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4 Ways to Love your St. Paul Parks!

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1. Plant Trees in Saint Paul!
Sat, Oct 25 | 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Wheelock Pkwy W. (Meet near the intersection of Virginia St. and Idaho Ave W. - near the "horseshoe" part of Wheelock Pkwy.)

Help re-forest Saint Paul by planting trees with our partner, Tree Trust! This event is great for individuals, families, and small groups, and people of all ages are welcome. Tree Trust will provide all the tools and training you'll need and you'll feel great knowing you helped green Saint Paul. Gloves will be provided or bring your own. See above for location details.

For more information and to sign up, contact Kim Lawler at kim.lawler@treetrust.org or 952-767-3881.

All ages, individuals and groups are welcome. No experience necessary.

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great horned owl
2. Join the Owl Prowl
Tues, Oct 28, 2014 | 7-8:30 pm

Como Streetcar Station, 1224 North Lexington Pkwy

Ages 5+

Did you know that some owls live in the city? Learn how your nocturnal neighbors hunt for prey, digest their food, and communicate with each other. Dissect an owl pellet and go on a short owl-calling hike. Legacy funded. Materials fee: $3.

Register online.

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EcoSteward
3. Become an EcoSteward

We are looking for individuals, pairs or very small groups to adopt small parcels of natural area in the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom next year.

Here are some details:

Responsible for one parcel of land
2-4 hrs/wk (min. 4 hrs/wk in the spring)
Commitment: April-October
Main tasks: invasive species removal, possibly an opportunity to plant or sow seeds
We will provide a volunteer safety vest, gloves, bags and access to tools.
Interested? Contact Ryanna at Ryanna.Jackson@ci.stpaul.mn.us or 651-632-2411.

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4. Sew for us!
We are looking for volunteers to sew! We have a few simple, easy projects and one fun, but slightly more intensive project. Over the course of the winter months, we are hoping to have volunteers help us create:

Simple drawstring bags for storing kids' toys (like plastic animals) and safety glasses.
Small "discovery" bags for kids to use in our environmental education programs.
Storage for magnifying glasses.
Simple one-two piece woodland animal costumes (such as birds, foxes, frogs, etc.).
And simple canvas tarp repair.
Here's the sweet deal: Our deadline isn't until next spring, and we already have fabric, some thread, drawstrings and toggles for the bags--but you can use your own, too.

Interested? Contact Ryanna at Ryanna.Jackson@ci.stpaul.mn.us or 651-632-2411.

Hello Master Naturalists!
We have a special event coming up on Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Lake Itasca Pioneer Farmers Showgrounds (north entrance of Itasca State Park).

The Capitol Christmas Tree, which is being cut in the Chippewa National Forest is making its first stop at Itasca as it makes its journey to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

We are looking for a few volunteers to help with this event, such as, crafts, photo taking (using visitors cameras and taking pictures of them behind a family tree photo board), assisting in loading visitors on the horse drawn wagons, refreshments, and much more!

It should be a really fun and exciting day!

Let me or Connie know if you are interested in helping!

We will have more information coming out soon about all the activities!

Thank you, Sandra


P.S. We also have our dates set for our winter lantern lit events........ will send more info later

Lantern Lit Snowshoe/Ski
Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 5-7:30 p.m.
Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center

Lantern Lit Snowshoe on Schoolcraft Trail
Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 5:30-8 p.m.
Meet at Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center


Sandra Lichter, Park Naturalist
Itasca State Park
36750 Main Park Drive
Park Rapids, MN 56470
(218) 699-7252
sandra.d.lichter@state.mn.us

Prairie Woods ELC Halloween Haunt Volunteers Needed

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This years Halloween Haunt at PWELC is on Friday, Oct 31st from 6:00-9:00.
Yes, that is actually Halloween Night. Which has led to a bit of a dilemma. Seems that all of the Honor Society kids and FFA students that usually help out have other commitments.
Lots of different roles to help with:
Carving pumpkins.
Decorating cookies.
Making popcorn.
Playing games. (stick the wart on the witch's nose)
Dressing up like an animal and telling the kids what your doing to get ready for the winter. (costumes and scripts provided)
Belaying on the climbing wall.

