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April 25 Jefferson Awards for Public Service

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Hello.

My name is Tom Basquill and I'm the Minnesota Regional Director for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service. I'm reaching out to you because youth do some incredible service projects across our state, and I'd like your help to Celebrate, Honor, and Recognize these young people and their efforts in service and volunteerism.

The Jefferson Awards is looking for stories of youth service (ages 5-25) as part of our "Lead360" initiative. We are collecting service project stories on our website - www.lead360.jeffersonawards.org. Projects that are submitted can earn local recognition, and possibly earn National recognition and prizes, including mini-grants, trips to Washington DC, international service trips, and even Super Bowl tickets!

You can also submit multiple service projects at once, by completing the Lead360 Mass Upload (1).xlsx and emailing it to me at t.basquill@jeffersonawards.org.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 25th! Please see the Lead360 Flyer - Front and Back 2013-14 - MN.PDF for more info.

Please consider submitting some youth service projects and/or sharing this opportunity with other teachers, youth workers, and students so that we can celebrate and honor these amazing young people!

Please contact me if you have any questions. Thank you for your assistance!
Tom

Tom Basquill
Regional Director - Minnesota
Jefferson Awards for Public Service
763-742-8142
t.basquill@jeffersonawards.org
jeffersonawards.org

Help wanted caring for a native plant greenway

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Next to the U of M Twin Cities-Minneapolis campus, our neighborhood would like help caring for a native plant greenway and our Mississippi River parks, including an eagle nest.

Can you help us connect with people here - 55414 - to ask for their help? Thanks.

Cordelia Pierson, President
Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association

Cordelia Pierson
612-379-8196 home
651-815-1268 cell
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/cordelia-pierson/11/690/154
https://www.facebook.com/cordelia.pierson

The Ramsey County Invasive Plant Patrol is seeking Invasive Plant Patrol volunteers for the city of North St. Paul. Contact Carole Gernes.

Carole Gernes
Maplewood Nature Center
and Neighborhood Preserves
2659 7th St. East
Maplewood, MN 55119
651-249-2180
Wednesdays and Thursdays

Ramsey Conservation District
Ramsey County CWMA
c/o Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District
2665 Noel Drive
Little Canada, MN 55117
651-792-7977
Mondays and Fridays

The Minnesota Herpetological Society will host their Annual Field Survey at Minneopa State Park ( http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/minneopa/ ) in June. The event is only open to MHS members. Membership, however, into this focused organization is only $20 per year. Interested in joining? Check the society out athttp://www.mnherpsoc.com. The field survey runs from 4pm on Friday, June 13th, through 4pm on Sunday, June 15th. You may participate for some or all of it. Limited camp sites are available for those who register early. Additional details can be found at http://www.mnherpsoc.com/content/research-and-field-trips

Besides the survey, which will count as MHS volunteer hours and MNAT Citizen Science hours, there is an advanced training scheduled for MHS members as well. The two-hour training will cover what a field survey is and how it is done. The training will be held at Spring Lake Park Reserve (Hastings, MN) from 10am until noon on Sunday, June 1st.

Also, the MHS monthly meetings are held the first Friday of every month (unless there is a holiday conflict) at 6:30 PM in room 335 of Borlaug Hall on the University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus (1991 Upper Buford Circle, Saint Paul, MN 55108). You do not need to be a member to attend.

The May 2nd program will have speakers talking about Herp Mapper (http://www.herpmapper.org), the DNR's Non-game Wildlife Program, and the Field Survey. Check it out at http://www.mnherpsoc.com

The meeting on June 6th will feature John Moriarty who will talk about his new book, Amphibians and Reptiles in Minnesota. Written with Carol Hall, the book is due out in June 2014!

You can contact Beth Girard, fellow Master Naturalist volunteer and long-time MHS member, for more information. Beth_girard@msn.com or Ph# 612/616-8431.

April 8 Mississippi Messages

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Calendar of Events
HASTINGS AREA BIRDING FESTIVAL

Saturday, April 19 -- 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings

Celebrate the arrival of spring by learning about our region's many bird species. Enjoy classes on "Landscaping for Wildlife" with the esteemed Carrol Henderson, bird banding demonstrations, guided bird trips in the Hastings area, and a special kids-only birding competition. Learn more and sign up via the event page.

