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.

1305 Landscaping for Beauty, Community Health, and Wildlife
Topics in natural gardening, including plants that attract birds,
butterflies and beneficial insects, and ways you can enhance biodiversity
in your own yard. Learn to identify Minnesota invasive plants other than
buckthorn. The facilitator has volunteered in conservation and wildlife
rehabilitation for over 30 years and is a member of the Ramsey County
Invasive Plant patrol.
. How to garden with native plants that benefit the environment and
your community
. Plants that help threatened or endangered species in Minnesota
. Wonderful alternatives to invasive non-native plants
. Attractive beneficial shrubs and flowers
. Hot topics in native landscaping - Permaculture is back!
. Share your own best practices with the group!

April 1st, 2015 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $15
Refreshments provided
Fairview Community Center
Room 108, 1910 County Road B West
Roseville, MN 55113

Register 7:30 am-4 pm M-F by calling 651-604-3770 OR visit
www.ISD623.Org/CommunityEd OR
Email CommEd@isd623.org to register

If you have problems registering, please feel free to register on site at
the class (but do come early)

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.

Mar 28 Wildlife Through the Lens

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Prairie Wetlands Learning Center
Wildlife Through the Lens
March 28: 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.

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

Volunteers Needed for PlayCleanGo Booths

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This is a reminder that we are looking for volunteers with a basic understanding of terrestrial invasive species to help staff the PlayCleanGo booths at two up-coming Sports Shows. The next show is the Northwest Sports Show at the Minneapolis Convention Ctr, March 25-29. We've also added a booth at the Spring Outdoor Adventure Expo, hosted by Midwest Mtn (on Cedar) in Minneapolis on April 24-26. We have two positions to fill at the Northwest Sport Show, plus a number of positions at the Outdoor Expo. If you are interested in participating, please go to the links below and enter the day(s) and time(s) that work best for you.

We cover the entrance fees for all volunteers and provide talking points on the PlayCleanGo outreach campaign and on common terrestrial invasive species for your use. Volunteers receive a PCG ball cap, tote bag and First Detector Manual to take home.

NW Sports Show, March 25-29, 2015 at the MPLS Convention Ctr in MPLS
https://doodle.com/ryqhd7pcmnzd6hgv

Outdoor Adventure Expo, April 24-26, 2015 at Midwest Mountaineering in MPLS
https://doodle.com/8krv26vc8qma8hff

Thank you so much for your consideration.

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

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

Mar Mississippi Messages Calendar of Events

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THE HIGH PRICE OF CHEAP GROUNDWATER: ARE WE FLUSHING OUR FUTURE DOWNSTREAM?

Thursday, March 26 -- 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Science Museum of Minnesota, Downtown St. Paul

Where does your drinking water come from -- wells, lakes, or the Mississippi River? And why does it matter? Come to think of it, in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, why do we need to pay any attention at all to exactly where we get our water? Let alone how much we use to shower, water the lawn or grow food? Join FMR at our annual Science Museum event as we explore the answers to these questions, and learn more about emerging scarcity issues that may come as a surprise in such a seemingly water-rich state.

Thanks to the Science Museum and program sponsor the City of St. Paul, this special event is free -- advance museum access and parking included -- however, capacity is limited. Learn more on the event page or sign up now with FMR Registrar Amy Kilgore. Due to the anticipated popularity of this event, Amy will need a name and separate email address or phone number for each reserved seat.

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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 in early April on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recent work to strengthen our nation's Clean Water Act. Please join us to hear directly from an expert on the EPA's Clean Water Rule followed by a panel with representatives from the hunting and fishing, agriculture and water quality communities as well as a representative from the state of Minnesota. Learn more and reserve your spot today!

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

Apr. 4 The Cutting Edges: Tool Sharpening Workshop

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The Cutting Edges: Tool Sharpening Workshop

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015
Time: 8:30--Check-in and Refreshments
9:00 to Noon--Workshop
Location: Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 East Seventh Street, Maplewood.
651-249-2170

Donna Herman, of No-Stress Gardening and Landscapes (and Metro Area MNWWN member), will teach how to sharpen single-blade tools commonly used in woodland management: pruners, loppers, shovels, and trowels. The workshop will focus on tips and techniques for using simple, hand-held sharpening tools in the field. Class includes a discussion on using the right tool for the right task (including saws), safe tool use, and purchasing guidelines.

