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Calling all folks interested in the great outdoors and stopping the inadvertent spread of terrestrial invasive species. PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species In Your Tracks is hosting the 3rd annual PlayCleanGo Day to coincide with National Get Outdoors Day on June 13, 2015. Nine state parks and four Three Rivers Park District regional parks will be participating. From 11am to 3pm, we will have volunteers at each park location to talk with visitors about invasive species that live on land and the steps folks can take to help stop their spread. We'll have boot brushes and kids activities at each station along with information about some of the plant species they might see at the park. For the list of participating parks, see the list at the bottom of this email.

We are looking for two to three volunteers per site. One volunteer will arrive at 10:30 to set up the table and greet the other volunteers. Their shift ends at 3:00. The other two volunteers arrive at 10:50. At the end of the event, they will be responsible for packing up the materials and getting them back to the park office by 3:30.

All supplies will be at the Park ahead of time. So volunteers need bring only themselves, their smiles and their personal belongings. Plan to bring water, lunch, sun screen and bug repellent. Wear comfortable shoes or boots. We'll provide a tote bag, ball cap and poncho for all volunteers.

If you are interested in setting up the table and greeting the other volunteers please go to this doodle poll and select your state park of choice. https://doodle.com/pemhssxvie9c8x6k

If you are interested in arriving a little later and are willing to pack up the materials at the end of the day, go to this doodle poll and select your state park of choice. https://doodle.com/eq68daa7unuteubw

The Three Rivers park District will be arranging their own volunteers. But if you are interested in being at one of those sites, let Angela know at AIsackson@threeriversparkdistrict.org.

Invite a friend and join us on June 13, 2015. Celebrate the Minnesota outdoors!!
PlayCleanGo Day Event Locations
· BUFFALO RIVER STATE PARK--565 155th Street South, Glyndon, MN
· CARVER PARK RESERVE--7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria, MN
· CASCADE RIVER STATE PARK--3481 West Hwy 61, Lutsen, MN
· ELM CREEK PARK RESERVE--13351 Elm Creek Road, Dayton, MN
· GOOSEBERRY FALLS STATE PARK--3206 Hwy 61 East, Two Harbors, MN
· HYLAND PARK RESERVE--10145 Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN
· ITASCA STATE PARK--36750 Main Park Drive, Park Rapids, MN
· LAKE SHETEK STATE PARK--163 State Park Road, Currie, MN
· MURPHY HANREHAN PARK RESERVE--15501 Murphy Lake Road, Savage MN
· SCENIC STATE PARK--56956 Scenic Hwy 7, Bigfork, MN
· SIBLEY STATE PARK--800 Sibley Park Road Northeast, New London, MN
· WHITEWATER STATE PARK--19041 Minnesota 74, Altura,
· WILLIAM O'BRIEN STATE PARK--16821 O'Brien Trail North, Marine on St. Croix, MN

Project Learning Tree Summer Workshops

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Project Learning Tree
May 2015
Summer Workshops

Summer is a great time to get new activities and spice up your curricula in science, math, reading, and social studies!

PLT - Early Childhood
Friday, June 19, 2015
9 am - 3:30 pm
Maplewood Nature Center, Maplewood

For preschool - grade 1 educators

$45. Participants get the PLT Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood book and CD, lunch, and CEUs.

Register


FREE PLT K-8 Workshop
Friday, June 26
9 am - 3 pm
Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area (Forest Lake)

For grade K-8 educators

FREE! Participants get PLT K-8 Activity Guide, 6 CEUs, lunch

Register


PLT/WILD/WET Secondary Institute
July 21-24, 2015
Vermilion Community College, Ely

For grade 7-12 educators.

$130, includes breakfasts, lunches, WET K-12 Activity Guide 2.0, WILD K-12 Activity Guide, PLT Secondary guides, field trips, 18 CEUs. Optional on-site lodging and graduate credit available for additional cost.

Register

Revamped Nature's Notebook Instructional Materials

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Looking for a refresher on the basics of using Nature's Notebook or a teaching resource for the groups you lead?

The Nature's Notebook How-to Online Course:
Gives you instructions on setting up a site, making observations of plants and animals, and entering observations online
Shows you how to use the Nature's Notebook website via instructional videos
Tests your new knowledge with interactive quizzes after each lesson and a comprehensive final quiz
Automatically saves your progress, so you can leave the course and then pick up where you left off
The entire course should take 45 minutes to one hour to complete.


Take the course »

June 16 Bee Talk and Woods Walk

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Bee Talk and Woods Walk
Friday, June 26

Metro Area MNWWN member, Debra Donath, has invited us to her 23-acre property just off of Hwy 19, east of Cannon Falls. She and her husband have offered to give a bee talk and demo, take a look at two prairie restoration sites they are working on, a white pine planting, and maybe some oak and walnut plantings.

When: Friday, June 26, 2015: 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: 31541 White Rock Trail, Welch, MN 55089
Hosts: Debra Donath and Kent Volz, Landowners
Cost: Free
RSVP: Barb Spears at 651-328-0463 or barb@twfllc.com so we can plan
accordingly.

Directions from Cannon Falls: drive east on Highway 19 towards Red Wing. Go nine miles to mile marker 199 on Highway 19. About 200 yards past MM 199 turn right on White Rock Trail. Drive one mile to our home on the right. You will pass two old farm houses on your way.

Light rain or shine! Dress and prepare appropriately for outdoor field tour including insect and tick protection and sunscreen. Light refreshments provided.

Sponsored by the Metro Area MNWWN

Hello Metro MNWWN! It's time for a spring outing! Join us on May 23! See below.

