March Northland Arboretum Newsletter

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

Eveleth Naturalist Classes: FUN with PHENOLOGY

March Session:
"Maple Syrup and the Ojibway Woodland Culture"
Guest Speaker: Rose Berens
Retired Bois Forte Heritage Center Director
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
3:30 - 5:00
Eveleth Public Library
(An adult must accompany attendees under the age of 13)

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

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

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

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

Spring Fling Open House
10am-3pm Saturday March 7th at the Welcome Center
Snowshoeing, tracking, birding, cider and snacks
Come join us for our winter finale at the Owl Avenue Welcome Center (Directions at bottom of this e-Newsletter). We close for the season on Sunday March 15th so this is a good time to visit if you haven't been here before. Bring your own snowshoes (or borrow one of our 6 pairs) to explore the trails around the Welcome Center.
All Day: Cider and snacks
10am: Field trip to Mary Lou's feeders (Evening Grosbeaks, Pine Siskins and more) 1.5 hours
11am: Tracks in the Snow with Heather-Marie: Snowshoe or hike: For all ages! 45 minutes
Noon: Field trip to Admiral Road feeders (Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jays) 1.5 hours
1pm: Talk and Video: Migrate, Hibernate, or Deal with It: How Northern Critters deal with the White Season
2pm: Field trip TBA
2pm: Tracks in the Snow with Heather-Marie: Snowshoe or hike: For all ages! 45 minutes
All Day: Showing the Owls to Orchids: Magic & Mystery in our Northern Bogs video
...and more!

We'll post updates on Facebook and our website. See you Saturday the 7th!

Wrap-up: The Big Year Movie showing & Gala
Event draws more than 100 folks!
Greg Miller tells behind-the-scene stories of his Big Year and the Movie
Over 100 folks enjoyed an evening of food, visiting, stories and a showing of the Hollywood movie, The Big Year. Friends raised nearly $3,000 during the event...All of which will go towards our mission of Preserving, Promoting and Protecting the Sax-Zim Bog.


UPDATE! Warren Nelson Land Fund...
Warren Nelson Memorial Bog will commemorate one of Minnesota's Best Birders
We have topped $17,000 in Donations
Warren Nelson passed away recently and his friends in Aitkin County and beyond want to memorialize his significant contributions to the knowledge of boreal birds in northern Minnesota. In his unassuming way, Warren Nelson exemplified human dignity, kindness and compassion. He wove those same traits into his love of birds, and birders. Leading by example, his message was simply to treat other creatures, avian or human, with respect. Warren never asked for anything in return for his birding services or expertise, choosing to give freely of himself with anyone who shared his passion for nature.
To honor Warren's life while continuing to help promote the birds and habitats that fascinated him, a group of his friends have come up with an idea to pay it back, while paying it forward. We have contacted the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog organization to acquire a parcel of land there as a memorial. Although Warren was not directly tied to this group, he did bird in this area, and the Sax-Zim Bog location was chosen for several reasons. The habitat is essentially a continuation of many of Warren's favorite and most frequented areas of Aitkin county. Additionally, most of the bird species he studied and enjoyed in the bogs and meadows of Aitkin county are found in the Sax-Zim region. Since Friends of Sax-Zim Bog has been so successful, a memorial there will have more visitors. The acquisition will not be a stand alone habitat island, but part of a larger habitat preservation goal. Lastly, the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog has the infrastructure in place to help make and properly monitor the acquisition.

The area we hope to preserve in Warren's memory is a 40 acre mature black spruce bog in the heart of the Sax-Zim Bog Important Bird area. It is prime habitat for boreal birds including Great Gray Owls, Connecticut Warblers, Boreal Chickadees, Black-backed Woodpeckers, and other priority species. With your help, we hope to purchase and preserve this tract. It will be named the "Warren Nelson Memorial Bog" to honor one of Minnesota's nicest and best birders.
A high quality sign with Warren's name will be erected there, and the entire property will be open and accessible to birders and other nature lovers to explore on foot or snowshoe.

We need to raise $10,000 to make this dream a reality. Friends of Sax-Zim Bog has graciously offered to match each donation dollar for dollar, doubling your contribution and turning $10K into $20K. With the financial support of the wonderful birding community and friends, the Warren Nelson Memorial Bog could be a reality before summer.
Parties interested in donating for this memorial can designate "Warren Nelson Land Fund" on checks made out to "Friends of Sax-Zim Bog" (donation envelope included in this mailing) or they can donate at https://www.givemn.org/organization/Foszb (look for the tab that says Warren Nelson Land Fund). Friends of Sax-Zim Bog is a 501c3 non profit organization and all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Tote Bags Made from Bird Seed Bags!
A tote bag made of a recycled bird seed bag! Tough, strong and lightweight...And sure to be the talk of your friends (and only $12!). Measures about 18 x 18 x 5. Made and DONATED by Scott Belknap of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. All proceeds go to Friends of Sax-Zim Bog whose mission is to Preserve, Promote and Protect the Sax-Zim Bog Important Birding Area.


