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Professional naturalists lead fun innovative family & adult nature programs for all ages. 

February - April 2014 Adult & Family Nature Programs

These hands-on programs are designed to increase awareness of relationships between people, organisms and the environment.

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Maplewood Nature Center Adult and Family Public Nature Programs:

MARCH

HOW TO PRUNE TREES AND SHRUBS
Saturday, March 22, Pruning trees 2-4 pm
Location: Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th St., Maplewood, MN 55119.
In this class you will learn how and when to properly prune young trees.  We will also discuss issues of overgrown trees, pruning fruit trees, evergreens, and shrubs.  Pruning demo included.
Free
Paul Richtman is a Tree Care Advisor and Washington County Master Gardener.

SPRING FEVER OPEN HOUSE at Maplewood Nature Center
Date: Saturday, March 29, 1:00-4:00 pm
Location: Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th St., Maplewood, MN 55119.
Come enjoy the best of spring whatever the day brings.  Look for the last tracks in the snow, and listen to the first chorus of frogs.  If sunny, we’ll fire up the solar oven with treats.   If rainy, we’ll do rain art.  So get your family out of the house for some nature fun!  Dress for the weather, of course!
Small scout groups are welcome; please call to reserve a spot: 651-249-2170 or email .
FREE.   (Donations accepted) All ages

REGISTRATION FOR 2014 COMMUNITY GARDEN PLOTS AT EDGERTON 
General registration begins March 25th
Grow Your Own Local Organic Food! The City will till the garden, stake the plots, and provide a water tank.  Renters agree to plant, maintain, and harvest their plots using organic (chemical-free) methods.  Fee: $25/plot for the full 2014 season: April 25- October 15th 2014.  Plots are 12’ x 15’
Registration:  Call 249-2173 or visit www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/communitygarden
Location: Corner of Roselawn & Edgerton in Maplewood, north of Edgerton Elementary.
Open House: Friday, April 25th 4:00-6:30pm.
        
Other Nearby Community Gardens:
• ISD 622 Community Education Gardens: at Cowern School, Harmony School, Carver School  651-748-7437 www.isd622.org/communitygarden
• Harvest Gardens Coordinated by First Evangelical Free Church www.harvestgardens.org, Voice mailbox: 651 288-1082 or church office 777-5180.

APRIL

GO SOLAR At Your Cabin, Shed or Fish House
Thursday, April 3rd, 6-8 pm
Location: Maplewood Community Center, 2100 White Bear Ave, Maplewood, MN 55109
Power your cabin or fish house with an off-grid solar system.  Learn how to site and size a small PV system to provide lighting, ventilation and other modest loads in places where utility power is not an option. Includes an overview of the benefits of off-grid vs. on-grid systems and the new Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program.  Tour the Tiny Energy House to learn about its 4 solar energy systems.
Todd Fink is the instructor in Century College’s Solar and Renewable Program and owner of 45 North Solar. He is an NABCEP-certified installer; MREA-certified for solar heating and photovoltaic site assessment.
Fee of $10/person includes appetizers.  ($15 if register after March 22nd). A Cash Bar will offer beer.
Register online:  https://apm.activecommunities.com/maplewoodmn/Home
Partners: City of Maplewood, the Friends of Maplewood Nature, Clean Energy Resource Teams, and the MN Renewable Energy Society
Minimum  40 people.
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TRACKING NATURE THROUGH THE SEASONS!
Saturday, April 5, TIME: 2-3:30 pm  
Location: Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th St., Maplewood, MN 55119.
Track the first signs of spring from your own backyard with help from the Minnesota Phenology Network.  Josh Leonard, Belwin Outdoor Science, will show us how to contribute your family’s records to this citizen science monitor program. Learn how to use simple observations like tracking flower blooms or ice-out dates to disarm the sometimes confusing aspects of climate change.  Go outside to look for a few firsts. 
For ages 7 and older. (Kids must be accompanied by adult)
Free. Call (651) 249-2170 OR email to register.

RAINDROPS AND RABBITS PUPPET SHOW 
Date: Friday, April 18, 10:30 am
Location: Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th St., Maplewood, MN 55119.
Best for ages 3-8 with adult, also small day care groups (up to 8 children)
Laugh and sing along with Rabbit puppet and her wild animal friends as they celebrate spring!   Make a “nature scope” to help you detect wildlife on a guided nature bingo hike.
Fee: $2.00/ child.
Call, 651-249-2170 to register, prepayment appreciated.  

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
 
NEW VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION
Weds, February 19th, 10-11am, Saturday, March 22nd, 1:30-2:30pm, Tuesday, April 15th 1-2:30pm
Location: Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th St., Maplewood, MN 55119.
It’s FUN to volunteer at the Nature Center and Neighborhood Preserves!  Find out about all the cool opportunities, and learn what it takes to volunteer as a:
• Trail guide, Program Aide, Receptionist
• Friends Board Member
• Citizen Science Monitor: open space, frog, big tree registry
• Gardener: raingardens, community vegetable garden
*Applicants must pass a background check.  Call (651) 249-2173 to for more information.

JOIN the PATROL !
INTRODUCTION TO THE INVASIVE PLANT PATROL

Thursday, March 20th, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th St., Maplewood, MN 55119.
Help stop new invasive plants in their tracks!  Early detection of these plants will prevent more uncontrollable takeovers (such as buckthorn). 
Learn about new plants causing problems, and how to report them via a national invasive species database!
Ideal for Master Naturalists & Gardeners, native plant enthusiasts, older teens and adults wanting to make a difference in their local ecosystems.
Fee: Free, Call (651) 249-2170 or email to register by March 18

INVASIVE PLANT PATROL: FIELD TRAINING SESSION FOR MONITORING VOLUNTEERS
Friday, April 11th, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th St., Maplewood, MN 55119
Choose a Maplewood site to monitor
• Practice using GPS units
• Learn how to identify and report target species.
Fee: Free, Call (651) 249-2170 or email to register by April 4.

