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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
Canoe rides, fishing lessons, swimming, bouncy castle, games, school exhibits, live animals, music and dance performances, fair food trucks, fishing contest, and so much more! Enjoy the day on the lake with indoor and outdoor activities.



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.

FREE Training Program
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.


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.

Protect Phalen Lake!
Discover Easy Actions to Improve Water Quality
Monday, May 1, or Thursday, May 4, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
First Covenant Church, 1280 Arcade Street 
Come to a free neighborhood event to learn:
  • What can you do in your yard to protect Phalen Lake? 
  • How can you sign up for the Adopt-a-Storm-Drain Program?
  • How can you get Cost Share funds and technical help for your projects?


Maplewood Nature Center Public Nature Programs
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 and click on the Register Online Go button or call 651-249-2170 if you need help registering.
Frogs and Flowers at Joy Park (Adults)
Friday, May 19, 7:30 - 9:00 PM

Joy Park, 2615 Joy Road, Maplewood, Meet in West Parking Lot

Join us for a hike at Joy Park and Neighborhood Preserve to look for native wildflowers and listen to spring frogs!
Fee: $4 per person. Register online by May 17. Go to and click on the Register Online Go button or call 651-249-2170 if you need help registering.

Migration Sensation!  (For adults and children ages 10+ with adult)
Saturday, May 20, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th Street, Maplewood

It’s a natural history phenomenon - thousands of birds are flying north so don’t miss your chance to observe these colorful migrants. Beginners welcome! Get out your binoculars or borrow from the nature center and don’t miss your chance of seeing and hearing birds at one of the best birding spots in the Twin Cities! Enter what we found onto the ebird website. Beverage and treats provided!

FREE. Register online by Thursday, May 18 at and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

This event is co-sponsored by Friends Maplewood Nature


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

2017 Wild Ones Big Woods Meetings
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.


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 or by phone at 651-779-8699.


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 - Meetings are open to the public.
Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District Office
2665 Noel Drive, Little Canada, 55117

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