery-in-rainy-river-and-lake-of-the-woods/#more-15821

Minnesota to get $9M for agricultural water quality program:
Gov. Mark Dayton says the state will use its grant to establish its Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program as a national demonstration project. The program encourages farmers to adopt voluntary clean water practices.

Read more at: http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/14/agricultural-water-quality-program

Dayton acting like a leader on water protection:
Governor Dayton gives the opening remarks at the annual Department of Natural Resources roundtable, or stakeholders meeting, an event that drew some 300 conservationists.

Read more at: http://www.startribune.com/sports/outdoors/288941071.html#MXKArv5YtccPYV0M.01

This water lawsuit could be huge and it's happening in .... Iowa?
In an effort to preserve the purity of the state's stunning resources, the state capital's water utility company is facing off with farmers over fertilizer in an effort to curb water pollution.

Read more at: http://grist.org/news/this-water-lawsuit-could-be-huge-and-its-happening-in-iowa/

Water Works plans to sue three counties:
Des Moines Water Works is expected to pursue a lawsuit against three northwestern Iowa counties that manage drainage districts with high concentrations of nitrates. Water Works officials say the nitrates, which flow into the Raccoon River, threaten the city's water quality.


Read more at: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2015/01/06/des-moines-water-works-nitrate-lawsuit/21365355/?utm_campaign=%5B%22%5B%27buffer%27%5D%22%5D&utm_content=%5B%22%5B%27buffer43d6f%27%5D%22%5D&utm_source=%5B%22%5B%27facebook.com%27%5D%22%5D&utm_medium=%5B%22%5B%27social%27%5D%22%5D

Water Fight in Iowa Making Waves:
Threatened lawsuit get the attention of Minnesota farmers.

Read more at: http://www.pressreader.com/usa/star-tribune/20150219/281715498057413/TextView

Army agrees to pay for New Brighton water treatment for the next 30 years:
In a victory for the Ramsey County suburb, the Army agreed to continue to pay for the next 30 years of treatment of the city's drinking water, contaminated for years by industrial waste from the federal government's nearby former ammunitions plant.

Read more at: http://www.startribune.com/local/east/289945621.html


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Events Calendar


Septic System Homeowner Operation and
Maintenance Education (HOME)
Date: March 14
Location: Windom Farm & Home Show,
Windom, MN
Contact: Doug Malchow at 507-280-5575 or
malch002@umn.edu

Linking Land Use and Water Quality:
An interactive workshop designed for
local community leaders
Date: March 26
Location: Fulda, MN
Contact: Karen Terry at 218-770-9301 or
kterry@umn.edu

Shorelines and Clean Water
Date: April 9
Location: Windom, MN
Contact: Karen Terry at 218-770-9301 or
kterry@umn.edu

For the most current calendar items and more details, visit http://www1.extension.umn.edu/environment/water/

Project Get Outdoors Board Vacancies

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Project Get Outdoors, Inc. is seeking 2 - 3 candidates to fill board vacancies. The organization works to help Minnesota communities connect children to nature learning and outdoor exploration during the out-of-school hours. More information about Project GO Brochure.pdf and Project GO Board Member PD 5 12 14.pdfcan be found on the attachments.

Please share this information with anyone who may be interested. This is a great opportunity for MN Master Naturalist volunteers and retired teachers!

May 2 Growing Great Public Speakers

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GROWING GREAT PUBLIC SPEAKERS
How to Prepare, Deliver and Evaluate Educational Presentations

Workshop hosted by UMN Extension Master Gardeners of Crow Wing County
and open to all UMN Extension Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists

Saturday, May 2, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
(Sign-in and coffee at 9:30 a.m.)
Northland Arboretum, Main Level Meeting Room
14250 Conservation Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401

Presented by: Jackie Froemming, Extension Educator and Coordinator of the Master
Gardener Program in Crow Wing County

During this FREE two-hour workshop Jackie will discuss the topics of a public presentation including:
Public Persona
Engaging PowerPoint-enhanced Presentations
Useful Handouts
Effective Evaluation Forms

Handouts will be provided. Two PowerPoints will be available to download onto your flash drive that day to use in a presentation of your own on "Water Wisely" and "Gardening
Tips for Almost Every Letter".

RSVP by April 30if you plan to attend by contacting Jackie Froemming at froem022@umn.edu or at 218-824-1068.

