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Minnesota's beloved state bird is currently just a visitor on Grindstone Lake.

Our state bird, the Common Loon, is a regular presence on Grindstone Lake in the summer. However, the loons are just visiting and have never chosen to nest on our lake. Loons often nest on floating mats of vegetation, and this habitat is absent in Grindstone Lake since the lake drops off from the shoreline very quickly.

The MN Department of Natural Resources' non-game wildlife program donated a frame of a loon nesting platform to us this spring. We added dead emergent vegetation as a base, mixed with mud, and planted cattails and ferns. Our platform is anchored just off the point on the Center shoreline.

Although we did not have nesting loons this year, possibly due to the fact the platform was not installed until near the end of May, we hope to make the platform more attractive to nesting loons next year by having it installed right after ice out.

If you are interested in installing a loon nesting platform on your lake next spring, click here for information and plans.

Upcoming events at the Center

Visit our Calendar of Events for information about upcoming events
Aug. 4 - Dinner at the Lake with Dr. John Abraham
Aug. 4-6 - Summer Institute for Environmental Education
Aug. 24-29 - Road Scholar Migration Mysteries
Aug. 31-Sept. 5 - Road Scholar Migration Mysteries
Sept. 27 - 'Autumn at the Audubon' Open House & Craft Fair/Farmer's Market (vendors
Sept. 27 - Renewable Trail Run/Walk
Oct. 3-5 - Women's Wellness & Adventure Weekend
Oct. 10-12 - ACNW/Northland College 40 Year Reunion
Oct. 24-26 - Wilderness Navigation
Oct. 25 - Dinner at the Lake
Oct. 24-26 - Fall Phenology with Larry Weber Weekend
Nov. 1-2 - Reading the Landscape
Dec. 27-30 - Winter Family Escape

Join us as a member

We depend on member support to help us continue our important work, including:

Educating and fostering environmental stewardship in thousands of K12 students annually
Enhancements for wildlife
Wetland and prairie restoration
Wildlife rehab and care
Residential and day programs for youth, families and adults
Community events
Renewable energy systems and energy conservation

Learn about the benefits of becoming an ACNW member by visiting the Support Us page on our website.

Get the Lead Out
When fishing sinkers are lost, they can be picked up by loons or other waterfowl like ringneck ducks and trumpeter swans, who routinely swallow pebbles on the bottom of lakes to help in digestion. As the lead is exposed to stomach acid, it slowly poisons the bird. One sinker is all it takes.

In areas where loons breed, biologists have found that lead poisoning from sinkers or jigs may account for up to 50 percent of dead adult loons.

If you are a fisherperson, PLEASE make the switch NOW to non-lead sinkers and jigs. Currently there are many non-toxic sinker alternatives on the market.
If your local bait and tackle store doesn't stock unleaded sinkers, ask them to or take your business elsewhere.

Never throw old tackle into the water or on shore. Consider lead sinkers and jigs as toxic material and dispose of them at household hazardous waste collection sites.

Help ensure that future Even if you don't fish, share this information with family and friends who do.

For more information on how you can 'Get the Lead Out', visit the Get the Lead Out page at Minnesota Pollution Control Agency


Maplewood Nature Center
Friday August 8th, 8:30am - 12:30pm
Cost $77
More details at

Email to register
(Limited Space, RSVP required)

Get a bit of dragonfly background knowledge, a lot of hands-on outside exploration, the
beautifully illustrated full-color paperback or electronic Dragonfly Curriculum Guide with
17 classroom activities, and 4 CEUs.

The Dragonfly Workshop Includes:

 Outdoor hands-on field time capturing and examining as many dragonflies as we can catch
 Dragonfly life history 101
 Techniques for dragon and damselfly ID
 Practice using dragonfly classroom activities
 A full-color paperback and electronic version of the Dragonfly Curriculum Guide, including 17 activities
 Four CEUs
 Connections to all of the NGSS Scientific Practices: asking questions, using models, investigating, computational thinking, constructing explanations, argumentation, and communication

Quotes from previous participants:

"I think this is the BEST training, related to science, I have ever received."