What: Bird Watching and Wildflowers Outing
When: Saturday, May 23, 2015

Time: 7:30 a.m. - ? ; the actual end time will depend on how long you want to stay! Maybe coffee nearby afterwards?

Where: Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis. https://www.minneapolisparks.org/parks_and_destinations/gardens__bird_sanctuaries/eloise_butler_wildflower_garden_and_bird_sanctuary/

What to Bring: Binoculars, bird books, wildflower books, insect repellant and sun screen, water bottle. Dress for the weather and walking.

RSVP: Barb Spears, barb@twfllc.com or 651-328-0463 so we know to look for you!

LANESBORO, Minn. -- A smooth and informed transition of farmland from one generation to another is the focus of a workshop for women farmers and landowners Thursday, May 14, in Lanesboro. The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) and Renewing the Countryside (RTC) are co-organizing the event, which will take place upstairs at Pedal Pushers Café, 121 Parkway Ave. N. Doors open at 9 a.m.; the program will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and includes a light lunch. Please reserve a spot by calling LSP's Caroline van Schaik at 507-523-3366 or caroline@landstewardshipproject.org. There is no charge, but free will donations will help defray the cost of the meal and materials.

The need to plan for the future of their family farm might be uppermost in the minds of aging landowners, but worrisome questions often keep them from tackling the matter. With the help of guest lawyer Greg Schieber, landowner Lynn Susag, and LSP's new transitions curriculum, participants will find answers to such queries as, "Will I be on the farm in five years? What is the difference between a land trust and an S Corporation? What's my style of communicating about this sensitive topic?"

Whether years from needing a plan or needing one yesterday, women farmers and landowners will find support in this informal, woman-to-woman introduction to some of the key issues behind a seamless transition of land from one generation to another.

This gathering is another in a series of workshops in the Driftless Region designed by LSP (www.landstewardshipproject.org) and RTC (http://www.renewingthecountryside.org) to empower women farmers and landowners to match their values with their farming and conservation practices. Funding is provided in part by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the McKnight Foundation.

C. van Schaik

Land Stewardship Project

Community-based Food Program

507-523-3366

www.landstewardshipproject.org

Women & Their Farm Transitions workshop Thursday, May 14 - Primer for women farmers and landowners to focus on the peaceful and informed transition of land to another party. Coffee at 9 a.m., program 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Pedal Pushers Café, Lanesboro. Free with good-will donation. Details at https://landstewardshipproject.org/events/item/714. RSVP for lunch to Caroline, 507-523-3366, caroline@landstewardshipproject.org.

May 20 Container Gardening

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Container Gardening
Learn everything you need to know about planting and designing your own containers from Mieka Jo Hoffman, gardener and Certified Arborist at UMM.

Class will cover:


  • Soil

  • Plant design

  • Container Styles

  • Plant types: succulents, herbs, annuals, perennials

Wednesday, May 20
5:15 p.m.
Horticulture Display Garden
West Central Research and Outreach Center
46352 State Highway 329
Morris, MN
Admission is Free, donations accepted

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

The project's components include:

1) Convenings: Throughout 2015 and into 2016, we will hold a series of 12 public convenings across the state that will connect communities through local science, stories, and solutions that encompass the broad range of impacts that Minnesotans are seeing now. In addition we will hold two to four educator workshops that highlight local resources and build capacity.

2) Climate action teams: Each convening will culminate in the establishment and ongoing support of peer groups in all of the 12 communities. These groups will focus on sharing their "climate stories" and implementing community projects that advance climate change solutions.

3) Storytelling Collection: We're inviting Minnesotans across the state to share their stories of how climate change has impacted their lives, either in blog or podcast form. We will present these stories online and encourage them to be shared statewide as educational resources and as inspiration for climate action.

4) Television production: Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) is creating a TV production and video segments that examine the different ways that climate change is affecting Minnesotans in various settings.

Click here for opportunities to be involved with Climate Minnesota.

May 12 Climate Minnesota: Burnsville

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Climate Minnesota: Burnsville
Tuesday, May 12th, 5:30-8:30 pm
Diamondhead Education Center
200 West Burnsville Parkway
Burnsville, MN 55337

Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, in partnership with the city of Burnsville and the Burnsville Eagan Savage School District, invites you to join your neighbors in attending a public convening on the local impacts of climate change and community-based solutions. Hear from experts, community leaders, and storytellers about local climate issues. Work with neighbors, friends, and colleagues to implement innovative local solutions. This event is free and open to the public, ALL ages are welcome, and food will be provided. Join us from 5:30pm - 8:30pm on Tuesday, May 12th at the Diamondhead Education Center in Burnsville. For more information visit our website: http://www.climateminnesota.org/burnsville.

July 22 MN Traveling Invasive Species Workshop

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The Minnesota Invasive Species Council (MISAC) and the MN Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) Chapter invite you to attend the MN Traveling Invasive Species Workshop meeting at Elm Creek Park Reserve Chalet on Wednesday, July 22nd.

The traveling workshop is a one-day, field based workshop taking place in the West Metro and Three Rivers Park District. This year's topics include early detection and identification of newcomer invasive plants, zebra mussel control, battling wild parsnip, using goats and fire to manage buckthorn and much more!

This will be a full day event beginning at 8:00 a.m. and ending by 4:00 pm. Registration fees cover the cost of lunch, water/ice, and transport between field sites. Registration details will follow at a later date. We're looking forward to seeing you there!

