CLIMATE TRENDS AND CLIMATE CHANGE IN OUR OWN BACKYARD
By University of Minnesota Climatologist and Radio Commentator Dr. Mark Seeley
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
6:30 p.m. - Book Signing and Sales.
Location: Ramsey County Library-Maplewood at 3025 Southlawn Drive, Maplewood, MN 55109. The library is just west of Maplewood Mall.
Join the discussion; learn more about our changing climate! There has been increasing recognition by scientists that the climate is showing several distinct trends or changes quantity and in character. In our own Great Lakes Region there are measurable changes going on. These changes are important for us to understand if we are to adapt effectively. Learn what these trends are; and what changes are predicted for Minnesota's future.
Meet Dr. Mark Seeley, U of M extension Climatologist, author, and commentator on Minnesota Public Radio's "Morning Edition" news program and have an opportunity to purchase "Minnesota Weather Almanac" or "Voyageur Skies" (coauthored by Don Breneman) winner of the Northeast Minnesota Book Award in 2012.
This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of Maplewood Nature, Maplewood Nature Center and the Ramsey County Library-Maplewood.
FREE! There is limited seating, so pre-registration is required. Call Maplewood Nature Center 651-249-2170 to reserve your spot early! OR email email@example.com to register.
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CLIMATE TRENDS AND CLIMATE CHANGE IN OUR OWN BACKYARD
TRACKING NATURE THROUGH THE SEASONS!
Saturday, April 5, TIME: 2-3:30 pm
Location: Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th St., Maplewood, MN 55119
Track the first signs of spring from your own backyard with help from the Minnesota Phenology Network. Josh Leonard, Belwin Outdoor Science, will show us how to contribute your family's records to this citizen science monitor program. Learn how to use simple observations like tracking flower blooms or ice-out dates to disarm the sometimes confusing aspects of climate change. Go outside to look for a few firsts.
For ages 7 and older. (Kids must be accompanied by adult)
Free. Call (651) 249-2170 OR email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
GO SOLAR At Your Cabin, Shed or Fish House
Thursday, April 3rd, 6-8 pm
Location: Maplewood Community Center, 2100 White Bear Ave, Maplewood, MN 55109
Power your cabin or fish house with an off-grid solar system. Learn how to site and size a small PV system to provide lighting, ventilation and other modest loads in places where utility power is not an option. Includes an overview of the benefits of off-grid vs. on-grid systems and the new Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program. Tour the Tiny Energy House to learn about its 4 solar energy systems.
Todd Fink is the instructor in Century College's Solar and Renewable Program and owner of 45 North Solar. He is an NABCEP-certified installer; MREA-certified for solar heating and photovoltaic site assessment.
Fee of $10/person includes appetizers. ($15 if register after March 22nd). A Cash Bar will offer beer.
Register online: https://apm.activecommunities.com/maplewoodmn/Home
Partners: City of Maplewood, the Friends of Maplewood Nature, Clean Energy Resource Teams, and the MN Renewable Energy Society
13 Moons FDLTCC Extension Program
Ojibwe Dewei'igan & Niimi'idiwag
Ojibwe Drum & Dance Practice
Mondays March 10th- 31st
FDL Head Start Gym
33 University Road
Contact: Nikki Crowe
13 Moons is hosting an evening drum and dance practice from 6pm-8pm.
This event will bring singers and dancers to teach us the songs and dances
to get us all up and moving while were out on the pow wow trail.
Everyone is welcome so bring your enthusiasm and have fun learning new
songs and dances. See you there! Gigawaabimin!
This event is free and open to the public.
Potluck dinner 6pm
Mar. 13, 2014: For Love of Lakes
We say we love our lakes yet we not only allow but participate in their deterioration. To love something is to protect it, to keep it from harm. What explains this paradoxical relationship between humans and lakes? Darby's talk based on his book, For Love of Lakes, explores this puzzle. His presentation will blend together basic elements of lake ecology and the human behaviors that explain our odd relationship with the lakes we love.