2015 SAX-ZIM BOG WILD CALENDAR--Last Chance!
PRICE DROP! NOW ONLY $5
Our first ever 12-month wildlife calendar CELEBRATING THE BIODIVERSITY OF THE SAX-ZIM BOG is out. Order a bunch today for delivery before the Holidays! THEY MAKE GREAT CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!

ORDER HERE (www.birdnerdz.net is coordinating the sales of these calendars)
PAYMENT OPTIONS: PayPal or send check made out to "Friends of Sax-Zim Bog"

Photographs from Sax-Zim photographers including Stan Tekiela, Jason Mandich, Sparky Stensaas, Heidi Pinkerton, Terry Crayne. Interesting natural history facts are sprinkled throughout.
OVER 70 PHOTOS!
ALL PHOTOS TAKEN IN THE SAX-ZIM BOG
Moon phases, Sunrise & Sunset times weekly, Friends of Sax-Zim EVENTS and more
Keep a bit of the Bog in your home all year round.
12-month, 8 1/2 x 11 inches
$10 plus shipping. ALL FUNDS FROM THE SALE OF THIS CALENDAR WILL GO TO FRIENDS OF SAX-ZIM BOG to continue our Mission of PRESERVING, PROMOTING AND PROTECTING the Sax-Zim Bog.
Thank You!
[You can also get the calendar and add $20 to your purchase to become a member of Friends of Sax-Zim Bog (free field trips and more.)


Welcome Center Open 7-Days a Week 10a-3p
Directions to Welcome Center on Owl Avenue
Directions from Cotton, MN on US53...
*Go West from Cotton on CR52/Arkola for 11 miles
*Turn South (left) on Owl Avenue
*Go 1.75 miles (second curve) to Welcome Center

Directions from Meadowlands, on CR133...
*Go East on CR133 to CR229/29
*Turn North (left) on CR229/29
*Go North to T at Correction Line Rd
*Turn West (left) on Correction Line Rd
*Road curves North and becomes Owl Ave
*Go North on Owl Avenue for 2.5 miles to Welcome Center

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!

Greetings Master Naturalists,

Volunteers are needed for the 2015 St. Louis River-River Watch Spring Congress. Presentations open to Minnesota Master Naturalists to attend.

The St. Louis River-River Watch Project is a youth-based water quality monitoring program for the St. Louis River and its tributaries in northeastern Minnesota. The Spring Congress provides an opportunity to promote stewardship of the watershed and share data and information through interactive presentations with students and the general public.

Date: Thursday March 19th, 2015
Time: 8:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M.
Location: Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, Minnesota

Duties: Set up and take down for the event, and guide school groups from one presentation to the next.

Volunteers will be given lunch and a chance to view whatever presentations they are interested in.

Minnesota Master Naturalists are welcome to attend the event.

Visit us on Facebook for more information and upcoming presenters:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Louis-River-River-Watch-at-Fond-du-Lac-Tribal-and-Community-College/278478008887826?fref=ts

For more info and to volunteer contact:

Courtney Kowalczak
Environmental Institute Director
Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College
218-879-0862
courtneyk@fdltcc.edu

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.,

Mar 6 Folk Music Full Moon - Maplewood Nature Center

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FOLK MUSIC FULL MOON (Adults and children 13+)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7th St., Maplewood, MN 55119
FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 6:30PM - 9:15PM
To register, call 651-249-2170 or online www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com. You can also mail or drop off a check or cash.
Cost is $8.00 per person. Registration deadline is Wednesday, March 4.
COME FOR ONE OR COME FOR BOTH!

6:30 Snowshoe: Strap on a pair of snowshoes and hike by the light of the moon. Explore trails pond or prairie as we learn about the history of snowshoeing. Listen to the legend of Rabbit and Owl. Wear insulated winter boots such as sorrels, with a flat heel. Snowshoeing is great aerobic exercise!

7:45 Folk Music: After your work out in the fresh air, enjoy the musical "airs" of "Rich and Roady" while sipping a cup of hot cider, coffee or tea. (Bring your own snack.) Rich Lindell and Roady Tate, a guitar folk duo, sing and play contemporary and traditional folk songs along with a few oldies and pop tunes. These versatile musicians are sure to delight with sweet runs on guitar, mandolin, and harmonica.

Mar 16 Humming for Bees

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Master Naturalists from St Louis Park and surrounding communities are invited to join Humming for Bees as we plan and meet with the city council to encourage St Louis Park to become a bee safe city. Aspects of the resolution include banning the use of systemic neonicotinoid pesticides and planting pesticide-free pollinator plants on city land.