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EARTH DAY IN THE CITY: MINNEAPOLIS WATERSHED CLEANUP

Saturday, April 26 -- 2:00-4:00 p.m.
E. 36th St. & E. 44th St. at W. River Pkwy, Mississippi River Gorge, Minneapolis

Join this Earth Day tradition in the Minneapolis River Gorge! People come from throughout the local river corridor neighborhoods and metro area to contribute to the health and vitality of the Mississippi River Watershed. All ages are welcome and all supplies provided, including lunch. We'll meet at two sites along the parkway and bluff-top. Pick whichever works better for you -- the oak savanna at East 36th Street and West River Parkway, or the maple basswood forest at 44th and the parkway. No registration is required and complete details and directions are available on the event page. We look forward to seeing you at the first River Gorge Stewards event of the season!

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VERMILLION RIVER STEWARDS SEASON KICK-OFF!

Thursday, May 1 -- 6:00-8:00 pm
Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center, Hastings

The Vermillion River is a cold water prairie river that runs through the heart of Dakota County. The only trophy trout stream located near a metropolitan area in the United States, the Vermillion is also a major tributary of the Mississippi River. Come learn about this special river, celebrate the program that helps protect it, and learn how you can get involved! New and veteran stewards alike are encouraged to attend.

Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Lindsay at lhefferan@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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GARLIC MUSTARD PULL AT PINE BEND

Thursday, May 8 -- 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific & Natural Area, Inver Grove Heights

In addition to stunning river valley views Pine Bend Scientific and Natural Area provides vital habitat for many birds who rely on the Mississippi River flyway. Come join this award-winning regional restoration project. At the end of this two-hour volunteer event, participants will be certified to return to this protected area to complete additional invasive species removal work this spring. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Lindsay at lhefferan@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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'RIVER BLUFFS PLUS' BIRD HIKE

Saturday, May 17 -- 7:45-10:30 a.m.
Oak woodlands and prairie, 3M Cottage Grove facility natural area

Join top-notch local birder Kevin Smith and FMR conservation staff for a hike through the 3M-owned fields and natural areas along the Mississippi River in Cottage Grove during migratory bird season. During the 1.5-hour walk along the wooded bluff above the river and some wetland areas, participants should see many songbirds. There will also be stops to see an eagle nest, a recently installed osprey tower, and a falcon nest box complete with live-cam.

Capacity is limited and preregistration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Lindsay at lhefferan@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x24.

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JOIN THE PLEDGE TO PULL AT CROSBY PARK

Tuesday, May 20 -- 6:00-8:00 pm
Crosby Park, Mississippi River Gorge, St. Paul

Enjoy a spring evening near the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers helping to protect a striking array of native spring wildflowers -- Dutchman's breeches, trout lily, and Jack-in-the-pulpit to name a few. Volunteers will be trained to remove the invasive species garlic mustard before taking the "Pledge to Pull" -- pledging to return to the area and independently remove the garlic mustard and protect the native wildflowers at times convenient for them. This opportunity was created for those looking to contribute more than a couple hours, but needing to set their own volunteer schedule. Trained participants may team up with a buddy from the event or return to the area with family and friends to complete pledged hours.

Capacity is limited and preregistration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Lindsay at lhefferan@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.

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INDIAN MOUNDS PARK PRAIRIE PLANTING

Saturday, May 31 -- 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Indian Mounds Park, St. Paul

Indian Mounds Park is home to one of the most photographed river scenes in the metro area. Join us as we continue to restore and preserve this historic overlook by planting native plants to prevent erosion and restore much-needed bird and wildlife habitat.

Capacity is limited and preregistration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Lindsay at lhefferan@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x24.

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SCHEDULE YOUR STENCILING OUTING TODAY!

Mid-April through mid-October
City of Saint Paul

If you're looking for a great service outing that is educational, active, outdoors and provides a significant community benefit, consider storm drain stenciling. It's just one and a half to three hours in length, and can be set at a time and St. Paul location convenient for your group. Reservations are now being taken for outings through October 2014. Learn more on the stenciling event page or go straight to our stenciling, cleanup and presentation request form!

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For current event listings and more information on the events listed above, please visit our events calendar page at www.fmr.org/participate/events.