Let me know if you can help.
or
If you know somebody else that might be available (husbands, wives, friends, family members) that might want to help

Kory Klebe
Environmental Education and Shooting Sports Coordinator
Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center
12718 10th St. NE
Spicer, MN 56288
320-354-5894
kory_k@co.kandiyohi.mn.us

Oct 16-18 Northland Arboretum Volunteers Needed

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Hello Northland Arboretum Visitor Center & Grounds Users -
How's that for including everyone who's clubs use the Arboretum J

Our 11th Annual Haunted Trail is coming on next week and we are still in need of volunteers to help outside.
If you have any of the dates and times below open, please consider volunteering - all proceeds from the Haunted Trail help the Arboretum.
Take a look at the list and if you can help out in any way, send me an email back with the spot and date. THANKS!!!!!!!
If it helps - WE FEED YOU! You just need to be here between 5 and 5:30 to get in on the food...

1 - Gate Keeper
Thursday, October 16
6:30 to 9:30
Dress Up in Haunted Trail Attire
2 - Fire Setup & Lighters
Thursday, October 16
6:00
Dress Warm
2 - Apple Cider Servers
Thursday, October 16
6:00 to 9:30
Dress Warm
3 - Parking Attendants
Thursday, October 16
6:00 to 9:30
Dress Warm & bring flashlight
1 - Back Gate Guard
Thursday, October 16
6:00 to 9:30
Dress Warm & bring flashlight
6 - Security Person
Thursday, October 16
6:00 to 9:30
Dress Warm & bring flashlight

1 - Gate Keeper
Friday, October 17
6:30 to 9:30
Dress Up in Haunted Trail Attire
2 - Fire Setup & Lighters
Friday, October 17
6:00
Dress Warm
2- Apple Cider Servers
Friday, October 17
6:00 to 9:30
Dress Warm
3 - Parking Attendants
Friday, October 17
6:00 to 9:30
Dress Warm & bring flashlight
1 - Back Gate Guard
Friday, October 17
6:00 to 9:30
Dress Warm & bring flashlight
6 - Security Person
Friday, October 17
6:00 to 9:30
Dress Warm & bring flashlight

Any amount of people to help on Saturday, October 18 with Haunted Trail Cleanup.

Looking forward to another successful Haunted Trail

Peg Serani
Northland Arboretum
14250 Conservation Drive
PO Box 375
Brainerd, MN 56401
(218) 829-8770
www.northlandarb.com

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.
Thanks!
John

Friday Oct 10th 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (2-3 people needed) --- Help sort aluminum cans for recycling - can drive money helps us buy equipment like used canoes, etc.

Monday Oct 27th 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (4 people needed) Gather data on 75 white pine seedlings planted off Buzz Ryan road.

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

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John Geissler
Program Director
Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center
7328 Boulder Dam Road
Duluth, MN 55803
218-721-3731
www.boulderlake.org

Tree Identification Volunteers needed in Prior Lake

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On Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 3:29 PM, wrote:
Good afternoon! My name is Amber and I am a Minnesota GreenCorps member serving the community and city of Prior Lake, MN. I was curious if it was possible to find out if there were any master naturalists in Scoot county that I could potentially contact for some volunteer tree identification work. I am trying to get a program similar to that in Shakopee and many other cities that connects volunteers to their communities environment through a tree identification survey. I was hoping that Master Naturalists, being that they are experts, would be able to help us with this survey and possibly with leading teams of eager identifiers!

Thank you for your time and have a wonderful day!

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Amber Brooks-Mohler
Minnesota GreenCorps
Serving the Community and City of Prior Lake
952.210.5148
priorlakegreencorps@cityofpriorlake.com

Hey all,

This years Halloween Haunt at PWELC is on Friday, Oct 31st from 6:00-9:00.
Yes, that is actually Halloween Night. Which has led to a bit of a dilemma. Seems that all of the Honor Society kids and FFA students that usually help out have other commitments.
So-I am looking for help.....
Lots of different roles to help with:
Carving pumpkins.
Decorating cookies.
Making popcorn.
Playing games. (stick the wart on the witch's nose)
Dressing up like an animal and telling the kids what your doing to get ready for the winter. (costumes and scripts provided)
Belaying on the climbing wall.

