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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming events at the Center

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

Join us as a member

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


National Wildlife Federation is gearing up for its annual Hike & Seek ( event on September 20th at Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan, MN and they are reaching out for your assistance with filling volunteer positions.

Hike & Seek is a cross between a scavenger hunt and a 1-2 mile nature walk with live animals, activities and fun interactive stations along the trail. This event was developed in 2010 to provide an exciting new concept for families with young children and make it easy for them to spend a few hours connecting with nature.

Local volunteers, especially naturalist volunteers, are essential for Hike & Seek we need help with a variety of positions. Volunteer job descriptions are located on our website at: If you have colleagues, friends or local associations that would be interested in volunteering please be sure to pass along this information. If you or someone you know is interested in helping make Hike & Seek a success, please contact me.

Your time is important to us and your assistance is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

Thank you very much!

Aug 5-7 Volunteer in the DNR tent at Farmfest

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A volunteer opportunity in the DNR tent at Farmfest near Redwood Falls on August 5 - 7.

What: Volunteers assist DNR professionals with a variety of activities related to outdoor skills and knowledge for youth, specifically:
- Wood duck and bluebird box building (pre-cut, just need to screw together with cordless drills)
- MinnAqua activities such as casting and fish printing, fish tattoo application
- Archery shooting (must have archery in the school training or moderate archery experience)

When: Two - 4 hour shifts on 8/5, 6, 7 (length depending on your preference)

Conditions to expect: 4000 to 6000 people go through the tent over the three days, youth get fairly engaged, it can be very hot in the afternoons, dust can be an issue if it is very windy, we tend to have a good time, water is provided, free ticket into Farmfest for the day, generally you will be standing most of the time.

Note: We are required to do back ground checks of volunteers for Farmfest.

Deadline: 7/23

Contact Brenda Black at or 507-359-6011.

The Science Museum of Minnesota and two Twin Cities-area libraries are looking for energetic individuals to join our team. If you love learning, work well as part of a team, & thrive when interacting with and educating others, you can become part of our fun learning environment!

Description of Position:
Kids of all ages can bring in a natural object (or a journal entry, photograph, rubbings or drawings of that object) and share their knowledge about the item with Collectors' Corner volunteers. The more a trader knows about the object, the more points they will earn. With the points earned, the trader may trade for another item. Volunteers interact with children and families to introduce and facilitate the trading process and enter information into the Collectors' Corner database.

There are openings for volunteers at Rice Street Library in St. Paul and R.H.Stafford Library in Woodbury. Both sites are also connected with Collectors' Corner at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Basic Requirements -
• At least 16 years of age
• Able to volunteer for a biweekly 4-hour shift for at least 6 months (Tuesday or Wednesday early evenings or Saturdays)
• Available to take all required trainings and are open to feedback
• Have effective communication skills
• Enjoy interacting with people of all ages
• Enjoy nature and talking about the natural world
• Comfortable with computer and data entry

How to become a Collectors' Corner Neighborhood Trading Place Volunteer:
Apply online at:

Questions: contact: Maija Sedzielarz, Project Lead., 651-221-4454;

Volunteer Benefits
• Positively impact your community by helping individuals learn
• Share your love of nature and strategies for learning about nature in our surroundings
• Be part of a library's science resources!
• Gain experience and valuable skills for college & job applications
• Be a part of an environment of fun, curiosity and lifelong-learning
• Receive complimentary tickets to Science Museum exhibits & Omnitheater, attend enrichment workshops and learning opportunities and enjoy discounts to the Explore Store, food areas, and other museums' admission.

Aug 2 Bog BioBlitz II Meadowlands, MN

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Find more information on this event here.

Volunteer at the SMM's Butterfly House!

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Volunteer at the SMM's Butterfly House!
If you like to help people learn and have fun, want to positively impact your community, and have interests and/or experience in customer service or education, we want you to join our wonderful volunteer community! The Science Museum of Minnesota is looking for volunteers for our Butterfly House. 2 volunteer roles are available;

Volunteer Greeter
Positively shape each visitor's experience by assisting them as they enter and exit the museum's special exhibit-The Butterfly House, sharing in their excitement to see the Live Butterfly House and answering their questions. Be a smiling face visitors see, a hub for information, and a guide for exploration and fun.