"Fun. Organized. Professional. Great take aways. Good Knowledge of the Science! Thank you!!"

"Really well prepared workshop and you get a lot for you money. Tons of free resources materials and activities. We were always moving and learning something new, never bored!"

International Bog Day 2014

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International Bog Day 2014
Activities at Lake Bemidji State Park and Big Bog State Recreation Area

Please note that while International Bog Day is officially Sunday July 27, many of these activities take place on Saturday July 26!

Lake Bemidji: Saturday, July 26, 10 am, at the Playground:
Storytime: Big Belching Bog (cookies and juice provided by the Friends of Lake Bemidji State Park)

Saturday, July 26, 8 pm, at the Visitor Center:
Sparky Stensaas, visiting speaker and photo-naturalist, "Owls to Orchids: Magic and Mystery in Minnesota's Northern Bogs"

"Sparky" (Mark) Stensaas has made a name for himself as a freelance naturalist here in northern Minnesota. He is an author and publisher of local nature guides, an outstanding nature photographer, and the founder and driving force behind the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog, a premier birding destination in northern Minnesota. He was the keynote speaker for the 2013 Master Naturalist Conference held here in Bemidji and captivated the audience with his phenomenal photography and imaginative program.

Sparky's programs mix humor and natural history, high-definition video and stunning photos with in-depth knowledge of northern bogs. He is our first International Bog Day guest speaker, and will present "Owls to Orchids: Magic and Mystery in Our Northern Bogs." Please join us at the Lake Bemidji State Park Visitor Center at 8 pm!

Sunday, July 27, 11:30 am-1:30 pm, on the Bogwalk: Bogwatcher
Park naturalists will be on the Bogwalk to answer questions about the bog

Big Bog State Recreation Area: Saturday, July 26, 9 am-noon (weather permitting), Master Naturalist volunteers will be on the Bogwalk to talk with visitors about the bog

Saturday, July 26, 2 pm, at the Visitor Center: Storytime: Big Belching Bog

Saturday, July 26, 7 pm, at the beach:
David Leonhardt, local musician and storyteller: "Musical Saw and Stories of the Big Bog"

IBD poster 2014 brighter.pdf

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

Two sessions scheduled.
August 25-September 28, 2014
January 5-February 8, 2015
This required introductory course will simulate the initial steps of planning a restoration project from gathering background information to collecting relevant data, and then use the information gathered to formulate restoration goals. This course covers how to assess the ecological condition of degraded sites, diagnose the restoration needs of a site prior to restoration, and plan meaningful project goals. This course is a prerequisite to each of the other four courses.

Two sessions scheduled.
September 29-November 9, 2014
February 9-March 22, 2015
Many ecological restoration projects rely on re-vegetation from seed. This course discusses successful steps for designing and implementing a seed mix, from choosing appropriate species to preparing the planting site. This course covers how to: assess the need to seed, use seed biology to make practical decisions about seeding projects,
design seed mixes, acquire and store seeds, prepare sites and seeds for sowing, seed a
restoration site, and manage a site after sowing to promote vegetation establishment. *Field Training Session included.

Two sessions scheduled.
September 29-November 9, 2014
February 9-March 22, 2015
Monitoring is necessary for evaluating the effectiveness of restoration actions. Learn how to design an efficient and effective monitoring program that yields information helpful for ongoing restoration management decisions and problem solving. This course covers how to select monitoring parameters, develop monitoring protocols, monitor
implementation and quality control, summarize and visualize data, analyze data, and keep records

Two sessions scheduled.
November 10-December 21, 2014
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.

Two sessions scheduled.
November 10-December 21, 2014
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.

The new fiscal year is here, so now is a perfect time to register for the Midwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Meeting (MW PARC) that will be held August 22 - 24th (the majority of presentations are on Saturday). This year's meeting theme is, "Survey and Monitoring of Amphibians and Reptiles with an Emphasis on Restored Habitats." Attached is a flyer with additional information.

