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May 9 The How-to of Nature Play Brown Bag Lunch

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MN Children & Nature Connection
2014 Brown Bag Lunch Series

May 9
The How-to of Nature Play: Practical tips for Engaging Kids in Nature


Date Friday, May 9, 2014

Time 12:00 -1:00 pm

REI
750 American Blvd, Bloomington, Phone:(952) 884-4315

Presenter Sil Pembleton, Director of Educational Workshops, Jeffers Foundation

This program is FREE and open to the public. However, pre-registration is requested and appreciated. Register for the upcoming session at http://www.mnrpa.org/cnc/ It's easy--all you need is your name and organization!

Please email marcie.oltman@co.ramsey.mn.us for more information.

April 24 Herbal Preparation Workshop - Cloquet

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13 Moons FDLTCC Extension Program
Presents
Herbal Tincture Workshop

Date: April 24th, 2014
Time: 5pm-8pm
Location: Cloquet Forestry Center
175 University Road
Cloquet, MN 55720
Contact: Nikki Crowe
218-878-7148
nikkicrowe@fdlrez.com

13 Moons is hosting an evening workshop with Rick Gitar, Master Herbalist, who will introduce participants to the process of preparing herbs for tinctures. This workshop covers the process of making herbal tinctures & teas from both fresh and dried herbs including:


  • Understanding different extraction media (menstruum)

  • Jars and equipment.

  • Differences between using fresh and dried herbs.

  • Differences between tinctures and other herbal preparations.

This workshop will include both lectures and demonstrations of how to prepare, macerate and press herbs, how to use different kinds of equipment in the preparation of tinctures.

Participants will go home with a sample of an herbal tincture.

This event is free and open to the public.

St. John's Outdoor University Events

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The newsletter is available here

Includes information on:
Biology of Resurrection
Ecological Footprints
Fruit at the Finish Triathlon
Wilderness Advanced First Aid

April 28 NativeSkywaters Workshop

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Date: April 28th, 2014
Time: 530pm-8pm
Location: Cloquet Forestry Center
175 University Road
Cloquet, MN 55720

Contact: Nikki Crowe
218-878-7148
nikkicrowe@fdlrez.com

13 Moons is hosting an evening workshop with the Native Skywatchers program.

Annette Lee is an astrophysicist and artist who leads the Native Skywatchers research project, which seeks out and celebrates indigenous peoples' connection to the stars. She works closely with Ojibwe and Lakota elders and community members to document Native star knowledge. Currently Annette is a faculty member in astronomy & physics and planetarium director at St. Cloud State University.

William Wilson will talk about his art and the connection to the stars.

Jeff Tibbets will be presenting on his work at the Fond Du Lac Tribal & Community College with Native Skywatchers.

This event is free and open to the public.

July 21-25 Course in Ecology at Cedar Creek

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

Read on for more information!

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

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

Course costs:
Three options are open to course participants:

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

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

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

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

CI 5540 Registration Form EESD with instructions.pdf

Mother of Dragonflies

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Mother of Dragonflies
Become a Mother (or Father) of Dragons* this summer at a Dragonfly Educator Workshop!

What are these "Dragonfly Workshops" you speak of?

June 23rd @ the Minnesota Zoo
8:30 am -12:30 pm $50**
Register at the MN Zoo Website

July 24th @ Whitewater State Park
12:00 noon - 4:00 pm $55**
Registration details on my website

August 8th @ Maplewood Nature Center
9:30 am -12:30 pm $77
Registration details on my website

August 9th @ Citizen Science Center
(Beaver Creek Reserve, Fall Creek WI)
Time TBD, Cost $77
Registration details on my website

All workshops have limited space, RSVP required.

