Events and Opportunities!

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Tamarack Nature Preserve Tour
Wednesday, July 19, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Meet at the Tamarack Nature Preserve parking lot,
1825 Tower Drive
 
Tour a unique Woodbury wetland. Explore a little known natural area unique to Woodbury and to the Twin Cities metro.
 
Join the City of Woodbury and Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District on Wednesday, July 19, from 6:30-8:30 PM for a free, guided walking tour of the Tamarack Nature Preserve. The Tamarack Nature Preserve has more than 150 acres providing home to plants and trees that are typically found only in northern Minnesota. Learn about the park’s history, geology, water flow, unique blend of ecosystems and diversity of plants.
 
Meet at the Tamarack Nature Preserve parking lot at 6:30 PM. Then join the group on a guided walking tour on the boardwalk as plant ecologists, Jason Husveth and Doug Mensing answer questions and point out the diversity of unique bog plants, shrubs and trees. There will be Tamarack Swamp BINGO with prizes. Two tours will be leaving the parking lot 6:40 pm: one tour will be about 30-45 minutes and the other will return to the parking lot by 8:30 pm.
 
Pre-register by phone with Deb at 651-792-7959 or by e-mail at deb.barnes@rwmwd.org by 4:30 p.m. July 12. This event is free of charge. Participants of all ages are welcome.
 
Find the event on Facebook (Tamarack Nature Preserve Tour) to stay in touch with updates and weather.
 
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Summer Family Pond Dipping
Free Family Friendly Event!
Open to all ages. Youth must be accompanied by an adult
 
You are invited to a FREE family friendly event! We will dip nets into the water to catch a closer look at the creatures that live in the lake and what they tell us about how clean our water is. Please meet at the pavilion, dock or pier at each park. Wear outdoor play attire and be prepared to take an easy hike along paved trails.

  • Forest Lake (Arts in the Park) Lakeside Park – June 20 @ 5-8 p.m. 
  • Edgewater Park in Woodbury – June 27 @ 6:30 p.m.
  • Autumn Hills Park in Oak Park Heights – July 6 @ 6:30 p.m.
  • Tanners Lake in Oakdale – July 12 @ 6:30 p.m.
  • Lions Park in Saint Paul Park – July 18 @ 6:30 p.m.
  • Long Lake in Stillwater – July 24 @ 6:30 p.m.
  • Pine Tree Pond in Cottage Grove - July 26 @ 6:30 p.m.

More details at www.mnwcd.org/events, email Jenn Radtke or call 651-330-8220 x44.
 
 
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Summer AIS Identification Workshops 
Is it native? Invasive? 
I just can’t tell! 
 
If you’re finding aquatic plant and animal identification a bit confusing, join us for a free lakeside workshop where local experts will help you identify the most common invasive plants in nearby lakes - curlyleaf and Eurasian-water milfoil and how to tell the difference between them and native plants such as coontail, chara and northern milfoil. We will also have information about invasive species to watch out for as well! 
 
Forest Lake - Monday, June 19, 6:30 PM
Meet at the Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District Office 
44 Lake St S, Forest Lake, MN 55025
 
Lake Elmo Park Reserve - Wednesday, June 28, 6:30 PM
1515 Keats Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Meet at the North Picnic Shelter - you will need to purchase a $7 park day pass
 
Big Marine Park Reserve - Thursday, June 29, 6:30 PM
17495 Manning Trail N, Marine on St Croix, MN 55047
Meet at the Picnic Shelter - you will need to purchase a $7 park day pass 
 
Agenda:
  • 6:30 PM  Presentation and Informational session
  • 7:00 PM  Walk to lake shore
  • 7:15 PM  Hands-on identification 
For more information contact Jenn Radtke jradtke@mnwcd.org 651-330-8220 x44.
To RSVP: www.tinyurl.com/AISID17

Sponsored by EMWREP (East Metro Water Resources Education Program)

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Family Fishing Night at Phalen
Wednesdays, June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Lake Phalen Regional Park, 1600 Phalen Drive
 
Tips Outdoors Foundation will be providing Saint Paul Parks & Recreation with a new program: Family Fishing Nights at Lake Phalen!
 
Tips Outdoors, Certified Outdoor Mentors and Pro-Staff will be at Phalen Lake in St. Paul the first Wednesday of each month through September. Fishing is from 6:00 until 8:30 PM.
 
Families can just show up. Tips Outdoors will have rod and reel combos, bait and everything you and your family will need to have fun fishing. Their experienced Mentors and Pro-staff are there to help you learn and have fun and success fishing!
 
Meet at the fishing pier and channel in Phalen Regional Park on the west side of the lake (map). 
 