Volunteers needed for
WaterFest 2014
Saturday, May 31, 2014
11 AM - 4 PM (rain or shine)
Lake Phalen Park, 1600 Phalen Dr, St. Paul, MN 55106
North of Phalen Dr. & Wheelock Pkwy

"Water Is Life" is the theme of this year's WaterFest--a celebration of our clean lakes and an opportunity for outdoor hands-on learning about clean water, wildlife, and land and water conservation. Experience the lake with Voyageur canoe and solar pontoon boat rides; stand up paddleboards and fishing lessons; canoes, kayaks and paddleboats for check out. Enjoy other activities including a fishing contest, Geocaching, climbing walls, jump castle, native plant give-away, Eco Arcade, live animals, water games, landscaping, watershed and art exhibits, an Open Mic, lakeside yoga and lots more.

This event is sponsored by the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, cities of St. Paul, Maplewood, Little Canada, Oakdale, Roseville, Shoreview, Landfall and North St. Paul, Ramsey County and other partners. For more information: https://www.rwmwd.org/waterfest

To volunteer please contact me at 651.647.6816 or dmeister.mmc@gmail.com

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.

Adopt-A-Park

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We would love your help maintaining our parks! If you are ready to make a difference, please call 651.249.2120. If you have a particular park you would like to adopt, that's great! If not, we would be happy to help find the perfect park for you. More details can be found here.

Aprl 26 Maplewood All Park Clean Up

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Annual Maplewood ALL PARK CLEAN UP
SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 8:00AM - 1:00PM
The Parks and Recreation Commission invites you to participate in our annual spring clean up. Cleanup materials, coffee and snacks will be available from 8:00AM - 10:30AM at the MCC. A complimentary lunch and beverage will be served at Wakefield Park from 11:30AM - 1:00PM for all volunteers. For more information contact Jim Taylor at 651.249.2121 or james.taylor@ci.maplewood.mn.us.

Citizen Science Opportunity

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Good afternoon, my name is Derek Colwell and I am a student with the Nebraska Watershed Network. We're a student driven organization sponsored by University of Nebraska at Omaha.

We have a nation-wide project collaborating citizen science and water quality that I believe you or someone you might know may possibly be interested in participating in. We're doing a crowd sourced water quality project along the Mississippi river to test for agricultural runoff and more specifically for Atrazine levels.

We're excited to present this opportunity to you or someone you may know to get involved in and for intercollegiate partnerships with your institution!

We eagerly look forward to hearing from you. Please feel free to contact us by phone or email at the following:

Nebraska Watershed Network
(402) 554-2236
unonwn@unomaha.edu

Dr. Alan Kolok
(402) 554-3545
akolok@unomaha.edu

Derek Colwell
(402) 841-9698
dcolwell@unomaha.edu

Thank you so much for your time and I can't wait to move forward on this project with you!

July 12 BioBlitz Volunteers Needed

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Dear Friends and Associates,

The Land Stewardship Project is hosting a BioBlitz this coming July 12th. Robin Moore, the Chippewa 10% Project Coordinator with the Land Stewardship Project is coordinating this effort. She is in need of people to lead groups or simply participate in the biological survey of the Simon Lake Area, near Sunburg. The majority of effort will take place between 8am and 4pm, with plans to survey bats, frogs and other nocturnals at night. The main goal is community engagement and education.

If you or someone you know has an interest or experience and can help lead groups in the identification of any biological organism (e.g. owls and other birds, insects, other invertebrates, plants) please contact me or Robin Moore directly.

Best,
Sharon

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Sharon L. Weyers
USDA ARS NCSCRL
803 Iowa Ave.
Morris MN 56267
Phone: 320-589-3411 x 146
Fax: 320-589-3787
Homepage: http://www.ars.usda.gov/mwa/ncscrl

Aprl 25-27 PlayCleanGo

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Folks, just a reminder that we have one trade show left at the end of this month. The Outdoor Expo (focusing on non-motorized sports) will be at Midwest Mountaineering in Minneapolis on Apr 25-27. PlayCleanGo will have a booth by itself (without Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers) with boot brushes and tips on how to stop the spread of invasive species while on the trail. If you are interested in participating, please visit the doodle site below and pick a time slot that works well for you. There are two slots open per shift, so invite a buddy. Thanks for your future consideration and past support.

https://doodle.com/496mpn7irhe4ng5k

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!

Volunteer this Spring in St. Paul

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2014 CITYWIDE SPRING CLEANUP
Saturday, April 12 | 8:30 am in Saint Paul parks and neighborhoods--kickoff locations are below

For nearly 30 years, Saint Paul individuals, families, groups, and communities have volunteered to remove litter from Saint Paul's parks and neighborhoods during the annual Citywide Spring Cleanup.

