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LETTER: Time to tackle the climate crisis

Posted on Friday, June 11, 2021

All Minnesotans deserve clean air, clean water, and a healthy climate. Now is the time to tackle the climate crisis.

Time to tackle the climate crisis


University Of Minnesota Extension Minnesota Master Naturalist Spotlight: Joel Dunette

Posted on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Joel Dunette has been active in the Rochester Chapter in southeastern Minnesota since 2009. He completed the Minnesota Master Naturalist instructor training and has taught five biome classes, educating 71 people.

University Of Minnesota Extension Minnesota Master Naturalist Spotlight: Joel Dunette


Cannon Falls students receive field desks for school forest Tuesday

Posted on Tuesday, May 11, 2021

A Cannon Falls Elementary student helps take field desks out of a truck on May 11. The field desks will be used in the school forest classroom.

Cannon Falls students receive field desks for school forest Tuesday


The elusive (and delicious) morel: How to hunt for the Minnesota state mushroom

Posted on Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Morel mushrooms typically can be found throughout the state in late April and May. Interview by Minnesota Master Naturalist, Amy Rager.

The elusive (and delicious) morel: How to hunt for the Minnesota state mushroom


Maple Grove churches to host landscaping webinar

Posted on Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Learn how to create a beneficial and beautiful native plant area in the yard during a Zoom webinar entitled The Hidden Benefits of Landscaping with Native Plants on Sunday, April 25, at 7 p.m.

Maple Grove churches to host landscaping webinar


A slow walk in the spring woods with Northland naturalist Larry Weber

Posted on Saturday, April 3, 2021

The dean of Northland naturalists offers a lifetime of knowledge on how to appreciate nature's seasonal treasures, especially the little ones.

A slow walk in the spring woods with Northland naturalist Larry Weber


BATTLING BUCKTHORN

Posted on Monday, March 8, 2021

Volunteers work alongside Prairie Restoration Inc. crews to clear buckthorn Saturday at the Izaak Walton Wetlands in Rochester.

BATTLING BUCKTHORN


Izaak Walton buckthorn battle continues with quest for new recruits

Posted on Saturday, March 6, 2021

John Ryder said cutting down buckthorn was a perfect opportunity to log volunteer hours as a Minnesota Master Naturalist.

Izaak Walton buckthorn battle continues with quest for new recruits


Foraging for Minnesota mushrooms

Posted on Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Minnesotans love to spend time outdoors, as evidenced by the local, county, state and even a national park found in the state. Listen to the podcast

Foraging for Minnesota mushrooms


Landmark book from 1995 gets an update

Posted on Monday, November 23, 2020

John Tester's "Minnesota's Natural Heritage" gets an update on its 25th anniversary.

Landmark book from 1995 gets an update


Outdoors columnist gets lifetime achievement award from environmental educators

Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2020

"Northland Nature" columnist Larry Weber will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Minnesota Association for Environmental Education on Nov. 8 for his outstanding service and contribution to the field of environmental education in Minnesota.

Outdoors columnist gets lifetime achievement award from environmental educators


Into the wild

Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2020

MINNESOTA MASTER NATURALIST VOLUNTEERS FURTHER OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE ENVIRONMENT

Into the wild


URBAN FORAGER

Posted on Saturday, October 17, 2020

As people use public land more and family budgets get skinnier, Tim Clemens of Ironwood Foraging is helping build more resilient communities.

URBAN FORAGER


The Mill City Times Interview: Lisa Keitel

Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2020

We met up with Lisa Keitel at her Listening Program at Coldwater Spring. She shares with us the history and programs at this very beautiful, accessible local park.

The Mill City Times Interview: Lisa Keitel


Minnesota briefs: Zebra mussels found near Elk River

Posted on Saturday, September 26, 2020

For the first time in Sherburne County, zebra mussels have been confirmed in a local lake, the state Department of Natural Resources announced.

