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BWBR - Carleton College Cowling Arboretum

Carleton College Cowling Arboretum website

710 Three Oaks Drive
Northfield, MN 55057

Learn about the Big Woods/Big Rivers biome at the Carleton College Cowling Arboretum. You will explore this 800-acre site including the Cannon River and natural and restored forests and grasslands. You will practice skills in observing and interpreting the natural world. We will have some excellent guest speakers who will deepen your interest and knowledge.

The class will meet at the Carleton College Arboretum Office in Northfield from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays from 9/18 to 10/26. The Saturday field trips will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on 9/30 and 10/14

Students must also complete a group capstone service project of at least 8 hours before the final day of class.

The course cost is $275 and includes course manuals and supplies.

If the course cost is a hardship, please fill out the scholarship application and send it to us.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. on:

Instructor Information

Nancy Braker

Nancy Braker (BA Carleton College; MS University of Minnesota - Entomology) is a conservation biologist. As the Director of the Carleton College Cowling Arboretum she oversees all aspects of management of the 880 acre site, and works with faculty, students and outside users on educational and recreational use of the property. Nancy has 20 years of experience working for The Nature Conservancy in land management, conservation planning, and monitoring of rare species populations, specializing in management of fire adapted natural communities. She is currently on the board of the Cannon River Watershed Partnership, an organization working to protect and improve the water quality and natural systems of the Cannon River Watershed.

Karin Jokela

Karin is a pollinator conservation planner for the Xerces Society. With an MS in ecology and evolutionary biology from Iowa State University, she has conducted native plant and bee surveys for the Minnesota Biological Survey (MN DNR), and most-recently worked for Great River Greening, where she helped landowners to design, implement, and evaluate habitat restoration efforts. Karin and her husband are also organic vegetable farmers, and Karin manages a small native plant nursery on their farm in Sogn Valley, near Cannon Falls. Karin is a Minnesota Master Naturalist graduate of 2012.

Sponsor Information

Carleton College Cowling Arboretum


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