Silent Auction – MMNat Conference

cropped-nametag-print.pngImagine yourself walking in a beautiful park on a nice path with gorgeous native flowers and trees around you.

Now, stop and consider, how does the path stay cleared and where did all of the invasive species go?  As a Minnesota Master Naturalist, you know the answer.  You, as a volunteer, have been hard at work to make this location accessible for both humans and animals.

All Master Naturalists are invited to attend the 2018 Gathering Partners of Natural Resources Conference.  Registration materials will be available beginning in March 2018 at conference.  The conference is open to anyone who loves nature, so bring along your spouse, siblings, kids and/or neighbors!

The conference will be held on May 18-20, 2018 at Cragun’s Resort near Brainerd, MN, and is being co-hosted by University of Minnesota Extension Aquatic Invasive Species, Forestry and Minnesota Master Naturalist programs.

As a fundraiser during the conference, a silent auction is being planned.  We are asking all Master Naturalists to donate an item or items for the silent auction.  Money raised from the auction will be used for course/conference scholarships, advanced training, and other special events that may occur.

Donations of money or goods will be processed through the University of Minnesota Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization are tax deductible. (Tax ID #41-6042488)

What are good items to donate?  Gift baskets, canned goods, hand made crafts, nature books, cabin vacations; basically, anything that you would like to receive.

Donations may be brought to the conference.  If you are not planning to attend the conference, donations should be mailed to: Minnesota Master Naturalist, 46352 State Highway 329, Morris, MN 56267.  Include your name, address, website address, description and retail value of the donation.  A form is attached for your convenience or you may log in to and complete the information on-line.

If your donated item is too large for shipping, it may be dropped off at the Brainerd Extension Regional Office at 322 Laurel St, Ste. 21 in Brainerd.  Call Elaine Hardy at 218-828-2273 to make arrangements for dropping off your donation.

For more information, please download: Silent Auction Donation Form