The Role of Citizen Science in Monarch Conservation May 14 at Minnetonka Community Center

Eva Lewandowski of the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab addresses the need for citizen science volunteers. Learn the major threats facing monarchs, the role citizen science plays in monarch conservation, and the citizen science opportunities available locally. Lewandowski has a BS in Conservation and Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MS in Zoology from Michigan State, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota.

At Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minnetonka. Social time 6:30 p.m., presentation 7:00 p.m.. Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the West Metro Chapter of Minnesota Master Naturalists. More information about the chapter and the Master Naturalist program are available at http://westmetromasternaturalists.weebly.com/.

Maplewood Nature Center Public Nature Programs

Contact: Karen Wachal, karen.wachal@ci.maplewood.mn.us, 651-249-2170

About Maplewood Nature Center

Maplewood Nature Center is a 40-acre preserve operated by the City of Maplewood. The Visitor Center is located at 2659 East Seventh Street in Maplewood and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The Nature Play Yard adjoins the Visitor Center. Trails wind through oak woods and marsh and are open every day from dawn to dusk. Trails are available to explore every day from dawn to dusk. Use of facilities is free of charge. For more information about Maplewood Nature Center and its programs visit www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com or call 651-249-2170.


To Register for a Nature Center Program:

Register online for paid or free programs www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com then click on the Register Online-Go! button.

You can also register in person, by phone or mail with credit card, cash or check by the date indicated. Program sizes are limited, register early.

No need to register for Drop-in programs.

For more information please call 651-249-2170.

Location is Maplewood Nature Center, (unless otherwise indicated in program description)
2659 E. 7th Street, Maplewood, MN 55119.


MAY

BIRD BANDING DAY (All Ages )
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Saturday, May 2, 9:30AM - Noon
Free
Drop-in program for adults and families.
Youth groups, call 651-249-2170 to register by May 1.

Cardinals, warblers and chickadees, Oh My! Watch licensed bird banders capture, band and release wild birds to learn about age, populations and migration patterns. If conditions allow, take a short hike to observe birds with binoculars on the floating boardwalk. Bring a camera.


FABULOUS FROGS (For Ages 6 and older, with Adult)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Thursday, May 7, 7:00PM-8:30PM
Prepay $5/family by May 5.
Register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

Hike to listen for frogs! Learn to identify frog species by their calls and make your own frog call to take home! Each family will receive a Minnesota Frog poster and a frog call phenology sheet. Discover other good areas to listen for frogs.


WILDFLOWERS for moM (Ages 4 and older, with adult)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
May 9, 10:00AM - 11:15AM
Fee: $6/child
Pre-register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170, by May 6.

Decorate a basket for Mom with a native perennial plant that keeps giving joy year after year. Meet some early bloomers outdoors, flowers called Jack, Violet and Ginger.

DESIGN YOUR RAIN GARDEN
Maplewood Nature Center
2659 E.7th St. Maplewood
Thursday, May 14, 6:30 - 8:30 P.M.
Call Deb Barnes, 651-792-7959 at Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District to register. Please provide your name, e-mail, address, phone number and # of people attending. Register by May 1.

Learn how to design and build a rain garden with Ramsey Conservation District, Watershed District and Maplewood Nature Center experts. Tour the fun rainwater features at the Nature Center and discover what rain garden plants are popping up in mid-May. Identify soil types and determine how fast water soaks into your soil. Learn how to choose plants and get advice from technical staff and Master Gardeners in planning your rain garden design. Prior to the class you will be e-mailed or mailed a questionnaire and a worksheet to fill out including a drawing of your yard. Please complete these before the workshop and bring them with you to the class. At the workshop we will provide an aerial map of your site to use in planning your rain garden.

This free workshop is sponsored by Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, Maplewood Nature Center, the City of Maplewood, Ramsey Conservation District and Blue Thumb. For more information about the class contact Sage Passi@612-598-9163.


ARBOR DAY HISTORY MYSTERY (For All Ages)
At KELLER REGIONAL PARK, meet at Golfview picnic shelter, on Highway 61, ½ mile north of Frost Avenue
Saturday, May 16, 11:00AM-12:00 Noon
FREE! There's a tree history mystery brewing,

"The Case of the Missing Elm Grove--Who (or What) Done It?"

Come try to solve the mystery. You will discover the story of Maplewood's historic tree groves. There will be a brief ceremony at 11:30 to rededicate the Memory Grove plaque.

For a map & the history behind the mystery, see:
www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/treemystery. For more information: 651-249-2170.


NATIVE PLANT Garden TOUR (Adults)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Wednesday, May 20, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Free
Pre-register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170, by May 18.

Take this guided tour of native gardens for sun, rain and shade. Find out which native plants will grow in your yard to provide beauty as well as food tor butterflies and other pollinators.


Yardscaping with Fruit: Apples, Berries, Cherries, and More! (Adults)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Saturday, May 23, 10:30AM - Noon
Prepay $5/person by May 16.
Register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

Edible Landscaping is made up of several tiers of plant types for maximizing the production of food on your urban landscape. This class will focus on some of the different cultivars and species of the tree and shrub layer which bear delicious and edible fruit for eating, baking, juicing and drying.

Rebecca Koetter is a consultant working with various edible trees and shrubs throughout the Metro area. She has experience designing, selecting, implementing, harvesting and processing of nearly every edible fruit from a woody plant growing in Minnesota.


