Past Events

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2019 Annual Membership Meeting and Potluck, guest speaker Chris Cowen from Pesticide Action Network – November 12, 2019

Lawns to Legumes State of Minnesota Program Promotes Pollinator Habitat — October 15, 2019

Kassie Brown, Renaissance Soil: The Universe Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Soil Ecosystems — September 17, 2019

Tour of Hannah Texler’s gardens in St. Paul: Sustainability and Beauty in the Urban Core – it can be done! — September 8, 2019

Guided Summer Prairie Walk in Valley View Park, Oak Park Heights — August 13, 2019

2019 Landscape Revival: Native Plant Expo and Market – Oakdale — June 8, 2019

Urban Oasis: Landscape Gardening with Native Plants — May 21, 2019

Derek Anderson, Minnesota Biological Survey, DNR: Monitoring Rare Plants in Minnesota’s Prairies, plus a Discussion of Rare Plants Found in the St Croix Valley — April 16, 2019

Don Arnosti, Izaak Walton League: Legislative Update on Conservation and Environmental Issues – March 19, 2019

2019 Design With Nature Conference: Healing and Restoring our Relationship with Nature – February 16, 2019

Kathy Widin: Book Discussion: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer — February 12, 2019

Reports on Two Pollinator Protection Initiatives: Innovative Pollinator Habitat Mapping in Washington County (Tara Kelly), and an Update on the Governor’s Pollinator Protection Committee Recommendations (Dan MacSwain) – January 15, 2019



2018 Annual Membership Meeting and Potluck, guest speaker Angie Hong from Washington Conservation District – November 13, 2018

Searching for Minnesota’s Native Wildflowers — author Phyllis Root, photographer Kelly Povo — October 16, 2018

Chris Smith: Wildlife Corridors: Linking Habitats to Protect and Restore Wildlife Populations – September 18, 2018

Here are four links to material Chris presented. The last one is the Herp Mapper App you can use to help collect data on amphibians and reptiles throughout Minnesota, and document turtle-road crossing and mortality hotspots for MnDOT.

Landscape Revival Native Plant Expo & Market, Walton Park, Oakdale, MN – June 9, 2018

Field Trip, William O’Brien State Park with Jason Husveth — Rare Plants of Northern Washington County – June 7, 2018

Kathy Widin: An Invitation to Landscape With Native Plants: Getting Started – May 15, 2018

Jason Husveth — Rare Plants of Northern Washington County Within the St. Croix River Valley – April 17, 2018

Establishing and Restoring Prairies for Native Plants and Wild Bees: Researching what drives success – Julia Brokaw, Cariveau Bee Lab, University of Minnesota – March 20, 2018

Here are two good resources from the meeting:

The Minnesota Wildflowers website and its’ creators, Katy Chayka and Peter Dziuk – January 16, 2018



2017 Annual Membership Meeting and Potluck, guest speaker Julie Drennen from Conservation Minnesota – November 6, 2017

Kathy Widin: Managing Native Trees & Woodlands for Tree Selection, Health Threats, Wildlife, and Risk Prevention – October 17, 2017

Malcolm & Rosemary MacFarlane: Native Northern Orchids – September 9, 2017

2017 Landscape Revival: Native Plant Expo & Market – June 3, 2017

 Heather Holm, author of  BEES: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide – May 16, 2017

Lynn Steiner, author of  Grow Native: Bringing Natural Beauty to Your Garden – April 18, 2017

Douglas Owens-Pike, The Lawn of the Future: Low Maintenance Alternatives to Kentucky Bluegrass – March 21, 2017

2017 Wild Ones Design With Nature Conference: Planting Matters February 18, 2017

Phyllis Root, Author of Plant a Pocket of Prairie and Big Belching Bog – January 2017



Gary Noren, Environmentalist and Nature Photographer  at our Annual Membership Meeting and Potluck – November 15, 2016

Holley Wlodarczyk: Bringing the Natural Aesthetic Home- Our Changing Landscape – October 18, 2016

Heather Holm:  Selecting Native Trees and Shrubs that Support Pollinators – September 20, 2016

Paddle Tour at Wild River State Park Guided by Mike Dunker, Park Naturalist – August 7, 2016

Tour of Pam Hartley’s Lake Elmo Landscape and Restored Prairie – July 23, 2016

Guided Tour of Carpenter Nature Center’s Wisconsin Campus – July 10, 2016

2016 Landscape Revival Native Plant Expo & Market – June 4, 2016

Tom Dickhudt: Designing a 10′ x 10′ Pocket Garden for Pollinators – May 17,  2016

Tour of Brown’s Creek Trail – May 14, 2016

FILM: “Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home” – April 30, 2016

Four Table Topics: Local resource People Answer Your Questions –April 19, 2016

Local artist and printmaker Emily Gray Koehler:  A Walk Through the Trespasser’s Garden – March 15, 2016

2016 Wild Ones Design With Nature Conference: Good Design Matters – February 20, 2016

Joe Sausen: The Changing Need of Birds in a Nature-Based Landscape – January 19, 2016



Annual Membership Meeting and Potluck with guest speaker Jennifer Vieth, Executive Director, Carpenter St Croix Valley Nature Center – November 5, 2015

Andy Weaver, local educator and environmentalist: Collecting Seed and Propagating Native Plants  – October 1, 2015

Dan MacSwain, Natural Resources Coordinator for Washington County Parks: Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Work at Washington County Parks – September 3, 2015

Kathy Widin: Tour of Valley View Park in Oak Park Heights – August 16, 2015

FamilyMeans 23rd Annual St. Croix Garden Tour – July 10 – 11, 2015

2015 Landscape Revival: Native Plant Expo & Market – June 6, 2015