We will present our resolution to St Louis Park city council on Monday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m. and we would love to pack the room! Humming for Bees meetings are every other Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at local public libraries. Our next meeting will be March 22 at Hopkins Library. Please see our website, hummingforbees.org, or contact Judy Chucker (jchucker1@comcast.net) or Melissa Hochstetler (hochstmj@hotmail.com) for more information.

Mar 12 Maple Syrup: From Tree to Syrup

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Maple Syrup: From Tree to Syrup presented Mar. 12

Learn about the history of maple syrup, natural history of maple trees, and maple syrup processing. Presented by Master Naturalist David Tobelmann. At Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minnetonka. Social time 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.; Presentation 7:00 p.m.. Free and open to the public.

Offered by the West Metro Chapter of MN Master Naturalist Volunteers, a nonprofit sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. More information about the Master Naturalist Program is available at www.minnesotamasternaturalist.org.

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

Mar 7 Become a Great River Greening Volunteer Supervisor

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Free Training!
Saturday, March 7
12:30-2:30pm
Shoreview Library
4570 North Victoria St.
Shoreview, 55126

Do you enjoy leading, teaching, and motivating others?

Are you interested in lifelong learning and passionate about protecting our environment?

Do you want to join an active community that feels the same way?

If you answered yes to ANY of the above, then sign up today to become a Volunteer Supervisor!

These volunteer leaders are indispensable to Great River Greening, directing the efforts of groups of 5-20 volunteers at ecological restoration events around the Twin Cities.

Great River Greening is seeking individuals with excellent communication skills and
the ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and ages. The
training - required in order to be a Volunteer Supervisor - is open to everyone and
will focus on the role and various responsibilities of the Volunteer Supervisor, how to
manage and effectively lead our diverse community of volunteers, and opportunities
available to Supervisors.

FREE Training is provided! Sign up to be trained TODAY!
Contact Jen Kader at 651-665-9500 x11 or jkader@greatrivergreening.org

Interested but can't make it? Contact Jen to hear about new training dates as they are schedule

Mar 14 Beat Back Invasives Lowry Nature Center

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KICK OFF PARTY
Beat Back Invasives
LOWRY NATURE CENTER
IN CARVER PARK RESERVE , VICTORIA

Saturday, March 14, 2015 1-3 p.m.
Declare war on land-based invasive species in Carver park! Learn how to get involved in shaping the future, from monitoring to removal events to adopting a forest area. Participate in a buckthorn removal (ages 8+) and celebration bonfire. Make a buckthorn craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult; maximum eight youth per adult. Reservations recommended.
Free. For reservations, call 763-559-6700 or visit our website. threeriversparks.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

Feb. Mississippi Messages

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GOVERNOR DAYTON'S BUFFER INITIATIVE

In what may be one of the most important state conservation proposals in decades, Governor Dayton recently announced an initiative to require all Minnesota rivers and lakes to have a 50-foot protective buffer of natural vegetation along the shore. In his announcement, Dayton acknowledged that his proposal would face opposition, but stated that "The land may be yours, but the water belongs to all of us."

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WANTED: ECOLOGIST

FMR is seeking a skilled ecologist with a passion for protecting and restoring the natural environment to join our conservation team and help to improve the ecological health of the great river.

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BIDDING JOE WALTON A FOND ADIEU

Ecologist Joe Walton is migrating from FMR.

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FMR WELCOMES A NEW MEMBER OF THE FAMILY!

FMR is excited to announce the arrival of our newest and littlest river lover, FMR Development Director Sara DeKok's daughter Aspen Hazel, born January 30. Aspen has already visited the FMR office to meet mom's co-workers and made quite an impression on the staff. Welcome Aspen. We can't wait to get you out on the big river!


CLAIM YOUR SEAT FOR OUR ANNUAL SCIENCE MUSEUM EVENT!

In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, it can be hard to imagine an emerging water scarcity issue, but it's not as remote as we think. Learn why this is and what we can do about it at the "High Price of Cheap Groundwater" event occurring Thursday, March 26 at the Science Museum. Tickets are free, advance museum entrance and parking included, but early registration is highly encouraged; this annual event always fills to capacity.

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SAVE THE DATE: EARTH DAY WITH FMR!

Whether you'd like to stick to trails, put your waders on or enjoy a family-oriented educational event, FMR has the Earth Day event for you and yours. Join us, in Minneapolis, Lakeville or Hastings to kick off our outdoor event season!

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CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS RELEASES NEW REDEVELOPMENT STUDY FOR THE UPPER HARBOR TERMINAL

A recent study looks at potential redevelopment scenarios for the Minneapolis Upper Harbor Terminal, and continues a long-term discussion about how much of the site should become park, when that might happen and what it could cost.