Leave No Trace Frontcountry - Master Educator Course

May 27-31, 2015

Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, NOLS and Leave No Trace Minnesota Chapter are proud to present a frontcountry Leave No Trace Master Educator course. This is a great opportunity for teachers, naturalists, park rangers, recreation planners, scout leaders, and other outdoor educators to improve LNT teaching skills while experiencing the unique treasures found in this scenic area of Minnesota.

During five days of training at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center participants will learn and teach the principles of Leave No Trace immersed in the northern coniferous forest. The course will involve practicing Leave No Trace skills while base camping at a site along the Baptism River.

Participants will also have opportunities to day hike and explore the trails, lakes, wetlands, and scenic vistas of Lake Superior found in the 2000 acres owned by Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center.

The Leave No Trace Master Educator course was developed by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and is the highest level of Leave No Trace training offered. Students who successfully graduate a Master Educator course will receive a diploma and will be qualified to offer and teach two-day Leave No Trace Trainer courses.

A Leave No Trace Master Educator course is designed for individuals who are actively teaching others outdoor skills, environmental education or providing environmental recreation information to the public, however anyone with a passion for the outdoors is welcome to participate.

Cost: $450; Partial tuition scholarships may be available through Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: http://lnt.org/learn/master-educator-course-scholarships. You may also contact your agency's LNT coordinator for additional scholarships.

Course Description: http://www.nols.edu/nolspro/pdf/LNT-MN2015CD.pdf

Registration is through NOLS:
LNT Program Coordinator
NOLS International Headquarters
284 Lincoln Street Lander WY 82520
Phone: 800-710-NOLS FREE x2220

E-mail: haven_holsapple@nols.edu

DNR Spring Volunteer Opportunities

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All of the newest DNR volunteer opportunities are NOW posted on our website including the annual MN Loon Monitoring Program and Frog & Toad Calling Survey!

Check them out and others to see how YOU might get involved this spring!


Sharp-tailed Grouse Research

Enjoy the morning courtship ritual of the sharp-tailed grouse up-close and personal this spring! Volunteers will monitor sharp-tailed grouse traps from viewing blinds on dancing grounds in the early morning hours. Two to four volunteers are needed each day to assist a research biologist and technician with removing grouse from traps, handling grouse, and applying radio collars. Collared birds will become part of an ongoing research study examining the nesting and brood rearing habitat of the sharp-tailed grouse.

Volunteers are needed during the mating season from April through mid-May in the early morning from approximately 1 hour before sunrise to 3 hours after sunrise. Volunteers need to be available for the duration of the morning. Trapping will occur daily including some weekends near Palisade, MN and at the Sax-Zim Bog located near Meadowlands, MN. Transportation is available from Grand Rapids to study sites with DNR staff.

Volunteers working towards or possessing a Bachelor's Degree in wildlife or natural resources are preferred, but not required. Experience handling or trapping avian species is also desirable, but not required. All volunteers must be able to sit quietly and still in small spaces for long periods of time in cold weather. Any other training will be provided.

For more information contact Lindsey Shartell, Forest Habitat Biologist, 1201 E. Hwy 2, Grand Rapids, MN 55744 at 218-999-7932 or email Lindsey.Shartell@state.mn.us

Search for the Rare Dwarf Trout Lily in Southern MN

Interested in wildflowers? If so, use this interest to assist the DNR to search for, and collect data on the Minnesota Dwarf Trout Lily, a Federally Endangered spring wild flower, endemic to a few forest rivers in southeastern Minnesota. This is part of an annual monitoring effort at selected sites in Goodhue, Rice, and Steele Counties approximately 1 - 2 hours south of the Twin Cities. Volunteers work as part of a crew of 3 - 7 people supervised by DNR staff or experienced volunteers to search previously documented areas, flag, and count plants. No independent volunteer opportunities are available for rare plant monitoring.

People of any background with an interest in wildflowers are welcome. Volunteers will need to be able to spot a flower bud the size of a grain of rice five feet in front of them, while working with an organized team to systematically survey an area. Some sites may also include rough, very steep terrain that volunteers must be able to walk/climb, as well as crossing small streams and rivers. Training in identifying the lily and search methods will be provided in the field at the beginning of each workday.

Work will be conducted sometime between April 20 and May 12 (dependent on flower development). A full day's commitment is required. For more information and/or to get on a mailing list with more specific details as the survey dates approach, contact Derek Anderson, Botanist/Plant Ecologist, St Paul, at 651-259-5071 or email Derek.Anderson@state.mn.us

Share your Outdoor Passion at Lake Carlos State Park

Sculpted by ancient glaciers, Lake Carlos State Park contains a tamarack bog, marshes, woodland ponds, and lakes. Come visit and get involved as a volunteer in a variety of recreational activities scheduled for this spring and summer.