Aug. 2 Prairie Day at Chippewa Prairie

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On August 2, starting at 9 am anybody interested in the prairie and prairie management is welcome to come and learn about the Chippewa Prairie south of Appleton. Tall grass prairie is one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world. Currently, less than 1/10 of 1% of tall grass prairie remains within its historic range. In MN, less than 2% remains across its original range. Chippewa Prairie is some of the best and highest quality prairie remaining in MN and managers are doing everything we can to ensure we are managing the site for all species that require prairie to survive and thrive in today's changing environments. Chippewa Prairie is jointly managed by The Nature Conservancy and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and we are working together on an intensive and ongoing study at the property of the effects of patch burn grazing. Patch burn grazing is being used as a conservation grazing practice that mimics the historic natural disturbances of fire and grazing in an effort to increase vegetation structure across the site.

We will spend time walking the prairie looking at plants, birds, research projects, and discussing the fascinating aspects of the grassland systems. This is an excellent time and opportunity to learn about all the research, monitoring, and conservation that is occurring in your area. Some of the topics that will be covered will be: fire, plant response to fire, 20 year plant monitoring project, birds, butterflies, snakes, cattle research, wetland research, short and long term management objectives, questions, and discussions with participants.

When: Saturday August 2

Start: 9 AM

Where: The day will begin at the MN DNR and TNC parking lot located 1 mile west of the intersection of County Rd 30 and Chippewa/Swift County line.

What to bring: Please come prepared to walk the prairie. Recommended items to bring would be: sunscreen, field guides, mosquito spray, hat, and binoculars. A picnic lunch will be provided.

Contact: Please RSVP Joe Blastick at (605) 874-8517 or

July 26

10:00 a.m. Children's Program
8:00 p.m. Owls to Orchids
Sparky Stensaas, noted naturalist, author, and photographer, will present "Owls to Orchids: Magic and Mystery in Our Northern Bogs" as the keynote talk for our International Bog Day celebration. Sparky's credentials are impressive and he gives a lively and interesting program, featuring incredible photos from northern Minnesota. Sponsored by the Friends of Lake Bemidji State Park and the Bogs-n-Logs chapter of Minnesota Master Naturalists.

July 27
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Continuing our celebration of International Bog Day, the naturalist will be on the boardwalk at Lake Bemidji State Park to share the bog's hidden mystery and its value in the natural world.

Entrance to the park is off County State Aid Highway 20.

More Information:
Call (218) 308-2300.

Aug 23 Guided Walk at Iron Horse Prairie SNA

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Iron Horse Prairie SNA
Saturday, August 23 at 10:30 am
Dodge County

Join us for a two hour walk through one of the few remaining mesic tallgrass prairie remnants in eastern Minnesota. This 35 acre prairie is located between two railroad spurs that inadvertently provided protection from the plow. This prairie offers a high level of species diversity with the late summer showcasing big bluestem, Indian grass, prairie cordgrass, and bluejoint along with forbs such as wild quinine, blazing stars, and sunflowers. Bring your cameras, field guides, sketch book, and binoculars to capture the many species that comprise this tall grass prairie.

Visit for more information on Iron Horse Prairie SNA.

Footwear appropriate for hiking is recommended. There are no maintained trails. This easy walk will be 1.5 to 2 miles in length on uneven terrain. There are neither public restrooms nor access to drinking water on this site. Bring a hat, sunscreen and water.

From Hayfield 1 mile South on MN Hwy 56, then 0.5 miles E on 740th Street. Park in lot on S, at old railroad grade. Hike will begin here.

For more information contact Veronika Phillips at 952-454-8428 or

For more information on SNAs, visit

Aug 3 Guided Walk at Prairie Bush Clover SNA

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Prairie Bush Clover SNA
Sunday, August 3 at 9:30am
Jackson County

Join us for a two hour guided walk that will provide an opportunity to experience a dry hill prairie that is unique for supporting one of the world's largest populations of its namesake, the rare prairie bush clover. Observe the species that comprise a groundwater seepage meadow that lies along an intermittent stream. Bring your
cameras, field guides, sketch book, and binoculars to capture the purple coneflower, blazing stars, and sunflowers that this August prairie landscape offers.

