Minnesota Master Naturalist

Minnesota Master Naturalist Additional Advanced Training Opportunities


Tim Cochran's presentation discussing his book, Makeing the Carry: The Lives of John and Tchi-Ki-Wis Linklater

Information for Tim Cochran's webinar presentation discussing his book and ordering an ebook.

     Available on Youtube - Link for Making the Carry: The Lives of John and Tchi-Ki-Wis Linklater Webinar

     Link to upress to order - Making the Carry: The Lives of John and Tchi-Ki-Wis Linklater ebook

Help prevent invasive species introductions

Join us on April 12th

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Invasive Species Program is hosting a virtual presentation on recent efforts to prevent invasive species introductions through the live organism trades. Bring your lunch and click here to join the meeting at noon on April 12th, 2022 (webinar-Microsoft Teams) .

Create Your Own Pollinator Sanctuary - River Bend Nature Center, Faribault MN

May 21, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm; Cost: $40/member, $65/non-member

Pollinators are important players in our everyday lives whether we know it or not. Without them, we wouldn't have half the food resources we do. As more land is developed, they lose their habitat, but you can help! Create a sanctuary of native plants that will provide them food, water, and shelter and bring you everlasting beauty, enjoyment and a satisfaction of knowing you are doing your part in keeping these pollinators around. Join Naturalist Katy to learn how simple it can be. The program will include a presentation, tour of River Bend's prairie,  a take-home guidebook and a perennial plant. Pre-registration is required. Masks are required inside the interpretive center.

Register at https://rbnc.org/upcoming-programs.  Select "Adult Programs" and scroll to "Build Your Own Pollinator Sanctuary."


Bluebird Recovery Program of Minnesota

BBRP is sponsoring three "Essentials of Bluebirding" monitoring classes in April of 2022.  These workshops will prepare you to volunteer to monitor and maintain bluebird trails.  Workshops will be held in Farmington April 5, Cottage Grove April 7, and Cushing on April 9.  Read more and register on the Bluebird Recovery Program of Minnesota's website.


LCCMR Lunch Lecture

Listen to presentations from completed projects funded by the Environmenta and Natural Resources Trust Fund and ask the presenters questions. Follow the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund on Facebook to register via Google Form in order to be sent the Zoom link.  View previous lectures on the ENRTF YouTube page.  


2022 Wild Rivers Forestry Conference

The annual Wild Rivers Forestry Conference will be held virtually again this year on March 24 with in person networking opportunities on March 25 throughout the watershed. The conference is designed for local, state, federal, and private foresters, land managers and other natural resources professionals, and landowners interested in maintaining a healthy forested watershed.

Topics for this conference will include

This conference is in partnership with the MN Woodland Owner Workshop Team which includes the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Forestry Association, Minnesota State Horticultural Society, Minnesota Women’s Woodland Network, and St. John’s Outdoor University.

Cost: $40 registration fee


Woods in Your Backyard Series

The vast majority of landowners have small woodlots less than 10 acres in size. Woods in Your Backyard Series is designed specifically, but not exclusively, for smaller landscapes. Join us to learn how landowners can positively influence the environment by implementing simple stewardship practices.

The registration fee of $45 includes a copy of the full color, 108-page copy of The Woods in Your Backyard manual (a $29 value), a self-directed book.  The series is being recorded so you will have access to the information if you can't attend all of the sessions.


Midwest Invasive Species Information Network Training

The invasive species education modules will help you become more comfortable with identifying these species in the field. Each module includes a short ten question quiz at the end to help you assess your newly acquired knowledge. Completing a module should only take about 15 minutes.


Ohio State University Bee Lab

The Bee Lab at Ohio State University frequently hosts webinar series on bees and other pollinators.  All events are free and recordings of past events can be found on their website.


Monarch Essentials

Monarch Essentials is a series of comprehensive online courses organized by Monarch Joint Venture which cover various topics including monarch biology, migration, threats, plant and insect ecology, research and conservation, community science opportunities, and how to establish pollinator habitat. Learn more by visiting the Monarch Joint Venture website.

Spring 2022 Conservation Sciences Seminar Series!

Please join us for the weekly seminar! The audience is typically faculty, students and staff from the UMN Conservation Sciences Graduate program, but the seminars are public, and everyone is encouraged to attend.

Conservation Sciences Seminar Series Link

Previous seminars have all been archived and available here.


Lunch With a Scientist Recordings

If you missed the Lunch With a Scientist you can catch them here.

Lunch With A Scientist Recordings


Minnesota Department of Agriculture "Southeast Minnesota Groundwater Resources"


How groundwater moves in southeast Minnesota [Part 1] - Video

How Contaminants (Like Nitrate) Move in Southeast Minnesota [Part 2] - Video


Insect Webinars - Xerces Society

Xerces has some nice webinars and videos on their YouTube channel You might find several of them interesting and informative.

Click to watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAiPLPJuySOgn6CbjkOxqLQ


Through the Eye of Your Camera

The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska's "Nature Unities Us Online Learning Series" featuring Director of Science Chris Helzer.

Click the link to watch on YouTube. â€‹https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pYOPZFDWEk&feature=youtu.be


A Whitewater World - History of the Whitewater River Valley and Whitewater State Park

A live theater performance held at the park in the summer of 2019. It gives a great overview of the history of settlement in the blufflands region and how the relationship between humans and the landscape changed over time from the Dakota and earlier people who lived there to the settlers and later farmers and families of the area.  It is a great resource! 

Click on the link and scroll down to the video. https://friendsofwhitewater.weebly.com/


Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative Webinars

The Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative and University of Minnesota Extension announce monthly presentations for natural resource managers, landowners and educators.  

View recordings of the 2020 and 2021 webinars for free on the SFEC website.  


National Conservation Training Center Webinars

If you are looking for on line advanced trainings, here is a great resource.  Please choose topics that are relevant to Minnesota.



Monarch Conservation Webinar Series 

The MJV is partnering with the USFWS to develop and host a series of webinars on monarch biology, monitoring, and conservation. 



CoCoRaHS weather watcher trainings:

Become a weather watcher! You can take the trainings on line and order your own equipment to get started!



Future Learn On Line Trainings:

These on line courses, are from institutions of higher learning all around the globe, and cover topics related to the Environment and Biology in this area.