Volunteer Interpreter
Interpreter Volunteers in the Live Butterfly House will learn a basic understanding of butterfly life cycle, biology and identification that they can use to engage and interact with visitors. Volunteers will help visitors feed butterflies as well as learn activities that will help visitors better understand butterflies though observation. Volunteers should be comfortable with live butterflies and with the expected warmer and more humid temperature inside the Live Butterfly House.

The Butterfly House will open Friday, October 3rd.
New Volunteer Orientation is Tuesday,September 16th from 6-830pm.
Training dates TBD.

Apply online at:

Contact SMM Volunteer Department with questions at 651-221-9453 or
thank you!

For more information on each position:

Butterfly House Interpreter.pdf

SPEX Greeter Flyer.pdf

Aug 13 Ash Inventory Event

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Ash Inventory Session
Consider joining us for an Ash Inventory session and volunteer event that will allow participant volunteers to use mobile tablet computers to collect ash inventory data in the Twin Cities. This data will inform a Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) research study related to emerald ash borer (EAB). This event will start at 9 AM at Langford Park: 30 Langford Park, Saint Paul, MN 55108 (44.976294 -93.194996). We expect participants will be done by 3:30. We will demonstrate how to use the tablet computers to collect ash inventory data; how to do the ash inventory and what EAB looks like. Then participants will break-up into pairs or small groups to conduct the inventory. There is no registration fee and lunch is provided. Preregistration is required. Please register here. Registration is limited to 20 people. Register early.

Aug. 2 Prairie Day at Chippewa Prairie

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

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

When: Saturday August 2

Start: 9 AM

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

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

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


We have a fun Invasive Species Room planned for this year at the DNR Building at the State Fair. People will experience a day of recreation and the actions they can take to prevent the spread of invasive species. They will start out along a trail display, then move to a campsite area, and then go to a boat launch. The famous zebra mussel-encrusted shopping cart will also be on exhibit.

We need your help to staff the Invasive Species Room. Please consider signing up to help staff the room. There are several positions you could help with:

General Invasive Species - State Fair Invasive Species Room
Duties include welcoming people to the invasive species room, directing them on what they can do there, answering questions about invasive species (or directing them to people who can), and assisting where necessary. Your background may be in either terrestrial or aquatic invasive species. There will be other experts present who can help answer questions you may not be able to.

Terrestrial Invasive Species - State Fair Invasive Species Room
This position is located in the camping area of the State Fair Invasive Species Room. Responsibilities include directing people to search the campsite for invasive species, encouraging people to pose for pictures they take themselves, and sharing information about terrestrial invasive species prevention.

Emerald Ash Borer Costume
You will wear the Emerald Ash Borer costume and walk the DNR Grounds at noon and 2:00 pm. The time in your shift includes time for getting dressed and taking a break in the middle of your shift. See this website for photos of the costume:

Aquatic Invasive Species - State Fair Invasive Species Room
Duties include staffing the boating area in the Invasive Species Room and talking to visitors about inspecting boats for invasive species, and sharing information about invasive species.

Once you know what position you are interested in, simply click on the doodle poll link below to sign up for an available shift. You will be asked to provide your contact information so we can provide you with more information and mail you your ticket(s).

Type of job and Doodle poll link
Aquatic Invasive Species
Terrestrial Invasive Species
General Invasives (Aquatic or Terrestrial Invasives background)
Emerald Ash borer costume

Thank you! Please contact me if you have any questions. Please share with others who may be interested.