PHENOLOGY NOTES
Students will learn a book binding technique to supply a lifetime of nature journals.
As phenology is defined as the study of the timing of natural events, we'll spend time
outdoors learning how the seasonal changes we see connect to greater themes in
ecology and discuss ways to be more involved in observing nature. $8. Ages: 14+.
April 9, Wednesday #237811-08
6:00-8:00 PM

MINNESOTA MIGRATIONS
Spring in our northern state is full of migrations! In this class we will head outsie to look for feathered friends returning for the season. We'll make plantable paper from scratch for you to take home and start your own garden to welcome another set of migrants - the monarchs.
$8. Ages: 14+
April 16, Wednesday #237811-09
6:00-8:00 PM

PLANT ID
If you've ever walked by a plant, fruitlessly paged through a field guide, and wondered "what is that?" this this is the class for you. We'll practice identifying trees using a variety of keys and field guides. We'll complete a simple art activity to help us remember the species we've learned.
$8. Ages: 14+
April 23, Wednesday #237811-10
6:00-8:00 PM

Call (763) 694-7707 with questions.

Maplewood Nature Center Upcoming Gardening Programs

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MAINTAINING YOUR EXISTING RAINGARDEN

1. RAINGARDEN RESCUE!
Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Adults
Location: Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th St., Maplewood, MN 55119.
Has your rain garden 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. We'll answer questions and help you figure out where to start.
Fee: Free, Call (651) 249-2170 or email info@maplewoodnaturecenter.com, to register by April 3.

2. DIVIDE & CONQUER- RAINGARDEN DEMO
Tuesday, May 13, 6:30-7:30 pm
Location: TBD
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.
Fee: Free, Call (651) 249-2170 or email info@maplewoodnaturecenter.com to register by May 11

JOY PARK BIRDS AND BLOOMS
Friday, May 2nd, 6:30-7:30 pm
Adults. Take a leisurely stroll along the trails of the old Joy family homestead. A naturalist will point out the spring ephemerals in bloom and the warblers in the basswood and maple trees. Optional: bring binoculars and a camera.Meet in the east parking lot on the north side of Silver Lake (on Joy Rd just west of Century Ave)
FREE. Register online by clicking the online registration Quick Link at
www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com

If you have trouble registering online, call 249-2170 for more info.
Register by May 1st.


GROW YOUR OWN FOOD

EAST SIDE FOOD RESOURCE HUBS EVENT: Plant Distribution
AT FIRST COVENANT CHURCH (1280 Arcade St.)
Saturday May 17, 9:30am-12pm
Join this network to get low cost seeds and plants, access to cooking & gardening workshops, community events, & more! More info and registration: http://www.gardeningmatters.org/hubs or call Rebecca; 651-228-7073

COMPOSTING - MAKE YOUR OWN BLACK GOLD!
FOR ADULTS
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 7th St. E., Maplewood, MN 55119.
Saturday, May 17th, 1:00-2:00 pm
Transform your leaves, kitchen scraps, and yard waste into rich dark soil while reducing your trash. Compost builds your soil and makes your garden and lawn plants vibrant and vigorous.
FREE: Register by May 16.
Register online by clicking the online registration Quick Link at
www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com
If you have trouble registering online, call 249-2170 for more info.

POLLINATORS IN YOUR GARDEN
FOR ADULTS
AT THE FIRST EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH
Monday, May 19th, 7-8:30 PM
Learn what you can do for pollinators: creating a pollinator-friendly garden habitat. Heather Holm, Author of Pollinators of Native Plants will do a presentation about types of native pollinators that visit our gardens and how we can foster all parts of their life cycles, including providing food, water and nesting habitat. The top native plant species for pollinators will also be discussed. Translated into Karen language during the presentation. Additional language translation can be provided upon request (by May 1st)
Location: The First Evangelical Free Church, 2696 Hazelwood Street,
Maplewood, MN 55109
FREE. Register or drop in.
Register online by clicking the online registration Quick Link at
www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com
If you have trouble registering online, call 249-2170 for more info.

