AIS Detectors Quarterly Newsletter

Introducing the AIS Detectors Class of 2018! Earlier this spring, the second annual cohort of volunteers completed their online and in-person training to become certified AIS Detectors. Following two years of training, the AIS Detectors program has grown to include over 200 Detectors, located throughout the state of Minnesota and beyond. The new Detectors have … Continue reading AIS Detectors Quarterly Newsletter

ADV: Prescribed burning class – Eyota, MN – October 9th

Prescribed burning class is being offered by Olmsted County parks and sponsored by Prairie Smoke, a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to encourage the restoration, propagation and maintenance of Minnesota prairies of all sizes, both urban and rural, through education and assistance to landowners, both public and private. Chester Woods Park For Directions to the … Continue reading ADV: Prescribed burning class – Eyota, MN – October 9th

VOL: AIS Detector & MNat volunteer opportunities

Help Extension gather photos of invasive species! Extension's Natural Resources Team working on invasive species (both aquatic and terrestrial) needs your help putting your newly learned photographing skills to use. We are creating an identification guide for invasive species to be on on the lookout for in Minnesota. While largely focusing on terrestrial invasive species, there are … Continue reading VOL: AIS Detector & MNat volunteer opportunities

VOL: Saluting Branches – Fort Snelling – September 19th

Join the Saluting Branches initiative to give back to those who gave so much.   Tree care companies, arborists and non-tree workers are invited to volunteer their time and talents on September 19, 2018, at Ft. Snelling, for the third annual Saluting Branches day of service.   Veterans’ cemeteries throughout the country require professional arborist … Continue reading VOL: Saluting Branches – Fort Snelling – September 19th

VOL: National Park Service/Mississippi Park Connection

Looking for something fun and rewarding to do on a Saturday morning? Consider joining a volunteer crew for habitat restoration activities with the National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with Mississippi Park Connection, in Mill Ruins Park. Typical NPS Mill Ruins volunteer activities include invasive species removal, occasional planting, and caring for native species that have been planted by other volunteers.   These drop-in volunteer events will … Continue reading VOL: National Park Service/Mississippi Park Connection

VOL: MN state fair invasive species

Volunteer at the invasive species display at the DNR building at the State Fair. This year there are three types of jobs available (each title is also link to a more detailed description and the site where you can sign up): Staff the invasive species display o   Talk with visitors about the impacts of invasive species … Continue reading VOL: MN state fair invasive species

MyMinnesotaWoods Newsletter – June 2018

UMN Extension launches Master Woodland Volunteer program Are you an engaged woodland owner that wants to spread the good message of woodland stewardship? University of Minnesota Extension is pleased to announce its new Master Woodland Volunteer program. Designed for engaged and informed woodland owners, this program includes a commitment to be a steward to your own … Continue reading MyMinnesotaWoods Newsletter – June 2018

VOL: 17th Annual Kids Fishing Day at 16 Mills Fleet Farm (MFF) locations – July 7th

Once again, Minnesota Sea Grant is coordinating Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! (SAH!) outreach for the 17th Annual Kids Fishing Day at 16 Mills Fleet Farm (MFF) locations around the state -- our tenth year participating in the event. We'd like to thank all those who helped out with previous years and welcome those being contacted for … Continue reading VOL: 17th Annual Kids Fishing Day at 16 Mills Fleet Farm (MFF) locations – July 7th

ADV-AIS: AIS Detector Training

The AIS Detector Team is excited to announce five special opportunities for Advanced Training this summer. These one-day training activities will give you the opportunity to learn more about AIS through field trips, boat sessions, and more! As a reminder, all AIS Detectors are required to complete 8 hours of Advanced Training each year in … Continue reading ADV-AIS: AIS Detector Training

VOL: 2018 Aqua Chautauqua Festivals

Make plans now to attend one of the two (or both!) Aqua Chautauqua Festivals this year! Modeled after the Chautauquas of the old days, these outdoor events blend science, art, and history in ways to engage and educate attendees about Minnesota's rich water resources. This year's focus is on the Otter Tail River Watershed, and … Continue reading VOL: 2018 Aqua Chautauqua Festivals