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Mississippi River News
PROPOSAL TO BARGE GRAVEL TO DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS LOOKS LESS LIKELY

With the pending closure of the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock this spring, Aggregate Industries has expressed interest in using a University of Minnesota barge dock to deliver sand and gravel to downtown Minneapolis. The proposal is likely dead on arrival, however, as the University has already reviewed and declined the request. Local citizens and neighborhood groups are also lining up to oppose the project because it does not fit in with plans to improve parks and trails in the area. The proposed location on the east bank near the 35W Bridge is not far from the site across the river that was occupied by the sand and gravel company in the 1980s. The City and Park Board paid the company to move up to 26th Avenue North to make room for restoration of the Stone Arch Bridge and Mill Ruins Park. In 2014, renewed plans for the downtown riverfront call for expanding public access, trails and park amenities on both sides of the river to serve the growing local neighborhood as well as the entire region.

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MN DNR STEPS IN TO HALT PINES TO POTATOES CONVERSION IN MISSISSIPPI HEADWATERS

Under pressure to take steps to address massive deforestation in the Mississippi River headwaters, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced recently that they will temporarily halt conversion of these pinelands in order to conduct an environmental review. The issue has alarmed conservationists because of the potential environmental impacts to ground and surface water as well as the loss of forest habitat. More than 275 square miles of forests have been converted to grow potatoes since 2006. A recent front page story in the Star Tribune intensified public concern about the issue.

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WILL GRACO FULFILL THEIR PROMISE? MINNEAPOLIS EAST BANK TRAIL AT STAKE

Graco has long agreed to give Minneapolis a trail and parkway easement across its property along the riverfront. In exchange, the City has approved a street vacation and granted Graco a sizable subsidy for expansion. Now, with federal funding on the line, Graco is not forthcoming with an official trail easement. The public is encouraged to attend the MPRB meeting on Wednesday, February 18 to voice support for our parks. Please consider attending and testifying to the importance of consistent riverfront trails!

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Calendar of Events
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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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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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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Phenology
UPCOMING PHENOLOGY WORKSHOPS

The staff in the phenology department are out in the field collecting data so this month's installment highlights several upcoming phenology workshops.

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Resource of the Month
MISSISSIPPI RIVER PHOTO SHOOT VIDEO

Teaser: For all you River Rats who've got the Big River in your blood, check out this slideshow of images all taken on February 1, 2015 from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy!

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Supporting FMR
THE BIG RIVER NEEDS YOU

A new year is upon us and FMR staff members are busy carrying our work forward to protect, restore and steward the wonderful urban river in our backyard. As Governor Dayton said recently, "...the water belongs to all of us." And certainly the river is no exception.

We truly couldn't do this important conservation and advocacy work without friends like you! We look forward to an even stronger 2015 and hope you will continue to support FMR. We greatly appreciate your annual membership, event attendance, action alert participation, volunteerism, and help spreading the word to garner new FMR friends. Renew your membership or make an additional contribution today.


Quote of the Month

"Rivers are the true highways of life. They transport the ancient tears of disappeared races, they propel the foams that will impregnate the millennium. In flood or in sullen repose, the river's power cannot be overestimated, and only men modernized to the point of moronity will be surprised when rivers eventually take their revenge on those who dam and defile them. River gods, some muddy, others transparent, ride those highways, singing the world's inexhaustible song."

- Tom Robbins, The Day the Earth Spit Warthogs, Esquire, 1985

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.

Mar 7 Wild Women Workshop

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Take part in a unique outdoor experience that introduces women 18 or older to a variety of new outdoor winter activities. The WILD Women Workshop offers hands - on instruction in a fun and non-threatening learning environment. WILD Women helps women grow and become more competent in outdoor activities by offering classes in an encouraging, supportive, and non-competitive learning atmosphere.

Workshop will be facilitated by WDNR staff at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area (WA). Our goal is to provide an atmosphere where women feel comfortable learning new skills associated with outdoor activities.

This workshop is for you if... you have never tried some of these activities but have hoped for an opportunity to learn. You are a beginner who wants to improve your skills. You have experience with some of these activities but would like to try new ones. You enjoy the camaraderie of likeminded individuals.

Courses will include: Ice Fishing, Winter Camping, and Snowshoeing. Workshop consists of three sessions, lasting one to three hours each. No experience is necessary. This workshop is for women of all adult ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

Workshop will occur: Saturday, March 7 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Enrollment: Pre-registration Required. Workshop is filled on a first-come first-served basis. The registration fee for this workshop is $15/Adult. The registration fee includes program materials, lunch and refreshments. Recommended to bring: insulated winter clothing/boots, water bottle, folding chair, camera, sunglasses. Space limited to 20 participants. WILD Women classes are kept small so that participants receive plenty of one-on-one interaction with friendly, supportive instructors.

Crex Meadows WA is located at: 102 East Crex Avenue, Grantsburg, WI 54840.