ORGANIC GARDENING DEMONSTRATION
Tuesday, May 27th, 6:30-7:30pm
AT HARVEST GARDENS: (corner of Hazelwood & Co. Road C, Maplewood)
Learn from a Master Gardener outdoors at the garden site how to improve the soil to have a high-producing vegetable garden, and learn great tips on how to best control weeds and pests without using any chemicals. Translated into the Karen Language (translations to other languages upon request by May 18th).
FREE, just stop by. You can bring a lawn chair if you prefer to sit in a chair, or you can stand near the garden, or sit on blankets provided.

GARDEN ART
ADULTS & FAMILIES
AT EDGERTON GARDEN: Corner of Roselawn & Edgerton in Maplewood, north of Edgerton Elementary.
Tuesday, June 10th, 6:30-8:00pm
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.
FREE, Register by June 7th
Register online by clicking the online registration Quick Link at
www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com
If you have trouble registering online, call 249-2170 for more info.


NATIONAL OUTDOOR DAY HIKE: FROM FISH CREEK TO PRAIRIE
Adults, Families w/children 8+.
At Fish Creek.
Saturday, June 14, 9:30 - 11:30 am
Celebrate National Outdoors Day with a hike from the creek to the blufftop. Explore several plant communities along the creek's riparian zone, then hike one steep hill, through forest edge, to the grasslands. Learn about the city's newly acquired open space and future management plans. For those who like to linger, bring a bag lunch and enjoy the grand views. Wear sturdy boots, & long pants appropriate for primitive trails, and tall grasses. Bring a hat, water bottle, bug repellant. Meet at Henry Lane south of Carver Avenue; a shuttle will be provided down to our starting point at Oakwood Church.
FREE. Register by June 13
Register online by clicking the online registration Quick Link at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com
If you have trouble registering online, call 249-2170 for more info.

BEFRIENDING BUMBLE BEES
For adults, families with children age 5+.
At Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th Street, Maplewood, MN 55119.
Saturday, June 21, 10:00 a.m.--Noon
Join the quest for the Rusty-patched bumble bee formerly common in Minnesota.
Assist Elaine Evans, Entomologist from the U of MN and co-author of the book, Befriending Bumble Bees, in collecting bumblebees from prairie flowers. Watch as she identifies and records them before releasing them back to the wild.
FREE, register online by June 19.
Register online by clicking the online registration Quick Link at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com
If you have trouble registering online, call 249-2170 for more info.

BUTTERFLY GARDEN TOUR
For Adults.
At Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th Street, Maplewood, MN 55119.
Saturday, July 12th, 10:00 am
Tour the nature center butterfly and rain gardens to see the
colorful flowers. Learn how to attract butterflies to your yard by planting native plants with nourishing leaves for caterpillars and flower nectar for adults. Learn which flowers
attract bees and hummingbirds so you can design pocket gardens for specific pollinators.
FREE. Register online by July 10.
Register online by clicking the online registration Quick Link at
www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com
If you have trouble registering online, call 249-2170 for more info.

TREE ID & DISEASE WORKSHOP
Adults.
At Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th Street, Maplewood, MN 55119.
Saturday, July 26, 9:30 -11:30 am
Deadly infectious disease and invasive pests threaten our ash, elm and oak trees. Learn what these diseases and pests are, how they spread, and what you can do to protect trees. After examining displays, take a guided walk to identify ash, elms and oaks at the Nature Center. Coffee, rolls and snacks provided.
FREE. Register online by July 25.
Register online by clicking the online registration Quick Link at
www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com
If you have trouble registering online, call 249-2170 for more info.

PLANT ID AND LORE
Adults, kids 14+.
At Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th Street, Maplewood, MN 55119.
Tuesday, August 19, 6:30--8:00 pm
Walk the nature center trail to identify prairie grasses, wildflowers, shrubs, and trees. Hear fascinating stories of their history and lore. Taste some edible ones, and learn which ones to avoid. Enjoy a cup of cold sumac " lemonade".
Fee: $20.00 includes wildflower field guide. Register online by August 16.
Register online by clicking the online registration Quick Link at
www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com
If you have trouble registering online, call 249-2170 for more info.