JUNE

BUILD YOUR SOIL: In-Garden Demonstration (Adults)
AT HARVEST COMMUNITY GARDEN, SW corner of County Rd C & Hazelwood St, www.harvestgardens.org
Monday, June 1, 6:30PM-7:30PM
Free, Drop-In Program

Check out the 'rain simulator' to witness the effects of soil-building techniques, & learn more about ways to keep your soil from running off or pooling instead of soaking into the soil where your plants need it. This program will be translated into Karen language. Additional language translation may be requested by two weeks prior. Raindate: Tues June 2nd.

This outdoor presentation will be given by Dan Nath from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.


BACKYARD CHICKEN BASICS - (Adults)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Adults and Children 10 and up
Tuesday, June 16, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Prepay by June 12 $15/adult, $5/ child with adult
Register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

This seminar will cover all aspects of backyard flock management in an urban setting: getting permits, choosing suitable varieties, raising chicks, coop and run requirements, feed and nutrition, common health issues, predators, cold-climate care, chickens in the garden, composting chicken waste, etc. There will be plenty of time for questions, and hands-on time with live chickens (chickens permitting).

Bob Lies, co-owner of Egg/Plant Urban Farm Supply in St. Paul, started raising chicks at the U of MN Student Organic Farm, and has experienced both the joys and troubles of keeping chickens in the city.


PROJECT LEARNING TREE- EARLY CHILDHOOD WORKSHOP (Adults)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Friday, June 19, 9AM-3:30PM
Fee: $45 includes two curriculum books, lunch, & six hours of continuing education credits.
Registration: Deadline is June 4, 2015. To register or with questions, go to www.mndnr.gov/plt or call Laura Duffey at 651-259-5263, 888-646-6367 FREE.

• For: Early childhood educators, Kindergarten and Grade 1 teachers, Scout leaders, Head Start teachers, naturalists, and environmental educators.

• Environmental education for very young children is a natural fit: As children naturally discover, explore, and experience their environment, guided activities will help them gain valuable skills: observing, listening, identifying, classifying, making sensory comparisons, and communicating.

• The day will include: in-depth instruction on learning styles of very young children, nature-based preschool activities and methods, and more. Participants will also devote some time to sharing ideas to improve outdoor learning sites for young children using Maplewood Nature Center's outdoor areas.


WILDERNESS WISDOM: (For Adults & Children ages 7 and older, with Adult)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Saturday, June 20, 10:30AM-11:45AM
Prepay $5/family by June 16
Register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

Join the Naturalist for a hike to discover what's safe and what to watch out for on your summer camping trips. Make a poison ivy rubbing; learn how to identify nightshade and stinging nettle and its herbal antidote. Learn tips and tricks for preventing ticks and mosquito bites; get your own "ticker" tape and Tick ID card. Includes Tick Remover.


JUNIOR VOLUNTEERS!
For Ages 10 - 14 (Ages 14-15 may apply to be Assistant Leaders.)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Dates: Tuesdays, June 23, June 30, July 7,14, 21, 28
Time: 9:30AM -11:15AM
Free. Pre-register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

Fill out permission slip and return to nature center by Friday June 19, in order to participate.

Discover nature, seek new discoveries, and take some action! Make new friends and learn outdoor skills- cook with a solar oven, identify poisonous and edible plants, care for live animals and more! Assist the naturalist with on-going trail and nature projects at the nature center and nearby city-owned nature preserves. Use hand tools to clear trails, plant and maintain wildflowers, and more!


Bokashi Composting - (Adults)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Saturday, June 27, 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Adults
Free. Pre-register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170, by June 25.

Learn how to compost all your household organics (including meat and bones) with this innovative, no hassle method. Bokashi is a new type of composting that is perfect for everyone even if you live in an apartment! The composting equipment, the Fermenator, will be available for sale.

Sean Alter is the owner of Urban Compost, a local company that is focused on compost solutions for the urban grower.


JULY

FIREFLY MAGIC Night Hike (For Ages 3-10 with Adult)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Thursday July 9, 8:30PM-10:00PM
Prepay $5/child by July 7
Register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

Fireflies are magical bugs with a built-in night light.
Learn how and why they light up, and take a hike in search of them.
Listen to a firefly story and make your own glow-in-the-dark firefly to take home.
Early registration recommended.


the good, the bad, and the bugly (For Adults & Children 7 and older, with Adult)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Saturday, July 11
10:00AM- 11:45AM
Free - Pre-register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170, by July 9.

Learn about bugs that are good for trees and bad for trees. On the trail, learn to identify common trees and search for bugs on them. Program includes information on emerald ash borer, Dutch elm disease and oak wilt.


GARDEN ART (For Adults & Children ages 4 and older, with Adult)
AT EDGERTON GARDEN: Corner of Roselawn & Edgerton in Maplewood, north of Edgerton Elementary.
Tuesday, July 14, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Free - Pre-register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170, by July 11.

Master Gardener Lisa Pearson leads you on a journey of reusing materials to create playful garden art. Create whimsical plant markers that you can use each year! Materials provided.


Garden TOUR - NATIVE PLANTS for POLLINATORS! (Adults)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Saturday, July 18, 10:00AM -11:00AM
Free. Pre-register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170, by July 17.

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 to design for specific pollinators.


Bat Survey (Adults & Children ages 7 and older, with Adult)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Thursday, July 23, 8:30PM -10:00PM
Prepay $4/person by July 20
Register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

Hike the trails at twilight to listen for bat clicks and chirps with our electronic echo-locator. Help identify and record species flying over the nature center pond.

What do bats eat? Where do bats live?

Examine a bat house and receive free bat house plans.


