Minnesota Master Naturalist

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BWBR - Big Woods Big Rivers at the Carleton Arboretum

Carleton Arboretum website

710 Three Oaks Drive
Northfield, MN 55057

Learn about the plants, animals, history, geology and ecology of 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 exploring 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 8:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays from 9/17 to 10/25. The Saturday field trips will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on 9/29 and 10/13.

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 8:30 P.M. on:

Instructor Information

Pam Helgeson

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 currently serves on the DNR Commissioners Advisory Committee on Natural Heritage.

Carol Trosset

Carol Trosset is an applied social scientist with an M.A. in conservation biology. She grew up in Cincinnati Ohio learning the natural history of the eastern woodland habitat. She has held volunteer positions in a variety of locations as an environmental educator and a wildlife research assistant. Carol’s special interests include phenology (the timing of natural events), wildflowers, and birds.

Laurie Hougen-Eitzman

Laurie received a BS in environmental education from Northland College and worked as a naturalist at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and the Bell Museum of Natural History. For the past 25 years she has farmed organic vegetables near the Nerstrand Big Woods State Park. She is particularly interested in birding and botany, and how wild lands and agriculture coexist.

Sponsor Information

Carleton College Cowling Arboretum


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