Minnesota Master Naturalist

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ADV - Prairies and Potholes Road Trip

46352 State Hwy 329
Morris, MN 56267

Discover Minnesota’s unique geological, natural, and cultural wonders during the fall Prairies and Potholes Road Trip, October 4-6, 2017! The adventure begins at Canterbury Park, Shakopee(parking) and travels southwest with stops including Schaefer Prairie, Pipestone National Monument, Blue Mounds State Park, Jeffers Petroglyphs, Traverse des Sioux Historic Site, and more. Enjoy wildlife, history, landscapes, and interpretive tours during this three-day journey through the irreplaceable southwestern region of Minnesota. It should be a trip on every naturalists bucket list.

Road Trip Schedule:

Day 1 – October 4th
Leave Canterbury Park at 8:30am and arrive at Schaefer Prairie to explore remnant northern dry tallgrass amid 245 native Minnesota species. Then, we visit Brown County History Museum to tour the award-winning US – Dakota 1862 War exhibit. Next, we explore Joseph Tauer Prairie SNA, with lunch to follow. After, we visit Buffalo Ridge Wind Turbine in Lake Benton for an interpretive tour. We make our final stop in Pipestone where we will have a group dinner at 6:30, with the rest of the evening to explore on your own.

Day 2 – October 5th
We start the day heading to Pipestone National Monument where we will view the interpretative film and walk the circle trail, with lunch to follow. After lunch, we head to Blue Mounds State Park for a guided and self-guided tour along with Bison Buggy rides. The evening will consist of dinner and a Shetek Naturalist Program.

Day 3 – October 6th
On our final day, we begin at Jeffers Petroglyphs with a guided and self-guided tour. Lunch will follow on your own in a small town along the way. After lunch, we arrive at Travers des Sioux Historic Site for a tour and hike on a nature trail. We will arrive back to your cars at Canterbury Park, at approximately 4:30pm.

Cost: includes coach travel, meals, lodging and onsite lectures.
Rooms will be shared by two people and during registration you may select a buddy.

Master Naturalist - $450
Non-Master Naturalist - $499
Skill Level:
Beginner skill level, able to walk ½ mile in one hour.
Dress for fall weather in MN of cool winds and rain.

Instructor: Amy Rager, Extension Professor and Director of the Master Naturalist Program and Stephan Carlson, U of MN Extension.
Questions; Contact Amy Rager at rager001@umn.edu or Stephan Carlson at carls009@umn.edu

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Registration Close - October 2nd, 8:00 AM

The course cost is $450 and includes course manuals and supplies.

Course Dates:

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

Instructor Information

Amy Rager

Amy received a BA in Elementary Education from the College of St. Scholastica and a MEd in Environmental Leadership and Learning from the University of MN. She has worked for cooperative extension for 26 years in various positions, but has always tied her work to the environment. She is currently the state program director for the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program.

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

University of MN Extension

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