TASTY TREATS FROM THE BEES
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Saturday, July 25, 10:00AM-11:30 AM
Prepay $5/person by Thursday, July 23rd
Register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

Taste different kinds of honey, and sample food pollinated by bees such as blueberries and raspberries! Learn about different kinds of bees and why they are important. We'll do an easy and fun bee-count to help the bees with the Great Sunflower Project, www.greatsunflowerproject.org, that you can also do later in your backyard or nearby park.


AUGUST

DRAGONFLIES AND GRASSHOPPERS GALORE! (For Ages 3-8, with Adult)
Saturday, August 1, 10:AM-11:15AM
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Free. Pre-register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170, by July 30, by Noon.

Singing, buzzing, jumping, flying - it's fun to catch and release grasshoppers and other bugs in the gardens and prairie. Use, nets and magnifying lenses to help you catch and observe these amazing creatures.


BUMBLE BEE SAFARI (For Adults & Families with children ages 5 and older)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Saturday, August 8th, 10:00AM-11:30AM
Free. Pre-register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170, by August 4.

You can learn more about befriending bumble bees! Assist Ian Lane from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, in surveying bumblebees and other pollinators from the Nature Center's prairie flowers. Watch as he identifies and records them before releasing them back to the wild.


Super Spiders (Ages 4 and older, with Adult)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Saturday, August 15, 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Prepay $4/child by August 12.
Register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

Spiders are nature's bug zappers! Meet live spiders; learn about webs and spider silk. Put together a spider identification book to take home. Hike to look for orb, funnel, jumping and crab spiders. Wear shoes suitable for hiking.


MONARCH OPEN HOUSE (For Adults and Families)
Saturday, August 29, 1:00PM-3:00PM
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119
Free, drop-in program

Come between 1:00 and 3:00 to help the naturalist tag Monarch butterflies. Learn about the Monarch life cycle and migration to Mexico. See native nectar plants in the Nature Center's gardens that nourish Monarchs .

Lunchtime Webinars

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More Lunchtime Webinars heading your way

Be sure to tune in Wednesdays at noon to watch these upcoming webinars:

May 6 - Looking for Native Pollinators
May 13 - Landscaping for Pollinators

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Saint John's Outdoor University Upcoming Events

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Find out about all of the happenings at the Outdoor U here.

May 8 Mississippi River Forum

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Please join us for the
National Park Service's seventh annual

Mississippi River Forum workshop
Friday, May 8, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m
at the Science Museum of Minnesota, Saint Paul

Keynote address provided by Bill Stowe,
CEO and General Manager of Des Moines Water Works

Topics will include:
The Return of the River Otters
Minnesota's Buffer Initiative: An Up-to-Date Look at the Proposed Legislation


Program information will be updated at www.nps.gov/miss/learn/nature/riverforum.htm.

To RSVP, and for more information, contact Lark Weller at 651-293-8442 or lark_weller@nps.gov.

Thanks to Mississippi River Fund and The McKnight Foundation for support of this program.

The Mississippi River Fund is the proud charitable partner of the National Park Service.

Minnesota Fishing - April 2015

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Trout harvest season opens April 18

Got your fly tackle and lures ready? The trout harvest season on inland streams opens Saturday, April 18.

It's a great time to be a stream trout angler. Opportunities for trout anglers have continued to expand, and at present there are about 3,800 miles of trout streams in Minnesota. With an early snow melt, and barring heavy rains, the streams will be flowing clear, making conditions good for fishing.

The possession limit for brook, brown and rainbow trout, and splake, is five combined, with not more than one longer than 16 inches. In Lake Superior streams, different regulations exist below posted boundaries, and anglers should check for special regulations on the streams where they plan to fish. For more information on trout fishing, see www.mndnr.gov/fishmn/trout.

Tips for introducing kids to fishing
Planning to take a kid fishing this year? Here are some tips from the DNR:


  • Fun and safety are the most important considerations, and adults need to practice patience;

  • Fish for smaller fish like bluegills that tend to bite frequently, and use live bait, smaller hooks and lighter line;

  • Fish from shore so it's easy to take breaks;

  • Keep fishing gear simple, appropriately sized and in working order;

  • Pack snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent and first-aid basics;

  • If fishing action or weather doesn't work out, call it quits before it becomes a negative experience and try again another day; and

  • Congratulate kids on catching any size fish, and take lots of photos.

Common fishing questions, a beginner's guide to fishing, and places to fish can be found at www.mndnr.gov/fishmn. For information about hands-on programs that teach the basics of fishing, see www.mndnr.gov/takeakidfishing or www.mndnr.gov/bow. Resources for educators can be found at www.mndnr.gov/minnaqua.


Catch that? Bass fishing expands

Anglers get more opportunity to fish for bass this year starting on the Saturday, May 9, fishing opener when a new catch-and-release bass season begins in most of the state.
The catch-and-release season runs until the regular harvest season opens Saturday, May 23. All largemouth and smallmouth bass caught during this two-week period must immediately be released.

Meanwhile, anglers in northeast Minnesota can continue to catch and keep bass during these two weeks starting May 9. Northeast Minnesota is defined as essentially north and east of U.S. Highway 53. In past years, anglers could not fish for bass until Memorial Day weekend outside northeastern Minnesota.

In another bass season change, the fall closure on harvest of smallmouth bass has been lifted in the northeast.

More on bass fishing can be found at www.mndnr.gov/fishmn/bass.