Laura Van Riper
Terrestrial Invasive Species Coordinator
Division of Ecological and Water Resources
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road, Box 25
St. Paul MN 55155-4025

My name is Anna Dutke and I am planning a Field and Leadership Day for Prior Lake Savage Area School youth who are student leaders in environmental awareness and sustainability practices. The students come together with leaders from the other schools to get to know one another as well as learn about some key information and skills that they can take back to their classrooms and share with their peers. I am anticipating approximately 225 students ranging in age from 3rd grade through 12th grade. Students will be grouped by age, so your sessions will have either 3rd-5th graders or a combination of middle school and high schoolers. There will be no more than 20 students per session.

I am looking for volunteers who are willing to teach sessions about topics of their choice. The day will be held at McColl Pond ELC in Savage which boasts a big woods forest, native prairie, and wetlands and pond with decks for close observation. There is a potential for teaching a total of 6 classes (the Elementary Session #1 and Middle and High School Session #3 cross with one another.).

The 2014 Field and Leadership Day is scheduled for Monday, October 6th from 8am-2:30pm. The following is a tentative schedule for the day:

8:30am-9:20am Middle and High School Session #1
9:25am-10:15am Middle and High School Session #2
10:20am-11:10am Middle and High School Session #3/Elementary Session #1
11:15-12:00pm Elementary Session #2
12:05-12:25pm Lunch
12:30pm-1:15pm Elementary Session #3
1:20pm-2:05pm Elementary Session #4

Example topics that we have had volunteers teach in the past, and are looking to incorporate again this year include Aquatic Life, Insects, Prairie Ecology, Art of Observation, Tree Identification, Nature Journaling etc. We're open to new ideas, so if there is something you are interested in teaching about, let me know!

Should you have any questions or need more details please email or call me at 651-249-3742. If you get an "out of the office" response from my email, no worries as I am checking it regularly during the summer while working on some projects.

Thank you so much for considering and I'll look forward to hearing back from you.


Anna Dutke
Early Childhood Teacher
Grainwood Elementary Junior Naturalist Advisor
Prior Lake, MN 55372

Happy Summer from Outdoor U!

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St. John's Outdoor U Tap Takeover
Saturday, July 19
4:00-8:00 p.m.
100% of tap proceeds benefit Outdoor U

More information can be found here.

Ecology and the Old Testament
a summer class at the Saint John's School of Theology
July 7-25 (MTWTh July 7-10 and MTThF July14-25)

What is the relationship between human beings and nature? This question is at least as old as the Epic of Gilgamesh, and it runs throughout the Old Testament in a fascinating variety of ways. In this course we will engage deeply with ancient texts and consider what an Old Testament theology of creation might mean for contemporary times. In our age of environmental crises, the Old Testament can provide a restorative vision of right and ordered relations between humans, nature, and God.

Samuel Thomas, PhD
Associate Professor of Religion, California Lutheran University

3 graduate credits available--or auditors welcome--auditors will attend lectures and try to do reading, but do not have to write papers or take exams.

Cost for CREDIT = $1125 ($375/credit)
Cost for AUDIT = $825 ($275 per credit)

Register online. Use the NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION link.

Apply Now!
Abbey Arboretum Archery
Deer Hunt
October 18 - December 31, 204
(except Oct 24-25)
Applications due Aug. 11 by 4 p.m. Details about the hunt, the lottery selection process, and FAQs are on our website.

Aug 2 BioBlitz at Sax-Zim Bog

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BioBlitz II
Saturday, August 2nd: 9am-5pm
Put the date on your calendar! The second-annual BioBlitz will happen on Saturday August 2nd. Join experts in many different fields as they search the Sax-Zim Bog IBA for interesting species. We will have spider experts Larry Weber and Chad Heins on hand to teach you about our fascinating 8-legged neighbors. Larry is also a fungus fanatic and knows his butterflies too. We hope to have dragonfly experts joining us as well.

FREE AND NO RSVP REQUIRED! Just show up and join the fun.
If you want to go in the field with the experts, please show up at the Welcome Center at 9am. We'll all then meet back at the Welcome Center at 1pm for lunch (Bring Your Own) and to share our finds. We'll have some stereomicroscopes on hand too.
If you don't want to go in the field, just join us between 1 and 2pm to see what the experts found.