With the help of volunteers, we can remove the trash that accumulates in these natural areas harming wildlife, polluting lakes and rivers and detracting from the beauty of our community. This event is a fun and effective way to improve the natural environment in our local community.
Citywide Spring Cleanup Kickoff Sites:
Como Lakeside Pavilion (1360 N Lexington Pkwy)
Harriet Island--Kelley's Landing (200 Dr Justus Ohage Blvd)
Highland Pavilion (1200 Montreal Ave)
Indian Mounds Shelter (10 Mounds Boulevard)
Phalen Pavilion (1600 Phalen Drive)
Linwood Recreation Center (860 St. Clair Ave)
Coffee and donuts will be provided at all locations, with the exception of Linwood. Brasa Rotisserie will be sponsoring the Linwood Recreation Center location and will provide pancakes, coffee and vegan baked goods. All locations will have a chance to win some awesome prizes.

We need your help! Please join us for the morning to help clean up Saint Paul!
REGISTER HERE

Questions? Contact Ryanna.Jackson@ci.stpaul.mn.us or call 651.632.2411.

PLANTING AND PULLING AT HIDDEN FALLS

Saturday, May 3rd | 9-11:30 am at Hidden Falls Regional Park, North Gate
Let's kick off spring together! Join us to plant tree and shrub seedlings and pull garlic mustard at Hidden Falls. This is a great event for families, groups, and individuals alike. We will provide all of the necessary tools for the restoration projects. Be sure to bring your own water bottles and dress for the weather. See you there! REGISTER HERE.


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2014 ARBOR MONTH CELEBRATION AND PLANTING

Saturday, May 17th | 8:30 am Volunteer 10 am-2 pm Celebration at Phalen Recreation Center
Help plant 50 trees in the landscape surrounding the recreation center. Registration begins at 8:30 am with light refreshments and music. We kickoff at 9 am with remarks and planting instructions from staff. The celebration will include tree climbing stations, a climbing wall, tree-related activities, information tables, demonstrations, and a visit from Smokey Bear. Please join us! (Register soon! Space is limited.)
REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER HERE.

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BLOOMING SAINT PAUL DAY

Saturday, May 17th | 9-11 am at various Saint Paul parks
Love to garden? Blooming Saint Paul Day is a day to promote volunteer gardening and to prepare public gardens for the coming growing season. We hope to engage 150 volunteers helping in as many as 40 sites throughout Saint Paul. Many of our garden sites could use several hands to help plant and prep gardens. Current garden volunteers and those interested in gardening for one day are encouraged to REGISTER HERE.

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COMO PARK GARLIC MUSTARD CHALLENGE

Saturday, May 24th | 9-11 am at Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom (CWOC)
We are partnering with Conservation Corps Minnesota to host a garlic mustard challenge. Join the Corps crews and other groups and individuals to help us clear away this pesky invasive species. For more information and REGISTRATION, CLICK HERE.

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JOIN THE PLEDGE TO PULL AT CROSBY

Tuesday, May 20 | 6-8 pm at Crosby Farm Regional Park
Join Friends of the Mississippi River to help protect spring ephemerals and other important species by removing garlic mustard, an extremely invasive plant. Participants will be asked to sign a Pledge to Pull, promising to remove garlic mustard in this area of Crosby Park for a total of eight hours in the following weeks.. For more information and registration, CLICK HERE.

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VOLUNTEER PARK PATROL

This summer, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is piloting a Volunteer Park Patrol, and we need YOU! We are looking for 8-14 volunteers to help us pilot this program in Como Regional Park. Park Patrol volunteers help create safe and welcoming environments by being a park ambassador for park visitors and by being an extra set of eyes and ears in the park. Come be a part of a unique opportunity to help us develop this brand new program.

We are asking individuals to dedicate a minimum of 8 hours per month. This is a great opportunity to get outside and stay active in a park we all love.

Training and materials will be provided. Please contact Ryanna.Jackson@ci.stpaul.mn.us if you are interested in applying.
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CONTACT INFORMATION
Ryanna Jackson, Volunteer Coordinator
Ryanna.Jackson@ci.stpaul.mn.us | 651-632-2411
Keep up with the latest Community Volunteer Events at www.stpaul.gov/parks/environment.
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Volunteer with MN DNR this Spring!