Passing your woodland or cabin to the next Generation:
Intergenerational Land Transfer Family Workshop

Friday, October 2, 2015
9:30am to 4:00pm
Bunker Hill Activity Center; Oak Room
550 Bunker Lake Blvd NW
Andover, MN 55304

You have a vision for your woodland or cabin properties. It may be as simple as keeping the woodland or cabin in the family or as complex as maintaining a working woodland for future generations. We have worked with more than 200 families and found communication with family members who care as much about the land as you do is the best starting point. Having a shared family land ethic or vision for your property with family will help guide your decision about the legal tools used to pass the land on to the next generation.

This 6-hour workshop will help you begin a conversation about the future of your families' woodland or cabin. You will also learn about what you can do to share your land ethic with the next generation. You will participate in exercises designed to stimulate discussion and be given resources that will help you plan a successful transfer.

Allison Eklund, an attorney, cabin owner and graduate of the Woodland Advisor Program, will discuss wills, trusts, and limited liability companies and how each of these can be used to help you to pass your land on.

Registration
To register on-line https://www.regonline.com/LandTransferFamilyWorkshop or contact Mike Reichenbach, 218-726-6470

The registration fee is $150. This fee covers:
All members of a family or successor group. This includes people who are part of the decision-making process or will likely inherit or accept transfer of the land. We encourage you to bring your entire family.
One set of books per family or group. This includes Ties to the Land and Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate. Additional copies will be available for sale.
Refreshments and lunch
Hosted by
University of Minnesota Extension and
The Minnesota Forestry Association Metro Chapter
The Minnesota Land Trust

For more information
Mike Reichenbach, UMN Extension, 218-726-6470 or reich027@umn.edu
Barb Spears, MN Forestry Association Metro Chapter, 651-328-0463 or barb@twfllc.com

The Will Steger Foundation is launching Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions this spring with four public convening events in the communities of Bemidji, Crookston, Burnsville, and Duluth! Join your friends and neighbors in attending these public convenings on the local impacts of climate change and community based solutions. Hear from experts, community leaders, and storytellers about local climate issues. Work with neighbors, friends, and colleagues to implement innovative local solutions. These events are free and open to the public, ALL ages are welcome, and food will be provided. Join us at 5:00 pm for a local resources fair, followed by speakers, discussion, and break-out sessions from 5:30-8:00 pm. For information on specific dates and locations, as well as how to get connected and spread the word see the information below.
We look forward to seeing you there!

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Bemidji, MN: Tuesday April 14th 5:00-8:00 pm. Bemidji State University's Beaux Arts Ballroom, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE Bemidji, MN 56601

Crookston, MN: Wednesday April 15th 5:00-8:00 pm. UMN Crookston Campus's Bede Ballroom, 225 Sargeant Student Center, 2900 University Ave. Crookston, MN 56716

Burnsville, MN: Tuesday May 12th 5:00-8:00 pm. Diamondhead Education Center, 200 West Burnsville Parkway, Burnsville, MN 55337

Duluth, MN: Monday, May 18th 5:00-8:00 pm. Duluth Depot, 506 West Michigan Street, Duluth, MN 55802

An exciting professional development opportunity for teachers of students in grades 7-12 this summer at Cedar Creek - Ecology and Earth System Dynamics for Educators (CI 5540 - 006/7) is a graduate level 3-credit course designed expressly for teachers in both formal and informal arenas. This hands-on, field-based course addresses the ecological concepts and experimental protocols required to teach the ecology standards dictated in the Minnesota State Science Standards and the NGSS.

Always a fun time, we work hard, learn and laugh over the five day course. For the final product, students develop a lesson or activity to use in the classroom or nature center using information and methods learned in the course.

Three tuition options are available for this course:


  • graduate student tuition for those already registered in a UMN masters program

  • a rate for those not enrolled a graduate program but who desire graduate credits

  • a rate for those who want to take the course and receive a certificate in lieu of college credit


Please refer to the attachment for details on these options. EESD registration packet 2015.pdf

Workshop Logistics
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
8:00 a.m. - Noon
Andrew F. Kokesh VFW Post #1816
27234 Monroe Street
Garrison, MN

Floods, ice heaves and erosion from wind, rain and snowmelt may cause serious damage to shoreland in Aitkin and Crow Wing Counties. These damages impact the value and beauty of shoreland property as well as the quality of the water and habitat of lakes and streams. This workshop will provide recommendations to minimize shoreland damage from flooding, erosion and ice heaves.

See Aitkin-CW Shoreland wksp Flyer 2015 (2).pdffor more information.

June 29-Aug 2 Turning Learners Into Leaders ~ Online

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Turning Learners Into Leaders ~ Online
June 29-August 2, 2015
The 2015 Roots & Shoots Summer Online Course--Turning Learners Into Leaders: Empowering Youth Through Service in Education--is free and open to everyone. This course will teach participants how to identify and implement a local service-learning campaign.
http://www.rootsandshoots.org/onlinecourse

May 27-31 Leave No Trace Master Educator course

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Leave No Trace Master Educator course
When: May 27-31, 2015
Cost: $450
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. 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. Click the following link for more information: http://www.nols.edu/nolspro/pdf/LNT-MN2015CD.pdf

When:Wednesday evenings in April and May
Join fellow waste reduction enthusiasts and become an advocate for the three Rs in your community as a Hennepin County Master Recycler/Composter. Master Recyclers are trained volunteers who work to reduce waste generation and increase public awareness of opportunities to recycle and compost.
For more information, contact Carolyn Collopy at carolyn.collopy@hennepin.us or call 612-596-0993.

Leave No Trace Frontcountry - Master Educator Course

May 27-31, 2015

Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, NOLS and Leave No Trace Minnesota Chapter are proud to present a frontcountry Leave No Trace Master Educator course. This is a great opportunity for teachers, naturalists, park rangers, recreation planners, scout leaders, and other outdoor educators to improve LNT teaching skills while experiencing the unique treasures found in this scenic area of Minnesota.

