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Advanced training courses provide Master Naturalists and the public with opportunities to participate in a recreational activity and learn about a new natural resource topic. Topics build on the curriculum taught in our core biome courses, but participants do not need to be a Master Naturalist in order to take any of the advanced training courses.

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Section Title
ADV - Summer Prairie Plant ID Class
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Days
Th
Time
6:00PM to 8:30PM
Dates
Jul 11, 2024 to Jul 25, 2024
Campus
Off-Campus
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
7.5
Location
  • Off-Campus
Course Fee(s)
Section Details

Are you bewildered at the variety of native plants in Minnesota? Are you envious of a naturalist’s knowledge about plants and their casual use of the scientific names of plants? Are you simply curious about the plant life around us and want to know more, or improve your contributions to citizen science projects?

If so, this class can help you learn the tools and techniques to identify native plants and trees in the Big Woods/Big Rivers and Prairies and Potholes biomes.

This three evening class will cover: - using Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide (and dichotomous keys in general) to identify native flowering plants and shrubs, - how to identify native trees commonly found in the forest and prairie biomes, and - how to use iNaturalist, Seek, EDDMaps to document uncommon species that are a mystery to you or report invasive species.

The class will be held Thursday evenings, July 11th, 18th and 25th, between 6:00 and 8:30 pm at Carleton College’s Cowling Arboretum in Northfield, Minnesota.

Location address: Carleton College Cowling Arboretum, 710 Three Oaks Drive Northfield, MN 55057

Cancellation requests received more than two weeks before the start of class are refunded minus a $10.00 processing fee. For cancellation requests received less than two weeks before the start of class, no refunds will be given.

Section Title
ADV - Aquatic Ecology and Biodiversity
Type
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Days
Su
Time
10:00AM to 4:00PM
Dates
Jul 14, 2024
Campus
Off-Campus
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
6.0
Location
  • Off-Campus
Course Fee(s)
Section Details

Wetlands, lakes, rivers, and streams dot Minnesota’s landscape. These aquatic ecosystems are incredibly important for humans and animals alike! But, have you ever had a chance to wade into the muck and see what lives in the ponds and streams you see every day? This training will focus on learning how to identify wetlands, streams, and lakes as well as serve as an exploration of the aquatic biodiversity therein!

Location address: Sax-Zim Bog, 8793 Owl Avenue, Meadowlands, MN 55765

Cancellation requests received more than two weeks before the start of class are refunded minus a $10.00 processing fee. For cancellation requests received less than two weeks before the start of class, no refunds will be given.

Section Title
ADV - Nighttime Neighbors
Type
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Days
Sa
Time
6:00PM to 10:00PM
Dates
Aug 03, 2024
Campus
Off-Campus
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
4.0
Location
  • Off-Campus
Course Fee(s)
Section Details

At almost 800 species, moths are the most species rich group documented in the greater Sax-Zim Bog! Moths often surpass their butterfly cousins in color, pattern, behavior, and specialized relationship to plants. This training will serve as a good introduction to moth diversity in northeastern Minnesota, but also gives the opportunity for us to spend time outdoors at a time most folks don’t often think to experience. We will spend time checking out nighttime biodiversity with headlamps, UV Flashlights, and more! There should be a good diversity of nocturnal insects calling, bats to see, and other mammals to hear.

Location address: Sax-Zim Bog, 8793 Owl Avenue, Meadowlands, MN 55765

Cancellation requests received more than two weeks before the start of class are refunded minus a $10.00 processing fee. For cancellation requests received less than two weeks before the start of class, no refunds will be given.

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