Events and Opportunities!

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WaterFest 2017 - Make Waves in the Watershed!
Saturday, June 3, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Lake Phalen in St. Paul

A FUN, FREE, FAMILY FESTIVAL! Save the date and watch for details.
 

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2017 Update: Aquatic Invasive Species Public Forum
March 30, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ramsey County Public Works, Marsden Room, 1425 Paul Kirkwold Drive, Arden Hills
 
This free event hosted by the Ramsey Conservation District will have speakers on Water Quality in Ramsey County Lakes, Survey Results and a 2016 Inspection Report, and a Ramsey County Aquatic Invasive Species Program Update.

Please take a moment to take a survey on Aquatic Invasive Species funding priorities at this link

Join us at this great event to stay up to date on efforts to stop Aquatic Invasive Species in Ramsey County! For complete details and a map to the event click here.
 
RSVP to Michelle Prosser by March 24 by email or at 651-266-7277.
 
 

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Photo credit: Angie Hong

Spring Dreaming Landscape Workshops
With Two Options
 
 

North St. Paul
Thursday, April 6, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Casey Lake Park Building, 2085 17th Avenue E, North St. Paul
 
The East Metro Water Resource Education Program. RWMWD and Master Gardeners in Washington County invite you to join us for some Spring Dreaming! We are offering fun, informal workshops to help you with ideas and how-tos for your own property including

  • Backyard composting
  • Managing drainage and erosion issues using rain gardens, swales and dry creeks while protecting water resources
  • Creating habitat for pollinators, birds and wildlife on your property
  • Alternative to lawns, such as no-mow and bee lawns

Enjoy an evening with your community and get helpful advice from Master Gardeners and Water Resource Educators.
 
RSVPs received at least two days prior to the workshop will receive a free aerial print out of their property to use during the workshop. 

RSVP for the workshops HERE. For more information contact Jenn Radtke by email or call 651-330-8220 X4.

 
Oakdale
Thursday, April 18, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Washington Conservation District Office, 455 Hayward Avenue N, Oakdale

The East Metro Water Resource Education Program. RWMWD and Master Gardeners in Washington County invite you to join us for some Spring Dreaming! We are offering fun, informal workshops to help you with ideas and how-tos for your own property including
  • Backyard composting
  • Managing drainage and erosion issues using rain gardens, swales and dry creeks while protecting water resources
  • Creating habitat for pollinators, birds and wildlife on your property
  • Alternative to lawns, such as no-mow and bee lawns

Enjoy an evening with your community and get helpful advice from Master Gardeners and Water Resource Educators.

RSVPs received at least two days prior to the workshop will receive a free aerial print out of their property to use during the workshop. 
 
RSVP for the workshops HERE. For more information contact Jenn Radtke by email or call 651-330-8220 X4.
 

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2017 Invasive Plant Patrol Early Detection Program
Stop New Invasive Plants in their Tracks
 
You can prevent buckthorn-like takeovers of new invasive plants in Ramsey County! Receive free volunteer training. Learn how to use your smart phone to report plants for removal. Your findings will be added to a national invasive species database.

Two FREE Training Programs
 
Saturday, April 8, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tamarack Nature Center, 5287 Otter Lake Road, White Bear Township
To register contact Melanie Harding at 651-407-5350 or email Melanie Harding.
 
Monday, May 22, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
North St. Paul City Hall, 2400 Margaret Street, North St. Paul
To register, leave contact info at 651-792-7977 or email Carole Gernes.
 

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Moos Family Speaker Series on Water Resources
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

Tuesday, April 25, 5:30 PM Public Reception | 7:00 PM Lecture
University of Minnesota, St. Paul Student Center Theater


Featuring Dan Egan, Author, Pulitzer Prize finalist, reporter for for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Great Lakes provide the largest source of fresh surface water in the world as well as food, work, and weekend fun for tens of millions of people. Yet they are under threat as never before, and it’s only getting worse. In an age when dire problems like the Flint water crisis and the California drought bring ever more attention to the indispensability of safe, clean, easily available freshwater, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Dan Egan has written an urgent and powerful wake-up call, and makes a clear and convincing case for how our problems can be fixed. In the grand tradition of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, Egan’s The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is a master reporter’s landmark work that takes readers through the science, politics, history, and economics of the lakes, revealing an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes.


