Minnesota Master Naturalist

Annual Conference

A collaboration of University of Minnesota Extension programs for Aquatic Invasive Species, Citizen Science, Minnesota Phenoloy Network and Minnesota Master Naturalist programs. For complete conference details visit  


Check out our Online Store. The online store ends on Sun, May 30, 2021. Your order ships on approximately Mon, Jun 28, 2021.  
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A conference for people who care about nature and conservation, Gathering Partners brings together people from all corners of Minnesota to learn about our state's natural resources. Join us for a host of great sessions on wildlife, phenology, invasive species, sustainability and more!

Conference sessions will be virtual this year, but we are finalizing plans for over a dozen guided field trips for people interested in making a trip to the North Shore. Due to Covid-19 safety protocols, participants will need to arrange their own transportation, food and lodging if choosing to attend field trips this year.




This year we’re honored to welcome keynote speaker Parker McMullen Bushman. ​Parker is the Colorado State University Director of Extension for the City and County of Denver, as well as a passionate voice for equity and inclusion in conservation and the outdoors. She works with environmental organizations to aid them in building culturally diverse and culturally competent organizations that are representative of the populations that they hope to reach and serve.


We hope you can join us May 13-15 for this year’s Gathering Partners conference! This annual conference is a favorite for friends of Minnesota’s natural resources, including volunteers, landowners, citizen scientists and advocates. 

From phenology to climate change, wildlife watching to invasive species management, you will spend your days learning about Minnesota’s ecology in your choice of virtual conference sessions. Stick around after the sessions for a virtual happy hour, game show night, and other fun activities!  


Field trip information

In addition to full access to all our virtual sessions and activities, we are offering the option to purchase up to three in-person field trips. Choose from 18 expert-guided excursions at various locations along the North Shore, including the Cloquet Forestry Center, Sugarloaf Cove, Flood Bay, Sax-Zim Bog and Wolf Ridge. 

Due to Covid-19 safety protocols, participants will need to arrange their own transportation, food and lodging if choosing to attend field trips this year. 

We recommend you take a moment to look over the available field trips prior to starting the registration process. Field trips are being held during three different time blocks, with multiple field trips held simultaneously—please make sure you don’t double-book yourself during registration!

Conference Registration: Join us for a host of virtual sessions and activities, with the option to purchase additional field trips along the North Shore.

Virtual exhibit hall

The online conference platform has a virtual exhibit space, and we welcome your presence there! As always, nonprofit groups/organizations can host exhibit booths for free, and businesses/vendors will incur a modest table charge. Virtual exhibit space can be reserved through the Virtual Exhibit Hall registration. This registration grants access ONLY to the virtual exhibit space; exhibitors interested in participating in the conference sessions and field trips should also register for the conference in addition to the exhibit registration.

Virtual Exhibit Hall Registration: Reserve your virtual table here.

There will not be a silent auction this year, but we will be back with great items in 2022!
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