Minnesota Master Naturalist

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ADV - Phenology in the Classroom

Laurentian Environmental Centers website

8950 Peppard Rd.
Britt, MN 55710

Enjoy working with young people to teach phenology?

Phenology is the study of life cycle events of plants, insects and animals and their relationship to climate. Master Naturalist in Northern MN will learn how to work with classrooms and encourage students to collect phenological data in their school grounds or backyards. Then the students will report on it weekly in podcasts with KAXE’s Phenology Talkback show produced by Northern Community Radio. It can be heard throughout the northland from Bagley to Grand Rapids and Duluth. Students will collect about 6 to 8 observation weekly in their community and share their findings on a minute long podcast with John Latimer’s Phenology program. John has been do the weekly phenology show for over 32 years.

No radio or podcast experience required, only an interest in getting kids excited about what is happening in nature.
Come and learn in this hands-on classroom where you are trained to partner with teachers, maybe get wet feet (metaphorically) and share your interests in phenology. Dress appropriately for the weather in northern MN in August.
Why participate? Phenology is great fun and a way to make nature come alive in your community! Work with a local school and share your love a nature, from birds to plants, insects and wildlife!

Instructor: John Latimer, Naturalist and Radio Host and the workshop is hosted by Stephan Carlson, U of MN Extension

The training will be held mostly out of doors. There will be classroom activities held at the beginning in the lodge at Laurentian. Lunch and snacks are provided.
Dress for outdoor weather. If the training is cancelled, notification will be sent by email.

Cost: Master Naturalist $25.00, Non-Master Naturalist $30.00
Minimum 8, Maximum 30
Questions or comments?
Contact: Stephan Carlson at carls009@umn.edu or call 612-624-8186

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The course cost is $25 and includes course manuals and supplies.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 9:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. on:

Instructor Information

Stephan Carlson

Dr. Stephan Carlson. Dr. Carlson has worked for the U of M Extension and the College of Food Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences for the last 25 years doing outreach and teaching classes in environmental education (EE) and interpretation. He has worked in the fields of EE, outdoor recreation, informal science education and environmental interpretation for the past 35 years. In addition to his work teaching interpretation, he also teaches Science and Math summer school on the White Earth Indian Reservation. His research is on understanding the components that informal science experiences have on young people and how to develop quality programs that incorporate these components in environmental education.

Sponsor Information

Laurentian Environmental Learning Center

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