To register, click here.
 

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Maplewood Nature Center Public Nature Programs
Nature Family Fun with ECFE (For children birth, before kindergarten)
March 25 and April 22 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th Street, Maplewood

Make nature discoveries, get resources to explore and protect your world together and meet new friends! This class is offered at the Maplewood Nature Center in collaboration with Early Childhood and Family Education staff. Parents stay with their child(ren) during the entire class.

March 25 - Maple Sap into Syrup
April 22 - Honk and Quack Parade

Fee: $5 per child
To register, go to www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go
button or call 651-249-2170 if you need help registering.
 

Frog Monitor Volunteer Training (Adults & children ages 12+ with adult)
Saturday, April 1, 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th Street, 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. Monitoring is for night owls with a keen sense of hearing only! Please sign up for a frog program in May or June if you do not plan to volunteer.

Free - preregister by March 30. Go to www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button or call 651-249-2170 if you need help registering.


It's the Bomb! (Adults & children ages 8+ with adult)
Saturday, April 1, 2:00 - 3:45 PM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th Street, Maplewood

Make and take a scented bath bomb using simple, environmentally-friendly ingredients. Add a few dried flower petals for some extra pizazz! Bring home two bombs (one for you and one for a gift), a recipe, handouts and plastic mold. Wear old clothes (we will use food coloring), bring an ice cream bucket or large bowl, large stirring spoon and a Ziploc bag to transport your creations home.

Prepay $6 per person by March 29. Go to www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button or call 651-249-2170 if you need help registering.


Vegetable Growing Basics (Adults)
Saturday, April 8, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th Street, Maplewood

Taught by Master Gardeners, this workshop is an introduction to vegetable gardening covering topics such as soil, prepping your garden space, seed and seedling selection, planting, organic methods and garden maintenance. Each participant creates a design and a needs list for their garden. You will be truly ready to garden after this thorough workshop with a certificate to prove it. Please bring your own bag lunch or their are several restaurants located nearby.

Early-bird registration is $25 per person by Friday, March 24. Or prepay $30 per person by Friday, March 31. Go to www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button or call 651-249-2170 if you need help registering.


Nature Family Fun with ECFE (Children birth - 5 years, before kindergarten)
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM - See dates below
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th Street, Maplewood

Make nature discoveries, get resources to explore and protect your world together and meet new friends! This class is offered at the Maplewood Nature Center in collaboration with Early Childhood and Family Education staff. Parents stay with their child(ren) during the entire class.

  • February 25 - Animal Tracks
  • March 25 - Maple Sap into Syrup
  • April 22 - Honk and Quack Parade
Fee is $5 per child per session. Go to www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button or call 651-249-2170 if you need help registering.


Service Project Day for Groups & Individuals (Adults and children 8+ with adult)
Saturday, April 29, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th Street, Maplewood

Schedule a community service project with your group, family or on your own at Maplewood Nature Center! Help with litter pickup and other tasks. Call the nature center to schedule a time and task at 651-249-2170. Free!


Birds and Blooms of Fish Creek (Adults and children ages 10+ with adult)
Friday, May 12, 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Fish Creek, meet in the Oakwood Church parking lot, 1388 Point Douglas Road S, St. Paul

Walk the secret and marvelous canyon of fish creek to search for woodland wildflowers. It will be interesting to see what's blooming after buckthorn removal! We'll look and listen for colorful bird migrants on their way to their way to their northern nesting sites. Bring binoculars and hiking sticks, or borrow them from the nature center. The trail is narrow and uneven; wear sturdy shoes and long pants.

Fee: $5 per person. Register online by May 10. Go to www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button or call 651-249-2170 if you need help registering.