School Groups: Help run or instruct one of the multiple stations set up for school groups to visit during the months of April - early June (variable weekdays). Topics vary from geology, wetland ecology, mammals, to history. Props and outlines for instruction will be provided for 1-2 volunteers.


Fishing Frenzy Fridays: Promote fishing and caring for our water resources by working with children and/or families to teach the basic skills of fishing including safety, line casting, knot tying, baiting hooks, and taking fish off the hook, as well as identifying fish species and their habitats. One to two volunteers will help instruct and oversee a small group of participants during shoreline fishing scheduled for Fridays during the summer, June 12 through August 28, 2015.


National Get Outdoors Day, Saturday, June 13: This nationwide initiative is focused on getting people outdoors. On this day we have multiple events going on to help people find something they like to do outdoors like geocaching, paddle boarding, canoeing, hiking, and so on. Volunteer duties may include things like giving directions to different areas in the park, teaching geocaching, helping out in the visitor center with greeting people and answering other questions they have.

Wood Working and Other Projects: Help is needed with the planning, cutting, and assembly of several program items from April-August. Volunteer duties may include Measuring, cutting, the construction of items like traveling desks, tree cookies, lantern boxes, bird feeder kits, and more. Skills and experience in construction and wood working is desired.

For more information contact Ben Eckhoff, Naturalist, Lake Carlos State Park, 2601 County Road 38 NE, Carlos, MN 56319 at (320) 852-7471 or email Benjamin.Eckhoff@state.mn.us

Apr 18 Outdoor Family Expo

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OUTDOOR FAMILY EXPO: All ages, from beginner to experienced

AT THE MAPLEWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER, 2100 White Bear Ave N, Maplewood, MN 55109

Saturday, April 18

Time: 10:00am-1:00 pm

FREE!

Imagine blue sky, splashing in the lakes and playing under a leafy green canopy! Learn the tips and tricks for enjoying the outdoors, and discover all that Minnesota has to offer. Studies show that being outdoors is good for your health and contributes to positive attitudes! Get connected to all the resources you need - there will be learning stations for all ages from examining live fish and tying jigs, to trying out binoculars, setting up a tent, nature play, info on hiking and biking and outdoor summer sports and recreation in Maplewood! Learn about weather and safety, wildlife watching, and summer camps, plus enjoy snacks, freebies and meeting a live porcupine! There will be a suite of outdoor vendors on hand to share their expertise, and newest trends in outdoor gear.

June 13 Brush Stacking

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Brush Stacking
Volunteers: 150, Supervisors: 16
Carver Park Reserve, Victoria
Saturday, June 13, 8:30am-12:30pm

Join Great River Greening for this project kick-off event to help restore oak woodlands at Carver Park Reserve in the west Metro. Known for its vast diversity of wildlife, Carver Park Reserve is struggling with buckthorn, an invasive shrub which threatens new tree growth and crowds out native shrubs, flowers, and grasses. Help us haul and stack buckthorn to ensure that biodiversity continues to thrive at this beautiful site!

Partners and Funders: Three Rivers Park District, Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Fund.

Please join us as we continue our efforts to restore critical lands and waters throughout the state! Individuals of all ages, families, and community and corporate groups of any size are welcome. Volunteers are needed for restoration activities, set-up and registration, leading work units as a volunteer supervisor, taking photos, lunch, and clean-up.
Register Today: www.greatrivergreening.org

May 30 Planting and Celebration!

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Planting and Celebration!
Volunteers: 125, Supervisors: 20
Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary, Saint Paul
Saturday, May 30, 8:30am-12:30pm

Plant trees, shrubs, and grasses along the brook as we continue the transformation
of this neglected former railroad site into a 42-acre nature sanctuary! Once completed, Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary will provide prairie, savanna, maple-basswood forest, wetlands, recreational trails, and stormwater management--all right in the heart of the city!

After the event, starting at 12:30pm at Trout Brook, join Greening in celebrating our 20th
Anniversary of restoring land, water and wonder throughout (and beyond) the Twin Cities!

