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Sept. 27 Lester River Rendezvous

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I've been approached by the folks organizing the Lester River Rendezvous, a tremendous community event in late-September that sees thousands of visitors, to see if we could organize some "trail" tours. They are looking for a 15- and 30-minute tour options.

"The tours could highlight any furs or feathers, bones and sculls, or be led by a naturalist who can speak to flora/ fauna and all that can be found so close to home on our City's trails. This might even be a good education opportunity to talk about the gypsy moth, emerald ash bower, and other non-native invasive plant species."

Cheryl Skafte
Volunteer Coordinator | City of Duluth
411 W. 1st Street | Duluth, MN 55802
218-730-4334 (office) | 218-341-8454 (cell)
cskafte@duluthmn.gov | www.duluthmn.gov

Wild-harvesting seed from native plant species

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I'm working with UM-Twin Cities faculty Ruth Shaw, Georgiana May & Don Wyse. They have a new LCCMR-funded project that involves wild-harvesting seed from native plant species throughout the prairie region of Minnesota. The collection sites are concentrated in the SE, SW, W-central, and NW regions of the state.

It's a lot of ground to cover; we hope to connect with people who live near to the collecting sites and have an interest in native plant species and/or prairie restoration.

Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think would be interested, or to contact myself (flint038@umn.edu) or Ruth Shaw (shawx016@umn.edu) with any questions.

Best regards,
Shelby Flint
Conservation Biology Graduate Program
ISG-IGERT
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Volunteer for the new Wasp Watchers Program

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Volunteer for the new Wasp Watchers Program:
Using a native wasp to monitor for Emerald Ash Borer

Why watch wasps?
With the help of a native beetle-hunting wasp, called the smoky winged beetle bandit (Cerceris fumipennis) we have a new biosurveillance tool that can locate the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) even
before trees show symptoms. We need your help to find and monitor wasp colonies.

What is biosurveillance?
Biosurveillance uses one organism's natural behavior to monitor or survey the presence of another. In this case, smoky winged beetle bandits (Cerceris fumipennis) hunt and capture wood boring
beetles like EAB and carry them back to provision their nests. Each wasp colony provides a site for us to monitor for the presence of EAB.

How can we detect EAB using Cerceris?
Cerceris nests are observed to see what beetles are brought back by Cerceris. The beetles can be intercepted before they are taken down into the nest. This can be done by netting the female wasp. When threatened, the wasp drops her prey in the net. Then she can be released without being handled. Did I mention that these are stingless wasps? Researchers working with them have not been stung--even when handling the wasps directly. The collected beetles are sent to the University and identified.
When EAB is positively detected, then EAB is known to be in that area.

Does this really work?
The first EAB detect in Connecticut was made through Cerceris. More than 20 states and Canadian provinces have found Cerceris colonies and are using this method to supplement other methods to help detect EAB.

How do you volunteer?
Visit potential Cerceris nesting sites, search for nests, and report back to the University.
Monitor smoky winged beetle bandit wasp nests at one location for several weeks, collect beetles and turn the beetles in to the University of Minnesota for identification. If you suspect that you have captured Emerald Ash Borers, contact the University of Minnesota immediately.

Find More Information and Volunteer at:
http://www.myminnesotawoods.umn.edu/eab/waspwatchers/.

Please join our Wasp Watching Team--we need you!

Please contact me with any questions.

Jennifer Schultz
schultzj@umn.edu

Let's see the great work you're doing in your community. Snap a photo of yourself and your friends, family, coworkers or teammates volunteering and you could win an All for Good tote bag. Just post your photo with the hashtag #GoDo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter by Aug. 31. Don't forget to tell us about the work you're doing and how it serves your community. Looking for a volunteer opportunity to get started? Visit All for Good to search for local projects.

Attention master naturalists of the Twin Cities!

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Attention master naturalists of the Twin Cities!