Visit for more information on Prairie Bush Clover SNA.

Footwear appropriate for hiking is recommended. Hiking will be moderate in difficulty and approximately 0.5 to 1 mile in distance on uneven and hilly terrain. There is a maintained state park trail for those who would like to observe from the trail. Bring a hat, sunscreen and water. Restrooms are available in the park.

From Windom 8.5 miles South on Co Hwy 17, then 1.5 miles East on Co Hwy 24 into Kilen Woods State Park. Park in lot near office where hike begins.

For more information contact Veronika Phillips at 952-454-8428 or

For more information on SNAs, visit

Aug 2 Guided Walk at Glynn Prairie SNA

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Glynn Prairie SNA
Saturday, August 2 at 10:00am
Lyon County

This two hour walk will offer an opportunity to experience a rare mesic prairie plant community that offers a glimpse of landscapes past. This fall prairie will showcase blazing star, gayfeather, and purple coneflower interspersed among the prairie cordgrass, Indian grass, and big bluestem. Bring your cameras, field guides, sketch book, and binoculars to capture this special landscape.

Visit for more information on Glynn Prairie SNA.

Footwear appropriate for hiking is recommended. There are no maintained trails and the
approximately 1 mile hike will be on uneven, but flat terrain. Bring a hat, sunscreen and water. There are neither public restrooms nor access to drinking water on this site.

From Tracy 3.5 miles West on US Hwy 14, then 1.75 miles North on Co Hwy 9. Park in pull-off on West. We will begin walk here.

For more information contact Veronika Phillips at 952-454-8428 or

For more information on SNAs, visit

July 26 Guided Walk at Hythecker Prairie SNA

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Hythecker Prairie SNA
Saturday, July 26 at 11 am
Dodge County

Join us for a two hour walk through one of the few remaining mesic tallgrass prairie remnants in eastern Minnesota. Experience what the early pioneers encountered when they first arrived in Dodge County as you move through the tall waving fields of big bluestem. Associated prairie forbs such as sunflowers, wood lily, prairie and fringed loosestrife, and the rare rattlesnake master pattern the matrix of prairie grass. Bring your cameras, field guides, sketch book, and binoculars to capture the experience of moving through this tall grass prairie.

Visit for more information on Hythecker Prairie SNA.

Footwear appropriate for hiking is recommended. There are no maintained trails. This easy walk will be less than a mile in length on uneven terrain. There are neither public restrooms nor access to drinking water on this site. Bring a hat, sunscreen and water.

From Claremont 2 miles South, then 1.5 miles West on Co Hwy 1. Park in pull-off on N to begin walk.

For more information contact Veronika Phillips at 952-454-8428 or

For more information on SNAs, visit

Aug 16 Prairie Photography Workshop

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Joseph A. Tauer Prairie
Scientific & Natural Area

View the prairie through the lens of your camera. During this 2-hour exploration of Joseph
A. Tauer Prairie you will learn simple techniques to capture the beauty of the prairie. Join
Dale Bohlke, SNA volunteer and photographer, as he shares his passion for the prairie and
knowledge of photography.

Date: Saturday, August 16th, 2014
Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: From New Ulm, 8 miles south on County Road 13, then 2 miles
west on County Road 22, then 0.25 mile north on 180th Street. Park on east
road shoulder.

Website and map:
Questions: Brad Bolduan at 507-831-2900 x 241

Preschool Sunshine Club (Ages 3-5 with adult)
THURSDAYS, AUGUST 7, 14 AND 21; 10:00AM - 11:15AM

Learn about a favorite animal each week with stories, crafts and hikes. Bring a white tee shirt the first session and we'll print a "Sunshine Shirt" to wear each week. Meet a live frog, salamander and snake. Register online by August 6, 13 or 20. Cost is $15.00 per child for the series or $5.00 per session.