Freelance writer and conservation activist Darby Nelson received his Ph.D. in aquatic ecology at the University of Minnesota and taught biology and environmental science at Anoka-Ramsey Community College for 35 years. Darby served three terms as a Minnesota state legislator. He did contract writing in environmental science books for McGraw-Hill Publishers for six years. He has written many magazine articles on environmental topics. He has received several awards including the Minnesota Post-Secondary Science Teacher of the Year; Faculty Excellence Award; Golden Chalk Award from students; as well as awards from the Sierra Club, The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and Izaak Walton League. He has served on The Nature Conservancy Board and the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council and is now on the boards of Conservation Minnesota and the Freshwater Society. For Love of Lakes is his first book. He will donate royalties to Conservation Minnesota. Note: Book sales are not permitted at this event.
At Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minnetonka; 6:30 p.m.. Sponsored by the West Metro Chapter of MN Master Naturalist Volunteers. Free and open to the public.
INVASIVE BLITZ VOLUNTEER TRAINING WORKSHOP
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington, MN 55425
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Time: 8 am - 4 pm
Calling all volunteers from the Minnesota Master Naturalist, Woodland Advisor, Forest Pest First Detector and Master Gardener programs! As you know, invasive species such as buckthorn, garlic mustard and wild parsnip pose serious threats to Minnesota's natural resources, ecosystems and economy. We want YOU to join in a statewide effort to tackle the growing problem of invasive species.
Join us for a one-day workshop (qualifies as Advanced Training/continuing education hours!) in which you will learn the impact of invasive species in Minnesota and be trained to identify and remove/treat selected problem species and provide follow-up management and monitoring. Workshop registration fee is $50 (scholarships available), and includes extensive take-home materials and lunch.
Who should attend?
Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, Forest Pest First Detectors, Woodland Advisors, Tree Care Advisors, Shoreland Volunteers, School Forest volunteers, DNR Scientific & Natural Area Site Stewards and others with knowledge of trees and plant identification who are willing to lead volunteer invasive species service projects.
Space is limited, so register right away! Go to www.MinnesotaMasterNaturalist.org and log on or create a User ID and Password. Click on Courses Available then look for Advanced Training. Questions? Contact Andrea Lorek Strauss at email@example.com.
MN Children & Nature Connection 2014
Brown Bag Lunch Series
Mark your calendars for these fun and informative
presentations focused on nature play!
2nd Friday of every other month
At REI Bloomington
Free - No registration necessary
March 14 Nature's Connection to Mental Health
May 9 How To of Nature Play:
Practical tips for Engaging Kids in Nature
July 11 Family Nature Clubs: Resources for Starting a
Club, Partnering with Park Agencies and Getting
Involved in Existing Clubs
Sept. 23-26 MN Recreation & Park Assoc. Annual Conference
@ National Sports Center in Blaine
November Professional Workshop, topic and details TBD
Back by popular demand
Raptors of Minnesota Raptors of Minnesota
Location: Northland Arboretum Visitor Center
Date: Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
Time: 10:30 AM
Fee: $10.00 per family for Arboretum members
$20.00 per family for non-members
No registration required
Doors open at 9:45 AM
Join us for this live presentation by the Minnesota Raptor Center.
See the majestic bald eagle and
other beautiful raptors!
Learn about the role these Minnesota raptors play in our environment,
the three key features of all raptors and how they differ from other
Bring your questions!
Dragonfly Making Class
Monday, March 17, 2014
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Presented by Darlene Stone
$20 for Arb members and $25 for non-members
(This price includes all supplies to make one dragonfly)
Class size limited to 10
Please bring one ice cream bucket size pail for soaking dogwood braches in.
Snacks and beverages will be provided.
Call to reserve your spot today - payment due at reservation time.
