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Humming for Bees - St. Louis Park

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Master Naturalists from St Louis Park are invited to join Humming for Bees as we plan and meet with the city council to encourage St Louis Park to become a bee safe city. Aspects of the resolution include banning the use of systemic neonicotinoid pesticides and planting pesticide-free pollinator plants on city land.

Humming for Bees meetings are every other Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at local public libraries. Our next meeting will be November 30 at Ridgedale Library. We are expecting to meet with the city council in January. Please see our website,, or contact Judy Chucker ( or Melissa Hochstetler ( for more information.

Master Water Stewards Training

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Want to protect clean water in a lake or stream you care about? The Master Water Stewards program can give you the knowledge, skills, and network to make it happen!

2015 is the last year training will be offered at no cost to the participant. Applications are due by Dec. 20. Interested applicants must attend one of the following hour-long informational sessions:

Thurs., Dec. 4 -- 6:30 p.m., MCWD Offices (15320 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minnetonka, MN 55345)
Tues., Dec. 16-- 6:30 p.m., MCWD Offices
The program offers extensive training from top industry professionals -- engineers, educators, planners and more. Participants will also build a network with like-minded peers, with an emphasis on creativity and collaboration.

Armed with that knowledge, Stewards build projects in their communities that protect water quality and work to educate their neighbors on clean water issues. Past certified Stewards have installed raingardens, rain barrels, cisterns, and water-permeable walkways that catch polluted rainwater before it makes it to a nearby lake or stream.

The program is a partnership between the Freshwater Society and Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD), made possible by a grant from the state Clean Water Fund. Participants must live in a city that is within the MCWD. Learn more at

Citizen Science Wolf Tracking Project

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this story is about a Minnesota guy starting a citizen science wolf tracking project. He's among Midwest Mountaineering's Outdoor Adventure Expo presenters this weekend. Plans still in the works re: setting up training; when we talked he was aiming for December.

The link:

Dear Master Naturalist,

Are you knowledgeable about the threats and impacts aquatic invasive species have on our natural areas, or do you wish to expand on your knowledge?

For the second year in a row, Minnesota Sea Grant cordially invites you to co-host an aquatic invasive species exhibit at the Northern Green Expo, which will be held Wednesday, January 14th through Friday, January 16th at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Sign up for a shift by Tuesday, December 9th:

Trade show only: FREE (a $25 savings)
To attend classes: $100 for all three days or $75 for one day.
To take advantage of this special offer, you need to sign up for one shift at the booth (to qualify as an exhibitor) AND email me directly at so we can work out registration details. This pricing reflects a $50 savings for people who are not members of supporting organizations.
Class information can be found here: Education - Northern Green Expo
Other Information
Northern Green Expo info: You will find trade show hours, directions, and parking information here. You will be responsible for your own parking expenses.
AIS knowledge: It is not a requirement that you know much about AIS, as you will be paired with an AIS expert. You do need to be friendly, engaging, and interested in outreach. If you want to brush up on your AIS knowledge, here are two links for you:,

I hope to see you there! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me: 218-726-8305.

Kind regards,

Marte Kitson

Nov. 21-23 Outdoor Adventure Expo

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Folks, this is remind you that the Outdoor Adventure Expo in MPLS is coming up in two weeks (Nov 21-23) and PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species In Your Tracks will have a booth at the show. We still have volunteer opportunities open for those with a basic understanding of terrestrial invasive species. We especially need folks on Sunday 11/23. If you are interested in participating, please visit the doodle link below and fill in your name and desired time slot. Thanks a bunch. Hope to see you there. S

Outdoor Adventure Expo November 21-23, 2014 at Midwest Mountaineering on Cedar Ave in MPLS

Susan Burks
MNDNR Forestry / Invasive Spp. Prog. Coord.
500 Lafayette Rd / St Paul, MN 55155
651-259-5251 (office) / 651-296-5954 (fax)

PlayCleanGo volunteer opportunities

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For those of you who have participated in past events with PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species In Your Tracks (PCG), thank you so much. The campaign is growing by leaps and bounds largely due to your participation. We now have 70 public and private organizations partnering with us in our outreach and education campaign. Most recently the North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) adopted PCG as their national campaign. Way to go PCG!!

Past PCG volunteers have reported having a great time talking to visitors about invasive species and the simple steps folks can take while recreating to prevent the accidental spread of terrestrial invasive species. This is to announce that we have more volunteer opportunities this winter! Between now and the next PlayCleanGo Day in June 2015, we have five sports show around the state. I invite you to participate by visiting the doodle links below and picking shifts that work for you. Be sure to hit 'save' once you check your preferred time slot. Each participant will receive a free ticket to the show (for each day you sign up). Plan to stay the day to check out the show before or after your shift. I have as much fun talking to the other vendors as I do the visitors, dreaming about that next vacation or that camp shirt I just have to have. It's also a great opportunity to enroll other PCG partners. I've had other vendors sign-up and hang our PCG poster in their own booth for the duration of the show. How rewarding is that! So come join us for the fun and help protect our precious natural resources.

The shifts range from 4 to 5.5 hrs long depending on show hours. For all but the Outdoor Adventure Expo, PCG will be sharing the booth space with the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers outreach campaign. As such there will be at least one person with knowledge about aquatic invasives on duty for each shift. PCG volunteers are expected to have a basic understanding of invasive species and be familiar with the top four or five terrestrial invasive species threatening the state's natural resources. Talking points will be shared with the volunteers before each event and a folder of references will be at the booth to help with specific visitor questions. Each volunteer will receive a ticket to the show and a PCG tote bag to carry all of your goodies home with you. If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call. The available sports shows are as follows:

Outdoor Adventure Expo November 21-23, 2014 at Midwest Mountaineering on Cedar Ave in MPLS

MN Sports Show January 8-11, 2015 at the River Center on Kellogg in St Paul

St Cloud Sports Show February 6-8, 2015 at the River's Edge Conference Ctr in St Cloud

Red River Valley March 5-8, 2015 at the Fargodome in Fargo, ND

NW Sports Show March 25-29, 2015 at the MPLS Convention Ctr in MPLS

I look forward to working you!

Susan Burks
MNDNR Forestry / Invasive Spp. Prog. Coord.
500 Lafayette Rd / St Paul, MN 55155
651-259-5251 (office) / 651-296-5954 (fax)

Boulder Lake ELC Volunteers Needed

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Below are some items I need help with.
If you can help, please send me a quick email letting me know which ones you can help out with.

November 24 Anytime 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (4-8 people needed) Help collect boughs and make wreaths...

Dec 1 Anytime 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (4-8 people needed) Help collect boughs and make wreaths

Dec 5 9:00 a.m. - Noon Help set up for Christmas Tree Cut (1-4 people needed)

Dec 6 8:00 a.m. - Noon or Noon - 4:00 p.m. (8-10 people needed) Help with Christmas Tree Cut - Greeters, take pictures, help carry out trees, keep bonfires going, set up, take down, etc.

Thanks in advance,

John Geissler
Program Director
Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center
7328 Boulder Dam Road
Duluth, MN 55803

Volunteer opportunity--program support! We will need help trimming boughs for our Wreath-Making 101 program again this year. The trimming will be Thursday, Dec. 4, here at Lake Bemidji State Park. Anytime between 9 am and 4 pm is great--come for as little or as long as you can! New people always welcome

Reply to Lake Bemidji State Park, Sue Olin 308-2300 or email: Susan Olin

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