Open Yard Series
Sep
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

Open Yard Series

  • 2854 Nightingale Court Stillwater, MN, 55082 United States (map)
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Join Brown's Creek Watershed District residents Karen and Paul Richtman for the final event 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 that this program will begin earlier than previous Open Yard events - 6pm. 

RSVP on-line at: http://tinyurl.com/BCWDOpenYards  

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Buckthorn Workshop in Woodbury
Sep
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

Buckthorn Workshop in Woodbury

Buckthorn is a non-native, invasive shrub that ruins habitat in Washington County, Learn how to identify common and smooth buckthorn and how to control and dispose of buckthorn safely. The workshop will be in two parts: a presentation and then a hands-on ID. Please wear appropriate clothing and be prepared for a short walk. 

Age 18 years and older
Powers Lake shelter in Woodbury
Registration required at www.woodburyrecreation.com #551273-01

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75th Anniversary - Friends & Conservation Cooperators Appreciation Picnic
Sep
17
12:00pm12:00pm

75th Anniversary - Friends & Conservation Cooperators Appreciation Picnic

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!

 

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Soil Health Field Day
Sep
15
9:00am 9:00am

Soil Health Field Day

Join us for free coffee & light breakfast and learn about new crops and best management practices to improve your soil health. 

Presentations will include:

  • NRCS - soil health
  • U of MN researchers -  Kernza, an intermediate wheatgrass and perennial grain crop
  • Farmer Tim Behrends - cover crops and other agricultural best management practices

For questions and RSVP:

Angela Defenbaugh, 651-330-8220 x.23 or adefenbaugh@mnwcd.org

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

8th Annual St. Croix River Workshop on the Water

Join us in celebrating new recreational opportunities in the valley and explore ways to improve water quality through sustainable development and native landscaping.

Departing out of Stillwater
St. Croix Boat & Packet Co.
525 Main St. S., Stillwater, MN 55082
$20 - includes dinner

Register by Sept. 11 at: http://tinyurl.com/stcroixwow2017

During this evening on the water, participants will learn about the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and celebrate the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway’s
vibrant communities where we live, work, and play.
What you will learn:
• Strategies on how to protect and prioritize water quality
during development and landscaping projects
• New trails and parks designed for the Lower Riverway:
• Stillwater’s Aiple Park
• Hudson’s plans for riverfront revitalization
• Loop Trail
Who should attend:
• Local officials and community leaders
• Landowners living on the St. Croix River
• Realtors and developers
A clean and healthy St. Croix brings natural, recreational, and
economic value to our region. As a community member and/
or decision-maker, you can help preserve the health of our St.
Croix and the viability of our river communities now and for
the future.

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

Master Water Stewards Info Session - Stillwater

  • Stillwater Public Library - Margaret Rivers Room B (map)
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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/.

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RESCHEDULED! Open Yard Series
Aug
23
6:30pm 6:30pm

RESCHEDULED! Open Yard Series

  • 12999 Keller Avenue North Hugo, MN, 55038 United States (map)
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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!

 

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

AIS Identification Workshop - Lake Elmo

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.

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

Master Water Stewards Info Session - Woodbury

  • Woodbury City Hall - Birch Conference Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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/.

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Pinetree Pond Dipping
Jul
26
6:30pm 6:30pm

Pinetree Pond Dipping

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

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

Long Lake Pond Dipping

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.

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

Raingarden Maintenance Workshop - Stillwater

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. 

 

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Open Yard Series
Jul
19
6:30pm 6:30pm

Open Yard Series

  • 7010 Mid Oaks Avenue North Stillwater, MN, 55082 United States (map)
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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!

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

Lions Park Pond Dipping

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.

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

Tanners Lake Pond Dipping

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.

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

Lily Lake Open House

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. 

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Clean the Croix
Jul
8
9:00am 9:00am

Clean the Croix

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.

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

Autumn Hills Park Pond Dipping

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.

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

AIS Identification Workshop - Marine

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

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

Edgewater Park Pond Dipping

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.

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

Campfire Program - 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. 

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