Minnesota Master Naturalist

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BWBR - Tamarac Refuge

Tamarac Refuge website

35704 County Hwy 26
Rochert, MN 56578

Join us at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge to learn about the Big Woods, Big Rivers of Minnesota. This 43,000 acre refuge is one of the most diverse vegetative zones in North America, where tallgrass prairie, northern hardwood and boreal forests coverge. It has over 20 lakes, 3 rivers, and hundreds of marshes and woodland ponds.

This class includes both indoor and outdoor classroom learning. You will gain valuable skills for exploring the animals, plants, geology, hydrology, ecology and cultural history of Minnesota. One all day and four short field trips are included in the schedule. Participants will complete a group capstone service project.

Be sure to dress for the weather each day as we will be incorporating hands-on outdoor lessons each day. Guest speakers will include specialists from the area that will join us both indoors and outdoors. Tamarac Refuge offers spectacular woods and waters right outside the door. From walks through the tall pine to dip netting for dragonfly larvae you'll be immersed in the nature of the big woods and big rivers of Minnesota.

Attendance of all five days will be required for successful completion of this class.

While some snacks will be provided, meals are on your own. You will need to bring your lunch. We do have limited kitchen facilities with a microwave and refrigerator.

Lodging is on your own. Detroit Lakes is the closest town for lodging. There are also several resorts in the area that often have good deals on cabin rentals this time of year.

For lodging near Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge Click Here. Hover your mouse over the location to see where it is on the map.

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

Instructor Information

Nancy Brennan

Nancy developed an interest in plants during Boundary Water trips in her childhood. She received a BS in Botany from North Dakota State University and an MS in Forestry from the University of Montana. Although most of her career was spent in chemistry and then as a librarian in a small Montana town, Nancy has enjoyed returning to Minnesota where she has rekindled her interest in plant ecology while volunteering at Tamarac NWR.

Connie Carlson

Connie received a Master of Science in Education from St. Cloud State University. As a retired educator, she works as a volunteer at Tamarac NWR where she teaches environmental education classes and helps plan and staff events at Tamarac. Connie has completed all three of the Minnesota Master Naturalists courses: Prairies and Potholes, Northwoods-Great Lakes and Big Woods, Big Rivers.

Kelly Blackledge

Kelly has been a professional naturalist and environmental educator for nearly 30 years and currently works for the US Fish & Wildlife Service at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Along with a BS in Animal Ecology she completed graduate courses in Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management and certificates in volunteer management. Herpetology and ornithology are special interests.

Sponsor Information

Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

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