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Wild Ones, Big River Woods Chapter
Serving communities in the East Metro

2017 Wild Ones Big Woods Meetings
 
Plant Identification for Everyone
Thursday, March 23,
6:00 PM - Social Time / 7 – 8:30 PM - Meeting
Autumn Grove Park, 1365 Lydia Avenue W, Roseville Map

Katy Chakya and Peter Dzuik, from MNWildowers.info will share amazing photographs as we discover the website that they have developed for identifying Minnesota native and non-native plants.

Invasive Plants: Know Thy Enemy

Thursday, April 27, 6:00 PM - Social Time / 7 – 8:30 PM - Meeting
Autumn Grove Park, 1365 Lydia Avenue W, Roseville Map

Are invasive plants driving you mad? Discover how to identify and manage invasive plants in your yard with Kao Thao, Naturalist, Fort Snelling State Park.

Native Plant Gardening Best Practices and Projects

Thursday, May 25, 6:00 PM - Social Time / 7 – 8:30 PM - Meeting
Autumn Grove Park, 1365 Lydia Avenue W, Roseville Map

Join us for a Big River Big Woods Project Roundtable! Learn about restoration projects we are helping to sponsor and volunteer opportunities in your neighborhood. Share ideas on these projects and help plan next steps. The evening will begin with a presentation on the Como Park restoration and Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom.

Following the presentation, the group will break out into roundtables where project coordinators will describe sponsored projects and lead discussions related to those projects.



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Water Wisely: Healthy Plants, Healthy People, Healthy Planet
Thursday, April 20, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
East Ridge High School, 1022 Gold Center, 4200 Pioneer Drive, Woodbury

Water is a precious resource needed by all living things. People who care for a yard or garden can help protect water resources by being wise about watering practices, starting in their own backyards. Lawns, trees and shrubs, and gardens all have different watering needs. Learning what, when, where, and how to water is key to growing healthy plants and conserving this important resource for life. Save on your water bill while also supporting our aquifer for the future.

Woodbury’s water source for domestic use is the Jordan aquifer.We’ll also talk about current water issues and solutions for Woodbury. Meet our new City Environmental Resources Specialist, Kristin Seaman, and see how what we do matters now and for the future. Course content is provided by the University of Minnesota Extension and taught by volunteers with the Master Gardeners of Washington County.
 

Must be 15 years and older to attend this class.
Cost is $10 - Call 651-425-6600 to register.

 
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Become a Master Naturalist
Meeting Tuesdays, February 21 - May 2, 6:30 - 9:00 PM
and Saturday, April 1 and April 29, from 8:00 - 5:00 PM

Casey Lake Park Building in North St. Paul


If you enjoy exploring nature and are curious about the state's geology, animal life, plants, ecology, water and history, then this program is for you. Any adult who is curious and enjoys learning about the natural world, shares that knowledge with others and supports conservation can be a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer.

This year's course in North St. Paul includes hands-on classroom activities and two required field trips on Saturday, April 1, and Saturday, April 29, from 8-5 each day. Attendance at all sessions is required. Classes will be held in the new park building at Casey Lake at 2039 17th Avenue East in North St. Paul.

The course cost is $275 and includes course materials and supplies. If you are a North St. Paul resident, this cost will be reimbursed once you have completed all coursework and forty hours service to North St. Paul. If the course cost is a hardship for participants, please fill out and submit the scholarship application.

 
To register click on this LINK. For more questions about the program please contact course instructor Cathy Troendle at troendlecathy@q.com or by phone at 651-779-8699.


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Landscape Revival Native Plant Expo Market
Saturday, June 3, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Cub Foods Community Pavilion, 1201 Larpenteur Avenue W, Roseville
 
Purchase pollinator-safe native plants at Landscape Revival. Native growers participating in the sale do not use systemic pesticides.

The Landscape Revival — Native Plant Expo and Market offers gardeners one convenient location to shop for Minnesota native plants from twelve local native growers and learn how to use the plants from conservation organizations. The goal of Landscape Revival is to promote the use of native plants by educating about their benefits for wildlife habitat, pollinators and water quality. The event is sponsored by Saint Paul Audubon, Capitol Region Watershed District, Wild Ones , Blue Thumb and Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District.

 
Cash or check only. For more information.
 
 

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

Meetings are open to the public.

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