During five days of training at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center participants will learn and teach the principles of Leave No Trace immersed in the northern coniferous forest. The course will involve practicing Leave No Trace skills while base camping at a site along the Baptism River.

Participants will also have opportunities to day hike and explore the trails, lakes, wetlands, and scenic vistas of Lake Superior found in the 2000 acres owned by Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center.

The Leave No Trace Master Educator course was developed by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and is the highest level of Leave No Trace training offered. Students who successfully graduate a Master Educator course will receive a diploma and will be qualified to offer and teach two-day Leave No Trace Trainer courses.

A Leave No Trace Master Educator course is designed for individuals who are actively teaching others outdoor skills, environmental education or providing environmental recreation information to the public, however anyone with a passion for the outdoors is welcome to participate.

Cost: $450; Partial tuition scholarships may be available through Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: http://lnt.org/learn/master-educator-course-scholarships. You may also contact your agency's LNT coordinator for additional scholarships.

Course Description: http://www.nols.edu/nolspro/pdf/LNT-MN2015CD.pdf

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

E-mail: haven_holsapple@nols.edu

Invasive Plant Patrol - Ramsey Conservation District

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Invasive Plant Patrol
Early Detection / Citizen Science Program

How can you prevent buckthorn-like takeovers of new invasive plants in Ramsey County?
Volunteer! Hike, mark and report plants for removal!
Your findings contribute to a national invasive species database!

Choose from these FREE Saturday Training programs (note registration info):
• March 28, Shoreview City Hall (email carole.gernes@rwmwd.org)
• April 11, Maplewood Nature Center (call 651-249-2170)
• April 25, Tamarack Nature Center (call 651-407-5350 x119)
All trainings are scheduled for 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

For more information: go to Ramsey County Cooperative Weed management Area on Facebook

Let's Play Outside - 50 Ways to Connect Kids with Nature

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There is a new free resource that may interest you. The Collaborative Leadership Fellows Environmental Sustainability Cohort of 2014 created a picture book that highlights children in local nature centers and conveys the simple message of encouraging children to go outside to play. Each page has one picture of a child playing, titled with single word caption which has been translated into the five languages most frequently spoken in homes in Olmsted County.

We invite you to take a look at the Photobook. If there are ways you are able to use resource, you may downloaded and print it without copyright restriction. If you have a way to distribute it electronically, or share the link with parents and children at your site or on your website, we would appreciate your help in its distribution. We would also be interested in hearing your creative ideas for how it could be used, to whom it could be distributed and we would like to work with you to find creative ways to share this resource. The photos represent summer outdoor activities, so perhaps they would pair with summer programs or could be used as curriculum support in language development sessions.

In addition to the on-line version, we have a limited number of print copies that can be made available for public use by Olmsted County Public Health. Please respond to this e-mail if you would like print copies for your organization.

Project Description:

Let's Play Outside - 50 Ways to Connect Kids with Nature - a multi-lingual Nature Photobook

This document contains 50 captioned photo cards that depict preschool children in nature demonstrating the many activities and skills children can develop by being active outside. Each photo is captioned with an action verb translated into the five most commonly spoken home languages of school-aged children in Rochester Minnesota. The cards can be used by young children and non-native English speakers to build new literacy skills and to understand the joy of connecting with nature. The document may be copied freely for educational, non-proprietary use.

Web link to the Photobook: http://www.co.olmsted.mn.us/OCPHS/programs/community/ship/Documents/NaturePhotoBook2014.pdf

Web link to a video about the project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMNbbO6N1mw

Two Isle Royale Botany Workshops

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TWO ISLE ROYALE BOTANY WORKSHOPS NOW BEING OFFERED IN 2015!
JUNE 8-13 AND SEPTEMBER 8-13
Experience four days in Lake Superior's Isle Royale National Park either in the spring or fall and learn to identify the diverse plants that live on this incredible island!

BOTANY WORKSHOP INFORMATION:
These special botany workshops, sponsored by the Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association (IRKPA), and taught by botanist Janet Marr, are open to anyone with beginning/intermediate knowledge of plant identification who is interested in learning to identify the native flora of this species-rich Lake Superior island.

Workshop participants will spend four days on Isle Royale either in the spring (June 8-13) or fall (September 8-13) learning native plant species, using such tools as a dichotomous key and hand lens to identify plants. Other topics will include discussion of island plant communities, rare species, ecology, and invasive species.

Most workshop activities will take place outdoors. Optional evening sessions will also be offered to review plants learned earlier.

REQUIREMENTS for both workshops:
Workshop participants should be able to walk up to 7 miles in one day with a daypack on rocky, sometimes steep, trails and bedrock, sometimes slippery, shoreline.

INSTRUCTOR for both workshops:
Botanist Janet Marr, the workshop instructor, has had many years of experience studying plants across Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Isle Royale. Janet taught the 2007-2014 Isle Royale botany workshops as well as many botany, aquatic, and wetland plant workshops in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. She is co-author of the Isle Royale Natural History Association's Island Life, an Isle Royale Nature Guide.

ENROLLMENT IS LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS. Past botany workshops have filled up very quickly so sign up soon! Contact Kristine Bradof at 906-482-7860 or kbradof@irkpa.org for more information about workshop registration or to register. Contact Janet Marr at 906-337-5529 or jkmarr@mtu.edu for details about the workshops themselves.