Minnesota briefs: Zebra mussels found near Elk River


Mystery in Minnesota, as invasive weed not seen in U.S. for 6 decades appears in Stearns County

Posted on Saturday, September 26, 2020

Stearns County confirmed the presence of Metaplexis japonica, commonly known as rough potato, a type of vining milkweed that was found along the Lake Wobegon Trail in Holdingford by Sherry Kutter, a University of Minnesota Extension Master Naturalist.

Mystery in Minnesota, as invasive weed not seen in U.S. for 6 decades appears in Stearns County


Invasive vine not reported in North America since 1958 turns up in central Minnesota

Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2020

An invasive vine not reported in North America for more than 60 years turned up this summer in a small central Minnesota city — a discovery that has local and state officials puzzled as they work to eradicate the plants.

Invasive vine not reported in North America since 1958 turns up in central Minnesota


Invasive vine not reported in North America since 1958 turns up in central Minnesota

Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

University of Minnesota Extension Master Naturalist Sherry Kutter first spotted the vine, which has been identified as rough potato (Metaplexis japonica), a type of vining milkweed.

Invasive vine not reported in North America since 1958 turns up in central Minnesota


Invasive Vine Spotted in Stearns County

Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2020

An invasive vine not seen in the United States in six decades has been discovered in Stearns County. Sherry Kutter, a University of Minnesota Extension Master Naturalist, first spotted the vine along the Lake Wobegon Trail in Holdingford. Officials have identified it as rough potato (Metaplexis japonica), a type of vining milkweed.

Invasive Vine Spotted in Stearns County


University of Minnesota Extension offering online classes

Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The University of Minnesota Extension is offering Master Naturalist Volunteer Training online courses that are starting in September.

University of Minnesota Extension offering online classes


COVID-19 Safety Training for Outdoor Work

Posted on Friday, June 26, 2020

COVID-19 safety training for outdoor work for educating volunteers on how to keep safe during the COVID-19 epidemic, this training will be updated regularly according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control guidelines. Information provided is based on the best available research at the time the training is taken.

COVID-19 Safety Training for Outdoor Work


Master Naturalist Felt Drawn to make her home in LeRoy

Posted on Monday, June 1, 2020

~ Kate Fitzgerald loves the "beautiful scenery" and "friendly culture"

Master Naturalist felt drawn to make her home in LeRoy


Animal Tracks and Traces in the Winter Woods

Posted on Friday, February 7, 2020

Registration required! Please register at: https://forms.gle/5oMpkrxac2GUgGFR6

Training: Animal Tracks and Traces in the Winter Woods
Location: Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center
Date: Sunday, February 23rd
Times: 12:30 - 2 PM OR 2:30 - 4 PM (Please note the class will be conducted outdoors and snowshoes are necessary. Let us know if you need to borrow a pair from Boulder.)

Join Caleb Weier, Boulder Lake ELC staff, for an introduction to animal tracks identification in the winter woods! Please sign up in advance for either the 12:30 session or the 2:30 session. We are limiting to 10-12 participants for each session. There is no charge but donations are appreciated!

Bring your skis and enjoy Boulder Lake Recreation Area ski trails before or after the training!

Registration required! Please register at: https://forms.gle/5oMpkrxac2GUgGFR6

Animal Tracks and Traces in the Winter Woods


City Nature Challenge 2020

Posted on Monday, January 20, 2020

Apr 24 at 12 AM – Apr 27 at 11:30 PM

City Nature Challenge 2020


Nature Notes

Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Nature Notes is a collaboration between Minnesota Master Naturalists and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum staff. Meet our regular contributors

Nature Notes


Outdoor notes

Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2019

Jay Cooke State Park, in Carlton, offers these events. Meet ta the River Inn Interpretive Center unless noted. Call 218-673-7000 to register.