Partners and Funders: City of Saint Paul, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Fund, Mortenson Family Foundation, Fairmount Santrol, 3M Foundation

Please join us as we continue our efforts to restore critical lands and waters throughout the state! Individuals of all ages, families, and community and corporate groups of any size are welcome. Volunteers are needed for restoration activities, set-up and registration, leading work units as a volunteer supervisor, taking photos, lunch, and clean-up.
Register Today: www.greatrivergreening.org

May 16 Rain Garden Plantings

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Rain Garden Plantings
Volunteers: 30, Supervisors: 6
Payne-Phalen Neighborhood, Saint Paul
Saturday, May 16, 8:30am-12:00pm

Help plant 46 boulevard rain gardens in the northern part of the Paryne-Phalen neighborhood in Saint Paul! Great River Greening staff and volunteers will assist residents in planting boulevard rain gardens to improve water quality in our lakes and the Mississippi River through a partnership of the City of Saint Paul Public Works and Capitol Region Watershed District. Lunch not provided for this event.

Partners and Funders: Capitol Region Watershed District, City of Saint Paul Public Works.

Please join us as we continue our efforts to restore critical lands and waters throughout the state! Individuals of all ages, families, and community and corporate groups of any size are welcome. Volunteers are needed for restoration activities, set-up and registration, leading work units as a volunteer supervisor, taking photos, lunch, and clean-up.
Register Today: www.greatrivergreening.org

May 16 Buckthorn Blast

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Buckthorn Blast
Volunteers: 100, Supervisors: 16
Katherine Abbott Park, Mahtomedi
Saturday, May 16, 8:30am-12:30pm

Be a part of the effort to restore a metro area gem! Great River Greening and volunteers have worked at this site for the past year, hauling out buckthorn and other invasive woody species. Help us complete the buckthorn removal at the park. Volunteers will be doing a mix of cutting and stacking.

Partners and Funders: City of Mahtomedi, Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

Please join us as we continue our efforts to restore critical lands and waters throughout the state! Individuals of all ages, families, and community and corporate groups of any size are welcome. Volunteers are needed for restoration activities, set-up and registration, leading work units as a volunteer supervisor, taking photos, lunch, and clean-up.
Register Today: www.greatrivergreening.org

Apr 24 Arbor Day Tree Planting

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Arbor Day Tree Planting
Volunteers: 150, Supervisors: 18
South Washington Conservation Corridor, Woodbury
Friday, April 24, 12:00-4:00pm

Plant trees with Great River Greening in the South Washington Conservation Corridor! This 80-acre parcel is part of a larger greenway in the watershed providing critical native habitat and stormwater management, and will be the site of future recreational trails.

Partners and Funders: South Washington Watershed District, Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

Please join us as we continue our efforts to restore critical lands and waters throughout the state! Individuals of all ages, families, and community and corporate groups of any size are welcome. Volunteers are needed for restoration activities, set-up and registration, leading work units as a volunteer supervisor, taking photos, lunch, and clean-up.
Register Today: www.greatrivergreening.org

June 13 2015 Sour Grapes Half & Half Trail Run

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Saturday, June 13
Starting at 7:30 a.m.
Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Drive
Brainerd/Baxter, MN
Events for the whole family and all fitness levels

1/2 mile kids race (7 and under)
1 mile kids race (12 and under
10.55K Walk/Run
Half Marathon Run

To register, go to www.sourgrapesrun.com or pick up a registration form at the Arboretum. Register by May 1 to get the early bird special price of $40 adults ($50 after May 1), $15 kids

218-829-8770 or info@northlandarb.org for more information.

All proceeds go to the Northland Arboretum. Come out and run for the Arb.

Invasive Plant Patrol - Ramsey Conservation District

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Invasive Plant Patrol
Early Detection / Citizen Science Program

How can you prevent buckthorn-like takeovers of new invasive plants in Ramsey County?
Volunteer! Hike, mark and report plants for removal!
Your findings contribute to a national invasive species database!

Choose from these FREE Saturday Training programs (note registration info):
• March 28, Shoreview City Hall (email carole.gernes@rwmwd.org)
• April 11, Maplewood Nature Center (call 651-249-2170)
• April 25, Tamarack Nature Center (call 651-407-5350 x119)
All trainings are scheduled for 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

For more information: go to Ramsey County Cooperative Weed management Area on Facebook

Let's Play Outside - 50 Ways to Connect Kids with Nature

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There is a new free resource that may interest you. The Collaborative Leadership Fellows Environmental Sustainability Cohort of 2014 created a picture book that highlights children in local nature centers and conveys the simple message of encouraging children to go outside to play. Each page has one picture of a child playing, titled with single word caption which has been translated into the five languages most frequently spoken in homes in Olmsted County.

