Minnesota Master Naturalist

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NWGL - NWGL online SPRING 2021 Sugarloaf Cove

NWGL online SPRING 2021 Sugarloaf Cove website

6008 London Rd.
Duluth, MN 55803

Join us for an online North Woods- Great Lakes Minnesota Master Naturalist Course. You will learn about fascinating geology, plant and animal communities, inland lakes and bogs, ecology and human interactions of the North Woods, as well as how Lake Superior impacts and interacts with these ecosystems. Travel through the transition from the ice and snow of winter into the greening spring and the wonders of summer. The course will meet every other Thursday for two hours online, with interaction discussion groups and presentations. There will be individual outdoor explorations assigned between classes, and one optional field trip day, June 12, during the duration of the course. Participants will be required to complete a capstone project as part of the course.

Class will cover the same topics (geology, water, botany, wildlife, humans, interpretation) as an in-person class, but will take place on line, using Zoom for class meetings and the learning platform Canvas.

Books and supplies will be sent directly to you once you register for class. Outside of class time participants will spend 2 hours per week completing assignments such as reading the text, viewing lecture videos, researching on the internet, visiting a nature location near home, and completing journal entries.

This is a virtual course, but we are offering optional in-person field trips. If you choose to participate in these field trips, you will be required to follow the most current COVID-19 safety guidelines, including social distancing and mask wearing.

In order to fully participate in this online class, you will need to have access to technology that allows you to access Zoom and Canvas and other internet locations as directed in class. You may use a tablet, desktop computer, laptop, or a cell phone. The experience will be best on the largest screen possible, so a desktop or laptop is best. You will need to have a working webcam and microphone on this device. Good internet connection is important. Technical skills required for this course include: ability to access Zoom (including breakout rooms), Canvas, Padlet, Google Slides. Ability to mute and unmute yourself. Ability to open and view multiple windows simultaneously.

The course cost is $295 and includes course manuals and supplies.

If the course cost is a hardship, please fill out the scholarship application. After the scholarship is fully processed, you will receive a code to be entered in the on-line registration process. Please wait until you receive that code to complete registration.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on:

Instructor Information

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.

Margie Menzies

Sponsor Information

Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center


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