To register for the Nature Center programs please click

July 24 Horticuluture Night - WCROC Morris

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The University of Minnesota and the West Central Research and Outreach Center invite you to our 44th annual event...

Horticulture Night
July 24, 2014
5-9 p.m.

Featuring Keynote Speaker
Bobby Jensen, at 6:30pm
from KARE 11's
Grow with KARE!

Demonstrations Include:
 Only the Facts: Organic Foods
 Growing and Caring for Apple
 Grilling Up Your Harvest
 Shade Gardening
 Pros & Cons of Mulching
 Save Our Pollinators
 Growing Healthy Vegetables

Other Activities:
 Annual Flower Tour
 Food Booths
 Live Music
 Children's Activities
 Farm Tours
 Low Tunnel Strawberry Tour

No Admission Fee - Donations Accepted

Horticulture Display Garden
46352 State Hwy. 329 Morris, MN 56267
for more information, please call 320-589-1711
for a complete schedule of events
please visit

Located 1 mile east of the University of Minnesota, Morris Campus on Hwy. 329

Maplewood Nature Center Programs

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FREE! Butterfly Garden Tour (Adults)
Tour the nature center butterfly and rain gardens to see the colorful flowers. Learn how to attract butterflies to your yard by planting native plants with nourishing leaves for caterpillars and flower
nectar for adults. Learn which flowers attract bees and hummingbirds so you can design pocket gardens for specific pollinators. Register online by July 10.

FREE! Monarch Open House (All Ages)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 1:00PM - 3:30PM
Drop by to help the naturalist tag monarchs on their way to Mexico. Learn about the monarchs' upcoming journey, and color the Giant Monarch Mural. Learn to identify nectar plants that are important for monarchs in the Nature Center's gardens. Drop-in program.

To register for the Nature Center programs please click here.

MinnAqua Fishing: Get in the Habitat!
& Project WET Educator Workshop
July 30-31, 2014
Day 1: 10:00 am - 5 pm | Day 2: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Great Lakes Aquarium, 353 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802
All participants receive:
Ô Project WET 2.0 Guide
Ô MinnAqua Leader's Guide CD
Ô Access to Project WET and MinnAqua Program on-line resources
Ô Certificate for 12 CEUs
Ô Posters and other materials

Registration Deadline: July 23, 2014
Cost: $50.00

This indoor/outdoor workshop is designed for formal and nonformal educators, scout
leaders, university personnel, 4-H leaders, camp instructors and all youth leaders who
want to engage youth in their local environment through aquatic resources education
and angling activities.

Register on-line at

Fee includes coffee and snacks both days and lunch for July 31. Option to purchase lunch for July 30 for $10 available when registering on-line. Bring layered clothing, water bottle, and your enthusiasm!

Discounted lodging available at the Radisson under the group name "Great Lakes Aquarium". Call 218-727-8981 to make a reservation by July 18.

Graduate credit available through Hamline University

Register on-line at

Questions? Call Samantha Smingler at 218-740-2027 or email

Aug 20-21 Project WET Facilitator Training

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WHO: Formal & Non-formal Educators, Master Naturalists, University Professors, Extension Agents, Citizen Water-Monitors, Community Leaders, Environmental Educators, Scout/Club Leaders

WHEN: August 20-21, 2014

WHERE: Interstate State Park, St. Croix Falls, MN/WI

COST: $ 75 (with 2.0 guide=$100)
*Continuing credit and Graduate credit available through Hamline University


Educate. Empower. Act.
We invite you to become a water education leader in your community to help train adults who work with youth to teach about the most precious resource on the planet: water. You will experience Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) and place-based activities that focus on clean water resources and correlate to emerging education standards. Featured topics and activities include: camping, canoeing the St. Croix River, studying local watershed with experts, pothole geology, National Parks, mussels, and local watershed management issues. You will walk away as a certified trainer for Project WET and begin leading workshops and sharing water resource information in your communities.

