Raingarden Maintenance Workshop - Stillwater
Jul
20
6:00 pm18:00

Raingarden Maintenance Workshop - Stillwater

  • Washington Square Park

During this informal outdoor seminar we will discuss the basics of raingarden maintenance and walk to visit 2-3 raingardens near the park. 

  • What to do during the different seasons
  • Maintenance check-list, calendar, and guidebook
  • Identifying maintenance needs

We will also discuss what additional support and resources will be needed to help create an “Adopt a Raingarden” program for Stillwater. 

 

Long Lake Pond Dipping
Jul
24
6:30 pm18:30

Long Lake Pond Dipping

  • Long Lake

Join us at this FREE family friendly event! We will dip nets into the water to catch a closer look at the creatures that live in the lake and what they tell us about how clean our water is. Please meet at the dock off of Heritage Ct. Wear outdoor play attire and be prepared to
take an easy hike along paved trails.


FREE! Open to all ages. Youth must be
accompanied by an adult.

Pinetree Pond Dipping
Jul
26
6:30 pm18:30

Pinetree Pond Dipping

  • Pinetree Park

NEIGHBORHOOD POND DIPPING

East Metro Watershed educators will team-up with City Cottage Grove staff to host a family-friendly event to explore and learn more about our local ponds.  Discover natural plants and the role these plants play in providing habitat and filtering pollution from our waters.  We’ll also use dip nets to get a closer look at the tiny critters – or macroinvertebrates – that are living in the lake.  These tiny creatures can tell us something about how clean the lake is.  It will be an easy walk, participants should wear outdoor and pond muck friendly shoes and clothes. There is no prior registration required.  Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Ages: Everyone

Date: July 26

Time: 6:30pm

Park: Pine Tree Valley (meet at the building)

Cost: Free

Washington County Fair
Aug
2
Aug 6

Washington County Fair

  • Washington County Fairgrounds

Join us at the Washington County Fair for the WCD's 75th Anniversary! 

Master Water Stewards Info Session - Woodbury
Aug
8
5:30 pm17:30

Master Water Stewards Info Session - Woodbury

  • Woodbury City Hall - Birch Conference Room

Learn more about the new Master Water Stewards program and decide if it's a good fit for you. 

This October we will begin training our first cohort of 10 citizen stewards to work with local watershed organizations.

Master Water Stewards receive 50 hours of training, through a combination of on-line instruction, in-person small-group meetings, and hands-on, outdoor activities. Topics include basic hydrology and stormwater management, water policy, strategies for engaging friends and neighbors, and landscaping practices to reduce runoff pollution. Stewards also complete
capstone projects in their communities – raingardens, shoreline plantings, and rural lands projects.

After becoming certified, Master Water Stewards provide 25 hours per year of volunteer support to their watershed organizations. 

Interested volunteers can apply on-line at: https://masterwaterstewards.org/.

WCD Board Meeting
Aug
9
2:00 pm14:00

WCD Board Meeting

Board meetings are held at the WCD office on the 2nd Wednesday each month, at 2:00 pm. The public is welcome.

AIS Identification Workshop - Lake Elmo
Aug
15
6:30 pm18:30

AIS Identification Workshop - Lake Elmo

  • Pebble Park

Join us for a free workshop about curly leaf, milfoil, zebra mussels,
and other aquatic invasive species. You will have an opportunity to hear
updates about your lake and connect with local resources.

Agenda:

6:30p.m. Brief Presentation
6:50p.m. AIS Lake Association Updates
7:00p.m. Hands on ID with plants collected from nearby lakes

Meet at the picnic tables.

Open Yard Series
Aug
16
6:30 pm18:30

Open Yard Series

  • 12999 Keller Avenue North Hugo, MN, 55038 United States

Join Brown's Creek Watershed District resident Jyneen Thatcher for the first Open Yards event! We welcome YOU to come and learn about conservation projects for your own yard! 

Topic of the night: Prairie Plant Identification - prairies are in full bloom this time of year in Minnesota! You won't want to miss this. 

FREE!

 

Raingarden Maintenance Workshop - Forest Lake
Aug
23
6:00 pm18:00

Raingarden Maintenance Workshop - Forest Lake

  • Comfort Lake - Forest Lake Watershed District

During this informal outdoor seminar we will discuss the basics of raingarden maintenance. 