If you are an expert in an area of natural history and want to lead a group, please let Sparky know! or 218.341.3350

Aug 20-21 Project WET Facilitator Training

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

WHEN: August 20-21, 2014

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

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


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

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

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

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

2014 National Park Foundation Summer Scrapbook

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Announcing the 2014 Summer Scrapbook

With summer upon us, we're excited to announce that the National Park Foundation Summer Scrapbook is back for the second year! Help us create a scrapbook showcasing the many different experiences you can have in our over 400 national parks. Share your national park moments and memories of outdoor discovery, learning about history and cultures, simply relaxing and having fun with your friends and family. And if you share a story, you're automatically entered to win a trip for four to Yosemite National Park! Join the Summer Scrapbook »

Categories for Your Summer Scrapbook Entries:

Fun with Friends & Family Celebrations & Achievements
Inspirational Moments Action & Adventure
Hidden Gems & Surprises Making a Difference
Throwback Learning & Discovery

Make sure to get your entries in by September 5! We'll announce 10 finalists in each category on September 9 and then America will vote on their favorites.

Share your favorite national park stories and you could win a trip for four to Yosemite National Park. Enter now to start building your Summer Scrapbook and adding your national park moments and memories. See official rules and prizes.

Volunteer Seed Collectors Needed!

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Where: Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge - 17076 293rd Avenue, Zimmerman, MN, 763-389-3323,

Contact: Kris Spaeth,, 763-219-3068, or Tony Hewitt, , 763-389-3323, x. 14

New volunteers will join an existing team of experienced seed collectors led by long-time refuge volunteers. They may expect to learn a lot and have fun while providing a valuable service. (Last year's seed collectors gathered seed valued at more than $30,000!) Seed collection days and times will vary and include week days as well as weekends; volunteers may participate as their schedules allow. All refuge volunteers must complete a Volunteer Services Agreement before beginning their volunteer work.

Community Tree Survey

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You are receiving this email because you have expressed interest in participating in the Community Engagement and Preparedness program, or CEPP, in Shoreview. As a volunteer with this program you will be joining a committed team of community members interested in learning more about trees and helping their communities gain valuable information about their urban forest. Experts from Tree Trust, City Staff and the U of M will be there to train and assist you along the way as you inventory public and private trees throughout the city.

While no experience is required to participate, your attendance at 2 trainings is mandatory. The trainings for Shoreview are scheduled for next week.

Here are the details:

Day 1

Welcome and Introduction to the Program

Wednesday June 18th from 6:00-7:30 pm

Shoreview City Hall - City Council Chambers
4600 Victoria St. North
Shoreview, MN 55126

Day 2

Tree Identification and Condition Rating Training (aka: What you need to know!)

Saturday June 21st from 9:00 am-2:30 pm. ~ Light lunch will be provided please let us know of any dietary restrictions.

Shoreview City Hall - City Council Chambers
4600 Victoria St. North
Shoreview, MN 55126
And outside. Please come prepared for the weather.

Please RSVP (email or telephone) so we can plan for ample training materials.

Thanks in advance for your assistance on this project. It is people like you who help make this world a better and greener place to live and work. Questions? Don't hesitate.


Karen Zumach, BS
Community Forestry Manager
ISA Certified Arborist: MN-4221A

2231 Edgewood Avenue South
St. Louis Park, MN 55426-2822
C: 651-334-3726
O: 952-767-3886
F: 952-767-3650

The City of Andover recently received a grant under a program called the Community Engagement and Preparedness Plan (CEPP). In a nutshell, we will be working with Tree Trust and the DNR to recruit volunteers, conduct training and perform tree inventories about the City to help us see what we have out there (in rights of way and private property). Based on this info, we will enhance our Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) management plan, educate property owners, leverage for funding, etc.

The attached letter from Tree Trust is the official letter inviting volunteers. It sounds like the total time commitment for each volunteer (including training) will be 30-40 hours. The inventories will begin this summer. Is it possible for you to advertise this to help us solicit volunteers? This is an exciting opportunity. Any questions can be directed to me or Karen from Tree Trust. Also, if you know of others who may be interested in helping with this, please forward this info on. Thank you!