Let me know if you can help.
or
If you know somebody else that might be available (husbands, wives, friends, family members) that might want to help

Kory Klebe
Environmental Education and Shooting Sports Coordinator
Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center
12718 10th St. NE
Spicer, MN 56288
320-354-5894
kory_k@co.kandiyohi.mn.us

Oct. 24 Halloween Extravaganza

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Halloween Extravaganza
Friday, Oct. 24
5:30 - 10 p.m.
Scary Trail opens at 7 p.m.
For All Ages
Location: Farm Entrance
1701 Charlton St.,
West St. Paul

Dodge's Halloween Extravaganza has a smorgasbord of activities to fulfill your Halloween craving. Hike on the friendly trick or treat trail or the scary trail through the frightening forest. Gratify your creative edge by getting your face painted and dancing to the DJ. Grab a snack at the concessions and enjoy shows that have an educational twist. Costume contest? YES.
Public: Adults $9 / Children $9
Members: Adults $6 / Children $6 FREE for children age 2 and under

Make Stillwater a Pollinator Friendly City

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Hello Pollinator Champions!
Good News.......

We presented our proposal to make Stillwater a Pollinator Friendly City last night.
The Stillwater Council likes the idea so we will be moving forward to make our City Pollinator Friendly.

(Choose Sep 16 Video) Watch the City Council presentation here online.

September 16, 2014: Standing room only for an articulate, informative and cohesive presentation made to the Stillwater City Council by Dr. Vera Krischik, Director Center for Sustainable Urban Ecosystems & Professor of Entomology, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences, plus Lex Horan, Pesticide Action Network, Laurie Schneider & Marcia Forsberg of Pollinator Friendly Stillwater, and Andrea Rustad, Stillwater Butterfly Conservation Project.

The City Council was supportive and impressed with the information presented. We are excited to move forward to make Stillwater "pollinator friendly". We have exceptional partners with volumes of expertise ready to consult on issues of pesticide management and creating safe havens for pollinators. We are awaiting news from the City Council about the next step, and anticipate a meeting with City staff to develop a resolution and/or ordinance.

This is only the bee-ginning!

Sept. 27-Nov. 22 Make CSB/SJU National Outdoor Champions!

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Outdoors is calling...will you answer?

Sept. 27-Nov. 22
oncampuschallenge.org

Get outside. Win awesome gear.

How to Win:
1) Get outside! For at least 30 minutes
2) Take a photo! Have fun. Be creative.
3) Log on: oncampuschallenge.org
4) Repeat Up to 5 times a day
5) Win awesome prizes along the way!

10 schools...8 weeks...1 champion

A head-to-head outdoor battle to see which school can inspire the most people in their communities to do outdoor activities:
Whoever you are;
Wherever you are;
Whenever you can;
Sharing with as many people as possible.

Pre-Game Prizes
Log-on to the challenge by Sept. 27 to win these great prizes!

All will receive a discount code for 25% of products at www.coleman.com good through Dec. 24, 2014

These people will be selected to win one of these 5 prizes (1st drawn, 1st choice):
1 gallon St. John's Maple Syrup
$200 coupon toward a PRP trip
A Minnesota book set
A Patagonia better sweater jacket
A Neverest Outfitters backpack or messenger bag (your choice)

Win weekly prizes throughout the challenge.