The Buzz on Bees
Saturday March 8, 10am-noon
Kroening Interpretive Center, North Mississippi Regional Park
Learn about the bee life cycle, their complex social structure, what's happening to our honey bee populations and what we can do about it. Reservations required. $5 per person, ages 16+. Call 763-559-6700 to make reservations
The State of Water Conference: Minnesotans Protecting Our Lakes and Rivers
May 1-2, 2014 at Cragun's Resort, near Brainerd, MN
Minnesota and water: two words synonymous to Minnesotans. But people are the third critical leg of this triangle. We all depend on -- and impact -- water through decisions we make every day. This conference is an opportunity for citizens to come together and learn and share what we know so we can all be better stewards of our water resources. Who is this conference for? Lake association members, lake and riverfront property owners, local leaders, and all concerned citizens. How will this conference benefit me? *Select from over 70 presenters and 35 breakout session topics *Go in-depth with a half-day workshop (4 to choose from) *Hear the latest news about water issues from 4 plenary speakers *See new products and services offered by 40+ expected exhibitors *Connect with lake associations, watershed districts, citizen groups, state agencies, non-profit organizations, universities, and colleges.
Registration is now open, and the number of attendees will be limited so sign up early! To register or learn more, visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/stateofwaterconferencemn and the conference website at http://www.conservationminnesota.org/state-of-water-conference/. An article about the conference is available online in the current issue of From Shore to Shore, http://shorelandmanagement.org/downloads/2014_winter.pdf. Have questions? Contact Alex Gehrig, Freshwater Society, 763-219-1251 x113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the latest events being offered at ACNW here
Maple Syrup Day and Pancake Brunch
Food & Farms Weekend
Women's Wellness & Adventure Weekend
Birding Bonanza Weekend
Are you tired of winter and ready for a weekend adventure? We've added two great new programs at the International Wolf Center in March that are guaranteed to get our members excited...
Wolf Photography Workshop
March 7-9, 2014
Discover the art of photographing wolves at the International Wolf Center. Participants will learn important information about wolves and what to look for in capturing their unique behaviors. Spend time photographing wolves at the Center, as well as a field trip into wolf territory. The workshop fee includes classroom lectures, two meals and insider tips and tricks you won't find anywhere else. Taught by IWC master photographers Kelly Godfrey and Ann Rasberry. Program starts at 5p on Friday evening and ends at noon on Sunday.
Held in Ely at the International Wolf Center
Price: $95/pp (members save 10%)
Winter Wolf Ecology And Tracking Workshop
March 8-9, 2014
Explore wolf ecology, population biology, management issues, population monitoring and field study techniques, including a winter tracking / ecology field trip on Saturday afternoon. The workshop fee includes classroom lectures and videos, two meals and the field trip into wolf territory where participants will learn how to find and track wolves in the wild. Taught by experts from the Timber Wolf Information Network (TWIN), including renowned wolf biologist and author Dick Thiel. Program starts at 9a on Saturday morning and ends at noon on Sunday.
Held in Ely at the International Wolf Center
Price: $95/pp (members save 10%)
Members should use the promotional code IWCMEMBER to save 10%
You can also bring family members or friends and save $5 on their registration!
Join us in March for these great new programs and discover how beautiful an early-spring trip to the International Wolf Center can be!
Register through the School of Education's Graduate Development Program (Continuing
Studies) at www.hamline.edu or visit our website at www.auduboncollege.org to download a registration form to fax or mail
Wolf Ecology February 7-9, 2014
SCED 7862 (Spring 2014)... 2 credits... $550 tuition/$100 course fee = $650
The wolf is one of the most charismatic and polarizing animals to walk the earth. At one time it was the most widely dispersed land mammal in the world, and is still found throughout the northern hemisphere. Wolves have been reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park and were recently delisted from Endangered Species status in Minnesota. This course will give an overview of wolf ecology, behaviors and adaptations, as well as investigate the human interactions and issues related to the wolf. This course will include a visit to the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, MN to observe captive wolves, and field experience tracking outside.