To register or for more information, please contact: Kristi Pupak, Wildlife Conservation Educator at 715-463-2739 or via email: Kristina.pupak@wisconsin.gov

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, February 25
Fort Snelling State Park Geology (12:15- 12:45 pm)
Learn how the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers developed the mile-wide canyon that Fort Snelling State Park calls home. We'll take on the mystery of "How did that ever happen?"

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 11 Zoo Careers

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Learn about science careers and receive advice about how to prepare for the future. Zoo professionals will recommend college programs, emphasize how volunteering and related work experiences can make an impact, and describe what they do in their day-to-day activities.

Zoo careers may include:
Zookeeping
Veterinarian/Vet Tech
Animal Handling and Training
Education/Naturalist
Marine Science

Wednesday, March 11

Fore more information and to register, visit mnzoo.org/careerday or call 952-431-9390

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 Headwaters Science Center News

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You can check out the latest news from the Headwaters Science Center in Bemidji here.

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

Maple Syrup Season

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St. John's University

Tapping Day, March 8

Maple Syrup Festivals, Mar. 28 and Apr. 11

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.

Calling All Gardeners - Help Us Save the Pollinators

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Calling all Gardeners - Pollinators need your help! It takes a village.
Sign up now to make a garden plan - it's soooo easy.
Pollinator Friendly Alliance has a really great opportunity to make a difference in Stillwater - But we need your help!
Sign up to help today - marcie@pollinatorfriendly.org

The City is working with us to replace neonicotinoid plants with pollinator friendly gardens.

The Pollinator Friendly Gardening Initiative is underway!
1. Neonicotinoids are killing our pollinators. Many plants are grown from neonicotinoid seeds or are drenched in the toxic stuff. Neonics move through the vascular system of the plant as it grows for the life of the plant. Pollinators ingest the pollen, nectar and plant dew.
2. Let's replace these neonic plants with healthy beautiful forage for our pollinators. Here's how it works:
3. Volunteer gardeners sign up by email with your contact information to marcie@pollinatorfriendly.org
4. Pollinator Friendly Alliance (PFA) will provide you with a map and list of park gardens, planted boulevards, plant containers and other garden areas in the City of Stillwater available for pollinator friendly plants. Gardeners can choose a garden area to make a pollinator friendly garden plan for.
5. PFA will provide gardeners with lists of suppliers and plants that are pollinator friendly for your garden plan.
6. Gardeners submit their garden plan to PFA by March 1st so that the friendly experts can be sure the plan works for the City.
7. The City of Stillwater uses these plans to plant the City gardens this coming Spring 2015 covering our City with neonic-free forage for pollinators.

Opportunities to get involved with Pollinator Friendly.
email: laurie@pollinatorfriendly.org or marcie@pollinatorfriendly.org

-Become a Pollinator Friendly member (you'll receive email updates about important pollinator happenings and events)
-Be a Sponsor for the Pollinator Friendly Alliance. (Sponsor a beehive, a beeyard, an educational event, a pollinator garden, or seeding a pollinator forage area).
-Be a Pollinator Friendly Alliance volunteer (volunteers are needed to plant pollinator plants, seed forage areas, and to put on events).
-Be a volunteer Pollinator Friendly Gardener (join The PFA planting program and create a garden plan for a Stillwater park, container, or garden area).

Feb-Apr Maplewood Parks & Rec Brochure

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

Feb Friends of the Mississippi River Calendar of Events

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Calendar of Events

ENJOY A SCOOP OF IZZY'S ICE CREAM AND SUPPORT THE RIVER!

Wednesday, February 11 -- 12:00-9:00 p.m.
Izzy's Ice Cream in Minneapolis and Saint Paul

Stop by Izzy's Ice Cream on Wed, Feb 11th, to support Friends of the Mississippi River. Both Izzy's locations, 2034 Marshall Ave. in St. Paul and 1100 2nd St. S. in Minneapolis, will donate $2 from every single scoop cone or cup of ice cream purchased to Friends of the Mississippi River. Enjoy a scoop ice cream while supporting our work for the river!

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

Mar 7 3 Way 10K Event on Gull Lake

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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the newest event in the Brainerd Lakes Area
Cross Country Ski, Snow Shoe, Fit Tire Bike, or Hike the course from Ernie's on Gull to Zorbaz - make it a FAMILY AFFAIR!
Sign up today by going to www.3way10k.com, click on the registration and sign up. Easy as 1-2-3!

Support Camp Confidence AND Northland Arboretum while having a fun trek across Gull Lake!

March Nature's Notebook Webinars

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Mar 3:
USA-NPN and the Emerging Climate Risk Lab of Cornell present "springcasting!"
Guest speaker: Dr. Toby Ault, Cornell University
Note: in AZ, this webinar will take place at 12pm

Register


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.

Feb Arb Link Newsletter

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Read the latest issue of the Northland Arboretum E-Newsletter here.