May 7 National Symposium on Plant Conservation

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The Center for Plant Conservation and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Invite you to join us for a National Symposium in conjunction with The Center's 30th Anniversary!
From the Freezer to the Landscape: Leading Plant Conservation into the Future May 7, 2014 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum - MacMillan Auditorium Buffet Dinner with Keynote to follow at 6 p.m. Access all materials online. The Symposium features 12 expert speakers, addressing timely topic areas: · Applying our Current Knowledge · Integrating Population Restoration with the Landscape · Looking Forward and Preparing for the Future · Working with the Public and Existing Policy Registration fee is $45, including Lunch and breaks, and an optional $25 for a Buffet Dinner and Evening Keynote Speaker. The Symposium Hotel Rate is $94 Reservations close April 12 - we recommend making reservations soon. Additional Travel and Hotel information is Attached. We hope to see you there!

Free! Climate Trends and Climate Change in Our Own Backyard
AT RAMSEY COUNTY LIBRARY-MAPLEWOOD
3025 SOUTHLAWN DRIVE
TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 7:00PM - 8:00PM
By University of Minnesota Climatologist and Radio Commentator Dr. Mark Seeley, 6:30 - Book Signing and Sales.
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" (co-authored 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.
Limited seating, pre-registration is required. Call Maplewood Nature Center @ 651-249-2170 to reserve your spot early!

Conservation and Controversy: The Wolf in Minnesota

Don't miss this opportunity to participate in a two-session course on the most controversial animal in Minnesota: the wolf, taught by founder and board member, L. David Mech. Everything from the social behavior of this gregarious animal to its predatory habits will be discussed. The course also will examine current wolf conservation efforts in Minnesota and the controversy surrounding wolf hunting and trapping.

Register - April 23 and April 30, 2014
Location: University of Minnesota - St. Paul Campus
Program Rates: $80

L. David Mech has been at the forefront of wolf research and preservation efforts for 55 years. His work has carried him to Isle Royale, Denali Park, Yellowstone Park, and Ellesmere Island. Mech is the founder and vice chair of the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota, an organization dedicated to advancing the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wild lands, and role of humans in their future. Participants will begin with basic information about wolf social behavior: predatory habits, movements, travels, dispersal, pack formation, family life, survival, mortality, and other wolf natural history. Through discussion, video screenings and PowerPoint presentations, the instructor will address the wolf's placement on the Federal Endangered Species List, its eventual recovery in several states, and its "de-listing" and subsequent state management. Ample time will be given for questions and answers, and discussions will include topics such as public hunting and trapping, livestock-depredation control, and other management issues and controversies.

Apr. 16 Herbal Tincture Workshop

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13 Moons FDLTCC Extension Program
Presents
Herbal Tincture Workshop

Date: April 16th, 2014
Time: 5pm-8pm
Location: Cloquet Forestry Center
175 University Road
Cloquet, MN 55720
Contact: Nikki Crowe
218-878-7148
nikkicrowe@fdlrez.com

13 Moons is hosting an evening workshop with Rick Gitar, Master Herbalist, who will introduce participants to the process of preparing herbs for tinctures. This workshop covers the process of making herbal tinctures & teas from both fresh and dried herbs including:


  • Understanding different extraction media (menstruum)

  • Jars and equipment.

  • Differences between using fresh and dried herbs.

  • Differences between tinctures and other herbal preparations.

This workshop will include both lectures and demonstrations of how to prepare, macerate and press herbs, how to use different kinds of equipment in the preparation of tinctures.

Participants will go home with a sample of an herbal tincture.

This event is free and open to the public.

Carp Wars - An Environmental Forum for the Public

Join the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District for a fascinating look at the common carp, its amazing survival skills and cutting edge research to fight against this adept invader in the Phalen Chain of Lakes and other waters. Dr. Peter Sorensen will share the fascinating research he is leading and the creative solutions his team has developed to control invasive carp.

