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ADV - Minnesota Lichen Map

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, 2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE, Bethel, MN website

2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE
Bethel, MN 55005

This advanced training is full

Lichens can be found in almost every terrestrial habitat on Earth and while many of us may feel confident that we know a lichen when we see it, we may struggle to describe exactly what they are. Surprisingly complex for their size, lichens are important to wildlife and contribute to nutrient and water cycling. Lichens can also be used as environmental indicators.

Join us at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve as we dive into the basics of lichens, their role in the ecosystem, and how you can be a part of scientific research in Minnesota. The workshop will include both indoor (seated)) and outdoor (walking) activities. It will take place rain or shine so please come dressed for the weather.

Presenters will include University researcher Dr. Natalia Mossman-Koch, iNaturalist power user Connor Johanson, and Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteers.

The course fee is $50 and includes all materials and supplies. Please contact Britt Forsberg (forsb118@umn.edu) if the course fee presents a barrier to you.

The course cost is $50 and includes course manuals and supplies.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. on:

Instructor Information

Amy Rager

Amy holds a BA in Elementary Education from the College of St. Scholastica and a MEd in Environmental Leadership and Learning from the University of MN. With over 30 years of experience in cooperative extension, Amy's career has been dedicated to intertwining her work with a passion for the environment. Since its inception in 2005, she has been an integral part of the Minnesota Master Naturalist program. Hailing from the Duluth area, Amy is a true native Minnesotan who has always cherished the outdoors, finding joy in sharing her love and knowledge with others.

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Always balancing between art and horticulture, Zan taught computer graphic design at Illinois Central College, Peoria High School and American Indian OIC. Previously, she was a program manager in horticulture and conservation for Fon du lac Park district in East Peoria, IL, where she promoted U of I Master Gardener & Junior Master Gardener programs. Before that she was a staff photographer & editor at State Farm Insurance, Illinois Farm Bureau and Illinois Audubon Magazine.

She has a bachelor’s degree in K-12 Art Education from Eastern Illinois University and a Masters in Fine Arts Photography from Illinois State. She has MN teaching license, Master Gardener’s designation from Purdue and University of IL and is currently a horticulture student at Hennepin Technical College.

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