Mar 7 Tree Identification

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Research Fellow Eric North will give you the tips and tricks for leaf-on or leaf-off identification. Learn to identify trees common to Minnesota forests and urban forests. This is an introductory course meant for people new to tree identification or those looking for a refresher in introductory tree i.d.
This course will be hosted March 7, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to noon on the St. Paul Campus in Room 19 in Green Hall, 1530 Cleveland Avenue North, St. Paul 55108. This will mainly be an outdoor course so please dress appropriately for the weather that day.

For more information or to register please go to: http://www.mntca.org/professional-development/

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.

Invasive Species Workshops and Volunteer Opportunities

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Master Volunteers & Natural Resource Professionals,

The New Year has come and gone, it's now time to think about late winter programs and volunteer opportunities. Please consider attending one of our upcoming Forest Pest First Detector (FPFD) workshops or helping with one (or more) of the EAB or Oriental bittersweet surveys.

Forest Pest First Detector workshops are for anyone who wants the latest in-depth information about new invasive pests that affect Minnesota's landscape trees, shelterbelts and urban and rural forests. Past attendees include Master Volunteers (Woodland Advisors, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, Tree Care Advisors, etc.), tree care professionals, forestry professionals, natural resource professions who work with trees, environmental educators, MN Conservation Corps participants, land and home owners and many others.

Others may want to attend to become part of the award-winning Minnesota Forest Pest First Detector volunteer program to help the public find new invasive species affecting Minnesota's trees and forests or as a refresher for those already active as Forest Pest First Detectors. Current Forest Pest First Detector volunteers are welcome but not required to attend.

You do not need to become a First Detector Volunteer to attend. If you want to become a First Detector volunteer, visit our website for additional information about what you need to do before attending the workshop.

2015 Forest Pest First Detector Workshops - Registration open!

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Douglas County Public Works, Conference Room, 526 Willow Drive, Alexandria, MN 56308
To register, click here for Alexandria.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Cloquet Forestry Center, Stine Conference Room, 175 University Road, Cloquet, MN 55720
To register click here for Cloquet

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
MNDOT Training & Conference Center, Rm 4, 1900 County Road I West, Shoreview, MN 55126
To register click here for Shoreview.

EAB & Oriental Bittersweet Volunteer Survey Opportunities

Come learn how to identify emerald ash borer or Oriental bittersweet (OB) and help the MDA and the UMN Extension collect presences and absences data about these troublesome invasive species.

Some knowledge of trees and forest invasive species is helpful, likely participants include Forest Pest First Detectors, Master Naturalist, Master Gardeners, Tree Care Advisors and natural resource professionals.

These events are free; participants will be expected to participate in the survey. The survey will likely included walking outside in winter and traveling in teams or small groups along survey routes. Participants should come dressed for the weather. Lunch will be provided.

Survey events will begin at 9:00 AM and are likely to end about 3:30 PM. Specific meeting locations will be emailed in advance of each survey. General locations and specific dates are provided below.

These survey activities are funded by the US Farm Bill via the MDA.
March 3, EAB Survey, Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan, MN 55123
March 5, EAB Survey, Tarsillas House & Cafe, 112 North Main Street, Stewartville, MN 55976
March 9, OB Survey, Luxton Recreation Center, Prospect Park, 112 Williams Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55414
March 10, OB Survey, Rochester Recreation Center Activity, 21 Elton Hills Dr. NW, Rochester, MN
March 11, OB Survey, Brownsville Community Center, 104 N 6th St, Brownsville, MN 55919
Click here to register for any or all of these volunteer opportunities.

Hope to see you soon,
Angela Gupta
UMN Extension Forestry Educator

Mar 7 How to use Nature's Notebook

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You can find more information on this event to be held at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Nature's Notebook Flyer.pdf.

Winter Go Parks: The National Park Foundation Newsletter

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View the latest issue here.

Mar 3 Project Art for Nature Call for Artists

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Visual artists and illustrators with a focus on nature and conservation of natural areas & native species.

Seeking applicants for the next 3-year cycle. 2015-2018

Revised Application Deadline
March 3, 2015
Applications available at www.projectartfornature.org
For application materials, information, or to view artworks of current and past members: www.projectartfornature.org

We welcome your queries!
inquiries@projectartfornature.org
Please put "PAN Application Question" in subject line.

About Project Art for Nature:
Founded in 2001, Project Art for Nature brings together artists with a passion for protecting and restoring
nature. Each artist chooses natural area(s) to visit throughout the cycle, and creates artwork related to their site(s)
to exhibit in PAN's end-of-cycle show, and other optional show opportunities throughout the cycle.

Now seeking new artists for its fifth cycle, Project Art for Nature invites applications from artists who work
• in any hand-created media, styles, and processes;
• in 2, 3 or 4 dimensions;
• pictorially, abstractly or conceptually;
• at macro, micro or process level: focusing on
-species or landscapes,
-individuals or ecosystems, or
-natural processes (e.g., evolution, decomposition, migration.)
The artists of Project Art for Nature work independently and collaboratively to mount exhibits with impact.