Monday, April 28th, 2014
7:00 pm
H.B. Fuller Company, 1200 Willow Lake Blvd., Vadnais Heights, MN
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This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. RSVPs appreciated via our Eventbrite site http://tinyurl.com/luam8r6 or by contacting Shelly Melser at 651.792.7965 or shelly.melser@rwmwd.org. For more information, contact the Watershed District at 651.792.7965. On the evening of the event, call 651.236.5921.

Dr. Sorenson is a professor in the University of Minnesota Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology and the director of the new Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center where the University of Minnesota, the MN Deptartment of Natural Resources and others strive to find biologically and economically sound ways to address the increasing number of aquatic invasive species threatening Minnesota's waters.

July 24 Dragonfly Educator Workshop

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

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

The Dragonfly Workshop Includes:


  • Dragonfly life history 101

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

  • dragonflies as we can catch

  • Techniques for dragon and damselfly ID

  • Practice using the dragonfly classroom activities from the

  • Dragonfly Curriculum Guide

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

  • Curriculum Guide, including 17 activities

  • Four CEUs

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



Quotes from previous participants:

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

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

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

To register for this workshop, contact Whitewater State Park
Interpretive Naturalist, Sara Grover, by email at
sara.grover@state.mn.us or by telephone at 507-932-3007 ext
226.

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

Invasive Blitz Volunteer Training Workshops

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JOIN A WORKSHOP NEAR YOU

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 selected problem species and provide follow-up management and monitoring. All workshops have a registration fee of $50 (scholarships available), and include 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.

Workshops are offered across Minnesota in 2014-2015. See the InvBlitz Promo Flyer 2014-15.pdf for
specific workshop locations, dates and times!

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

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

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

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

If you need to identify wetland plants for work, research, or school, be sure to sign up for the Gratiot Lake Conservancy-sponsored Wetland Plant Workshop being taught in August!
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WHERE: near Eagle Harbor (Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan's western Upper Peninsula)

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

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

SPONSOR: Gratiot Lake Conservancy (GLC) at gratiotlakeconservancy.org
Program Director, Bonnie Hay at belh@verizon.net

FEE and ENROLLMENT: Space is limited and advance enrollment is required. The fee for this 2-day workshop is $80 ($60 for Gratiot Lake Conservancy members). Fee includes a field notebook. Enrollment form can be downloaded from the Wetland Plant Workshop page at http://gratiotlakeconservancy.org/WetlandsPlantWrkshp2014.htm

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 17 A Raingarden in Your Yard - St. Paul

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A Raingarden in Your Yard - a free St. Paul workshop

Thursday, April 17
6:30-8 PM

Realife Cooperative of Phalen Village, 1355 Phalen Blvd. in St. Paul
Learn about the nuts and bolts of raingardens and their purposes. Get inspired by the many choices for designs, and if desired, then take it to the next level by participating in the May site assessment and design workshops. This April workshop, taught by Ramsey Conservation District conservation design specialist Joe Lochner, will introduce you to the numerous benefits of raingardens and how you can incorporate them into your own landscape.

Open to the public. Sponsored by Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, District 2 Community Council, Ramsey Conservation District and Blue Thumb.

Please register by April 16 for this free workshop by calling 651-792-7965 or by e-mail at shelly.melser@rwmwd.org. For more information about the content of the class, contact Sage Passi at 651-792-7958.

Using the Outdoors as a Classroom - Spring 2014
Hamline University Continuing Education Course
SCED 6062, 1 credit, 24 CEUS
Saturday, April 26th
(8:30a.m.-5p.m.)
Sunday, April 27th
(12-4 p.m.)

Course Outcomes
Students will be able to:


  • Use the outdoors to teach existing lessons

  • Apply nature themes to develop new lessons to teach outdoors

  • Match nature themes to graduation standards

  • Find resources to help with curriculum development

Instructor:
Cristina Palmisano
Interpretive Naturalist
Three Rivers Park District
763-694-7706
cdefranco01@hamline.edu

Course Description:
Spending time outdoors has been proven to calm and focus students. In this class, students will explore general nature education topics including habitats, life cycles, animal and plant structures and functions, and food chains. We will then hone in on specific graduation standards and determine how to develop corresponding lesson plans. Students will be able to use this course to enhance their current curriculum in
science, social science, mathematics, language arts, and the arts. Topics will be presented in a way that can be transferred to the school yard or on a self-directed trip to a local park or nature center. We will also examine the nature center resources in-depth and demonstrate constructive teaching tools.

