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June 2016
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Quarry Park SNA: Bedrock Outcrops, Wet Meadow/Prairie and Oak Woodland/Forest

Sunday, June 26, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Quarry Park SNA, 1802 Co Rd 137
Waite Park, MN 56387 United States
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Come join other MNNPS members for part of a day exploring granite bedrock outcrops found throughout Quarry Park SNA as well as high quality wet meadow, wet prairie, oak woodland, and oak forest. This mix of communities supports rare birds and orchids and forms the most significant remaining example of the granite bedrock outcrop community in central Minnesota.

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July 2016

Falls Creek SNA: Ferns in the Forest

Saturday, July 9, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Falls Creek SNA, MN Hwy 95
Scandia, MN 55073 United States
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FIELD TRIP IS FULL. Come and enjoy a shady hike through the forests of Falls Creek SNA for a morning of fern identification with Barb Delaney. Falls Creek SNA is one of the most diverse natural areas remaining in Washington County. Folded and faulted rocks at this site show the largest displacement of any known Paleozoic rocks in Minnesota, revealing Decorah, Platteville, Glenwood, and St. Peter formations. Steep ravines line the intermittently active stream beds.

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Black Lake Bog SNA, an Interstate Natural Area: A focus on updating and expanding the plant species list for the SN

Saturday, July 23, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Black Lake Bog Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) is in rural eastern Pine County, approximately 2.5 hours north of St. Paul and 1 hour south of Duluth. The SNA is part of a larger interstate natural area encompassing more than 3,600 acres in Pine County, MN and Douglas County, WI.

Our focus will be on updating and expanding the plant list for the site, but other activities could focus on insect or bird inventory or taking GPS points of the boundary signs depending on group time and interest. As parking is limited and the site remote, we will likely choose a meeting place along I-35 or Hwy 23 and carpool.

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August 2016

Larix Wildlife Management Area: Calcareous fens, Tamarack Seepage Swamps, and Rich Fens

Saturday, August 20, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Larix WMA is located in the extreme southern portion of the Minnesota aspen parkland. It is a large undeveloped wooded WMA, which is immediately adjacent to the Gully Fen SNA and contains many of the same habitat types. Its location in the Glacial Lake Agassiz Lake plain is notable as it is located just north of the high beach ridge at Gully. The Larix WMA is one of the true treasures of the MN DNR Wildlife Management Area lands in terms of native plant communities and rare plant species. This area is where east meets west and includes several very unique plant communities including calcareous fen, tamarack seepage swamp, and rich fen.

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Prairie Perspectives 2016: Second Annual Workshop and Retreat

Friday, August 26, 2016 - Sunday, August 28, 2016
Shalom Hill Farm, 42194 Co Rd 3
Windom, MN 56101 United States
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FIELD TRIP IS FULL. Co-sponsored by Minnesota School of Botanical Art and Minnesota Native Plant Society.

Botanical Artists: Explore the morphology of native plants under various growing conditions in several habitats; sketching in the field. Develop your palette of color samples, learn proper methods of plant collection and photography to assure realistic depictions.

Plant lovers: Explore new locations of fens, prairies, and rock outcrops. Shalom Hill Farm lies in the center of a circle of at least 15 potential destinations to be selected depending on the conditions of the season. These include upland prairies, rock outcrops, “waterfalls,” mesic prairies, and wetland complexes with calcareous fens. Two prime publicly owned forests are a little over an hour away.

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October 2016

Flora of Wisconsin’s Interstate Park: Advenures and Discoveries in My Backyard, by Derek Anderson

Thursday, October 6, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dakota Lodge, 1200 Stassen Lane
West St. Paul, MN 55118 United States
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Presented by: Derek Anderson, Botanist/Plant Ecologist, MN-DNR. Place of the Month: Minnesota-Wisconsin Interstate Parks, also by Derek

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November 2016

Local History and Science behind Eastern Hemlock, Minnesota’s most endanged conifer, by Emily Ellingson

Thursday, November 3, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dakota Lodge, 1200 Stassen Lane
West St. Paul, MN 55118 United States
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Presented by: Emily Ellingson, Graduate Research Assistant, UMN. Plant of the Month: (Bryophyte), Kim Fackler

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December 2016

A Look at the Gully 30 Calcareous Fen: Characterizing, Permitting, Constructing Through, and Monitoring a State Regulated Sensitive Wetland Resource, by Jim Arndt, Merject & Scott Milburn

Thursday, December 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dakota Lodge, 1200 Stassen Lane
West St. Paul, MN 55118 United States
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Presented by: Jim Arndt, Merjent and Scott Milburn, Midwest Natural Resources

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February 2017

Ecology of Ordway Prairie, Minnesota, by Scott Zager, Botanist

Thursday, February 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dakota Lodge, 1200 Stassen Lane
West St. Paul, MN 55118 United States
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Presented by: Scott Zager, Wildlands. Plant of the Month: TBD

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March 2017

Watching the Grass Grow; A Primer on Botanical Time-Lapse Imagery, by Steve Saupe

Thursday, March 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dakota Lodge, 1200 Stassen Lane
West St. Paul, MN 55118 United States
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Presented by: Steve Saupe, CSBSJU Biology Professor. Plant of the Month: Rusty woodsia (Woodsia ilvensis) - one of the resurrection type ferns

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