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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. 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 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

May 2 Growing Great Public Speakers

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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 or at 218-824-1068.

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

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: You may also contact your agency's LNT coordinator for additional scholarships.

Course Description:

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


Mar 7 Become a Great River Greening Volunteer Supervisor

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Free Training!
Saturday, March 7
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

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

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:

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
• 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:

Web link to a video about the project:

Two Isle Royale Botany Workshops

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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!

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 for more information about workshop registration or to register. Contact Janet Marr at 906-337-5529 or for details about the workshops themselves.

MICHIGAN K-12 TEACHERS. State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) may be available by participating in either workshop.
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).

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:
If you decide to leave from Grand Portage, you may contact Kristine at 906-482-7860 or 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 for information on becoming a IRKPA member).

$725 per person if registered after March 6 ($25 discount for IRKPA members;
see 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: 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

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: 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
Isle Royale Queen IV
Voyageur II
If you decide to leave from either Houghton or Copper Harbor, you may contact Kristine at 906-482-7860 or 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 for information on becoming a IRKPA member).

$725 per person if registered after March 6 ($25 discount for IRKPA members;
see 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 If you would like additional information or would like to rent the cabin, please contact Janet at 906-337-5529 or

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:
Veterinarian/Vet Tech
Animal Handling and Training
Marine Science

Wednesday, March 11

Fore more information and to register, visit 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

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 (! More details to come.

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


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


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.

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:

May 2 Growing Great Public Speakers

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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 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.

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

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Ecological Restoration Online Courses

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Register today for the Spring 2015 Ecological Restoration Online Courses

Site Assessment and Setting Restoration Goals (required) - January 5-February 8, 2015
Designing and Using Native Seed Mixes - February 9-March 22, 2015
Monitoring Ecological Restorations - February 9-March 22, 2015
Vegetation Management for Restored Ecosystems - March 23-May 3, 2015
Designing, Installing, and Managing Native Plantings - March 23-May 3, 2015

For more detailed program information, and session descriptions, visit the website.

Registration Fee
The registration fee for each course is $375.

NEW Certificate in Ecological Restoration

120-hour certificate program (4 out of 5 courses, Site Assessment is a required course, along with 3 of the 4 elective courses, and at least one field session).

The Ecological Restoration certificate is designed to provide early career professionals with the skills necessary to undertake the most common kinds of Midwestern restorations including re-vegetation of prairies, wetlands, lakeshores, forests, and savannas.

These courses were developed in partnership with staff from several Minnesota state agencies who identified a critical need to train more restoration professionals to meet the growing demand for these skills. These courses provide practical skills and knowledge to succeed at restoration.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Participants who successfully complete each course will receive 3.0 CEUs (or 30 contact hours) and a Certificate of Completion.

Pollinators3 (NEW Three-Part Series)

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Pollinators3 (NEW Three-Part Series)
What You Need to Know and How to Make a Difference

The news media is crammed with reports on declining pollinator populations. But what are the facts, and more importantly, how can you be part of the conversation? University of Minnesota researchers and industry professionals will reveal the truth behind the headlines. Come and explore the complex relationship between pollinators and plants that ultimately affects people. Investigate the hot-topics around pesticides and pollinators, and the impact of legislation and policies to effect change. Learn ways to support pollinators - from home landscapes to national forums. Discover what difference you can make.

Attend an individual session, or bundle them all!
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, MacMillan Auditorium
Part 1: Plants & People - Thursday, November 6, 2014, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Part 2: Pesticides & Other Problems - Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Part 3: Policies & Politics - Thursday, May 21, 2015, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Learn more and register
Each Individual Session: $20 member/$25 Master Gardener & Master Naturalists/$32 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
3-Session Bundle Bundle and Save!: $48 member/$60 Master Gardener & Master Naturalists/$77 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Certificate(s) of Attendance will be available for Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, or others who wish to verify their participation.

Details on this series can be found here

Restoring MN Ecological Restoration Online Courses

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Ecological restoration is increasingly relied on as a conservation strategy in Minnesota. In order to increase project success rates, the Ecological Restoration Training Cooperative has developed five online restoration courses that teach practical in-field applications, as well as the theory behind the practice, for specific aspects of restoration.

Who Should Participate
With a goal of promoting best practices in ecological restoration, this training series is targeted at early career professionals, but even well-seasoned practitioners will benefit from the depth of the content.

Susan M. Galatowitsch, professor/head, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife
& Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota
Julia Bohnen, research fellow, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife &
Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota

March 23-May 3, 2015
Ecological restorations of small sites often rely primarily on installing plants to restore the desired native vegetation. Even large sites, which are typically seeded, may be supplemented with plantings. This course covers how to assess the need to plant, design a planting and select species, choose planting stock, create a planting plan, prepare to plant, plant a restoration site, and manage a planting.

March 23-May 3, 2015
Restored and degraded ecosystems may take many years to recover. During that time, they need ongoing management. Techniques used in two broad categories of management strategies for restorations: re-establishing natural disturbances
and controlling invasive species will be presented. This course covers: disturbances and introduced species as management priorities, non-chemical management techniques, vegetation management with herbicides, and long-term management of prairies, forests, and wetlands. *Field Training Session included

Field Training Sessions
Participants who successfully complete the Designing and Using Native Seed Mixes and
Vegetation Management for Restored Ecosystems online courses have the opportunity to join staff from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Parks and Trails to participate in an all-day field training session. During the field session, participants will tap into the experiences of DNR Parks and Trails Area and Regional Resource Specialist staff to gain new skills in a hands-on environment.
More information is available at

Time Commitment
It takes most students 25-30 hours to complete each course. All requirements must be completed by the last day of the course period to receive continuing education credit.

Course Deadlines and Final Exam
The course includes recommended deadlines for submitting assignments and a final exam. If you submit your assignments and exam by the recommended deadline, you'll know which questions you didn't answer correctly in time to try again.

Professional Credit
Each course has been approved for 3.0 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) and 30 Professional Development Hours (PDHs). A CEU certificate will be sent to each participant after the course is passed and completed. The University of Minnesota maintains a permanent record of CEUs earned.

Registration and Fees
Your registration includes access to the course within the course dates and a CEU certificate upon passing and completion of the course. The fee for each course is $375.

How to Register
Online registration is available on the website at

For Further Information
Zack McGough
University of Minnesota

Online Training
For those of you who avoid online courses because they don't seem like a great way to learn - give these a try! These online courses have been designed to be interactive and as "real world" as possible. This means you'll be able to visit warm, sunny field sites even when it is 20 degrees below. How bad can that be? All courses will be delivered online and each course will have a specific start and end date.

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