Participants should bring up to 3 clean tools that need sharpening. Also bring sharpening tools, fitted work gloves and safety glasses, if you have them. Instructor will provide extra tools to practice sharpening.

Cost: $ 10/person
Registration: Register by sending a check made out to: MFA Metro Chapter c/o Barb Spears, 1656 Blair Ave, St Paul, MN 55104. In a note with the check, please include the name, full address, phone number (if not on the check) and email address for each person registering.

Space is limited. If the class is full when your check is received, it will be returned. No refund will be given if notification of withdrawal is within 48 hours of the class start time.

For more information contact Chris Soutter at 651-249-2170.
Sponsored by the Metro Area MN Women's Woodland Network and the MN Forestry Association-Metro Chapter.

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

Mar 27 & 28 GIS, Mapping Your 10 Acre Forest

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Date: Friday/Saturday, March 27 & 28th, 2015 12:30 to 4:00 pm
Where: St Paul Campus, U of MN room 19 Green Hall, MN

"Basic GIS and Your Phone open's a new way to map your world"
This workshop is designed to give you the basic GIS and GPS skills to map your woods and develop trail maps of your site. The Friday afternoon class will cover the basic knowledge and online maps and GIS skills using Garmin units. Also, bring your Smart phone and we will download a free software package that is similar to the Garmin unit. You will develop some simple maps from field GIS data that you collected near the University. Between classes, you will take home a Gamin mobile devise (or use your Smart Phone) and collect data from your own site and return the second afternoon to build your own map. Based on the Fridays class you will insert more details, contours, profile of the site, trails, land features and distances mark-ups on the brochure like trail map. Access to on-line refresher course topics will be shared and Smart Phone software to make maps at home. Practice and repetition is the best way to retain GIS skills. When you register, tell us the type of Smart Phone you have, IOS or Android.

Instructors: Andy Jenks, Research Fellow, University of MN Forestry Department and Stephan Carlson, U of MN Extension
Cost: $50.00, Non-Master Naturalist $75.00

Includes: indoor demonstration, an online access to software and outdoor GIS data collection. Bring a Smart phone (optional) notebook and pen/pencil for notes and camera. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

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

Mar 30 2nd Annual Research Spotlight Fundraiser

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Dear Master Naturalists (especially in the Twin Cities Area),

I'm writing with an exciting opportunity to learn about conservation research being conducted a the University of Minnesota. The Conservation Biology Program is hosting the 2nd Annual Research Spotlight Fundraiser on March 30, 2015 from 5:30-8 in the Cargill Building on the University's St. Paul Campus. The event is free to attend with dinner provided from Eddington's, but donations are welcomed. The fundraiser will highlight research posters from students as well as lightning talks on topics such as "The influence of hydrology on wet meadow vegetation dynamics," "Using citizen science data to estimate field survival of monarchs and inform conservation," "Wild seed harvest on the prairie: how much is too much?" and more. It will also feature a silent auction and bake sale. Money raised from the event is given to graduate students in the Conservation Biology Program for travel expenses, which allows our students to present their research at conferences around the world.

We hope that you are able to attend. Please respond to the link by March 18, 2015. If you are unable to attend but would still like to contribute, there is a donation link within the RSVP. Please forward this invitation to anyone you feel would be interested in the event.

RSVP link
http://goo.gl/forms/1oUQb6KWvX

Sincerely,
Karen Oberhauser and Graduate Students of U of MN Conservation Biology Program

Mar Maplewood Parks & Rec Newsletter

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View the latest opportunities from Maplewood Parks and Recreation here.

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/

March Project Get Outdoors Newsletter

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The March issue of the Project GO March.pdf Newsletter can be found here.

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.

Mar SEEK Bulletin

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You can view the latest issue of SEEK here.,

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

Part time Receptionist - Wargo Nature Center

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Join our team!