March 14-16, 2014
SCED 7671 (Spring 2014)... 2 credits...$550 tuition/$80 course fee = $630
Minnesota is famous for its forests, as it home to the convergence of the northern conifer forest and the eastern deciduous forest. During this weekend course based at the Audubon Center, students will spend time in a number of habitats and learn basic tree identification, features, patterns and forest types. Students will also learn about different forest management practices, past and present, which continue to shape
Minnesota's forests today.
Energy & Food Systems April 4-6, 2014
ENED 7739 (Spring 2014)... 2 credits... $550 tuition/$80 course fee = $630
This course looks at how humans use energy and ways we can reduce our
environmental impact through energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy
production. During this weekend course based at the Audubon Center, students will
gain firsthand experience with these areas by examining measures that the Audubon
Center on these fronts. This course also looks at the food systems of society, and its
environmental and economic impacts. We will examine how we can move to
sustainable food systems through behavior changes towards local, organic, and
community shared models, and visit local farms.
Spring Flora May 9-10, 2014
SCED 7685 (Spring 2014)... 1 credit... Tuition $275/Course fee $50= $325
Spring in the eastern deciduous forest abounds with color and beauty thanks to the amazing wildflower display that takes place. This weekend course based at the Audubon Center will get students outside to learn wildflower identification, terminology and features. Students will investigate several habitats as they identify and understand
the beauty of spring through its flora.
Birds of Minnesota June 6-8, 2014
SCED 7602 (Summer 2014)... 2 credits... Tuition $550/Course fee $80= $630
Late spring is a time for witnessing the influx of hundreds of species of birds through Minnesota. During this weekend course based at the Audubon Center, students will be introduced to basic bird identification techniques, including field markings, vocalizations and behaviors. Students will spend the weekend becoming familiar with the bird species found in Minnesota through outside investigation and identification.
Stories In the Rocks: Minnesota's Geology June 13-15, 2014
SCED 7683 (Summer 2014)...2 Credits... $550 tuition/$80 course fee = $630
Geology is the foundation upon which all life has been built and is a science of stories. Geology determines bedrock and soils and in its processes has given us the substrate on which our plant communities grow. Essential to understanding Minnesota's three major biomes is the geologic story. In this course we will identify the major rock types and learn their fascinating stories: when and how they were formed, what kind of environment they formed in, how they impact the land and where these rocks can be found in Minnesota.
Ecological Systems: Biomes July 21-25, 2014
NSEE 8200 (Summer 2014)... 3 credits*
This course examines the three major biomes that intersect in Minnesota: deciduous forest, coniferous forest, and prairie. During this course, students will study and identify key features found in each of the three biomes. Participants will also study the ecological relationships between organisms that are typically found in each area. Students will travel throughout the state to experience each of the biomes firsthand, camping at various locations throughout the week.
*For this course students must be enrolled in the Natural Sciences and Environmental Education masters program to participate. Contact Hamline University's Master of Arts in Education program to enroll: http://www.hamline.edu/HUContent.aspx?pageid=2147490621
Reading the Landscape November 1-2, 2014
SCED 7679 (Fall 2014)... 2 credits... Tuition $550/course fee $65 = $615
The landscapes around us are filled with stories of why they look the way they do. During this course based at the Audubon Center, students will examine the "why" of what is around them, and start discovering the clues to piece together an area's story. These skills have universal application. Students will learn how to identify common Minnesota plants and trees and how disturbance on the landscape affects plant
communities, patterns and distribution. They will apply research and observation skills to interpret various stories on the landscape, enabling them to put together stories of "what happened here."
For more information, visit our website at
www.auduboncollege.org or call 888-404-7743
Register through the School of Education's Graduate Development Program
(Continuing Studies) at www.hamline.edu or visit our website at
www.auduboncollege.org to download a registration form to fax or mail
My name is Jen Kader and I am the Volunteer and Outreach Manager for Great River Greening, a non-profit in St. Paul whose mission is to secure the legacy of Minnesota lands and waters through community-based restoration, stewardship, and partnership.