Jay Cooke State Park


The ‘Gre-Aitkin’ Outdoors: Winter at LLCC

Posted on Monday, December 16, 2019

The trail groomer at Long Lake Conservation Center (LLCC) hit the trails for the first time this season on Dec. 3, and the public is now invited to enjoy these trails free of charge.

The ‘Gre-Aitkin’ Outdoors: Winter at LLCC


Wildlife talk at Minnetonka Community Center on Dec. 12

Posted on Monday, December 9, 2019

Learn about wildlife, forestry and water quality with the Three Rivers Park District on Dec. 12 at a presentation by John Moriarty, senior manager of wildlife with the district.

Wildlife talk at Minnetonka Community Center on Dec. 12


Outdoor notes

Posted on Sunday, November 24, 2019

Happening Events!

Outdoor notes


Flexing Mussels, Part 1: Citizen scientists study special St. Croix creatures

Posted on Friday, November 8, 2019

U of MN scientist is joined by volunteer crew wading into mussel research.

Flexing Mussels, Part 1: Citizen scientists study special St. Croix creatures


Flexing Mussels, Part 1: Citizen scientists study special St. Croix creatures

Posted on Friday, November 8, 2019

Preschoolers learn inside a classroom, but Hannah Baune thinks nature is our best teacher.

Learning from nature: 10 Acre Wood Nature Preschool opens in Lakeville


Learning from nature: 10 Acre Wood Nature Preschool opens in Lakeville

Posted on Friday, November 8, 2019

At the 10 Acre Wood Nature Preschool in Lakeville students play in nature as a way to learn about their world.

Learning from nature: 10 Acre Wood Nature Preschool opens in Lakeville


Geology meets cycling at Scandia Rocks and Rolls

Posted on Monday, October 28, 2019

Geologist Dale Setterholm took cyclists from various communities around Scandia and Marine on St. Croix for the first Cycling Scandia “Rocks and Rolls” event. Riders would stop at different geological formations and let Setterholm explain the significance of each.

Geology meets cycling at Scandia Rocks and Rolls


Eurasian watermilfoil found in French Lake

Posted on Friday, October 4, 2019

Department of Natural Resources confirms the plant is in several areas of the lake

Eurasian watermilfoil found in French Lake


Award Day! Daily Point of Light Award for Elizabeth Heeren

Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019

ELIZABETH HEEREN VOLUNTEERS WITH NUMEROUS NATURE-FOCUSED PROGRAMS TO HELP BOTH CHILDREN AND ADULTS CONNECT WITH THE NATURAL WORLD AROUND THEM./ COURTESY ELIZABETH HEEREN

Award Day! Daily Point of Light Award for Elizabeth Heeren


U of M Extension Master Naturalist Program looking for volunteers

Posted on Sunday, September 8, 2019

University of Minnesota Extension Master Naturalist Program, in partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invites area residents to participate in National Public Lands Day on Sept. 28.

U of M Extension Master Naturalist Program looking for volunteers


The ‘Gre-Aitkin’ outdoors: Long Lake Conservation Center

Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2019

LLCC hosts several activities in all seasons. Primarily, schools throughout Minnesota visit the center during the school year for Long Lake field studies.

The ‘Gre-Aitkin’ outdoors: Long Lake Conservation Center


Longfellow neighbors are creating habitat in the city

Posted on Friday, July 26, 2019

Dan Schultz has created a wildlife habitat in his yard at his home in Minneapolis’ Longfellow neighborhood. Schultz, along with the Longfellow Community Council and the National Wildlife Federation, leads a volunteer effort to have the greater

Longfellow neighbors are creating habitat in the city


A filed guide to Minnesotas iconic animals

Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2019

Dave Schmidt is a fluent interpreter of these wildlife signs. He’s a volunteer at the Minnesota Zoo and a certified Minnesota Master Naturalist. He says that while many animals are elusive, their signs are not.

