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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!

Amber Brooks-Mohler
Minnesota GreenCorps
Serving the Community and City of Prior Lake

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.
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

Sept 29 Mini-Bioblitz St. John's Outdoor University

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5:00-8:00 p.m.
McKeown Center
St. John's University

For more information and to register, click here.

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

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:
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 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.

St. John's Outdoor University Events

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12th Annual Collegeville Colors
Sunday, October 5
1:00-4:00 p.m.

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, 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

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:

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

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

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

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