We are seeking individuals who are passionate about the environment to become trained as Volunteer Supervisors. These volunteer leaders are indispensable to Great River Greening, directing the efforts of our restoration volunteers in small work units at restoration events. They provide instruction and motivation, all tempered by a touch of good humor and passion for our environment. The Volunteer Supervisor position is a great opportunity for Master Naturalists to fulfill any required volunteer hours. We host 6-8 large public events each Spring and Fall as well as several private events, so there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer.
The training on March 1st is free, open to everyone, and will focus on the roles and responsibilities of the volunteer supervisor, how to manage and effectively lead volunteers, and helpful restoration techniques. Please see the attached flyer for more details.
The 2014 State of Water Conference is a unique opportunity to:
*Network with other citizens interested in improving and protecting water resources
*Connect with resource professionals from around the state
*Gain technical insights
*Find opportunities to protect and restore your lake or river
The Conference will be held at Cragun's Resort
Click here to visit the official Conference webpage.
Dear Central Region SNA Site Stewards,
We would like to offer you an introduction to ecology and rare natural features information available for our Central Region, and training in invasive species identification and control methods. We have tentatively scheduled Saturday, March 1, 9 am to 4:00 pm for this session. Would you please let me know if you are interested in attending, by January 24? I will attempt to secure a meeting location that provides the shortest drive for the most participants.
Our objectives for this training session are to:
(1) Increase your awareness of and access to ecology and natural history information available for Central Region SNAs, including:
a. the Ecological Classification System,
b. Native Plant Community Field Guides, and the
c. Natural Heritage Information System (records for rare features);
(2) Enhance your understanding of native plant communities and natural disturbances associated with them (fire, wind-throw, flooding);
(3) Enhance your understanding of the impacts of management activities and natural disturbances on wildlife;
(4) Facilitate your interests in biological monitoring;
(5) Facilitate your interests in hands-on restoration work through training in invasive species ID and control methods;
(6) Review safety guidelines, and provide safety supplies and equipment for the types of activities you'd like to help with at your SNA.
It's a hefty list! Our Regional Plant Ecologist (Hannah Texler) and our Regional Nongame Wildlife Specialists (Erica Hoaglund and Chris Smith) will provide the bulk of the training.
Many of you are Master Naturalists! Let me know if you would be interested in teaching your fellow stewards invasives species ID and control methods for known species of concern at your SNA.
Central Region SNA Program Coordinator
Scientific and Natural Areas Program
Division of Ecological and Water Resources, MN DNR
1200 Warner Road
St. Paul, MN 55106
651-259-5837 (office) 651-295-9854 (cell) 651-772-7977 (fax)
Conquering Nature Deficity Disorder with Phenology
Wednesday, February 12, 2014.
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Presenter: Larry Weber
Please register by clicking here
As a biology teacher in the early 1980′s, Larry Weber noticed that students were not going outside as they did earlier. They also seemed to be unaware of common local flora and fauna. In response, he developed a life science class for 7th grade that made regular use of the outdoors, looking for evidence of seasonal change (i.e. phenology). With its outdoor component, the course was very successful. In his webinar presentation, Larry will explain how to organize a course focused on phenology, what his students looked for each month of the school year and the benefits of this type of teaching.
Bio: While a high school and middle school teacher for 40 years, Larry Weber spent 25 years teaching a phenology-based class. A past Science year of the year in Minnesota and the author of ten books on local phenology, spiders, butterflies and fungi, Larry has been writing a weekly nature column for a Duluth newspaper and hosted a weekly nature program on a local radio station for about 20 years. He is a frequent speaker at parks, nature centers, etc and wrote one of Green Teacher's all-time most popular articles, focusing on his middle school phenology course. Now retired, he lives with plenty of critters on an old farm in Carlton County, Minnesota.