Youth under the age of 16 do not need a fishing license. Those 16 years old and older must have a valid Minnesota Fishing License to fish or assist youth with fishing. You can find out how to purchase a fishing (angling) license online.
  • 16 - 17 Years Old Fishing License (Code 138), Fee: $5.00
  • Individual - Adults 18 and Older Fishing License (Code 111) , Fee: $22.00
  • Combined Married Couple Fishing License (Code 112) , Fee: $35.00
Tips Outdoors looks forward to seeing you and your family at Lake Phalen!

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Maplewood Nature Center Public Nature Programs
 
 

Frog Moon Hike
Adults and children ages 7+ accompanied by adult
Friday, June 9, 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 7th Street E, Maplewood

Join us for an evening hike to listen to frogs and watch the full moon rise! We will learn local frog species and their calls and then hike to try out our new identification skills. Cool off after with some cold lemonade!

Fee: $5 per person
Register online by Tuesday, June 6, at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.


Native Plants for Pollinators
Adults and children ages 10+ accompanied by adult
Saturday, June 10, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 7th St E, Maplewood

Learn how to garden with native plants to provide native bees and butterflies with what they need to thrive. Tour the gardens at the Nature Center to identify what's up and get ideas for your own pollinator garden. Watch a planting demonstration and take home twelve native pollinator plants to get your garden growing.

FEE: Prepay $20 per person. Fee includes a set of 4 different native plants; 12 plants total.

Register online by Wednesday, June 7, at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.


Turtle Picnic
For all ages
Thursday, June 15, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 7th St. E, Maplewood

Schools out! Kick off summer vacation at our Turtle Picnic!

  • Bring the kids over to meet some cool live turtles native to Minnesota habitats. Interact with snapping turtles and more! Turtles brought to you by Emily of Snake Discovery.
  • Pretend to be a turtle and make a turtle craft. (Bring an unmatched sock to make a turtle puppet.)
  • Bring your own picnic for playtime in the nature park yard. Enjoy DQ's Turtle Ice Cream Cake for dessert!
Prepay $5 per person. This is a popular event; register early!

Register online by Wednesday, June 14, at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.


Fantastic Fish
For all ages, children must be accompanied by adult
Saturday, June 17, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 7th St. E, Maplewood

Have some Father's Day Family Fun! Join the naturalist on the boardwalk to catch, identify and release minnows and other pond mini-beasts. Then help dad print his own fish t-shirt. Paint and fish to print provided; bring a light colored pre-washed t-shirt from home.

Co-sponsored by Friends of Maplewood Nature

Free! Register online by Wednesday, June 14, at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.


Fish Creek Trail Grand Opening
Wednesday, June 21, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 7:00 PM
Rain Date: Thursday, June 22 (check city website for weather updates or call nature center)
Fish Creek, Henry Lane and Carver Avenue, parallel park along Henry Lane

It's the summer solstice! Join us to celebrate the brand new walking trail through the Fish Creek uplands!
  • Scenic views of rolling hills filled with new prairie wildflowers and grasses will amaze and delight.
  • On the way up, try your hand at identifying some pollinators and the wildflowers they depend on.
  • Catch and release some fascinating insects!
  • At the top, meet some of the people involved in creating this new site.
  • Take your picture with Ella the Bee.
  • Enjoy some fruit and ice cream snacks - thank goodness for the BEES!
  • Explore and discover a prairie remnant and restoration, interesting burr oak research project and bee monitoring transects.
  • Kids can win a door prize for playing the colorful Fish Creek Habitat / History Bingo!
  • Little ones can make and take a simple butterfly kite, and more.
There's something for everyone. See you there!

FREE!  Fish Creek natural area partners are Great River Greening, Xerces Society, Ramsey County and Friends of Maplewood Nature.


Firefly Magic Night Hike
For children ages 3-10 with adult
Thursday, July 6, 8:30-10:00 PM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 7th St. E, Maplewood

Fireflies are magical bugs with a built-in night light. Learn how and why they light up and take a hike in search of them. Listen to a firefly story and make your own glow-in-the-dark firefly to take home.

Early registration is recommended. Prepay $5 per child.
Register online by Monday, July 3, at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

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A SPLASH OF WATERCOLOR: PAINTING POLLINATORS
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 7th St. E, Maplewood
Co-sponsored by Friends of Maplewood Nature

Native Butterflies in Watercolor
Adults and children ages 14+
Saturday, July 8, 8:30 - 11:30 AM

Take watercolors outdoors with natural science artist and illustrator Vera Ming Wong! Explore and use portable watercolor equipment, materials and techniques that can get you outdoors to observe and enjoy nature close-up! Create a watercolor illustration of a native butterfly pollinating one of its host plants. We'll work from butterfly specimens in the collection of Maplewood Nature Center, as well as plants around the Nature Center.

Fee: $25 per person includes all materials: watercolor set (mini-pocket palette), paper and travel brush to take home.
 
Register and pay online by Thursday, July 6, at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.
  