Workshop Learning Objectives:
• Understand the interconnected social, cultural, and scientific trends in your state;
• Access and experience place-based, standards-based, state-based curriculum resources;
• Network and share training models and implementation ideas;
• Acquire and utilize Project WET Curriculum and materials relevant to natural resources in your state and community!

Project WET Registration form for 2014 St Croix Facilitator Workshop (1).pdf

Contact Janine Kohn, Project WET Coordinator, MN DNR
(651) 259-5905, or email:

The Minneapolis Central Library is holding an exhibit in its Cargill Gallery with an opening reception on August 14th , 6:30 to 8:30 pm, followed by two related programs.

The exhibit celebrates The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, the first native plant garden in the United States, with art works created by artists who are current and past students with the Minnesota School of Botanical Art. All works depict native Minnesota plants currently growing in the garden and are part of a Florilegium, or collection of botanical paintings that serve to document the plants existing in one particular place at a certain point in time. It creates a historical record that will be kept in perpetuity by the Minneapolis Park Board. The work is being done by experienced artists (not school children) and all paintings are admitted to the collection only a by juried selection process. The exhibit also features a soundscape of native bird calls made by a local artist and American Society of Botanical Art members demonstrating the time-honored techniques of painting traditional watercolor renderings of plants.

In addition to the art displayed, rare books on plants will be displayed from the Spencer Collection of Natural History in the gallery and in the Athenaeum located in our Special Collections Department. There will also be a display honoring Eloise Butler and her associates with historical material and circulating books on Botanical Art.

The programs accompanying the exhibit are a lecture on native bees at 7:00 pm and a reception before and after the lecture starting at 6:30 pm that features DNR entomologist Crystal Boyd with the Scientific and Natural Areas Program on Thursday August 21, in the Doty Board Room N280.

This event will be followed by presentations on Saturday, September 6th at 1:pm in the Doty Board Room N280 Central Minneapolis Public Library by Susan Wilkins, Head Gardener at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary speaking on the history of the garden and Marilyn Garber, Founder and Director of the Minnesota School of Botanical Art speaking on the history of botanical art. The summer events catalog published by the Hennepin County Library System gives program listings for the July and August events:

Free DNR decontamination trainings for lake service provider businesses

The DNR is offering two trainings this summer for lake service provider (LSP) businesses interested in learning how to remove aquatic invasive species (AIS) using hot-water/high-pressure decontamination methods. Participants will receive hands-on practice cleaning boats using the specialized equipment.

"This is our second year offering decontamination training to lake service providers," said April Rust, DNR invasive species training coordinator. "The class helps businesses gain the skills they need - and learn the tricks of the trade - to provide AIS decontamination services to their customers."

Businesses that complete the training will be included on the DNR's online list of lake service providers trained to use hot-water/high-pressure decontamination equipment.

The two trainings have limited space and require pre-registration. They are scheduled on:

• June 18 (1-4:30 p.m.), DNR Brainerd area office, Brainerd.
• Aug. 6 (1-4:30 p.m.), Tonka Bay Marine, Tonka.

Registration deadline is one week prior to each training. Classes will be cancelled if the registration minimum is not reached.

To register, or get more information, contact Rust at or call 651-259-5706 or 888-646-6367.

If a lake service provider business does not have an LSP permit yet, basic LSP training is offered in the morning before the decontamination training sessions.

Visit the LSP registration page to sign up for training and a permit.

Sept 29-30 Water Trails Tourism Summit

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River's Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud
Registration opens August 1

Join us for the Water Trails Tourism Summit - an interactive and educational gathering of communities, businesses, and user groups. This first-ever event will focus on how paddlesports can increase outdoor recreation tourism, foster economic development, build a sense of community, and provide a better quality of life.

Experience ...
The Mississippi River State Water Trail.

