Minnesota Master Naturalist

Annual Conference

A collaboration of University of Minnesota Extension Aquatic Invasive Species, Forestry and Minnesota Master Naturalist programs

 For complete conference details visit  http://gatheringpartners.umn.edu/


May 17-19, 2019

Willmar Convention Center

2104 US-12

Willmar, MN 56201

Keynote speakers: 

Friday May 17, 2019

Keynote address,"Minnesota Ice:  How it changed the landscape"    - Dr. Carrie Jennings, Research and Policy Director at Freshwater.
She applies her geologybackground to the policy that Freshwater promotes in the areas of surface water pollution and groundwater sustainability. She has mapped the  surficial geology of half of the state during a 24-year, field-geologist career. Carrie maintains a strong connection with the U of M where she did her MS and PhD. She is Adjunct in Earth Sciences; chairs their external Advisory Board and is a member of the faculty in the Water Resources Center. She has taught a field-oriented glacial geology course for the last 24 years and mentors graduate students across the U campuses. Jennings has twice been elected Town Board Supervisor and has served on the Planning Commission for Eureka Township, Dakota County where she kept water and the environment a priority in ordinance writing and planning in this agricultural community. She served on the North Cannon Watershed Management Organization and was their representative to the Policy Committee for Cannon River One Watershed One Plan process.

Lodging is on your own at either of the two hotels connected to the Willmar Conference Center. 

Best Western Plus, Willmar

2100 US-12, Willmar, MN 56201


Room Rate:  109.99 (room with two double beds or King suite) Includes breakfast, wi-fi.  Connected to the Conference Center.


Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Willmar

250 23rd Street SE, Willmar, MN 56201


Room Rate:  119.99 (room with two double beds or King suite)  Includes breakfast, wi-fi.  Connected to the Conference Center.




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