Minnesota Master Naturalist

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ADV - SPRINGS of the Twin Cities Road Trip

SPRINGS of the Twin Cities Road Trip website

1530 Cleveland Ave. N.
St Paul, MN 55108-6112

Fascinated by SPRINGS? Want to help in their identification and preservation?
Become a SPRING monitor! Wells in Minnesota, since 1974, are inventoried and all have numbers but no such data base exist for springs. This class will focus on the MN Spring inventory, how springs are classified and how to contribute to the geoscience registration. The class starts on the St. Paul Campus with an introductions and route of the trip, expectations. It includes 5 stops. Stop 1. Bohemian Flats—the great iron spring and the St. Mary’s landslide. Stop 2. Hajduk Spring, the falling spring near the Milwaukee Road trestle. Stop 3. Camp Coldwater, where we measure the flow rate and water parameters, use of the tablet to record data. Along the way: drive along the Diamond Necklace, St. Paul’s great spring-line and see characteristic manifestations of it. Stop 4. Carver’s Cave where we will be challenged to measure the water flow. It includes an introduction to the ecology of springs, the animals and plants associated with them. Stop 5. Willowbrook Hatchery, is an introduction to hatchery operations as they relate to springs and tour thru the woods finding springs.

Why participate? Geoscience is great fun! This is a great introduction to what is going on under our feet! It includes geology and caves of the metro area as well. Let your inner child come forth and have fun with this Spring Monitoring program!

Instructors: Greg Brick, Research Analyst, MN Department of Natural Resources and 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 room 19 Green Hall on the St Paul campus. Lunch and snacks are provided. Dress for outdoor weather. This training cannot be held during rain so in case of rain, the training will be held on Thursday, August 17th, same location, time, etc. If the training is held on the rain back-up date, email notification will be sent.

Cost: Master Naturalist $50.00, Non-Master Naturalist $55.00
Minimum 8, Maximum 20
Questions or comments?
Contact: Stephan Carlson at carls009@umn.edu or call 612-624-8186

The course cost is $50 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.

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