Kameron Kytonen
Natural Resources Technician
City of Andover
1685 Crosstown Blvd. NW
Andover, MN 55304
phone: 763-767-5137
fax: 763-755-8923

Join the Community Tree Survey Team!

Do you love trees? Have you always wanted to learn more about them? Do you want to do something good for the environment? Then have I got a deal for you!

A new initiative through the City of Andover and the non-profit Tree Trust is the Community Engagement and Preparedness Program (CEPP), started to address the impending threat of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) - a destructive pest that was inadvertently brought into the U.S. from Asia. First detected in 2002, it has since destroyed millions of ash trees through 19 states and parts of Canada. The closest known infestations are in Hennepin & Ramsey Counties. EAB is close and it could be closer than we think.

To prepare and enable our community to proactively mitigate the impacts of this pest the CEPP is facilitating community tree surveys for the cities of Andover, Hastings, Shoreview and Waconia. The tree surveys will help identify the risk level of our community to EAB and other potential devastations, which will help develop a timeline in order to more effectively manage our community's response to this impending urban forest calamity. It will enable thoughtful planning to ensure our future urban forest is resilient and diverse, achieve eligibility for potential grants, and track the ecosystem services provided by trees - cleaner water and air! All of this will serve to spread out the costs and losses associated with the introduction of EAB over a manageable period of time. The goal is to make efficient use of existing resources, plan for a thoughtful, proactive approach as opposed to a costly, reactive one, putting less strain on staff and budgets.

Now - here is the deal: for the survey process we will need the help of committed volunteers who care about their community. The work will be done during the leaf on season of 2014. Volunteers will receive professional training from experts on tree identification, tree measurements and data collection. Volunteers will be provided all necessary inventory equipment. Volunteers will work when their schedule allows and will have the support of Tree Trust and City staff. If you are at all interested in learning more about this tremendous opportunity to be a part of this innovative project that will increase your knowledge and understanding of trees, introduce you to new people and allow you to be outside - please contact Karen Zumach with Tree Trust, 952-767-3886 or

Wetland Monitoring Volunteers Needed

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The West St Paul WHEP team is in need of some volunteers to help us with wetland monitoring.

Here is a brief overview of the program:
The WEST ST PAUL TEAM is looking for people who are willing to pull on a pair of waders and help us to monitor the health of wetlands in the community through the Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP).

Volunteers will work with our team to monitor and collect information on plants and macroinvertebrates that is used by the city of West St Paul to study health trends in order to better manage wetlands and surrounding areas. Previous monitoring experience is not necessary to take part, and volunteers new to monitoring water resources are highly encouraged to participate.

In the month of June, our team will be collecting macroinvertebrate samples in four wetlands in the city of West St Paul on four Tues/Thurs nights (June 10, 12, 24, & 26). Our team will complete a cross-check site in Eagan for the purposes of quality control on two Tues/Thurs nights (June 17 & 19). Volunteers may attend as many events as they are able.

In the month of July, our team will be monitoring the same wetlands for plants and identified the macroinvertebrates in the lab on the following Tues/Thurs nights: July 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24.

We really need some help from great volunteers to monitor the wetlands in WEST SAINT PAUL. We would love to have you join our team!

For more information, visit or call Maggie with the West St Paul team at 651-492-4650 to sign up. Volunteers may also attend any event night to learn more about the program and to sign up at that time.

I'm attaching our 2014_Sampling_Schedule.xls and a 2014 WHEP map.pdfof where the wetlands are located. The zip code for West St Paul is 55118. Volunteers can feel free to contact me with driving directions to the sites.

Volunteer with MN DNR this Summer!