A field guide to Minnesotas iconic animals


Pack & Paddle with Scott Oeth "Bushcraft"

Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Pack and Paddle with Scott Oeth of Bull Moose Patrol In this edition, Scott talks to us about "bushcraft". Scott is a Registered Maine Guide, an Eagle Scout and Minnesota Master Naturalist. He’s an instructor for the Okpik National Cold Weather Leader School. You can follow his adventures at www.bullmoosepatrol.com.

Pack & Paddle with Scott Oeth "Bushcraft"


Commentary: The power of passion and purpose

Posted on Monday, June 17, 2019

The purpose of Passion

Commentary: The power of passion and purpose


Currents: Greg Lecker, plein air artist and naturalist

Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2019

Greg Lecker of Minneapolis is a plein air (or open air) painter. He also is a master naturalist, and regularly writes on Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Nature Notes blog.

Greg Lecker, plein air artist and naturalist


Becoming a Master Naturalist

Posted on Sunday, February 17, 2019

A U of M Extension educator shows how anyone can become a certified master naturalist volunteer and help restore habitats, gather research data and educate the public on environmental stewardship.

Pioneer Public Television-Prairie Sportsman


Environmentalist are recognized for their achievements

Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2019

Master Naturalist, Keith Anderson receives local award for volunteer work.

Environmentalist are recognized for their achievements


iNaturalist - a win-win for citizens & scientists

Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2019

Interview and explanation of iNat and a great example of Citizen Science. Great images of diversity too.

iNaturalist - a win-win for citizens & scientists


Minnesotans share!

Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Minnesotans share what inspires them about our state -- Volunteers setting up for a New Years Eve luminary walk at Fort Snelling State Park share what inspires them about Minnesota - the love of being outdoors among them.

StarTribune Video


Fort Snelling in the News!

Posted on Monday, December 31, 2018

Local options for New Year’s Eve

Ring In New Year With Local Events


Long Lake hosts series of monarch activities

Posted on Monday, June 18, 2018

Join Minnesota Master Naturalist Pam Brand and other interested volunteers in a series of hands-on larva and egg monitoring, measuring milkweed...

Long Lake hosts series of monarch activities


Roemhildt named Regional Director for DNR’s Southern Region

Posted on Thursday, February 8, 2018

Scott Roemhildt was named the regional director for the DNR’s southern region, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

New Southern Regional Director for DNR is a MNat


A snapshot of Mississippi River water quality

Posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2018

In his endeavor to become a volunteer Minnesota master naturalist, Mark Jacobs attended a week-long training held at Long Lake Conservation Center last year. Annual requirements included completion of a capstone project, provide 40 hours of supervised work on education and/or stewardship projects yearly, and complete eight hours of training.


Immersed in Minnesotas prairie life naturalist program leader has much to share

Posted on Thursday, January 4, 2018

My Outdoor Life: Master Naturalist program director says region is underappreciated.

Minneapolis Star Tribune


Entrepreneur: 'Success inspires the continued effort,' Bee Shed co-owner says

Posted on Monday, December 12, 2016

Our company is called The Bee Shed, LLC, owned and operated by Chris Schad and John Shonyo.


We Wish Monarchs Godspeed

Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2016

Godspeed” is what I bid to all the flocks overhead these fall days on their way to southern climes. It’s the word I whispered to the just-tagged monarch butterfly sitting on my hand.

Atikin Independent Age/Outdoors


Hear the Buzz Why we need to help keep the hives alive

Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2016


Class prepares 'Warriors' to repulse environmental invaders

Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Check out this article in the Rochester paper on invasive species work in Olmsted County. Terri Dugan is a Master Nat and attended the Invasive Blitz class at Quarry Hill.

Class prepares 'Warriors' to repulse environmental invaders


First Person: Alone and in pursuit of a white wonder. Or was it?

Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2016

First Person: Alone and in pursuit of a white wonder. Or was it? Off the Gunflint Trail and off in the distance, there appeared … a snowy owl?