FROG MONITOR TRAINING
Thursday, April 17th, 7:30 – 9:30 pm.
Location: Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th St., Maplewood, MN 55119.
Become a Maplewood Frog Monitor!  Monitors choose a pre- determined route in Maplewood to listen for frogs.  Learn about local frog species, their calls, where to find specific species and how monitoring works.  Monitors commit to three nights in a specific time period, after dark.  For Adults and families with older kids.
 Pre-register by April 15 by calling 651-249-2170 or email

SPECIAL EVENT:

CLIMATE TRENDS AND CLIMATE CHANGE IN OUR OWN BACKYARD
By University of Minnesota Climatologist and Radio Commentator Dr. Mark Seeley
Tuesday, April 22, 2014   7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
6:30 – Book Signing and Sales.
Location:  Ramsey County Library-Maplewood at 3025 Southlawn Drive, Maplewood, MN 55109.  The library is just west of Maplewood Mall.
Join the discussion; learn more about our changing climate!  There has been increasing recognition by scientists that the climate is showing several distinct trends or changes quantity and in character. In our own Great Lakes Region there are measurable changes going on.  These changes are important for us to understand if we are to adapt effectively.  Learn what these trends are; and what changes are predicted for Minnesota’s future.

Meet Dr. Mark Seeley, U of M extension Climatologist, Author, and Commentator on Minnesota Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” news program and have an opportunity to purchase “Minnesota Weather Almanac” or “Voyageur Skies” (coauthored by Don Breneman) winner of the Northeast Minnesota Book Award in 2012.
This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of Maplewood Nature, Maplewood Nature Center and the Ramsey County Library-Maplewood. 
FREE! There is limited seating, so pre-registration is required. Call Maplewood Nature Center @ 651-249-2170 to reserve your spot early!

MAY

CREATE A RAINGARDEN SERIES: STOPPING WATER WHERE IT DROPS:
1. A RAINGARDEN FOR YOUR YARD: Classroom Session                             
Wednesday, March 5th, 7-9 pm - preregister February 28.
Location: Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria St. North, in the Shoreview Room
This class provides an introduction to raingardens and their purpose in improving water quality. Get inspired by the many design options in your community and then take it to the next level by participating in the site assessment and design workshops in May. Presented by Landscape Designer Joe Lochner, Ramsey Conservation District.
2. RAINGARDEN SITE ASSESSMENT: Drainage & Soils                                          
Thursday, May 8, 6:00 -8:00 pm. - preregister by May 5
Join us at a private home in Roseville (947 Transit Ave.) to learn how to analyze your site, test for soil infiltration & determine your drainage area.  Taught by a landscape designer from Ramsey Co.
3. RAINGARDEN DESIGN WORKSHOP: Garden Layout & Plant Design
Tuesday, May 20th, 6:30 -8:30 pm. - preregister by May 16  
Pre-requisite: Site Assessment Session
Location: Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 7th ST. E., Maplewood, MN 55119
Use information gathered in your site assessment to design your own raingarden. Figure out how to resolve drainage issues! Get assistance on your design plan from instructors, & Master Gardeners. Bring a map of your site and the results of your infiltration test. Taught by landscape designer Joe Lochner, Ramsey Conservation District. 
Fee: FREE!
To register call Shelly @ 651-792-7965 at Ramsey Washington Watershed District (RWMWD) or send an e-mail to .
Sponsored by City of Maplewood, Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District:  www.rwmwd.org. For more information about the series, please call Sage Passi 651-792-7958.

RAINGARDEN FOR YOUR YARD – INTRO/DESIGN COMBINATION CLASSES
Sponsored by: Blue Thumb, East Metro Resource Education Program, RWMWD & Washington Conservation District
Choose one of the following dates & locations:
 Tuesday, March 4th, 6-7:30pm - preregister by Feb. 28
Location: Washington Conservation District Office, 455 Hayward, Ave. N, Oakdale
 Tuesday, March 11, 6-7:30 pm - preregister by March 7.
Location, Woodbury City Hall, 8301 Valley Creek Rd, Council Chambers.
Come and learn about how to install a raingarden in your yard, choose from a variety of colorful plant palettes, get design assistance & learn about cost share or grant funding opportunities available to help you install a beautiful, functional raingarden.
Fee: FREE!
To register call Shelly @ 651-792-7965 at RWMWD, or email: . For more information about these 2 classes contact Angie Hong at 651-275-1136 x35

MAINTAINING YOUR  EXISTING RAINGARDEN

1.  RAINGARDEN RESCUE! 
Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Adults
Location: Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th St., Maplewood, MN 55119.
Has your rain garden been overrun by weeds?  Does it need a few new plants or a complete overhaul?  Come get tips on how to rescue your raingarden and make it the garden of your dreams.  See slides of the new plants and designs.  We’ll answer questions and help you figure out where to start. 
Fee: Free, Call (651) 249-2170 or email , to register by April 3.

2. DIVIDE & CONQUER- RAINGARDEN DEMO 
Tuesday, May 13,  6:30-7:30 pm
Location: TBD
It’s spring clean-up time for raingardens.  Come learn how to cut back old vegetation, divide and transplant perennials, and prevent erosion at the inlet.  We’ll also cover strategies for dealing with overly aggressive plants.   Meet us in the neighborhood for this outdoor demonstration.  Dress for the weather.
Fee: Free, Call (651) 249-2170 or email   to register by May 11

 

 








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