Native Bees in Watercolor
Adults and children ages 14+
Saturday, July 15, 8:30 - 11:30 AM
 
Take watercolors outdoors with natural science artist and illustrator Vera Ming Wong! Explore and use portable watercolor equipment, materials and techniques that can get you outdoors to observe and enjoy nature close-up! Take a closer look at the native bees that keep our ecosystem functioning! Create a watercolor illustration of a native bee pollinating a native plant. We'll work from bee specimens in the collection of Maplewood Nature Center, as well as plants around the Nature Center.
 
Fee: $25 per person includes all materials: watercolor set (mini-pocket palette), paper and travel brush to take home.

Register and pay online by Wednesday, July 12, at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

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Bat Survey
Adults and children ages 7+ with adult
Thursday, July 13, 8:30 - 10:00 PM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 7th St. E, Maplewood

Hike the trails at twilight to listen for bat clicks and chirps with our electronic echo-locator. Help identify and record species flying over the nature center pond. Discover what bats eat, where they live and examine a bat house. Receive free bat house plans.

Prepay $4 per person. Register and pay online by Tuesday, July 11, at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.


Garden Tour - Native Plants for Pollinators
For adults
Tuesday, July 18, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
 Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 7th St. E, Maplewood

Tour the nature center butterfly and rain gardens to see the colorful flowers. Learn how to attract butterflies to your yard by planting native plants with nourishing leaves for caterpillars and flower nectar for adults. Learn which flowers attract bees and hummingbirds to design for specific pollinators. Take home a seed packet of native flowers to sow.

Fee: $5 per person. Register and pay online by Monday, July 17, at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.


Build a Bat House
Adults and children ages 7+ with adult
Saturday, July 29, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 7th St. E, Maplewood

Attention scout leaders, grandparents, parents, uncles and aunts! Here's something to do with your kids during summer vacation. Join us to learn how to build a bat nursery with Elpis Enterprises, using reclaimed cedar fencing. Save some cash and build your own bat house that follows Bat Conservation International's bat house guidelines. Your building or pole mounted bat nursery may help nature's threatened bug-zappers!

Prepay $25 per bat house. Register and pay online by Monday, July 24, at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.


Dazzling Dragonflies and Damselflies!
For children ages 3-8 with Adult
Saturday, August 5, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 7th St. E, Maplewood

Dazzling colors and zippy flights - do you have what it takes? Catch and release dragonflies and damselflies in the gardens and prairie. Use nets and magnifying lenses to help you catch and observe these amazing creatures.

FREE! Drop-in program. No registration required.


Tasty Treats from the Bees
For children 4-10 with adult
Saturday, August 12, 10:00 -11:30 AM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 7th St. E, Maplewood

Taste different kinds of honey and sample food pollinated by bees such as blueberries and raspberries! Learn about different kinds of bees and why they are important. Do an easy and fun bee-count to help the bees with the Minnesota Bee Atlas Project at iNaturalist.org that you can also do later in your own backyard or nearby park.

Prepay $5 per person. Register and pay online by Thursday, August 10, at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.


Bumble Bee Safari at Fish Creek
Adults and families with kids ages 5+
Saturday, August 19, 12:30 - 2:30 PM
Fish Creek Preserve

Learn about and befriend bumble bees! Assist bee experts in surveying bumblebees and their favorite prairie flowers at Fish Creek Preserve. Bring your phone or other digital device and learn how to enter your bee photo on Bumble Bee Watch. This event is co-sponsored by Friends of Maplewood Nature.

Free. Register online by August 16 at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.


Monarchs in the Prairie
All ages
Saturday, August 26, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
At Gladstone Savannah, Park along Frisbie, meet at Frisbie entrance

Mad about monarchs? Find out why and how monarchs are tagged. Learn about their magnificent migration. See monarchs in their life cycle stages. Take home some native seed packets to sow that will help these beautiful butterflies survive.

Free. Register online by Thursday, August 24, at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.


Buckthorn Removal Demonstration
For adults
Saturday, September 16, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 7th St. E, Maplewood

Learn how to identify common and glossy buckthorn and the beneficial look-alikes you should protect. We'll discuss updated best management practices, weed establishment vs. native regrowth after removal; followed by a short removal session at Maplewood Nature Center. Bring home a FREE Buckthorn Blaster to tackle the buckthorn in your yard! Wear old clothes; long pants, rubber boots, bring a hat and a long-sleeved shirt.

Free! Registration required. Register online by Wednesday, September 13, at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.


Super Spiders Night Hike
Adults and families with kids 6+
Friday, September 22, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 7th St. E, Maplewood

Spiders are nature's bug zappers! Watch a short PowerPoint presentation, then hike to look for orb, funnel and grass spiders. Wear long sleeves and pants, shoes suitable for hiking and dress for the weather. Bring a small, bright flashlight if you have one.

Prepay $4 per person. Register online by Wednesday, September 20, at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

 

 
Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed Board Meetings
First Wednesday of the month, 6:30 PM - Meetings are open to the public.
Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, 2665 Noel Drive, Little Canada, 55117

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