We invite you to take a look at the Photobook. If there are ways you are able to use resource, you may downloaded and print it without copyright restriction. If you have a way to distribute it electronically, or share the link with parents and children at your site or on your website, we would appreciate your help in its distribution. We would also be interested in hearing your creative ideas for how it could be used, to whom it could be distributed and we would like to work with you to find creative ways to share this resource. The photos represent summer outdoor activities, so perhaps they would pair with summer programs or could be used as curriculum support in language development sessions.

In addition to the on-line version, we have a limited number of print copies that can be made available for public use by Olmsted County Public Health. Please respond to this e-mail if you would like print copies for your organization.

Project Description:

Let's Play Outside - 50 Ways to Connect Kids with Nature - a multi-lingual Nature Photobook

This document contains 50 captioned photo cards that depict preschool children in nature demonstrating the many activities and skills children can develop by being active outside. Each photo is captioned with an action verb translated into the five most commonly spoken home languages of school-aged children in Rochester Minnesota. The cards can be used by young children and non-native English speakers to build new literacy skills and to understand the joy of connecting with nature. The document may be copied freely for educational, non-proprietary use.

Web link to the Photobook: http://www.co.olmsted.mn.us/OCPHS/programs/community/ship/Documents/NaturePhotoBook2014.pdf

Web link to a video about the project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMNbbO6N1mw

Two Isle Royale Botany Workshops

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TWO ISLE ROYALE BOTANY WORKSHOPS NOW BEING OFFERED IN 2015!
JUNE 8-13 AND SEPTEMBER 8-13
Experience four days in Lake Superior's Isle Royale National Park either in the spring or fall and learn to identify the diverse plants that live on this incredible island!

BOTANY WORKSHOP INFORMATION:
These special botany workshops, sponsored by the Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association (IRKPA), and taught by botanist Janet Marr, are open to anyone with beginning/intermediate knowledge of plant identification who is interested in learning to identify the native flora of this species-rich Lake Superior island.

Workshop participants will spend four days on Isle Royale either in the spring (June 8-13) or fall (September 8-13) learning native plant species, using such tools as a dichotomous key and hand lens to identify plants. Other topics will include discussion of island plant communities, rare species, ecology, and invasive species.

Most workshop activities will take place outdoors. Optional evening sessions will also be offered to review plants learned earlier.

REQUIREMENTS for both workshops:
Workshop participants should be able to walk up to 7 miles in one day with a daypack on rocky, sometimes steep, trails and bedrock, sometimes slippery, shoreline.

INSTRUCTOR for both workshops:
Botanist Janet Marr, the workshop instructor, has had many years of experience studying plants across Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Isle Royale. Janet taught the 2007-2014 Isle Royale botany workshops as well as many botany, aquatic, and wetland plant workshops in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. She is co-author of the Isle Royale Natural History Association's Island Life, an Isle Royale Nature Guide.

ENROLLMENT IS LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS. Past botany workshops have filled up very quickly so sign up soon! Contact Kristine Bradof at 906-482-7860 or kbradof@irkpa.org for more information about workshop registration or to register. Contact Janet Marr at 906-337-5529 or jkmarr@mtu.edu for details about the workshops themselves.

MICHIGAN K-12 TEACHERS. State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) may be available by participating in either workshop.
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INFORMATION SPECIFIC to each of the two workshops is below (June 8-13 workshop info is first followed by September 8-13 workshop info). NOTE: The fee for each botany workshop covers instruction, camping, meals on the island, notebook, Slavick/Janke's Flora of Isle Royale, and transportation to and from either Houghton, Michigan, on the Ranger III (June workshop) or Grand Portage, Minnesota, on the Voyageur II (September workshop).
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JUNE 8-13 workshop (Rock Harbor area):
Field trips in the June 8-13 workshop near the northeast end of Isle Royale will include Tobin Harbor, Scoville Point, and Raspberry Island, places that are all located in the vicinity of Rock Harbor. Workshop attendees will meet in Houghton, Michigan, on Monday (8 June) afternoon and travel from Houghton to Rock Harbor (on Isle Royale) on the Ranger III boat on Tuesday (9 June). Participants will return to Houghton on the Ranger III on Saturday (13 June).