  • What to do during the different seasons
  • Maintenance check-list, calendar, and guidebook
  • Identifying maintenance needs

 

Master Water Stewards Info Session - Stillwater
Sep
12
5:30 pm17:30

Master Water Stewards Info Session - Stillwater

  • Stillwater Public Library - Margaret Rivers Room B

Learn more about the new Master Water Stewards program and decide if it's a good fit for you. 

This October we will begin training our first cohort of 10 citizen stewards to work with local watershed organizations.

Master Water Stewards receive 50 hours of training, through a combination of on-line instruction, in-person small-group meetings, and hands-on, outdoor activities. Topics include basic hydrology and stormwater management, water policy, strategies for engaging friends and neighbors, and landscaping practices to reduce runoff pollution. Stewards also complete
capstone projects in their communities – raingardens, shoreline plantings, and rural lands projects.

After becoming certified, Master Water Stewards provide 25 hours per year of volunteer support to their watershed organizations. 

Interested volunteers can apply on-line at: https://masterwaterstewards.org/.

WCD Board Meeting
Sep
13
2:00 pm14:00

WCD Board Meeting

Board meetings are held at the WCD office on the 2nd Wednesday each month, at 2:00 pm. The public is welcome.

8th Annual St. Croix River Workshop on the Water
Sep
14
4:00 pm16:00

8th Annual St. Croix River Workshop on the Water

  • Stillwater Boat & Packet

This workshop for local elected and appointed community leaders and riverway landowners will highlight new recreational opportunities along the lower St. Croix River and provide recommendations on landscaping for clean water. 

The workshop will take place aboard a boat departing from the Stillwater Marina and will include a light dinner and cash bar. Stay tuned for registration information. 

75th Anniversary - Friends & Conservation Cooperators Appreciation Picnic
Sep
15
12:00 pm12:00

75th Anniversary - Friends & Conservation Cooperators Appreciation Picnic

  • Lake Elmo Park Reserve

Help us celebrate 75 years of conservation and natural resource protection in Washington County! We’ll provide the grilling food; bring your family and a dish to share.

Lawn games 🌞 Playground 🌞 Hiking trails 🌞 Food & fun

Lake Elmo Park Reserve, South Pavilion

The Washington Conservation District (formerly Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District) was established in 1942 in the wake of the Dust Bowl. Over
the past 75 years, we’ve worked with local communities, volunteers, and landowners across the county to plant trees; control erosion; protect lakes, rivers, and streams; and create habitat. We couldn’t do it without you!

Join us for a reunion and appreciation picnic - Sunday, Sept.17, 12-2pm at Lake Elmo Park Reserve. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

 

Open Yard Series
Sep
20
6:00 pm18:00

Open Yard Series

  • 2854 Nightingale Court Stillwater, MN, 55082 United States

Join Brown's Creek Watershed District residents Karen and Paul Richtman for the find in the Open Yards Series! We welcome YOU to come and learn about conservation projects for your own yard! 

Topic of the night: Urban Lot Options - raingardens, butterfly gardens, weed and native plant ID. FREE!

*Note earlier time due to decreasing daylight. I know... 

WCD Board Meeting
Oct
11
2:00 pm14:00

WCD Board Meeting

Board meetings are held at the WCD office on the 2nd Wednesday each month, at 2:00 pm. The public is welcome.

WCD Board Meeting
Nov
8
2:00 pm14:00

WCD Board Meeting

Board meetings are held at the WCD office on the 2nd Wednesday each month, at 2:00 pm. The public is welcome.

WCD Board Meeting
Dec
13
2:00 pm14:00

WCD Board Meeting

Board meetings are held at the WCD office on the 2nd Wednesday each month, at 2:00 pm. The public is welcome.


Open Yard Series
Jul
19
6:30 pm18:30

Open Yard Series

  • 7010 Mid Oaks Avenue North Stillwater, MN, 55082 United States

CANCELLED DUE TO THUNDERSTORMS

Join Brown's Creek Watershed District residents Larry and Janet Timmerman for the third in the Open Yards Series! We welcome YOU to come and learn about conservation projects for your own yard! 

Topic of the night: Shoreline stabilization - weeds, native plants, and best stabilization options for a restored shoreline. 

FREE!

Lions Park Pond Dipping
Jul
18
6:30 pm18:30

Lions Park Pond Dipping

  • Lions Park

Discover what lives in the Mississippi River

Join East Metro Water Resource Education representatives and dip nets into the water to catch a closer look at the creatures that live in the lake and what they tell us about how clean our water is. Please meet at the bridge at Lions Park and wear outdoor play attire and be prepared to take an easy hike along paved trails. 