Nature's ambassadors: Minnesota Master Naturalist program trains outdoor volunteers

Posted on Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Minnesota Master Naturalist program trains nature-lovers for the knowledge-based work of volunteering in the outdoors.


Over the River and Through the Moraine

Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012

Theme: Noticing ancient glacial formations and influence on land forms, vegetation and wildlife gives us a greater appreciation of our surroundings

Over the River and Through the Moraine


Saint Paul Public Library Named Master Naturalist Tom Wilcox Volunteer of the Year

Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Saint Paul Public Library named Tom Wilcox as its 2012 Volunteer of the Year during the library's annual adult volunteer appreciation event yesterday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, downtown St. Paul, Minn.

Saint Paul Public Library Named Master Naturalist Tom Wilcox Volunteer of the Year


NL fish hatchery hatches out up to 70 million fry

Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012

NL fish hatchery hatches out up to 70 million fry


Students get the dirt on nature

Posted on Monday, September 26, 2011

Students in the Onamia School District got a little dirty Monday at the Northland Arboretum digging up black dirt, planting perennials in the arb's butterfly garden as part of the school's Mille Lacs Area Partners For Youth program.

Students get the dirt on nature


Minnesota Master Naturalist Program, training and what you can help with

Posted on Tuesday, September 6, 2011

If there was one way to describe what a Minnesota Master Naturalist does, I do not know what it would be specifically. However, I can tell you generally what they do as I am one of over 600 certified Master Naturalists in the state. What do we all do though, that is a great question!

Minnesota Master Naturalist Program, training and what you can help with


Meet our Volunteers: Minnesota DNR

Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Lots of Minnesota Master Naturalists are featured on the Minnesota DNR volunteer site for summer 2011.

Meet our Volunteers: Minnesota DNR


Nest Cameras

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2011

http://www.raptorresource.org/falcon_cams/


Northern Saw-Whet

Posted on Monday, March 14, 2011

PDF


Master Naturalist Volunteers are a key measure in the Minnesota DNR Conservation Agenda

Posted on Thursday, January 6, 2011

View the PDF Report


Walleye improvement is one goal of this retiree's volunteer efforts

Posted on Wednesday, May 19, 2010

It’s walleye fishing season! The Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA) has one board member whose role is to help natural resources, with a heavy emphasis on improving walleye fishing.

Walleye improvement is one goal of this retiree's volunteer efforts


Volunteers from Minneapolis descend on Lester Prairie, plant garden

Posted on Monday, May 17, 2010

Lester Prairie made such a good impression on Minneapolis resident Gay Noble when she was passing through a decade ago, she chose the city as the site for a master naturalist project this year.

Volunteers from Minneapolis descend on Lester Prairie, plant garden


Free Download - Bird FeederWatch Posters

Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Free Download - Bird FeederWatch Posters


Nature lovers unite

Posted on Monday, April 5, 2010

Nature lovers unite


North American Bear Center

Posted on Saturday, January 2, 2010

The North American Bear Center is a great resource for info on bears- ecology- behavior etc.  Check it out at http://www.bear.org/


North American Bear Center


Minnesota monarch butterfly population falls

Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2009

 

Minnesota monarch butterfly population falls


Master Naturalists find states largest River Birch

Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Largest River Birch Tree in Minnesota


Get Ready for a Great Year Outdoors

Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2009

Mother Earth News  December 08-January 09


Article describes outdoor learning opportunities and lists state by the state the Master Naturalist Programs available.

Get Ready for a Great Year Outdoors


Master Naturalists explore Upper Sioux Agency State Park

Posted on Saturday, November 4, 2006


Master Naturalists explore Upper Sioux Agency State Park


Minnesota Moment Radio Clip

Posted on Friday, March 24, 2006

This is a radio clip sent to news stations to be used as needed. Click on web link to hear the 90 second recording.

Minnesota Moment: Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Program