NOTE: It is also possible to reach Rock Harbor from Grand Portage, Minnesota, via the Voyageur II. Information at: http://www.isleroyaleboats.com/default.asp
If you decide to leave from Grand Portage, you may contact Kristine at 906-482-7860 or kbradof@irkpa.org so that she can adjust the workshop registration fee to remove the Houghton to Rock Harbor transportation cost.

WORKSHOP FEE for JUNE 8-13 workshop (Rock Harbor area):
$699 per person if registered by March 6 ($25 discount for IRKPA members;
see http://irkpa.org/ for information on becoming a IRKPA member).

$725 per person if registered after March 6 ($25 discount for IRKPA members;
see http://irkpa.org/ for information on becoming a IRKPA member).

A $200 deposit is required in reserve your place in the workshop. Mail your check, payable to "IRKPA," to the Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Assoc., 800 East Lakeshore Dr., Houghton, MI 49931. The balance is due by April 17.
A cancellation fee of $75 will be charged for cancellations between May 1 and May 22. There will be no refund for cancellations made on or after May 23 (although partial refunds after May 23 will be issued if a replacement participant is available).

LODGING/CAMPING for JUNE 8-13 workshop (Rock Harbor area):
Participants may camp for free at a Rock Harbor group campsite. You may also stay in the Rock Harbor Lodge or Housekeeping units at your own expense (consider sharing a room with another participant or friend to reduce your lodging cost). For information about lodging (at Rock Harbor Lodge or Housekeeping units), boat rentals, etc., please see: www.isleroyaleresort.com or call 866-644-2003 (winter season) or 906-337-4993 (summer season).

If you wish to share a lodge or housekeeping room, contact Kristine at 906-482-7860 or kbradof@irkpa.org
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SEPTEMBER 8-13 workshop (Windigo area):
Field trips in the September 8-13 workshop near the southwest end of the Island will include the Windigo nature trail and trails to Huginnin Cove and along Washington Harbor to the Grace Creek overlook. Workshop attendees will meet in Grand Portage, Minnesota, on Tuesday (September 8) afternoon or evening and travel from Grand Portage to Windigo (on Isle Royale) on the Voyageur II on Wednesday (September 9). Participants will return to Grand Portage on the Voyageur II on Sunday (September 13).

NOTE: It is also possible to reach Windigo from either Houghton or Copper Harbor, Michigan. You can fly from Houghton airport to Windigo on a seaplane. Info at: http://www.royaleairservice.com/ You can also take the Ranger III out from Houghton or the Isle Royale Queen IV from Copper Harbor. Both go to Rock Harbor and then you can take the Voyageur II from Rock Harbor to Windigo. Website addresses for each of these boats are below:
Ranger III http://www.nps.gov/isro/planyourvisit/ranger-iii-fares-and-reservations.htm
Isle Royale Queen IV http://www.isleroyale.com/schedules-and-fares.html
Voyageur II http://www.isleroyaleboats.com/default.asp
If you decide to leave from either Houghton or Copper Harbor, you may contact Kristine at 906-482-7860 or kbradof@irkpa.org so that she can adjust the workshop registration fee to remove the Grand Portage to Windigo transportation cost.

WORKSHOP FEE for SEPTEMBER 8-13 workshop (Windigo area):
$699 per person if registered by March 6 ($25 discount for IRKPA members;
see http://irkpa.org/ for information on becoming a IRKPA member).

$725 per person if registered after March 6 ($25 discount for IRKPA members;
see http://irkpa.org/ for information on becoming a IRKPA member).

A $200 deposit is required in reserve your place in the workshop. Mail your check, payable to "IRKPA," to the Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Assoc., 800 East Lakeshore Dr., Houghton, MI 49931. The balance is due by June 30.
A cancellation fee of $75 will be charged for cancellations between July 15 and August 15. There will be no refund for cancellations made on or after August 16 (although partial refunds after August 16 will be issued if a replacement participant is available).

LODGING/CAMPING for SEPTEMBER 8-13 workshop (Windigo area):
Two lodging options at no cost are a group campsite and Adirondack-type shelters (the latter will very likely be available). In addition there are two Windigo camper cabins that we already have reserved. One of these cabins is available to the first person/group that commits to renting it (that person/group would set the terms, either paying the whole cost themselves or offering to share with others). The cabin sleeps up to 6 and rates in 2014 were $54.45/night (and likely similar in 2015) for the cabin no matter how many people (up to 6) stay there. Info about this cabin is at http://rockharborlodge.com/Windigo If you would like additional information or would like to rent the cabin, please contact Janet at 906-337-5529 or jkmarr@mtu.edu