Anoka County has a job opening for a: Receptionist (part-time) / Wargo Nature Center

15047 Receptionist (Wargo Nat Cntr)_dp.pdf, or go to http://www.anokacounty.us/1432/job-opportunities

If this sounds like an opportunity for you or someone you know, learn more at http://www.anokacounty.us/1432/job-opportunities

FYI: Anoka County does not accept resumes. To be considered for this position, please apply online at www.anokacounty.us/jobs.

Questions? Email us at rs-hr@co.anoka.mn.us

Anoka County Human Resourceswww.anokacounty.us/jobs763-323-55252100 3rd Avenue - STE 261Anoka, MN 55303-5030

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

Mar 26 The High Price of Cheap Groundwater

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Friends of the Mississippi River is excited to announce our annual, popular Science Museum event.
It's a few weeks away, but we recommend claiming your seat soon for:

The High Price of Cheap Groundwater:
Are We Flushing Our Future Downstream?
Thursday, March 26, 7-8:30 p.m.
Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Free; Advance museum access and parking included
Capacity is limited; Advance registration required

As reported in the FMR newsletter and multiple media outlets, groundwater levels are declining in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. FMR is proud to offer a special, localized presentation on this vital topic featuring Ali Elhassan of the Metropolitan Council and Dr. James Almendinger, Senior Scientist at the St. Croix Watershed Research Station of the Science Museum of Minnesota.

This special event is free -- advance museum access and parking included -- however, capacity is limited.

Learn more and claim your ticket!

We look forward to hearing from you.

Fort Snelling State Park Lunch and Learns

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Join us for lunch! Bring your lunch and we'll provide
a 30 minute presentation for you to "chew on"!

Mark your calendar for these three informative sessions:

Wednesday, April 22
The Expanding Western Frontier (12:15- 12:45 pm)
Join us to discuss the early history of the Fort Snelling area. We'll explore the natural, cultural and social importance of the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers.

Wednesday, June 17
US Dakota War (12:15-12:45 pm)
The US Dakota War, the events that led up to it, and the resulting aftermath are a dark time in Minnesota's history. We'll walk through the timeline together discussing several treaties and important events.

*There is no charge for these programs, but state park vehicle permits are required. Permits cost $5 for a daily and $25 for a regular annual.

Mar 28 Classes Without Quizzes

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Take a class, skip the test!
Spend a Saturday morning in the classroom with faculty and experts from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Learn about current, exciting research and go home feeling smarter, but worry-free.

Classes Without Quizzes
Saturday, March 28, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - program
12:30 p.m. - optional lunch
Continuing Education Conference Center, St. Paul Campus

General registration is $35, with discounts for children, students, and Alumni Association members.

Keynote Address: Science of (the) GreenSM
Brian Horgan, Horticultural Science

Located at the University of Minnesota's Les Bolstad Golf Course, the Science of (the) GreenSM is a renovation, demonstration and research initiative addressing the golf industry's need for long-term agronomic, economic and environmental sustainability. Find out how the turf program's research has informed the Science of (the) GreenSM and efforts to lead the golf industry by directly connecting the physical land on which a golf course exists to communities' environmental stewardship goals.

Session I (select 1 out of 4 choices)
A) Minnesota Commodity Prices and Trends
Edward Usset, Applied Economics
The health of our rural Minnesota economy depends on profitable prices for all commodities, including corn, soybeans, wheat, dairy, hogs, cattle and poultry. Learn the big picture of Minnesota commodities and the current state of profitability in the production of basic foodstuffs.

B) Renewable Energy - Are You Ready?
David Schmidt, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
Have you been thinking about converting to some type of renewable energy source? Learn how to integrate more renewable energy into your home and gain practical steps to saving energy and money and the path towards a renewable energy future.

C) Precision Agriculture Through Drones
Ian MacRae, Entomology; Northwest Research and Outreach Center
The technological advances made in the development and availability of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS or "drones") is sparking a revolution in the way crops will be scouted and treated for insects, diseases, weeds and nutrient content. Get the scoop on the vehicles, the sensors and how data obtained from unmanned flights over fields will change the way we produce food and what the immediate and near future may hold.