For more details on the commitments involved in Project Art for Nature, please visit our website
www.projectartfornature.org

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

Opportunities for Involvement
We are looking for individuals or organizations to contribute through the following opportunities:

Submit Your Climate Story
Storytelling is a powerful way to communicate on climate change, especially when told from a personal perspective. As Minnesotans we are actually seeing the impacts now and they are affecting us in very real and direct ways. Share your personal climate change story in a blog, podcast or on our storytelling panel at a convening. For more information on how to submit your climate story as a blog or podcast please visit our Climate Storytelling Collection or email stories@climateminnesota.org.

Attend a Local Convening
For a full listing of all twelve-public convenings, please visit www.climateminnesota.org. All convenings are free and open to the public.

Lead a Climate Action Team
We are developing climate action teams in each of our twelve convening locations. Climate action teams will represent a specific demographic, organization, or cause. Climate action team examples include neighborhood groups, student clubs, faith communities, educators, municipal leaders, native communities, farmers, and business owners/non-profits. A climate action team leader will bring together individuals interested in working towards a common solution and that can attend the convening as a group. For more information, please contact info@willstegerfoundation.org.

Support Local Solutions
As a business, organization or non-profit you may be able to offer support for a local and specific solution for your community. For more information, please contact info@willstegerfoundation.org.

Resource Fair Tables
A Resource Fair will be held in each community, during the half hour leading up to the public convening. Resource Fair tables will feature local resources that are aimed to build community, as well as direct or indirect solutions to climate change. The Resource Fair will accommodate approximately 8-10 tables. For more information, please contact info@willstegerfoundation.org.

Volunteer
Volunteer opportunities are available for all twelve-statewide public convenings. For more information, please contact info@willstegerfoundation.org.

Naturalist Internships Available

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Summer Naturalist Corps Internships posted!

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/naturalistcorps.html

There are positions at Itasca, Lake Bemidji and Lake Carlos State Parks in NW MN, as well as other locations around the state!

University of Minnesota Insect Collection

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Have You Been to the University of Minnesota Insect Collection Lately?

Would you like to spend some time there?

It's a very cool place!

You will see some amazing things!

And... It's nice and warm in the winter!

WE NEED HELP sorting 2.2 million macro invertebrate specimens that the University of
Minnesota received from the USGS so it can be used for scientific research. You do not need to be an expert at anything to do this. We will train you!

At the rate we are going now, it will take decades to complete. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS
WHO CAN PUT IN SOME TIME ON THIS!!! The U of M Insect Collection is open normal
business hours Monday-Friday.

Let's "Git-R-Done!"

University of Minnesota
Hodson Hall
1980 Folwell Ave
Falcon Heights, MN 55108

Contact: curtisoien@gmail.com

St. Paul Natural Resouces Winter 2015

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Phalen Freeze Fest: Show Winter What You're Made Of

Rediscover the magic of winter at the new Phalen Freeze Fest, where we'll light the darkness and warm the air with art, food, and fun activities. Join us around the fire to hear the Ojibwe legend of Shingebiss, the story of the determined duck who refused to be defeated by the Winter Maker. Help us dramatize the storytelling with parade-style puppets and masks. Inspired by this plucky duck, we'll fish through the ice, build snow caves, and cook our food over the fire. Enjoy a StoryWalk of the picture book Shingebiss by Nancy Van Laan, with woodcut illustrations by Betsy Bowen, posted page by page along a trail lit with luminaries.

Saturday, February 7, 5-8 pm, Phalen Picnic Pavilion, 1600 Phalen Drive, Saint Paul

Help build the Shingebiss puppets or prepare the snow caves in workshops starting January 12.

Learn more at http://bit.ly/freezefest15 or contact Faith Krogstad at 651-632-2455.


Nurture Nature - Get Involved!

Join others in the community or spend some tranquil alone-time this spring while beautifying Saint Paul. Whether you have an hour to spare or some time every week, you can be involved as a valuable member of our fantastic volunteer team.

Restoration Supervisors

If you are interested in improving our natural areas in the city and teaching other volunteers about invasive species and native plants, this rewarding position is for you.

EcoStewards

If you'd rather contribute to improving our parks on your own time, adopt a parcel of the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom.

Citywide Spring Cleanup

Join others across Saint Paul and help clean up your neighborhood or promote your local business by sponsoring a cleanup site. In honor of Earth Day, we will take to the streets and parks Saturday, April 18.

More opportunities will be posted even before the weather warms up, so check out the volunteer web pages.


Emerald Ash Borer in Saint Paul

Emerald ash borer (EAB) is an exotic beetle that was discovered in southeastern Michigan near Detroit in 2002. It is suspected that EAB initially arrived in the United States on solid wood packing material originating in its native Asia. EAB is a concern in the United States because it kills all ash native to the U.S.