FREE! Open to all ages. Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

Campfire Program - St. Croix Bluffs
Jul
15
7:15 pm19:15

Campfire Program - St. Croix Bluffs

  • St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park

The Washington Conservation District is hosting the campfire program for St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park! We will be leading a session on Prairie Life. There will be s'mores! 

FREE with a Washington County Parks pass or daily permit of $5. 

Tanners Lake Pond Dipping
Jul
12
6:30 pm18:30

Tanners Lake Pond Dipping

  • Tanners Lake

Discover what lives in Tanners Lake 

Join East Metro Water Resource Education representatives and dip nets into the water to catch a closer look at the creatures that live in the lake and what they tell us about how clean our water is. Please meet at the fishing pier at Tanners Lake and wear outdoor play attire and be prepared to take an easy hike along paved trails. 

FREE! Open to all ages. Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

WCD Board Meeting
Jul
12
2:00 pm14:00

WCD Board Meeting

Board meetings are held at the WCD office on the 2nd Wednesday each month, at 2:00 pm. The public is welcome.

Lily Lake Open House
Jul
11
6:00 pm18:00

Lily Lake Open House

  • Chilkoot Cafe

Join us for an informal open house with posters and info about Lily Lake:

  • Historical photos
  • Water quality trends
  • Health and swimming safety
  • Lake improvement projects

Grab a drink or bite to eat and learn about recent and upcoming efforts to improve water quality in Lily Lake. 

Hosted by the Middle St. Croix Watershed Management Organization, in partnership with Lily Lake Association, Washington Conservation District, Washington County Historical Society, and Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment. 

Clean the Croix
Jul
8
9:00 am09:00

Clean the Croix

  • St. Croix Boom Site

Join us for a river clean-up event on our beautiful St. Croix River!

Sign up for one of three teams:

  1. Cleaning up litter on land at the Boom Site;
  2. Cleaning up litter on the islands from Boom Site north to the High Bridge (bring your own boat); or
  3. Removing invasive species from the new Aiple property in northern Stillwater.

More information is included in the on-line registration form.

Autumn Hills Park Pond Dipping
Jul
6
6:30 pm18:30

Autumn Hills Park Pond Dipping

  • Autumn Hills Park

Discover what lives in Autumn Hills Park

Join East Metro Water Resource Education representatives and dip nets into the water to catch a closer look at the creatures that live in the lake and what they tell us about how clean our water is. Please meet at the pavillion at Autumn Hills Park and wear outdoor play attire and be prepared to take an easy hike along paved trails. 

FREE! Open to all ages. Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

AIS Identification Workshop - Marine
Jun
29
6:30 pm18:30

AIS Identification Workshop - Marine

  • Big Marine Park Reserve

Join us for a free workshop about curly leaf, milfoil, zebra mussels,
and other aquatic invasive species. You will have an opportunity to hear
updates about your lake and connect with local resources.

Agenda:

6:30p.m. Brief Presentation
6:50p.m. Lake Updates
7:00p.m. Walk (or drive) to lakeshore
7:15p.m. Hands on ID at the lakeshore

Meet at the Picnic Shelter - you will need to purchase a $5 park day pass

Edgewater Park Pond Dipping
Jun
27
6:30 pm18:30

Edgewater Park Pond Dipping

  • Edgewater Park

Discover what lives in Colby Lake

Join East Metro Water Resource Education representatives and dip nets into the water to catch a closer look at the creatures that live in the lake and what they tell us about how clean our water is. Please meet at the pavillion at Edgewater Park and wear outdoor play attire and be prepared to take an easy hike along paved trails. 

FREE! Open to all ages. Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

Campfire Program - Lake Elmo Regional Park
Jun
24
7:15 pm19:15

Campfire Program - Lake Elmo Regional Park

  • Lake Elmo Regional Park

The Washington Conservation District is hosting the campfire program for LERP! We will be leading a session on Pond Life - including a walk down to the pond to search for creatures living in the water. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes! There will be s'mores! 

FREE with a Washington County Parks pass or daily permit of $5. 

Oakdale Summerfest Parade
Jun
22
6:00 pm18:00

Oakdale Summerfest Parade

  • 6133 15th Street North Oakdale, MN, 55128 United States

Wave to the butterflies as WCD staff march in the Oakdale Summerfest Parade. 

Parade route begins at Geneva and 15th, travels east on 15th, and ends at City Hall (15th and Hadley). The parade route, nearby streets, and the City Hall parking lot will close to traffic at 5:30 pm and reopen at the end of the parade; around 8 pm Vehicles in the City Hall parking lot at 5:30 pm will need to remain in the lot until the parade is over.