Learn how to ...
Make your community "paddle friendly"
Recruit & support paddlesport businesses
Target your audiences and coordinate the outreach message across sectors of your community
Provide specialized paddling opportunities that create deep connections to place, which result in repeat customers and word of mouth advertising
Engage local paddling clubs to organize and promote Water Trail events and stewardship

Network ...
Meet Water Trail users and advocates from businesses and communities.

Attend if you are a:
Tourism Professional
Paddlesports business that serves Minnesota State Water Trails
Part of local community leadership
Nonprofit or volunteer group that promotes paddlesports recreation

Sept 20 Hawk Ridge Trip

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Hawk Ridge Trip

Trip Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8 am - 10 pm
Cost: $95/person
CEUs: 6 CEUs available

Twenty different species of raptors migrate along the north shore of Lake Superior, following the ridge line as they make their way from summering grounds as far north as the Arctic to wintering grounds as far south as South America. Join a Minnesota Zoo naturalist and a Hawk Ridge naturalist for this awesome experience. Observe the raptor migration from the amazing view point at Hawk Ridge in Duluth, learn about the logistics and challenges of migration, and hopefully get a chance see a raptor up close and learn about bird banding and monitoring of these amazing birds. Trip fee includes transportation, instruction and snacks. Adult friends and family may register, too!

Register Online

July 21-25 Course in Ecology at Cedar Creek

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Even if snow is on the ground, it's not too early to start thinking about summer professional development. I am pleased to announce the 3-credit graduate level course Ecology and Earth Science Dynamics for Educators, offered each summer at the University of Minnesota Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, is now available in three different formats: for those enrolled in graduate programs, for those not enrolled in a graduate program but seeking graduate credit, and a non-credit certificate option.

Read on for more information!

Ecology and Earth Systems Dynamics for Educators (CI 5540-003) - a graduate-level Ecology course designed for pre- and in-service middle and high-school level science teachers and other educators who teach the public about ecology and environmental issues.

Course details at a glance:
· Dates: July 21-25, 2014
· Time: 8:00 - 4:00 daily
· Location of course: UMN Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, East Bethel, MN
· Is on-site housing available? Yes - cost is $26 - $39/night
· Presiding institution: University of Minnesota
· EESD flyer 2014 v.1-1.pdf

Course costs:
Three options are open to course participants:

Option 1:
If you are already enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Minnesota, please register for this course on-line through the regular procedure. Fees are $615/credit hour, for a total of $1845.00

Option 2:
If you are not enrolled in a graduate program but would like to receive graduate credit for this course, please complete the attached registration according to the instructions included with the form. Be sure to return the form at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.
· Fees for Option 2 are $350/credit for a total of $1050.00.

Option 3:
If you do not desire credit, you can pay a reduced fee for the course to receive a certificate of completion.
Fee for Option 3 is $450.00.
· Registration and payment are required at the same time. Register via this website at least two weeks before the start of class:

This course is designed to bolster your ecology knowledge enabling you to more deeply understand and interpret ecology concepts.

CI 5540 Registration Form EESD with instructions.pdf

July 24 Dragonfly Educator Workshop

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Giving Roots to your STEM: Dragonfly Educator Workshop
Use dragonflies to teach science in your classroom!
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Noon - 4pm
At the Whitewater State Park Visitor Center

During this workshop teachers will get a bit of dragonfly background knowledge, a lot of
hands-on outside exploration, the beautifully illustrated full-color Dragonfly Curriculum
Guide with 17 classroom activities, and 4 CEUs. Space is limited! Cost: $55 Vehicles
entering the state park will need a MN State Park vehicle permit: $5/daily or
$25/annual. Permits can be purchased at the park visitor center upon arrival.

The Dragonfly Workshop Includes:

  • Dragonfly life history 101

  • Outdoor hands-on field time capturing and examining as many

  • dragonflies as we can catch

  • Techniques for dragon and damselfly ID

  • Practice using the dragonfly classroom activities from the

  • Dragonfly Curriculum Guide

  • A full-color paperback and electronic version of the Dragonfly

  • Curriculum Guide, including 17 activities

  • Four CEUs

  • Connections to all of the NGSS Scientific Practices: asking questions, using models, investigating, computational thinking, constructing explanations, argumentation, and communication

Quotes from previous participants:

"I think this is the BEST training, related to science,
I have ever received."