Building a Culture of Resilience through Education
Thursday, February 20, 2014.
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Presenters: David Selby & Fumiyo Kagawa
Please register by clicking here
Children and youth witness and experience natural disasters in increasing numbers and intensity. This webinar will explore the curriculum, learning and teaching implications of helping children and youth to become active agents in preventing, mitigating and better coping with natural disasters. It will highlight practical ideas and examples of disaster risk reduction (DRR) education in school and community characterized by child/youth participation and leadership. The webinar will also explore how environmental education can contribute to disaster risk reduction and vice-versa. Participants will be invited to share their own practice and experience in empowering children and youth to help foster a resilient school and community.
David Selby is Founding Director and Fumiyo Kagawa is Research Director of Sustainability Frontiers, a new not-for-profit international organization with offices in Canada and the UK. (See www.sustainabilityfrontiers.org.) They are authors of Disaster Risk Reduction in School Curricula: Case Studies from Thirty Countries (UNESCO/UNICEF, 2012) and the teacher education and classroom activities online package, Climate Change in the Classroom: UNESCO Course for Secondary Teachers on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development (UNESCO, 2013). Their new book, Sustainability Frontiers: Critical and Transformative Voices from the Borderlands of Sustainability Education, will appear later in 2013.
Water Quality Monitoring in Outdoor Education
Thursday, February 27, 2014.
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Presenter: Dana McDonald
Please register by clicking here
Water provides a rich source of learning opportunities. The webinar will explore water quality monitoring as an educational tool to engage students in learning about water and the local environment. Participants will be provided with practical information to integrate water quality monitoring into their own practice including how to set-up monitoring activities, managing risk, the monitoring process, helpful tools and resources, and how to make water quality monitoring a meaningful learning experience.
Dana McDonald is a Greenspace Project Manager with Evergreen's BC Office. She is a water resource scientist by training with experience in academia and the private and not-for-profit sectors. Through Dana's work, she has learned the importance of hands-on experience, interactive dialogue and thinking of the world as a complex and connected system. With Evergreen, Dana works with her team to bring meaningful learning experiences in urban natural spaces to communities and schools.
Learn how to design and build a raingarden or give new life to an existing raingarden in free classes sponsored by the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, Blue Thumb, the cities of Maplewood and Shoreview, East Metro Water Resource Education Program and the Washington Conservation District. Classes run from March - May. For more information: www.rwmwd.org
A Raingarden For Your Yard
Choose from one of three introductory classes to get you started with the nuts and bolts of raingardens, their purpose to improve water quality, inspirational design options and how to tap into free site visits, design assistance and grants through your local watershed district.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Intro/Design Combination Class
Washington Conservation District Office, 455 Hayward Ave. N, Oakdale
Preregister by February 28th.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
First class in a three part series (see Site Assessment & Garden Layout & Plant Design)
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Shoreview Community Center, Shoreview Room, 4580 Victoria Street N, Shoreview, MN
Preregister by February 28th.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Intro/Design Combination Class
Woodbury City Hall, 8301 Valley Creek Rd, Woodbury
Preregister by March 7th
Raingarden Site Assessment - Drainage & Soils
Join a Ramsey Conservation District landscape designer at a private home in Roseville to learn how to analyze your site, test for soil infiltration and determine your drainage area.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Second in a three-part series
6:00 - 8:00 PM
947 Transit Ave, Roseville
Preregister by May 5th
Raingarden Design Workshop - Garden Layout & Plant Design
Join landscape designer Joe Lochner for an overview of raingarden design principles. Bring your site base map and results of your infiltration test to use to design your own raingarden. Joe and Master Gardeners will help you look at ways to solve drainage issues and provide individual design assistance.
Tuesday, May 20
Third in a three part series
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 East 7th St, Maplewood
Preregister by May 16th
Prerequisite: Site Assessment Class
These raingarden classes are free, but registration is required. To register contact Shelly Melser at the Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District by phone, (651) 792-7965 or by email at email@example.com.
