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BWBR - Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve - Wright County

Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve - Wright County website

5212 73rd St NW
Maple Lake, MN 55358

Learn about the Big Woods, Big Rivers during a weeklong course set in the heart of the biome.

Midway between the Twin Cities and Saint Cloud, the nature center at Wright County Parks’ Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve will serve as our base for exploring the plants, animals, history, geology, hydrology and ecology of Minnesota’s deciduous forests and its waterways.

Through classroom presentations and field trips, you’ll develop skills to explore the natural world and share it with others.

This marks our eighth consecutive year at Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve west of Monticello.

The course runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, through Friday, Aug. 14, and from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 15.

The schedule includes four short field trips plus one daylong outing in Wright County parks, Lake Maria State Park and at the confluence of the Clearwater and Mississippi rivers.

Participants will complete and present a group capstone project. Suggestions will be provided.

Master Naturalist volunteers remain active by volunteering 40 hours each year.

Bring your lunch. A microwave and small refrigerator are available.

The course cost is $295 and includes course manuals and supplies.

If the course cost is a hardship, please fill out the scholarship application. After the scholarship is fully processed, you will receive a code to be entered in the on-line registration process. Please wait until you receive that code to complete registration.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on:

Instructor Information

Ken Bachofer

Retired engineer with a biology background and a lifelong love of nature. My interests are ecology, population biology and evolution. This will be my eigth year teaching this class at Ney.

Jeanne Dirksen

Life long love of nature from living along a river and in a hardwood forest and prairie setting. Special Interests: Nurturing and creating habitat for pollinators and wildlife.

Ann Wessel

Minnesota native with a communications background and a lifelong interest in nature. Professional life has included writing about and photographing outdoor recreation and conservation. Interests include wildflowers, lichen and exploring state parks.

Sponsor Information

Wright County Parks Administrator


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