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August 2016

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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April 2017

2017 Symposium – Restoration and Conservation of Native Landscapes and Species

Saturday, April 1, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr.
Chaska, MN 55318 United States
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The Minnesota Native Plant Society's 2017 Symposium: Restoration and Conservation of Native Landscapes and Species, is open for registration! The schedule is filled with great speakers, covering a wide range of restoration and conservation related topics. Co-sponsored by the Plant Conservation Division at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

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EDDMapS: Easy reporting of invasive species, by Laura Van Riper, MnDNR

Thursday, April 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dakota Lodge, 1200 Stassen Lane
West St. Paul, MN 55118 United States
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Presenter: Laura Van Riper, Terrestrial Invasive Species Coordinator, MnDNR. POM: Key species you should know

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May 2017

Friends of Minnesota Scientific and Natural Areas: Their history and purpose, by Bob Djupstrom and Ellen Fuge, MnDNR-retired

Thursday, May 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dakota Lodge, 1200 Stassen Lane
West St. Paul, MN 55118 United States
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Presenters: Bob Djupstrom - MN DNR Scientific and Natural Areas-Retired, and Ellen Fuge - MN DNR Scientific and Natural Areas-Retired

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Hastings Sand Coulee SNA: Prairie Spring Wildflower Interpretive Hike

Saturday, May 6, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Hastings Sand Coulee SNA – North Unit, 557 Tuttle Dr.
Hastings, MN United States
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Come explore the north unit of Hastings Sand Coulee SNA just outside the city of Hastings in Dakota County. The SNA protects high quality native dry sand-gravel prairie, mesic prairie, oak woodland and oak forest in an area otherwise dominated by agricultural land use and expanding housing developments.

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