Are you looking for a new weekend volunteer opportunity in Minneapolis during the late summer and fall? Well you're in luck, because your local national park, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, and its nonprofit partner, the Mississippi River Fund, have begun a new volunteer crew focused on a large demonstration prairie at Mill Ruins Park - in the heart of downtown Minneapolis next to the Stone Arch Bridge.

The crew will meet every other Saturday from 9:00AM to noon to work on removing invasive species, and other restoration activities. If you are interested in volunteering with this crew, please contact Anna Waugh at awaugh@missriverfund.org or 651-291-9119.

Help us plan for the future of Parks & Recreation!
The City of Maplewood seeks your thoughts on its parks and recreation system. The City is mid-way through the process of developing a plan that will guide investments over the next 20 years to parks, recreation facilities, trails, preserves, public art, cultural and historic resources. The plan will assure that the system will meet community needs now and into the future.

Complete the Maplewood Parks & Recreation Questionnaire HERE.


the future
Please join us at one of our open houses to provide input on the draft plan and identify priorities:

Wednesday, September 3, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Gladstone Firestation
1955 Clarence Street

Wednesday, September 10, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Maplewood Community Center
2100 White Bear Avenue

Wednesday, September 24, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Londin Lane Firestation
2501 Londin Lane

Visit our booth at the 1st Annual Maplewood Rec Run 5K
Saturday, September 27, 9:00AM
Maplewood Community Center
2100 White Bear Avenue

Click here for more information

Great River Greening Needs Volunteers

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My name is Ali Creeger and I am currently interning for Great River Greening, a non-profit organization whose mission is to secure the legacy of Minnesota lands and waters through community-based restoration.

As the summer is winding down, Great River Greening is getting ready for an exciting fall volunteer event season. Starting in the end of September, we will have variety of restoration volunteer opportunities across the metro. To help us spread the word about our volunteer events, we are looking to you and our partners in the community to share the volunteer events with your networks through social media, websites, bulletin boards, newsletters, etc. We continue to engage returning volunteers, but we would love to continue increasing the number of new volunteers.

We have five different volunteer positions at our volunteer events to fit everyone's interest and abilities:
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.)

I've attached our Great_River_Greening_Fall_v-ops-14.pdf and Volunteer Supervisor Recruitment Flyer 8.16.pdf to this email so please take a look and help us spread the word about the volunteer events. Also, if YOU are interested in volunteering with us this fall, register now before our events fill up! http://www.greatrivergreening.org/vol-events/.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions about our events or organization.

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

Oct 1 DNR Requests Master Naturalist Speaker

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DNR HR is looking for a Master Naturalist to come to our retreat on Wednesday, October 1 at Afton State Park to present programming on any naturalist-related topic, or maybe fall colors, bees, or bugs. We are flexible. The purpose of our retreat is team building and to learn more about different areas in or supported by the DNR. We have two different time slots available for a speaker, either 10 - 11 a.m. or 12:45-1:45 p.m. We can also be flexible on the time. Please contact Anna Grannes at anna.grannes@state.mn.us or 651-259-5329 if you are available and willing to come speak at our retreat.

Volunteer Supervisor Opportunity

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My name is Ali Creeger and I am currently interning for Great River Greening, a non-profit organization whose mission is to secure the legacy of Minnesota lands and waters through community-based restoration.

As the summer is winding down, Great River Greening is getting ready for an exciting fall volunteer event season. Starting in the end of September, we will have variety of restoration volunteer opportunities across the metro. A crucial part of our volunteer events are our Volunteer Supervisors, who make sure every event is as successful as possible by training and managing our restoration volunteers. We are currently recruiting for supervisors and believe that members of the Master Naturalist would excel in this role and would also be able to complete necessary volunteer hours.

Before the event season starts, we want to make sure our supervisors are fully prepared to lead the restoration volunteers by holding a free supervisor training session that is mandatory for new supervisors, but open to all current supervisors as well as a refresher. The training will be held in the Roosevelt meeting room at the Roosevelt Library on August 16th 10:30am to 12:30am. Breakfast and snacks will be provided.