Open Yard Series
Jun
21
6:30 pm18:30

Open Yard Series

  • 8845 Lansing Avenue North Stillwater, MN, 55082 United States

Join Brown's Creek Watershed District resident Bob Rystrom for the second night in the Open Yards Series! We welcome YOU to come and learn about conservation projects for your own yard! 

Topic of the night: Soil - infiltration, septic systems, garden weeds. 

FREE!

Forest Lake Pond Dipping
Jun
20
5:00 pm17:00

Forest Lake Pond Dipping

  • Lakeside Park

Discover what lives in Forest Lake

Join East Metro Water Resource Education representatives and dip nets into the water to catch a closer look at the creatures that live in the lake and what they tell us about how clean our water is. Please wear outdoor play attire.

FREE! Open to all ages. Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

This event will take place during City of Forest Lake’s Arts in the Park and Farmer’s Market at Lakeside Memorial Park.  For more information on this event, check the City’s website here: http://ci.forest-lake.mn.us/192/Arts-in-the-Park

WCD Board Meeting
Jun
14
2:00 pm14:00

WCD Board Meeting

Board meetings are held at the WCD office on the 2nd Wednesday each month, at 2:00 pm. The public is welcome.

WaterFest
Jun
3
11:00 am11:00

WaterFest

  • Lake Phalen

WaterFest is a free celebration of our clean lakes and offers outdoor fun and opportunities for hands-on learning about the water quality, wildlife, and special ecological features of our beautiful watershed.

WaterFest 2017 - www.rwmwd.org/waterfest

"Make Waves"
Save the date!
Saturday, June 3
Lake Phalen in St. Paul
11 AM - 4 PM

Landscape Revival Plant Sale
Jun
3
9:00 am09:00

Landscape Revival Plant Sale

  • Cub Foods

Purchase pollinator-safe native plants at Landscape Revival. Native growers participating in the sale do not use systemic pesticides.

The Landscape Revival — Native Plant Expo and Market offers gardeners one convenient location to shop for Minnesota native plants from 12 local native growers and learn how to use the plants from conservation organizations. The goal of Landscape Revival is to promote the use of native plants by educating about their benefits for wildlife habitat, pollinators and water quality. The event is sponsored by Saint Paul Audubon, Capitol Region Watershed District, Wild Ones , Blue Thumb and Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District.

Sponsors: St. Paul Audubon Society, Blue Thumb, Wild Ones, and Neighborhood Greening

Open Yard Series
May
24
6:30 pm18:30

Open Yard Series

  • 12999 Keller Avenue North Hugo, MN, 55038 United States

***POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER***

Join Brown's Creek Watershed District resident Jyneen Thatcher for the first in our Open Yards Series! We welcome YOU to come and learn about conservation projects for your own yard! 

Topic of the night: Large lot options and forested areas – buckthorn, regeneration after management, woodland wildflowers, shrub options

FREE!

BBQ For Businesses
May
23
11:30 am11:30

BBQ For Businesses

  • Washington Conservation District

Local Businesses are invited to stop by the Washington Conservation District for a FREE BBQ and a tour of the clean water demonstration projects. Looking forward to seeing you there! 

Mill Stream Day
May
21
12:00 pm12:00

Mill Stream Day

  • Burris Park

Mill Stream Day is set for Sun., May 21 , from noon to 4 p.m. in Burris Park (near the Village Center in Marine on St. Croix). 

Marine’s annual festival of spring in the St. Croix Valley is celebrated with live music by local artists, performances by traditional Morris dancers and a maypole ribbon dance. 

The Carnelian-Marine-St. Croix Watershed District will be present to discuss what water conservation and protection issues are important to Marine residents, and there will probably be free ice cream! 

Belwin Bison Release
May
20
11:00 am11:00

Belwin Bison Release

  • Belwin Conservancy

The Belwin Conservancy will release a herd of about 40 bison at our restored prairie in Afton, Minnesota. Please come and help us celebrate as we welcome the bison back to Belwin for the eighth year!

The release will occur at noon sharp, but come starting at 11 a.m for family-friendly activities and to learn about bison and the prairie. Food trucks will be on hand to sell food at the event.

Parking is available at the Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields located at 15601 Hudson Road, West Lakeland, Minnesota. Guests can enjoy a short walk through the prairie to the bison release site or hop aboard a free tractor ride. Limited parking nearer the release site on Division Street is available for those who require special access.

Cost: This event and parking are free and open to the public.

