Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Coming Events this Spring around the Watershed

Maplewood Nature Center and the City of Shoreview have a great line up of educational activities coming up soon. Here are some we recommend. Put them on your calendar!

Heather Holm: Selecting Native Trees and Shrubs for Pollinators
Saturday, March 19 - 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Maplewood Nature Center - 2659 7th St E, Maplewood

Author Heather Holm will present and share her extensive knowledge of our native pollinators. This talk will focus on beneficial trees and shrubs for bees. Trees that are insect-pollinated provide important forage for pollinators, especially in early spring. Learn which canopy trees, small trees and shrubs are insect-pollinated and the types of pollinators each plant attracts. Factors influencing pollinator visitation including flower structure, flower resources, flowering phenology, and the plant community where the woody plant occurs will also be discussed. Her book Pollinators of Native Plants will be for sale afterward.

Register Early for this one! Early bird registration (online) is $15 per person by March 10; $20 thereafter. Seating is limited. To register go to Maplewood Nature Center and click on the March calendar or call 651-249-2170.

Citizen Science Day, No Fooling! (Adults and kids 12 and up)

Saturday, April 2 - 10:00 AM - Noon
Maplewood Nature Center - 2659 7th St E, Maplewood

Join current Maplewood Citizen Scientists and staff for a celebration and recruitment day! It will be a jam-packed
morning with a special presentation and monitor program overview.

10:00 AM -
Sandhill Cranes Presentation

Researcher David Wolfson will discuss his research on Sandhill cranes in northern Minnesota. Learn how he captures cranes and uses technology to learn habits and migration patterns of this ancient species. 

11:00 AM - NOON - Overview of our Citizen Science volunteer opportunities! 

Visit stations for open space, frog, bluebird, invasive plant and pollinator monitoring information and sign up! Get a jump on new the volunteer orientation to be held on Tuesday, April 12, by filling in your forms before leaving!  

FREE! Pre-register
by going to Maplewood Nature Center and click on the March calendar or calling 651-249-2170 by Thursday, March 31.

Rain Garden Rescue! (Adults)

Tuesday, April 5 - 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Maplewood Nature Center - 2659 7th St E, Maplewood

Has your rain garden been overrun by weeds? Does it need a few new plants or a complete overhaul? Come get tips on how to rescue your rain garden and make it the garden of your dreams. See slides of plants, designs and methods for renovation. We’ll answer questions and help you figure out where to start.

FREE! To register go to Maplewood Nature Center and click on the April calendar or call 651-249-2170 by April 4.

Spring Chores in the Rain Garden (Adults)
Tuesday, May 3 - 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Bartelmy-Meyer neighborhood - Location to be determined

Join our gardener in the Bartelmy-Meyer neighborhood for a hands-on demonstration of spring clean-up chores for your rain garden. We’ll cover cutting back ornamental grasses and perennials, cleaning the inlet, adding mulch and planting to fill in the gaps. This is a great time to have someone answer your questions. Please join us! 

FREE! To register go to Maplewood Nature Center and click on the May calendar or call 651-249-2170 and find out the location.

Frog Monitor Training (Adults and older kids)

Tuesday, April 7 - 6:30 - 7:45 PM
Maplewood Nature Center - 2659 7th St E, Maplewood

Bring a buddy and become Maplewood Frog Monitoring Volunteers! Monitors follow an established, ten-stop-route; listening for frogs after sunset. Learn about Minnesota frog species, their calls, ranges and how monitoring works. Monitors must commit to three nights, each in a specific date range, April - July. For night-owls only!  

FREE. Pre-register by April 5th. To register go to Maplewood Nature Center and click on the April calendar or call 651-249-2170.


Shoreview’s 2016 Environmental Speaker Series

Our Neighborhoods / Our Environment

Presented by the Shoreview Environmental Quality Committee


Shoreview's Innovative Responses to Infrastructure Challenges

Mark Maloney, City of Shoreview Public Works Director

Wednesday, March 16 - 7:00 PM

Shoreview City Council Chambers - 4600 Victoria St N, Shoreview

Whether we're walking the trails or driving the roads we get around without thinking much about what's under our feet or beneath our wheels. Yet, Shoreview is a leader in using innovative techniques and technologies that help us get where we're going while lightening our load on the environment. Find out what's so special about Shoreview's infrastructure.

Call 651-490-4665 for more information. 

Shoreview's State of the Waters

Eric Korte, Ramsey-Washington Metro Water District Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator

Wednesday, April 20 - 7:00 PM

Shoreview City Council Chambers - 4600 Victoria St N, Shoreview

How good is the water in Shoreview's lakes, ponds and streams? Find out from RWMWD, which monitors our surface water. Also learn about their efforts to control invasive species such as zebra mussels and curly pondweed both of which have been found in and around Shoreview.

Call 651-490-4665 for more information. 


Ramsey Conservation District 2016 Invasive Plant Patrol
Early Detection Program

Monday, March 28, 6:30 - 9:30 PM 
North St. Paul City Hall - 2400 Margaret Street

How can you prevent buckthorn-like takeovers of new invasive plants in Ramsey County? Learn how you can volunteer to help with this effort by using your smart phone to mark locations and to report plants for removal. Free training is provided.

To register call 651-792-7977 or email carole.gernes@rwmwd.org

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