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.
Sunday May 19, 2019

Telling Stories About Water- Kirsti Marohn, MPR reporter

Kirsti Marohn is an award-winning journalist who has spent two decades telling stories to help Minnesotans better understand the natural world. She is a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio News based in central Minnesota, where she writes stories about the environment and water, with a focus on the Upper Mississippi River watershed. She grew up on a lake in the Brainerd area and graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in journalism and history. She spent 18 years as a reporter at the St. Cloud Times, where she covered state and local government and environmental issues. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, biking, traveling and spending as much time outdoors as possible, including yearly trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. She lives in Brainerd with her husband and two teenage daughters.


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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