May MN NPS Field Trip Update

On Saturday May 12th from Noon to 3 PM join MN DNR Regional Plant Ecologist Ann Pierce for part of the day exploring the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area in southeastern Minnesota. This part of Minnesota known as coulee country will allow participants to enjoy spectacular bluff views of forest covered hillsides that are home to many of Minnesota’s most beautiful spring wildflowers. Unique natural features like algific talus slopes will be encountered along the hike. (There are spots still open for this weekend’s trip to SE MN)

Sorry the field trip to the Prairie Coteau for the weekend of June 16th and 17th is FULL. You can sign up to be put on the waiting list at this point. If you have registered with me and received confirmation you are included. Any requests for registration received after April 11th has been placed on a waiting list.

Set aside the weekend of June 30th for a MN NPS field trip to northern Minnesota near Grand Rapids to the Chippewa National Forest. MN DNR Forest Ecologist John Almendinger will be leading participants on Saturday the 30th to an all-day hike through cedar swamps, black spruce bogs and many upland areas in between where the local geology and ecology will be shown in detail. Many different native plants will be encountered along the way, including orchids, carnivorous plants, sedges, rushes and grasses. Camping and lodging is plentiful in this area of Minnesota, but remember to make reservations in advance since the summer can be busy. (Just a couple of spots remain so sign up now to be included)

On Saturday July 14th from 9 AM to 3 PM, the MN NPS will be co-sponsoring a working field trip to Pioneer Park in Blaine. Come work with Critical Connections Ecological Services Ecologist Jason Husveth in the continued effort to restore the fen that is home to several of Minnesota’s most rare plants. Participants will assist with invasive plant removal and seed collection within this rich fen. After lunch, there will be an interpretive walk led by Jason, which will allow everyone the chance to see the progress of the fen restoration. Many rare plants will be encountered on this field trip, so sign up now and help make a difference on the ground! Group leaders will be on-site throughout the day. Come work for as many hours as you can spare, and enjoy a day helping to restore the habitat of several threatened and endangered plant species of the Anoka Sand Plain.

Sorry the field trip to St. Croix Savanna SNA for the evening of August 9th is FULL. You can sign up to be put on the waiting list at this point. If you have registered with me and received confirmation you are included. Any requests for registration received after May 3rd has been placed on a waiting list.

Other field trips for the fall are being planned now so make sure to check our website periodically for updates.

www.mnnps.org

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