What to know:

  • Adult Beetles are metallic green and about 1/2-inch long.
  • Adults do little damage to the tree--they feed on the foliage, but are not defoliators
  • Adults leave a D-shaped exit hole in the bark when they emerge in spring
  • EAB larvae feed on the inner bark (cambium) of ash trees, disrupting the tree's ability to transport water and nutrients, and in-so-doing leave a characteristic S-shaped path or gallery
  • The feeding path, or gallery of the EAB larvae is a characteristic S-shape
  • Woodpeckers like to eat EAB larvae; woodpecker damage on ash trees may be a sign of EAB infestation, but is not a 100% positive indicator

First discovered in the Saint Anthony Park neighborhood of Saint Paul in 2009, EAB has now been found throughout much of the city. Saint Paul Forestry manages the pest through a variety of techniques including monitoring of infested areas, sanitation or infested tree removal, and insecticide treatments.

If you think EAB is in your ash tree please call: 651-632-5129 or visit: www.stpaul.gov/eab.


The Growing Science Project

Blending Environmental Science Research with Community Service
In 2014, the University of St. Thomas began the Growing Science Project at Conway and St. Clair Recreation Centers. The Growing Science Project combines urban agriculture research with educational and community development activities in low-income neighbor-hoods. At each site, 32 raised bed plots were built and randomly allocated to treatments in a scientific experiment. Under-graduate students and faculty from the University of St. Thomas created experiments that focused on yield and environmental impacts associated with different composting strategies.

UST undergraduates led groups of local high school students to conduct research activities and provided integrative training of agriculture field research with technical training in soil and agriculture product analysis. The results of these urban agricultural projects included:

  • A barbecue harvest party where gardeners, neighbors and St. Thomas students worked together and socialized
  • Free starter plants and soil testing to the other community gardeners at the sites
  • The employment of two youth interns who were exposed to university-level science and thoroughly integrated into the UST team
  • Fresh vegetables provided to gardeners, food shelves and students
  • Research results that are promising and have the potential to be published


Grant Funds Secured for Habitat Restoration & Education

Saint Paul Natural Resources has been awarded a $118,000 Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) grant to enhance and manage approximately fifty-nine acres of disturbed floodplain forest along the Mississippi River within Hidden Falls Regional Park. Project work will include reforestation efforts and invasive species removal and control. The project will improve tree canopy diversity, increase connectedness of high-quality forests, reduce sedimentation of the Mississippi River, and improve habitat for fish and wildlife. Funding for the CPL grant program is from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, created by the people of Minnesota. The CPL Program has been recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council and approved by the MN Legislature annually since 2009.

Additionally, Natural Resources secured a $12,000 Capitol Region Watershed District Partner Grant to engage youth from four recreation centers as learners and stewards in Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary and the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom (CWOC). Youth will "adopt" the parks during the 8-week summer program, propagating native wetland plants, monitoring wildlife, studying ecology, and hosting a community volunteer event to transplant their wetland plants to stream and pond edges.


Adopt a Parcel

Banish garlic mustard and conquer burdock in 2015! The Natural Resources team is currently developing a volunteer EcoStewards program for those interested in continuing habitat maintenance work in one of our city's recently restored natural areas. By adopting parcels in different plant communities, Eco Stewards will maintain and improve land in the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom on a weekly basis by monitoring vegetation and removing invasive species. This is the perfect opportunity for individuals who like to work independently and feel satisfaction from a good weed-pulling session. EcoStewards will receive training and will be provided tools and supplies.

If you are interested in this rewarding experience or would like more information, please contact Ryanna Jackson at Ryanna.Jackson@ci.stpaul.mn.us or 651-632-2411.

Upcoming Events at Boulder Lake ELC

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Hope to see you at some of our upcoming events...

**events with limited space, please register today...

**Macro Photography of Wildflowers - Mar 2 Register Here

**Wood and Canvas Canoe Making Workshop - Mar 27-April 2 Register Here

**Bent Shaft or Straight Shaft Paddle Making Workshop - Apr 27-28 Register Here

**Bent Shaft or Straight Shaft Paddle Making Workshop - Apr 30- May 1 Register Here

**Mississippi Headwaters Watershed Teacher Workshop - Offering #1 June TBD

**Mississippi Headwaters Watershed Teacher Workshop - Offering #2 June TBD

**Renewable Energy Teacher Workshop - Offering #1 June TBD

**Renewable Energy Teacher Workshop - Offering #2 June TBD...

**Boulder All Nighter - July 10-11 Register Here

**Master Naturalist Volunteer Training - July 27-31

**Willow Basket Making - August 8-9 Register Here

**Sasquatch Scramble Obstacle 5K Run- August 29