MICHIGAN K-12 TEACHERS. State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) may be available by participating in either workshop.
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INFORMATION SPECIFIC to each of the two workshops is below (June 8-13 workshop info is first followed by September 8-13 workshop info). NOTE: The fee for each botany workshop covers instruction, camping, meals on the island, notebook, Slavick/Janke's Flora of Isle Royale, and transportation to and from either Houghton, Michigan, on the Ranger III (June workshop) or Grand Portage, Minnesota, on the Voyageur II (September workshop).
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JUNE 8-13 workshop (Rock Harbor area):
Field trips in the June 8-13 workshop near the northeast end of Isle Royale will include Tobin Harbor, Scoville Point, and Raspberry Island, places that are all located in the vicinity of Rock Harbor. Workshop attendees will meet in Houghton, Michigan, on Monday (8 June) afternoon and travel from Houghton to Rock Harbor (on Isle Royale) on the Ranger III boat on Tuesday (9 June). Participants will return to Houghton on the Ranger III on Saturday (13 June).

NOTE: It is also possible to reach Rock Harbor from Grand Portage, Minnesota, via the Voyageur II. Information at: http://www.isleroyaleboats.com/default.asp
If you decide to leave from Grand Portage, you may contact Kristine at 906-482-7860 or kbradof@irkpa.org so that she can adjust the workshop registration fee to remove the Houghton to Rock Harbor transportation cost.

WORKSHOP FEE for JUNE 8-13 workshop (Rock Harbor area):
$699 per person if registered by March 6 ($25 discount for IRKPA members;
see http://irkpa.org/ for information on becoming a IRKPA member).

$725 per person if registered after March 6 ($25 discount for IRKPA members;
see http://irkpa.org/ for information on becoming a IRKPA member).

A $200 deposit is required in reserve your place in the workshop. Mail your check, payable to "IRKPA," to the Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Assoc., 800 East Lakeshore Dr., Houghton, MI 49931. The balance is due by April 17.
A cancellation fee of $75 will be charged for cancellations between May 1 and May 22. There will be no refund for cancellations made on or after May 23 (although partial refunds after May 23 will be issued if a replacement participant is available).

LODGING/CAMPING for JUNE 8-13 workshop (Rock Harbor area):
Participants may camp for free at a Rock Harbor group campsite. You may also stay in the Rock Harbor Lodge or Housekeeping units at your own expense (consider sharing a room with another participant or friend to reduce your lodging cost). For information about lodging (at Rock Harbor Lodge or Housekeeping units), boat rentals, etc., please see: www.isleroyaleresort.com or call 866-644-2003 (winter season) or 906-337-4993 (summer season).

If you wish to share a lodge or housekeeping room, contact Kristine at 906-482-7860 or kbradof@irkpa.org
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SEPTEMBER 8-13 workshop (Windigo area):
Field trips in the September 8-13 workshop near the southwest end of the Island will include the Windigo nature trail and trails to Huginnin Cove and along Washington Harbor to the Grace Creek overlook. Workshop attendees will meet in Grand Portage, Minnesota, on Tuesday (September 8) afternoon or evening and travel from Grand Portage to Windigo (on Isle Royale) on the Voyageur II on Wednesday (September 9). Participants will return to Grand Portage on the Voyageur II on Sunday (September 13).

NOTE: It is also possible to reach Windigo from either Houghton or Copper Harbor, Michigan. You can fly from Houghton airport to Windigo on a seaplane. Info at: http://www.royaleairservice.com/ You can also take the Ranger III out from Houghton or the Isle Royale Queen IV from Copper Harbor. Both go to Rock Harbor and then you can take the Voyageur II from Rock Harbor to Windigo. Website addresses for each of these boats are below:
Ranger III http://www.nps.gov/isro/planyourvisit/ranger-iii-fares-and-reservations.htm
Isle Royale Queen IV http://www.isleroyale.com/schedules-and-fares.html
Voyageur II http://www.isleroyaleboats.com/default.asp
If you decide to leave from either Houghton or Copper Harbor, you may contact Kristine at 906-482-7860 or kbradof@irkpa.org so that she can adjust the workshop registration fee to remove the Grand Portage to Windigo transportation cost.

WORKSHOP FEE for SEPTEMBER 8-13 workshop (Windigo area):
$699 per person if registered by March 6 ($25 discount for IRKPA members;
see http://irkpa.org/ for information on becoming a IRKPA member).

$725 per person if registered after March 6 ($25 discount for IRKPA members;
see http://irkpa.org/ for information on becoming a IRKPA member).

A $200 deposit is required in reserve your place in the workshop. Mail your check, payable to "IRKPA," to the Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Assoc., 800 East Lakeshore Dr., Houghton, MI 49931. The balance is due by June 30.
A cancellation fee of $75 will be charged for cancellations between July 15 and August 15. There will be no refund for cancellations made on or after August 16 (although partial refunds after August 16 will be issued if a replacement participant is available).

LODGING/CAMPING for SEPTEMBER 8-13 workshop (Windigo area):
Two lodging options at no cost are a group campsite and Adirondack-type shelters (the latter will very likely be available). In addition there are two Windigo camper cabins that we already have reserved. One of these cabins is available to the first person/group that commits to renting it (that person/group would set the terms, either paying the whole cost themselves or offering to share with others). The cabin sleeps up to 6 and rates in 2014 were $54.45/night (and likely similar in 2015) for the cabin no matter how many people (up to 6) stay there. Info about this cabin is at http://rockharborlodge.com/Windigo If you would like additional information or would like to rent the cabin, please contact Janet at 906-337-5529 or jkmarr@mtu.edu

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, 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.

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