For more information visit www.rwmwd.org. For specific questions about the content of these classes, please contact Sage Passi at the Watershed District at 651-792-7958. For more information about the content of classes held in Oakdale and Woodbury, contact Angie Hong at (651) 275-1136 x.35.
Restore Your Raingarden Classes
Has your raingarden been overrun by weeds? Does it need a few new plants or a complete overhaul? Come get tips on how to rescue your raingarden and make it the garden of your dreams. See slides of the new plants and designs Maplewood is using. We'll have time to answer questions and help you figure out where to start.
Tuesday, April 8
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th St, Maplewood
Preregister by April 3rd
"Divide & Conquer" in Your Raingarden
It's spring clean-up time for raingardens. Come learn how to cut back old vegetation, divide and transplant perennials and prevent erosion at the inlet. We'll also cover strategies for dealing with overly aggressive plants. Meet us in the neighborhood for this outdoor demonstration. Dress for the weather!
Tuesday, May 13
6:30 - 7:30 PM
Location to be determined
Preregister by May 11
These restoration classes are free, but register by calling (651) 249-2170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about these classes, visit the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District website at www.rwmwd.org.
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.
SAVE THE DATE ! SATURDAY, MARCH 22
2014 ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM
Co-sponsored by the Bell Museum of Natural History
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Dr. Harvey Ballard Jr. - Ohio University; Topic: Violets
Dr. Ballard is an authority on the topic of Violets
Dr. Robert W. Freckmann - UW Stevens Point; Topic: Panicum/Dichanthelium
You may recognize the name if familiar with the herbarium that shares his name. Dr. Freckmann is one of the best known botanists in the Midwest and he will be presenting on one of his specialties.
Perry Scott - Topic: Northern Adventures
An Unusual Collector. Visit the University of Minnesota Herbarium and you will likely see the name P.A. Scott on many of the collections. Perry Scott happens to be a cellist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra but he spends his summers botanizing; He has conducted numerous botanical field studies over the years in the BWCA and Quetico and he will be joining us to discuss his adventures.
Crystal Boyd - Topic: Minnesota Bees: What's All the Buzz About?
Natural Resources Specialist with the Minnesota Biological Survey (MN DNR)
Mark White - Topic: Adaptive Forest Management due to Climate Change.
Forest Ecologist with The Nature Conservancy
Hope to see you in our 18,000 acre classroom at one of the following events.
More info available at www.boulderlake.org
**Minnesota Logging Business Survey Results - Feb 19 Webinar - Feb 19
**Current Status of Tick-borne Diseases in Minnesota - Webinar Mar 18
**Wilderness and Remote First Aid - Mar 22-23
**Wood and Canvas Canoe Building Workshop - Mar 27 - April 3, 2014
**Minnesota Forest Health Update: What's in Your Woods and What's Coming Webinar April 22
**Inuit Kayak Paddle Making Workshop - April 23 & 26
**Bent Shaft Paddle Making Workshop - May 2 & 5
Boulder Birding Big Day - May 10
**Minnesota Phenology: Monitoring Seasonal Change - Webinar - May 28
**St. Louis River Watershed Educator Workshop - Session I Jun 10-11
**What's New in Green Building Standards? Webinar June 17
**St. Louis River Watershed Educator Workshop - Session II Jun 18-19
**Talking with Landowners about Intergenerational Land Transfer - Webinar - Jul 15
**MN Master Naturalist Volunteer Training - July 28-Aug 1
**MN Master Naturalist Volunteer Training- Aug 18-22
**Sasquatch Scramble Obstacle 5K Run - Sept 6
More info and registration details at www.boulderlake.org
Please email any questions to email@example.com or call 218-721-3731.
Have a great day!