Illustrator Opportunity

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The Zumbro Watershed Partnership, a clean water nonprofit group in southeast Minnesota, is seeking an illustrator to create ​2-4 ​full-color illustrations ​(roughly 8.5" x 11") ​of the Zumbro River in 1900 and in 2010 to illustrate the changes in the river over that time. ZWP staff will provide historical photos, modern photos, and a list of other historical and current river information to help the illustrator create the pictures.​ Medium is at the discretion of the artist, but a fairly high level of detail is desired.​

We have a budget for this work, so please include a cost estimate and some sample scientific illustrations. ​Timeline is flexible, but preference is for work to be completed before mid-November. ​Send all materials to:
Kevin Strauss, Education Coordinator, Zumbro Watershed Partnership
kevin@naturestory.com, 507-993-3411


Find out how you can work toward "Cleaner Water and Fewer Floods" at our Water Ways Speaker Series, the 2nd Thursday of each Month at 6:30 p.m. at the Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center, 2900--19th St. NW, Rochester, MN.

Kevin Strauss, M.S. Ed.
Education Coordinator, Zumbro Watershed Partnership
education@zumbrowatershed.org
507-993-3411

Great River Greening Volunteer Opportunities

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This fall, Great River Greening will be holding four 100+ person volunteer opportunities across the metro planting trees and shrubs, pulling or lopping invasive species, and seeding, all to secure the legacy of Minnesota lands and waters. Some of our best and longest-serving volunteers are Master Naturalists, and we'd love invite more Naturalists to participate in our volunteer events. Additionally, many Naturalists enjoy serving in the role of Volunteer Supervisor.

As you will see, it is going to be quite the exciting event season! We'll be working to create new parks in Saint Paul and Elko New Market, while working to enhance to fabulous parks in Apple Valley and Mahtomedi. The Great_River_Greening_Fall_v-ops-14 (1).pdf has more details about the events, but a summary of tasks, dates and locations are included below:

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Tree and Shrub Planting
o Saturday, October 11, 8:30am - 12:30pm
o Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary, Saint Paul
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Brush Stacking
o Saturday, October 25, 9:30am - 1:00pm
o Doyle-Kennefick Regional Park, Elko New Market
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Buckthorn Blast
o Saturday, November 1, 9:30am - 1:00pm
o Katherine Abbott Park, Mahtomedi

U of M Researcher looking for American Hazelnuts

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Researchers in the University of Minnesota's Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics are working to develop hazelnuts as an alternative crop for the Upper Midwest. We are taking a two-pronged approach: 1) hybridize American hazelnuts, which have the cold hardiness and disease resistance needed in our region, with European hazelnuts, which have been selected over centuries for high nut yield and large size, and 2) select the best American hazelnuts from the wild and develop them into a new crop on their own merits. It is for the latter effort that we seek your help.

We are looking for people to send us seeds collected from wild American hazelnuts all over the state (and beyond). If you know of some productive stands of hazelnuts, please send us some seed!

What we are looking for is high yielding bushes that produce good quality nuts. We define quality as "anything that is good enough that you would want to eat it." Nuts with thick shells and small kernels are probably not going to be worth your effort to shell them so we're not interested in them. But we'll let you be the judge of what is "good enough".

Although we'd ideally like nuts only from high yielding bushes, we've learned that in the wild that's nearly impossible to evaluate because they often grow as thickets, so you can't isolate one bush from its neighbor. So we're simply not going to worry about yield at this stage. That will come later when we evaluate the seedlings under controlled conditions in a managed orchard.

Instructions:
Harvest the nuts as soon as they are fully mature. You can tell because the nuts will come loose from their husks with gentle pressure. This often happens when the husks are still green. If you wait for them to turn brown or dry down then squirrels and mice are likely to get them first.

They usually mature some time in mid to late August, but maturation date varies widely. This year it may not be until September.

It is not necessary to keep nuts from different bushes separate, but it would be best to keep nuts from different locations separate.

Label them with information about the location they came from. GPS coordinates would be appreciated if possible, but are not essential.

Mail them right away in their green husks, or keep them for a week or so until they separate from the husk easily and just send the nuts. Either way, do not let them dry out and do NOT expose them to high heat which will kill the embryo.

10 to 50 nuts per sample are enough.

Mail to:
Lois Braun,
U of M Dept of Agronomy and Plant Genetics,
1991 Upper Buford Circle,
411 Borlaug Hall,
St. Paul, MN 55108.

Thank you very much for helping advance a potential new alternative crop for Minnesota

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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