I've attached our Volunteer Supervisor Flyer to this email for more information. Please pass this along to anyone that you believe would be interested in this leadership position. You can also learn more about Volunteer Supervisors on our website.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions about our training, events or organization.

Thank you, and I hope to see you at the training!

Ali Creeger
Intern
Great River Greening
intern@greatrivergreening.org​

Sept 27 Whitetail Woods Regional Park Grand Opening

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SAVE THE DATE

We're opening a new regional park in Dakota County
Whitetail Woods Regional Park

Mark your calendar and plan to join us
to celebrate this momentous occasion
at a grand opening on

Sept. 27, 2014
11 am-3 pm

at

Whitetail Woods Regional Park
17100 Station Trail
Farmington


Featuring live music by Twin Cities sensation The Honeydogs,
horse-drawn wagon rides, a 5K Fun Run/Walk and lots of food and fun.


Whitetail Woods Regional Park is located in Empire Township just east of the City of Rosemount off County Road 46 -- the latest addition to a 4,000-acre natural area in the heart of Dakota County that includes Vermillion Highlands Modified Wildlife Management Area, Vermillion River Wildlife and Aquatic Management Area, and University of Minnesota's UMore Park.

Read the recent Pioneer Press article about Whitetail Woods Regional Park HERE.

We're looking for volunteers to bring the grand opening celebration to life.

For more information on how you can help, visit:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b054ca9af2caa8-volunteer

It'll be a history making day in Dakota County.

Hope to see you there!

Lester River Rendezvous Trail Tour guides needed

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've been approached by the folks organizing the Lester River Rendezvous, a tremendous community event in late-September that sees thousands of visitors, to see if we could organize some "trail" tours. They are looking for a 15- and 30-minute tour options.

"The tours could highlight any furs or feathers, bones and sculls, or be led by a naturalist who can speak to flora/ fauna and all that can be found so close to home on our City's trails. This might even be a good education opportunity to talk about the gypsy moth, emerald ash bower, and other non-native invasive plant species."

I was hoping this group might have some interest in taking on this project or have ideas of individuals, organizations or the like that might be interested in helping out.

Thoughts? Let the brainstorming begin.

Best,
Cheryl

Cheryl Skafte
Volunteer Coordinator | City of Duluth
411 W. 1st Street | Duluth, MN 55802
218-730-4334 (office) | 218-341-8454 (cell)
cskafte@duluthmn.gov | www.duluthmn.gov

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
wanted)
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

From: www.dnr.state.mn.us/

National Wildlife Federation is gearing up for its annual Hike & Seek (www.hikeandseek.org) 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: http://www.nwf.org/Hike-And-Seek/Volunteer.aspx. 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, please feel free to contact Amelia.

Amelia Todaro
Coordinator, Special Events
TodaroA@nwf.org | 703-438-6260
National Wildlife Federation
11100 Wildlife Center Drive
Reston, VA 20190
www.nwf.org

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: www.smm.org/volunteer/application

Questions: contact: Maija Sedzielarz, Project Lead. maija@smm.org, 651-221-4454; smm.org/tradingplaces

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.

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: www.smm.org/volunteer/application

Contact SMM Volunteer Department with questions at 651-221-9453 or volunteer@smm.org
thank you!

For more information on each position:

Butterfly House Interpreter.pdf

SPEX Greeter Flyer.pdf

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.

Sincerely,

Anna Dutke
Early Childhood Teacher
Grainwood Elementary Junior Naturalist Advisor
Prior Lake, MN 55372
adutke@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Aug 20-21 Project WET Facilitator Training

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WORKSHOP FOR WATER EDUCATION LEADERS

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

DEADLINE to REGISTER: Aug.8

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: jakohn@state.mn.us

NATURE STORY & CRAFT TIME
At
Lac qui Parle state park
Headquarters
From 10 am to noon

August 31- Camping Skills

Join us for all or one of the events for 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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