"Fun. Organized. Professional. Great take-aways.
Good Knowledge of the Science! Thank you!!"

"Really well prepared workshop and you get a lot for your money. Tons of free
resources, materials, and activities. We were always moving and learning something
new, never bored!"

To register for this workshop, contact Whitewater State Park
Interpretive Naturalist, Sara Grover, by email at or by telephone at 507-932-3007 ext

The $55 registration fee is due by July 18. Please make checks
payable to: Ami Thompson Consulting LLC. Mail to:
Attn: Sara Grover
Whitewater State Park
19041 Highway 74
Altura, MN 55910

Wetland Plant Identification Workshop, Keweenaw Peninsula (in Michigan's western Upper Peninsula), August 23 and 24, 2014!

"So many aster-types in this wet meadow! How can I tell them apart?"

"Help! What is this sedge that keeps cropping up and doesn't seem to key out?"

"Hmmmm, is this giant grass the highly invasive non-native Phragmites, the native strain, or maybe a reed canary grass on steroids....?"

If you need to identify wetland plants for work, research, or school, be sure to sign up for the Gratiot Lake Conservancy-sponsored Wetland Plant Workshop being taught in August!

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

WHEN: Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, 2014
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM eastern time each day

INSTRUCTOR: Botanist Janet Marr has taught various Gratiot Lake Conservancy-sponsored workshops focusing on spring botany (May) and aquatic plants (August) in addition to this wetland workshop (August); she also has taught many botany workshops on Isle Royale (June) sponsored by the Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association

SPONSOR: Gratiot Lake Conservancy (GLC) at
Program Director, Bonnie Hay at

FEE and ENROLLMENT: Space is limited and advance enrollment is required. The fee for this 2-day workshop is $80 ($60 for Gratiot Lake Conservancy members). Fee includes a field notebook. Enrollment form can be downloaded from the Wetland Plant Workshop page at

SCHOLARSHIP: Janet Avery Scholarships are available. To apply email Bonnie Hay at Please indicate your affiliation, why you would like to attend the workshop, and how you intend to use what you learn in your work, studies, or teaching. Put "Wetland Plant I.D. Workshop Scholarship" in the subject line.

WORKSHOP ACTIVITIES: Workshop activities will take place mostly out-of-doors. Visits will be made to local wetlands including swamp forests, shrub thickets, and more open community types such as marshes and fens. Native wetland plant species, including more difficult groups (sedges, grasses, rushes, aster relatives), will be identified. Selected non-native invasive wetland species will also be identified. Characteristics of selected plant families will be discussed, botanical terms will be defined, dichotomous keys will be used when appropriate, and wetland community types will be described.

ARE YOU A MICHIGAN K-12 TEACHER with a professional certificate? If so, you will earn 12 SCECHS (pending) when you participate in this workshop.

Gratiot Lake Conservancy offers other workshops. The 2014 calendar will be posted on the website at in April. One workshop which may be of special interest will focus on freshwater clams and mussels. If you would like to receive notice of upcoming workshops and events please email Bonnie Hay at

If you know of anyone who may be interested in this wetland plant workshop, please pass this message on to them. Thanks!

You're invited to the 2014 Summer Institute for Climate Change and Energy Education!

Integrate STEM content into any subject-area and deepen your ability to teach about energy and climate change with curriculum and experiences from this professional development event. The cost includes two nights lodging, meals, with curriculum and materials galore. Come for the free giveaways, CEUs and optional grad credit, and stay for the inspiring keynotes, guests scientists and campfire conversations with some of the Midwest's best educators.

August 4-6th

Audubon Center of the North Woods, Sandstone, MN

Cost: $125

Learn more & register online:

Contact us with questions or comments: or 612-278-7147

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