Phenology Adventures with Jim Gilbert
Come join the adventure and visit NATURE with Jim Gilbert at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center. Come for one weekend or learn the phenology of all 4 seasons by attending all three weekends. Snowshoeing, skiing, hiking and canoeing will provide the means of transporting you through these adventuresome weekends to learn about the natural history of the North Shore, and the means of recording phenology.
March 14- 16
June 27- 29
Oct 10- 12
If you're a Master Naturalist or interested observer of nature your sure to enjoy Jim's knowledge and enthusiasm. These weekends can count toward Master Naturalist credits.
For more information and registration go to: Jim Gilbert Phenology Weekends
Conservation Currents January 2014
Izaak Walton League of America [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Save the Date: "Youth in the Outdoors" Webinar Series
Fields Road Third GradeJoin League staff for FREE trainings on running a successful youth program. These webinars will help you develop a program that provides youth with positive, enjoyable, and educational nature experiences using a variety of games and activities.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
7:00-8:00pm Eastern Time
The Importance of Connecting Youth with the Outdoors: Together we can reach the "lost generation"
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
7:00-8:00pm Eastern Time
Engaging Youth in the Outdoors: Practical "how to" advice for your youth program, from activity ideas to the nuts and bolts of program management
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
7:00-8:00pm Eastern Time
Youth Programs That Work: A look at successful programs from across the country and lessons learned
Look for registration information in the next issue of "Conservation Currents." Questions? E-mail Rebecca Wadler at email@example.com.
Come join us for a day of learning about regional water quality issues at the St. Louis River Watch Congress. The theme of this year's Congress is Climate Change and its Effect on Our Natural Resources. Regional professionals from Minnesota Seagrant, Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, Fond du Lac Resource Management, as well as many others, will have presentations and activities about their latest research.
Volunteers are needed for the 2014 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 20, 2014
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:
For more info and to volunteer contact:
Environmental Institute Director
Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College
Consider kicking off 2014 by spending some quality time learning how to tie the top fly fishing patterns for our area with the Laughing Trout fly fishing club. This is a wonderful organization of anglers that are devoted to passing on fly tying skills honed over the years to anyone with the desire to learn. You'll likely hear some excellent fishing tales as well.
Treat yourself to a great experience!!
Dates and locations can be found here: Fly tying patterns (top 10 midwest spring creek trout flies).pdf.
MN DNR - Fish and Wildlife Outreach Section
MinnAqua Aquatic Education Coordinator
Fishing: Get in the Habitat!
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.
Audubon Center of the North Woods, Sandstone, MN
Learn more & register online: http://www.willstegerfoundation.org/summer-institute
Contact us with questions or comments: firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-278-7147
Registration is now open for Spring 2014 ~
The Ecological Restoration Training Cooperative has developed five online courses that each focus on specific aspects of restoration practice.
You'll have the flexibility to participate in these online courses from any location with internet access. For those of you who avoid online courses because they don't seem like a great way to learn - give these a try! We've designed these to be as interactive and as "real world" as possible. That means you'll be able to visit warm, sunny field sites even when it's 40 below. How bad can that be?
Site Assessment and Setting Restoration Goals (required) - January 20 - February 23, 2014
Designing and Using Native Seed Mixes - February 24 - March 30, 2014
Monitoring Ecological Restorations - February 24 - March 30, 2014
Vegetation Management for Restored Ecosystems - March 31 - May 4, 2014
Designing, Installing, and Managing Native Plantings - March 31 - May 4, 2014
For more detailed program information, and session descriptions, visit the website.
Registration and Fees
Online registration is now available. Click on the course links above, to register for the date you select. The registration fee for each course is $375.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Participants who successfully complete each course will receive 2.5 CEUs (or 25 contact hours) and a Certificate of Completion.
One CEU is defined as 10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education program. A CEU certificate will be sent to each participant after the conference. A permanent record of CEUs earned will be maintained by the University of Minnesota Office of Admissions and Records Transcript Office.
For Further Information
University of Minnesota