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PP - Northland Arboretum, Brainerd

PP - Northland Arboretum, Brainerd, MN website

14250 Conservation Drive
Baxter, MN 56425

Prairies and Potholes is an introduction to the natural history of Minnesota’s prairies. This hybrid course will include online learning, outdoor activities and field trips to provide opportunities for participants to explore and learn about this biome that expands from the Northwest to Southwest to South Central Minnesota. Participants work together towards completing a group capstone project. The course is designed for adult learning of skills and techniques to share knowledge or provide citizen science through Master Naturalist volunteer activities. The 40-hour course will run March 8 - May 10, 2022. Participants will engage in approximately 1.5 hours (per week) of self study through reading and watching online presentations and 1.5 hours of group activity. In addition, there will be two full-day field trips on Saturdays April 23 and May 7 which will require travel to other locations.

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.

COVID-19 preparedness for this Prairie and Potholes biome training: This course will be held in accord with the University of Minnesota Extension social distancing and safety practices. Should it be necessary to suspend this in-person course instructors are prepared to continue the course using web-based technology.

Sponsor Information:
This course is sponsored by Northland Arboretum. Located in the Brainerd/Baxter area the arboretum offers over 500 acres of mosaic of habitats including grasslands and restored prairie, jack pine forest, wetlands, a stream, shrub bog and of special importance, a 200-acre jack pine savanna. Native jack pine and bur oak dominate the sand plain. Gardens of wild and cultivated flowers have been carved into the setting. Designated as an important Bird Area (IBA), the Northland Arboretum hosts an abundance of bird species as well as other wildlife.

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 7:30 P.M. on:

Instructor Information

Eleanor Burkett

Eleanor (Ellie) Burkett - lifelong learner, retired UM Extension educator in water resources and currently works for the Nature Conservancy. Ellie enjoys gardening for pollinators, backyard bird watching, biking, kayaking and hiking.

Tish Laske

Tish Laske - has been a Master Naturalist since 2010. She currently teaches biology and Wildlife Forensics at Brainerd High School and spent 30 summers at the Minnesota Zoo as a Zoocamp instructor.

Richard Meyer

I love learning about nature. My background is in Earth science education and technology. I became a Master Naturalist in 2011 and took the instructor training in 2017. Currently, I am working for Minnesota Extension - Brainerd Regional Office as one of the support staff. You can learn more about my interests at my blog/website - Meyer.FYI.

Sponsor Information

Northland Arboretum


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