All readings are provided in class. No text is required.

Instructional strategies include, but are not limited to:


  • Cooperative learning / Problem-solving activities

  • Group projects and presentations

  • Whole group discussion

  • Guest speaker(s)

  • Activity stations

  • Inquiry-based learning

  • Lecture / Power Point presentation

  • Video

  • Exploration of nature center exhibits, habitats, and collections

Meeting Place:
Eastman Nature Center
Three Rivers Park District
13351 Elm Creek Road
Osseo, MN 55369
763-694-7700

To register, call 763-694-7706 or email Cristina Palmisano at
cpalmisano@threeriversparkdistrict.org to have a registration form sent to you.


Changing Public Behavior: People and the Environment

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Changing Public Behavior: People and the Environment is a self-study, e-learning course designed for natural resource professionals, Extension educators, and environmental educators who work with communities. Through an interactive format and investigation of practical examples, participants build skills and confidence in identifying and analyzing behavior change opportunities. When you complete the course, you will have a draft plan for increasing people's involvement in an environmental situation.

The course is set up as self-enroll. You must enroll (create a password) to participate, but there is no fee. Access the course at http://campus.extension.org . Enter or create a login, and then type Changing Public Behavior into the search box. Or click on the Energy & Environment button and scroll down the (mostly) alphabetical list to find the course. You can also log in by clicking on "Login" in the upper right corner on the course listing page.

COURSE SUMMARY
The course is presented in 8 Units. Within each Unit, Lesson content is 1-4 pages in length. There are many lessons and activities, but each is relatively short, and is designed to be accomplished within a limited time-frame. This structure allows the learner to stop and start as time permits. You can reduce course time by using a course Questionnaire to assess your skills, then itemize a Personal Education Plan that focuses only on the skills you need. If you choose to complete all the work, activities, and required readings for the entire course, it will take you about 30-40 hours.

The course offers several "badges" as evidence of Unit and course completion. You can collect e-learning "badges" on the eXtension Web site and/or at http://backpack.openbadges.org .

Badge details are available on the course site for:
Unit 4 - Behavior change theories
Unit 5 - Collect audience information
Unit 7 - Select education or outreach techniques
Changing Public Behavior course badge

The Changing Public Behavior course is sponsored by the eXtension Drinking Water and Human Health interest area, and the University of Wisconsin-Extension Environmental Resources Center. Initial work to develop course content was funded by the USDA Water Program. Course content has been extensively tested and reviewed, in collaboration with Extension and natural resource professionals around the USA. Background information is available at http://wateroutreach.uwex.edu . Course instructors: Elaine Andrews, Kate Reilly, Patrick Robinson.

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 info@maplewoodnaturecenter.com to register.

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 agehrig@freshwater.org.

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.

Minnesota Forests
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

Raingarden Classes: Design, Build, Restore

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"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 info@maplewoodnaturecenter.com. For more information about these classes, visit the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District website at www.rwmwd.org.

May 8 Great River Gathering

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Keynote Speaker: Gil Penalosa

For more information, click here.

Upcoming Events at Boulder Lake ELC

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Hope to see you in our 18,000 acre classroom at one of the following events.
More info available at www.boulderlake.org

**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 jdgeissl@d.umn.edu or call 218-721-3731.

Have a great day!

Phenology Adventures with Jim Gilbert

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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.

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

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

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

August 4-6th

Audubon Center of the North Woods, Sandstone, MN

Cost: $125

Learn more & register online: http://www.willstegerfoundation.org/summer-institute

Contact us with questions or comments: education@willstegerfoundation.org or 612-278-7147

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