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Riverboat Clean-Up Event - Wednesday, June 11

Join us for the 2014 Great Mississippi River Cleanup on Wednesday, June 11, departing from Harriet Island, St Paul. Help clean sections of the Mississippi River between Ft. Snelling and South St Paul while disembarking from the riverboat Jonathan Padelford at 8:15 AM. Volunteers must be in good health, able to follow specific directions, and must be 11 years of age or older to participate. Volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or other adult with written authorization to make medical decisions for the minor.

Keep in mind that this is a rain-or-shine, hot-or-cold event. Provide your own personal gear, including rain protection, hat, long pants, thick-soled shoes or rubber boots, insect and tick repellent, and sun screen. You will be transported from the riverboat by small watercraft into potentially rugged areas that may include mud, loose rocks, standing water, briars, and biting insects (thus cover your skin). After the cleanup, you will return to the Jonathan Padelford for lunch and return to Harriet Island by 2:30 PM.

Advanced registration is required by June 4. Registered volunteers will be confirmed by email prior to the event. Contact the DNR Adopt-a-River Program at (651) 259-5620 or email for a registration form. When we reach capacity, you will be placed on a waiting list and be advised of other possible cleanups this summer or fall.

Theme Weekend Volunteers

Use your experience and knowledge of wildlife, local history, and/or outdoor skills to help park naturalists at St Croix State Park with programs, hikes and crafts on designated weekends this summer.

Theme weekend programming will include:

Ectothermathon Weekend (June 20-22) (Note: Ectotherms are cold-blooded creatures)
Outdoor Independence Weekend (July 4-6)
Park Heritage Days Weekend (July 25-27)
Mammal Jam Weekend (August 22-24)

Volunteers must be willing to talk to and help park visitors, be good with children, self-motivated and knowledgeable on the theme topic of the weekend. Skills in wildlife watching, bird and frog counting, face painting, crafts or wood working are desired. Training will be provided. Time commitment needed is at least 10 hours over the summer. Volunteers will be working directly with the public under the supervision of the park naturalists.

For more information contact Megan Johnsen, Naturalist, St. Croix State Park, 30065 St. Croix Park Rd, Hinckley, MN 55037 at 320-384-6615 or email

Share your Outdoors Passion at Lake Carlos State Park

Sculpted by ancient glaciers, Lake Carlos State Park contains a tamarack bog, marshes, woodland ponds, and lakes. Come visit and get involved as a volunteer in a variety of recreational activities scheduled for this summer.

Fishing Frenzy Fridays: Promote fishing and caring for our water resources by working with children and/or families to teach the basic skills of fishing including safety, line casting, knot tying, baiting hooks, and taking fish off the hook, as well as identifying fish species and their habitats. One to two volunteers will help instruct and oversee a small group of participants during shoreline fishing scheduled for Fridays during the summer, June 13 through August 29, 2014.

National Get Outdoors Day, Saturday, June 14: This nationwide initiative is focused on getting people outdoors. On this day we have multiple events going on to help people find something they like to do outdoors like geocaching, paddle boarding, canoeing, hiking, and so on. Volunteer duties may include things like giving directions to different areas in the park, teaching geocaching, helping out in the visitor center with greeting people and answering other questions they have.

For more information contact Ben Eckhoff, Naturalist, Lake Carlos State Park, 2601 County Road 38 NE, Carlos, MN 56319 at (320) 852-7471 or email

Newest Volunteer Positions
All of the newest DNR volunteer opportunities are NOW posted on our website! Check them out to see how YOU might get involved in the outdoors!

Big Stone Lake state park
Meadowbrook office
10 am TO NOON.

May 24 - Mammal Tracks
July 5 - Around the Campfire
August 17 - Secrets of the Prairie

Join us for all or one of the events for kids 3-12 years old. Start with story, then activity, craft and end with snack. Please register children
ahead of time. Call 320-839-3663 to register.

Lac qui Parle state park
From 10 am to noon

May 25- Bird Watching
June 29- Animal Tracks
July 27- Night Sky
August 31- Camping Skills

Join us for all or one of the events f or kids 3-10 years old. Start with story, then activity,
craft and end with snack.
Please register children ahead of time.
Call 320-734-4450 ext 221 to register

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