When
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Activities begin at 11 a.m. and the arrival of the bison is scheduled for 12 noon.

Where
The Bison release will occur at the Belwin Conservancy's bison observation area located on Division Street in Afton, Minnesota. This location is very near the 94 bridge.

All parking for the release will be at the Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields, located at 15601 Hudson Road in West Lakeland, Minnesota. Hudson Road is the south frontage road for Interstate 94 and the athletic fields are located between Stagecoach Trail and Saint Croix Trail.

http://www.belwin.org/events/219/

Plant Sale
May
20
8:00 am08:00

Plant Sale

  • 601 Olive Street West Stillwater, MN, 55082 United States

This year we will again feature perennials from our own established gardens and will highlight pollinator friendly plant varieties.  Also included will be vegetables, herbs and annuals.  And if you're looking for the perfect gardening book or some fun garden accessories, there will be a nice selection of those as well.  Please contact us at trilliumchapter@outlook.com with questions.

The address is: 601 Olive Street, Stillwater, MN

Illicit Discharge Management (IDDE)
May
11
9:00 am09:00

Illicit Discharge Management (IDDE)

  • Washington Conservation District

Why Should you attend? 
Are you responsible for inspecting storm sewer pipes and responding to complaints? Do you have an NPDES MS4 permit with Illicit Discharge (IDDE) requirements? This half day workshop will cover topics on illicit discharge relevant to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency NPDES Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Permit. This event will provide a basic overview of IDDE, how to approach a suspected illicit discharge, and how to respond to suspected discharges. Attendees of this workshop will qualify for 2 PDHs.

Who should attend?
This seminar is for municipal staff who are responsible for NPDES MS4 Permit IDDE compliance. Municipal maintenance staff who are routinely in the field will also benefit from this training.

Date and Location
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Washington Conservation District
455 Hayward Ave N
Oakdale MN 55128
9:00 am to 11:30 am

Fee
The workshop registration fee is $35. This fee includes the training workbook materials. Assistance with keeping program fees low has been made available through the East Metro Water Resource Education Program. Register at www.erosion.umn.edu

WCD Board Meeting
May
10
2:00 pm14:00

WCD Board Meeting

Board meetings are held at the WCD office on the 2nd Wednesday each month, at 2:00 pm. The public is welcome.

Forest Lake Spring Dreaming Workshop
May
2
6:30 pm18:30

Forest Lake Spring Dreaming Workshop

  • Forest Lake City Hall

Join the East Metro Water Resource Education Program and Washington County Master Gardeners for some Spring Dreaming!

This fun, informal workshop will provide how-to's and resources for:

    •Lawn care & lawn alternatives (low-mow and bee-friendly);
    •Backyard composting; 
    •Creating habitat for pollinators, birds and wildlife in your yard;
    •Raingardens and native plantings that prevent runoff pollution and conserve water. 

Best of all, there are free site visits, garden grants, and design assistance to help you get started! 

***RSVP by April 30 to receive a free aerial map of your property to use during the workshop***

Forest Lake - May 2 - 6:30-8pm - Washington Conservation District 

RSVP to the workshops at: tinyurl.com/SpringDream2017

For more information contact Jenn Radtke: jradtke@mnwcd.org or 651-330-8220 x44

Compost Bin/Rain Barrel Sale Pick UP
Apr
28
8:00 am08:00

Compost Bin/Rain Barrel Sale Pick UP

  • Hugo Public Works

Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Pick UP with RAM

Order rain barrels and compost bins on recycleminnesota.org for easy pick-up at the Hugo Public Works Building!

Call 651-641-4589 with any questions!  

Hugo Spring Dreaming Workshop
Apr
27
6:30 pm18:30

Hugo Spring Dreaming Workshop

  • Hugo City Hall

Join the East Metro Water Resource Education Program and Washington County Master Gardeners for some Spring Dreaming!

This fun, informal workshop will provide how-to's and resources for:

    •Lawn care & lawn alternatives (low-mow and bee-friendly);
    •Backyard composting; 
    •Creating habitat for pollinators, birds and wildlife in your yard;
    •Raingardens and native plantings that prevent runoff pollution and conserve water. 

Best of all, there are free site visits, garden grants, and design assistance to help you get started! 

***RSVP by April 25 to receive a free aerial map of your property to use during the workshop***

Hugo - April 27 - City Hall

RSVP to the workshops at: tinyurl.com/SpringDream2017

For more information contact Jenn Radtke: jradtke@mnwcd.org or 651-330-8220 x44