Minnesota Master Naturalist

Course Registration

ADV - Gathering Partners Conference-Willmar 2019

Willmar Convention Center, Willmar website

240 23rd Street SE
Willmar, MN 56201

The annual conference, Gathering Partners is for natural resource volunteers and those interested in learning about Minnesota's natural and cultural history. This year's conference features keynotes: Carrie Jennings of Freshwater- Carrie is a geologist who will share the exciting story of Minnesota's glacial geology! She is also hosting a field trip to local sites to see these features. Kirsti Marohn, Minnesota Public Radio News water reporter, who will share her top 5 favorite stories from her environment beat over the last 20 years.

On site sessions, off site field trips on Saturday AM, a trip to a local farm Saturday night including dinner on the farm, music jam session (bring your instrument), Social activities, team scavenger hunts, good food and friends.

Extension natural resource programs, Master Naturalists, Master Woodland Owners, AIS Detectors, Wasp Watchers, Bee Atlas volunteers, and interested local residents.

Scholarships for instructors are available, contact Andrea (astrauss@umn.edu)

Pre conference workshops are also available for an extra cost. Check all the details out BEFORE you to to the registration site.

Silent auction items are being accepted! If you are an artist, crafter, quilter, can provide an adventure or educational experience, a gift certificate, books, or native plants. Be creative.

Early Bird registration $195 March 1-31 Rates increase to $220, April 1-30 Last minute registration $245, May 1-12 Registrations include all meals, snacks, a Saturday field trip, dinner on the farm, keynotes, and sessions.

The course cost is $195 and includes course manuals and supplies.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.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 28 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.

Andrea Lorek Strauss

Andrea Lorek Strauss grew up playing outdoors at every opportunity. Today, she is an environmental educator with the University of Minnesota Extension with an undergraduate degree in Education and Communication Arts, and a MSEd in Curriculum and Instruction/Outdoor Education. Past work gigs include 9 years with the International Wolf Center in Ely, MN, 2.5 years with the Prairie Ecology Bus Center in southwest Minnesota, and various naturalist roles in the Boston area, northern Minnesota, and New York state.

John Loegering

John is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, Professor of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Minnesota Crookston, and an Extension Wildlife Specialist. He has worked with the University of Minnesota Extension Service on wildlife-related issues with the Master Naturalist, Master Gardener, and Woodland Adviser programs since 2001. He regularly speaks to groups on human-wildlife interactions, wildlife damage management, and enhancing landscapes for wildlife. His collegiate teaching focuses on Wildlife Ecology, Ornithology, Mammalogy, Fisheries Management, and Environmental Statistics. His research focuses on habitat associations and reproductive performance of wild birds. John holds a BS in Biology and Zoology from North Dakota State University, a MS and PhD in Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech and Oregon State University, respectively.

Emily Dombeck

Pat Mulcahy

Sponsor Information

University of MN Extension


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