Minnesota Master Naturalist

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PP - Lac qui Parle Area, Watson, MN

Lac qui Parle Area, Watson, MN website

20th Street Northwest
Watson, MN 56295

You will not find a better place on the tallgrass prairie to learn about the Prairies and Potholes biome. Lac qui Parle State Park (LqPSP) has both a river floodplain and prairie hillsides and is home to a very diverse collection of wildlife. The park boasts a phenomenal migratory flight territory with a variety of birds to see and learn about. In addition to the physical and natural features of the park there is a rich history with the Dakota people who include this part of the river basin as part of their ancestral homelands. Class will cover topics of geology, water, botany, wildlife, humans, and interpretation.

FEES: $295 with a limited number of partial scholarships available. [This class sold out early in 2016, 2017 & 2018, we had a waiting list so register early to reserve your spot.]

All participants will complete a group capstone project over the course of the week. Daily schedules will vary to take advantage of weather, guest presenters, field trips and natural occurrences. This course will be taught by multiple instructors and with access to the outdoors, and will provide participants the opportunity to immediately connect with relevant examples of content presented. Attendance at all class sessions and completion of capstone required for graduation.

MEALS: You will need to bring your lunch. We have a fridge on site but it is very limited. You are in a rural area - people have made it work and we can help you with bringing ice for coolers etc. On Wednesday evening, the local chapter of Master Naturalists will host a potluck dinner and guest speaker providing the participants the opportunity to learn first-hand from locals what makes the tallgrass prairie an amazing place to experience.

LODGING: There are a variety of locations in the area that provide both sleeper cabins as well as camping options. Lac qui Parle State Park, Upper Sioux Agency State Park, Chippewa County Park (between Granite Falls and Montevideo on Hwy 212, Lagoon Park in Montevideo, Memorial Park in Granite Falls, Prairies Edge Casino, Resort and RV Park and various Air B & B options.

Participants may elect to come the weekend before the training and explore the Minnesota River Valley on their own.

Training is limited to 20 participants.

Current University, DNR and CDC COVID safety rules will be followed. Instructors are prepared to switch to an online class format if necessary.

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 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.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 29 years in various positions, but has always tied her work to the environment.

Sponsor Information

University of MN Extension


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