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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!

MN Frog and Toad Calling Survey
MN Loon Monitoring Program
Whitewater State Park
Tree Planting Project
Prairie Butterfly Garden Maintenance
2nd Annual Parsnip Pull

And many other opportunities

Great River Greening Spring Opportunties

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Here at Great River Greening, we are busy gearing up for the spring volunteer restoration event season. This spring, we will be doing a variety of restoration work through our volunteers across the metro. We're looking to our partners in the community and groups who have volunteered with us in the past to help spread the word. As much as we can, we want to engage returning volunteers while continuing always to increase the number of people we involve--across the state--in restoration activities that benefit us all.

Our volunteer events have something for everyone--all ages and abilities. We need volunteers to help is in a number of ways at each event:


  • Registration volunteers ensure the timely and organized check-in of restoration volunteers as they arrive in the morning.

  • Restoration volunteers receive specialized training the morning of the event and carry out the activities needed to meet the restoration goals for the event.

  • Lunch volunteers help serve lunch to hard working restoration volunteers and help clean up after the event.

  • Photo Op volunteers help us catalog the whole event.

  • Volunteer Supervisors make sure the event is as successful as possible by training and managing our restoration volunteers (You can learn more about Volunteer Supervisors on our website if this sounds interesting.)

If you are interested in registering for one or more of our events, please visit our website to do so: http://www.greatrivergreening.org/vol-events/.

I've attached our Great River Greening Spring 2014 (1).pdf to this email. Some of our events are already beginning to fill up, and we'll soon be starting a waiting list, so now is the best time to get registered!

Please let me know if you have any questions about our events or organization.

Thank you, and I hope to see you out in the field this spring!

June 21 Parsnip Pull at Whitewater State Park

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2ND ANNUAL PARSNIP PULL AT WHITEWATER STATE PARK
Wild Parsnip is an invasive plant that can cause phyto-photo dermatitis, a very painful and disfiguring blistering effect on the skin. The plant is abundant throughout the park and poses a serious problem for campers and other park visitors.

On Saturday, June 21 from 8am - Noon, volunteers will work in teams with project leaders to pull wild parsnips from heavy use areas in the park. Over the last several years volunteers have pulled parsnip from campsites in the park and results show a dramatic drop in the number of parsnip plants regenerating at those sites.

WHAT TO BRING?
Participants are asked to bring a shovel and to wear long sleeve shirts and pants tucked
into long socks. A hat, sunglasses and water bottle are also recommended. The park
will provide rubber gloves.

Working together, we can slow the spread of this invasive plant at Whitewater State Park. A free lunch will be provided for volunteers! To sign up, contact Sara Grover at sara.grover@state.mn.us or call 507-932-3007 ext 226.

Join a Nature's Notebook Campaign in 2014

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It may still feel like winter at your home, but it's not too early to begin thinking about spring! Consider joining us in tracking one or more of our target species through a Nature's Notebook campaign. We have 4 different campaigns to offer you this spring: you can watch for leaf out of maples, oaks and poplars, report on flowering of lilacs or dogwoods, or track leaf phenology of poplars. Learn more below.

If you intend to collect data for one or more of these campaigns, be sure to sign up to receive the campaigns messages we send out periodically. You will receive messages providing early results, encouragement, observation tips, interesting links, and campaign-specific opportunities. To sign up for campaign messages, click the "Sign me up!" links below.

Please note: Even if you participated in one or more of these campaigns last year, you will not receive campaign messages unless you sign up for the lists this year.

Catch the Greenwave this Spring
Help scientists and natural resources managers track the "green wave" - the flush of green that accompanies leaf-out - over the course of the spring season, and the spread of seasonal color across the country in the autumn.
Sign me up!

Become a Lilac Flower Follower
Your observations of common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) life cycle events can enhance the decades of lilac phenology observations that have been collected across the United States.

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Become a Dogwood Flower Follower
Your observations of native flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) life cycle events can enhance the decades of lilac phenology observations that have been collected across the United States.

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Track the Timing of Trees with PopClock
Researchers at the University of Maryland are working to identify genes that could ensure tree survival as the climate changes. You can assist by collecting observations of leaf phenology for balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera) and quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides).

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Learn more about the specifics of registering and observing your plants at www.usanpn.org/nn/guidelines.

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!

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