D) Human-induced Bird Mortality: Causes and Consequences
Todd Arnold, Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Human alterations to the environment, such as buildings, communication towers, and wind turbines, can lead to direct mortality to birds. How important are these different factors in affecting bird populations, and which ones, if any, are most important to try to mitigate? Discover the most important limiting factors to wild bird populations.

Session II (select 1 out of 4 choices)
E) Farm to Fast Food: What Did it Take to Get That Tomato Into Your Burger?
Cindy Tong, Horticultural Science
Tomatoes in your fast (or maybe not so fast) burger have to come from somewhere outside of Minnesota in the winter. Find out what it took to get that tomato from its origins to your sandwich, and how it's different from the tomato that went into your ketchup.

F) Intermediate Wheatgrass
Jim Anderson, Agronomy and Plant Genetics
Pam Ismail, Food Science and Nutrition
The University of Minnesota and its partners are developing intermediate wheatgrass, a genetic "cousin" of wheat, to be the world's first widely grown and commercially marketed perennial grain. Learn about the cutting-edge plant breeding methods, characterizing traits, and cereal processing technologies that are making this species beneficial for farmers, consumers, and the environment.

G) Sustainability of Food Systems
Jason Hill, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
What does it mean to eat sustainably? Many of us would like to make more sustainable choices when it comes to food, but sometimes what we think may be sustainable can actually turn out to be the opposite. Hear the latest thinking on food sustainability and the many choices the average consumer can make that provide opportunities to improve the global food system.

H) The Savvy Sustainable Traveler - In Minnesota?!
Ingrid Schneider, Forest Resources; University of Minnesota Tourism Center
Sustainable travel and its sisters eco-, geo- and green travel, have emerged as all the rage... but what do they really mean and what's happening in Minnesota? Explore what it means to be a "sustainable traveller" and the state of sustainable travel in Minnesota.

Kids' Edition Sessions
Bring your kids for our special Kids' Edition (K-6) program so they can learn how much fun science can be! While you're enjoying the standard program, youth participants will be engaged in hands-on enrichment activities of their own. They'll learn about Forces of Nature by making a working pizza box solar oven, discover reptiles and amphibians in Scales & Tails, and learn about nature while getting active in Survival Instincts. Kids' Edition sessions are led by University Youth & Community Programs.

Register online at z.umn.edu/cwq

Feb My Minnesota Woods

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Announcing the 2015 Forestry Webinar Series
Join the Forest Pest First Detector network: Register now for upcoming trainings
Need help with understanding your property taxes?
A new site for the Women's Woodland Network
February: here's what's happening in your woods
Planting seedlings in the spring? Order them now!

All this and more can be found here

Mar 28 Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance Class

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SAVE THE DATE! The MFA Metro Chapter is planning an upcoming all-day chainsaw safety and maintenance class for Saturday, March 28. Location TBD.

Alex Bildeaux of Bildeaux Services will be the instructor. Alex is a highly experienced chainsaw safety instructor, active logger, and has previously served as a chainsaw accident investigator.

The morning session will focus on chainsaw safety including proper personal protective equipment and the afternoon session will focus on chainsaw maintenance. Participants are encouraged to bring your personal protective equipment and chainsaws for this "hands-on" experience with your own equipment.

Estimated cost is $40/person. Space is limited! Please RSVP to hold your seat (barb@twfllc.com)! More details to come.

Feb-Apr Maplewood Parks & Rec Brochure

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The February - April Recreation Brochure from Maplewood Parks and Recreation can be found here.

March Nature's Notebook Webinars

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Mar 17:
Nature's Notebook Observation Deck Refresher and Sneak Peek
Note: in AZ, this webinar will take place at 11am

Register

Read descriptions for these webinars and others planned for 2015
Webinars are recorded. You will be able to access the recording for this and all previous webinars on the Nature's Notebook webinar page.

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:
o Public Persona
o Engaging PowerPoint-enhanced Presentations
o Useful Handouts
o 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.