Aldo Leopold Weekend
Designated the first weekend in March, Aldo Leopold Weekend is designed to bring people in the community together around Leopold's idea of a land ethic. Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge will host weekend programs Feb. 28-Mar. 2 including screenings of Green Fire and The Last River Rat, book and author discussions, guided hikes, and conservation presentations. Green Fire, the first full length documentary about conservationist Aldo Leopold, highlights his extraordinary career and shows how he sparked an ecological consciousness that helped shape the modern environmental movement. Weekend programs feature modern conservation efforts and illustrate Leopold's vision of a global ecological community.
Programs will take place at REI in Bloomington (Lyndale and 494) and Minnesota Valley NWR Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, 3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington, MN. All programs are FREE and open to the public.
Friday Feb. 28
Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time followed by Crisis in the Prairies (REI Bloomington) FWS Regional Staff
Saturday, March 1
7:00-9:00 a.m. Wildlife Observation (Refuge Trails) Mike Williams and Laura Bonneau
9:00-11:00 a.m. Waterfowl ID Workshop (Auditorium) Craig Mandel
9:30-11:30 a.m. The Nature of Math Educator Workshop (Classroom B) Jeffers Foundation
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Crisis in the Prairies (Auditorium) FWS Regional Staff
12:00-1:00 p.m. Brown Bag Book Lunch: Aldo Leopold Readings & Discussion (Hearth Room) Laura Bonneau, Facilitator
1:00-2:30 p.m. Wild Writers! Regional Authors and Nature Lovers (Auditorium) Children's Literature Network
2:30-3:30 p.m. Thoreau in Minnesota (Auditorium) Dale Schwie
Sunday, March 2
8:00-10:00 a.m. Wildlife Observation (Refuge Trails) Mike Williams and Refuge Staff
10:00-11:15 a.m. Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time (Auditorium)
11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Defined by Nature: The Confluence of Conservation and Culture (Auditorium) Judy
12:00-1:00 p.m. Brown Bag Book Lunch: Aldo Leopold Readings & Discussion (Hearth Room) Sarah Warner, Facilitator
1:00-2:00 p.m. Mississippi: Tales of the Last River Rat (Auditorium)
2:00-3:00 p.m. Volunteering for Conservation (Auditorium) Warren Stortroen
3:00-4:00 p.m. Guided Hike (Refuge Trails) Donnie Phyillaier and Refuge Staff
Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time
Friday, Feb. 28, 6:45-7:45 p.m.
REI Bloomington, MN, 750 American Blvd. West, Bloomington, MN 55420
Sunday, March 2, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
This documentary explores the life and legacy of famed conservationist Aldo Leopold, and the many ways his land ethic philosophy lives on in the work of people and organizations all over the country today. Learn how Leopold's vision of a conservation community offers inspiration and insight for the future.
Crisis in the Prairies
Friday, Feb. 28, 7:45-8:45 p.m. following Green Fire
REI Bloomington, 750 American Blvd. West, Bloomington, MN 55420
Saturday, March 1, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
The Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative serves as a bridge between science and natural resources management by facilitating the flow of information among federal, state, non-governmental, and private organizations and agencies vested in natural resource conservation. The Partners for Fish & Wildlife program works with private landowners to improve fish and wildlife habitat on their lands. Together, these FWS programs provide leadership in voluntary, community-based stewardship for fish and wildlife conservation.
Saturday, March 1, 7:00-9:00 a.m. and Sunday, March 2, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Mike Williams is a regular Refuge visitor and excellent photographer. He is usually out at the crack of dawn making observations and photographing common and elusive wildlife in the midst of their daily activities. Join him for an early morning hike into the wetland and be prepared to look and listen. Dress for the weather.
Waterfowl ID Workshop
Saturday, March 1, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Craig Mandel is a premier bird-watcher, and leads some of the best field trips around! Join Craig for a closer look at waterfowl and learn about their identification characteristics.
The Nature of Math Educator Workshop
Saturday, March 1, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
BLEVC Classroom B
You are invited to join a dedicated group of elementary educators focused on integrating and embedding environmental education and outdoor instruction into every day school instruction. Join us for Saturday morning workshops, February through May. Visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EECohort2014 and indicate which dates you'll join us. Registration is REQUIRED and CEU certificates are available.
Brown Bag Book Lunch: Aldo Leopold Readings and Discussion
Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Bring your lunch and join a read-aloud and facilitated discussion featuring favorite Aldo Leopold essays. Laura Bonneau is a Leopold Education Project Facilitator and Visitor Services Manager at Minnesota Valley NWR and will facilitate the Saturday discussion. Sarah Warner is a Land Ethic Leader and Contaminants Biologist with Ecological Services in Madison, WI and will facilitate Sunday's discussion.
Wild Writers! Regional Authors and Nature Lovers
Saturday, March 1, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Auditorium and Blufftop Bookshop
Join some of our favorite regional authors and discover a wealth of creativity and knowledge about writing and the outdoors. Presentations by Marion Dane Bauer, Debra Frasier, Karen Schragg, and Deborah Jo Larson will be followed by a book signing. Books will be available in the Blufftop Bookshop.
Thoreau in Minnesota
Saturday, March 1, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Since retiring, Dale Schwie has been pursuing his long-standing vocational interest in the author Henry David Thoreau. An active member of the Thoreau Society, Dale has studied Thoreau's activities in Minnesota and coordinated several Thoreau events.
Defined by Nature: The Confluence of Conservation and Culture
Sunday, March 2, 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
The Twin Cities is home to millions of people and hundreds of species of wildlife. Explore the natural history that created this unique urban network of wildlife and human habitat. Whether you're downtown, at home, or in the suburbs, discover how you can appreciate and enjoy our diverse and easily accessible natural areas, and learn about the long history of natural resource conservation in this major metropolitan area.
Mississippi: Tales of the Last River Rat
Sunday, March 2, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
This film displays the beauty and complexity of nature in the Upper Mississippi River valley as seen through the eyes of Kenny Salwey, a beguiling backwoodsman, storyteller, author and philosopher of nature. Kenny has carried on the life of a River Rat, independent of society but intricately bound to the constant changes of a mighty river. He explores the backwaters and shares hard-learned experiences in a folksy blend of humor and backwoods lore that reflects his gentle philosophy of nature.
Volunteering for Conservation
Sunday, March 2, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Since 1996, Warren Stortroen has made Earthwatch somewhat of a second career having participated in 79 research expeditions and signed up for six more in 2014! While at home, he volunteers with the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, the Minnesota DNR Scientific & Natural Areas and several other related organizations.
Sunday, March 2, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Donnie Phyillaier is a Refuge volunteer and avid nature observer. His use of the senses, knowledge of animal behavior, and tracking skills provide an enhanced view of refuge habitat. Join Donnie for a leisurely walk below the bluff.
Feb 28-Mar 2 Aldo Leopold Weekend at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Aldo Leopold Weekend