Large acreage restoration: Nurturing prairie, woods and water on your land
Nov
4
6:00 PM18:00

Large acreage restoration: Nurturing prairie, woods and water on your land

Learn about programs to help you restore prairie, woods and habitat on your land and protect it from future development.

Register online at: tinyurl.com/2019restorehabitat

 

Speakers & Topics:

PARTNERS FOR FISH AND WILDLIFE PROGRAM

-----Jacob Hernandez, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service

The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners interested in improving habitat for migratory birds, endangered, threatened and at-risk species while maintaining their primary land management goals.

 

FOREST STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM

-----Andy McGuire, MN Department of Natural Resources

The DNR Forest Stewardship Program helps woodland owners manage your woods through advice, ,education, and Woodland Stewardship Plans.

 

CONSERVATION EASEMENTS

-----Kristina Geiger, MN Land Trust

Minnesota Land Trust works with landowners and local communities to restore and permanently protect land through conservation easements and effective land management.

 

RESOURCES TO HELP YOU GET STARTED

-----Tara Kelly, Washington Conservation District

Washington Conservation District works to enhance, protect, and preserve the natural resources of Washington County through conservation projects, technical guidance, and educational services to citizens and local government.

Workshop hosted by the Washington Conservation District and the East Metro Water Resources Education Program.

For more info, contact Angie Hong: 651-330-8220 x.35 or angie.hong@mnwcd.org

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Estate Planning: Managing your land today and in the future
Nov
13
2:30 PM14:30

Estate Planning: Managing your land today and in the future

Not all of our assets are in the bank. Come to this free seminar for information and tools to help you strategically manage one of your most valuable assets - your land. Learn how to keep your land in the family for generations or understand your options when a developer knocks on your door.

Register online: tinyurl.com/2019estate

Speakers & Topics

ESTATE PLANNING FUNDAMENTALS

-----Todd Gillingham, Wealth Advisor at Thrivent Financial

-----Dwight Cummings, Attorney at Cummins & Bonestroo Law

Todd and Dwight will provide an overview of estate planning fundamentals, and discuss specific scenarios, including:

•             Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts (ILIT)

•             Buy-Sell Agreements

•             Family Limited Partnerships

•             IRC Section 1031 Tax-Free Exchanges

•             Charitable Giving

 

CONSERVATION EASEMENTS

-----Kristina Geiger, Minnesota Land Trust

Minnesota Land Trust works with landowners and local communities to restore and permanently protect land through conservation easements and effective land management.

Kristina will talk about using conservation easements as an estate planning tool, implications for income and estate tax benefits, and IRS requirements.

 

WASHINGTON COUNTY LEGACY PROGRAM

-----June Mathiowetz, Washington County

June will provide information about the county’s legacy program, which works with communities and private land owners to purchase and permanently protect high quality natural habitat in Washington County.

 

RESOURCES AND SUPPORT FROM WASHINGTON COUNTY AND WASHINGTON CONSERVATION DISTRICT

-----Angie Hong, Washington Conservation District

Angie will provide information about the Green Acres, Rural Preserves, and Sustainable Forest Incentives Program in Washington County, and will also share information about free site visits, support for conservation planning, and other services provided through the Washington Conservation District.

 

Workshop hosted by the Washington Conservation District and the East Metro Water Resources Education Program.

For more info, contact Angie Hong: 651-330-8220 x.35 or angie.hong@mnwcd.org

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Septics, wells and healthy homes: A groundwater class for homeowners
Nov
13
5:30 PM17:30

Septics, wells and healthy homes: A groundwater class for homeowners

A free workshop offered by Washington County

·         Septic Systems

·         Private wells

·         Healthy homes and household hazardous waste

RSVP is required at: https://www.co.washington.mn.us/FormCenter/Public-Health-and-Environment-Training-13/2019-Environmental-Topics-for-Realtors-171 or by emailing: phe@co.washington.mn.us

 

As part of this class, free water testing for coliform bacteria and nitrates will be offered to participants who pre-register at least one week in advance.

Test kits will be mailed one week in advanced of the class and water samples will be picked up at 5:30pm on November 13th during the class. Free testing is ONLY available for water samples brought to the class, otherwise water samples can be dropped off for a fee of $44 on Tuesdays at Washington County office locations: https://www.co.washington.mn.us/637/Water-Tests

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Exploring new options: Perennial Crops, Conservation Grazing, and Conservation Planning
Oct
22
6:00 PM18:00

Exploring new options: Perennial Crops, Conservation Grazing, and Conservation Planning

Explore new options for your land that can earn you money without creating erosion or impacting water resources. We'll talk about perennial crops, conservation grazing, and resources available for Washington County landowners.

Register online at: tinyurl.com/2019farming

Speakers & Topics:

PERENNIAL CROPS, DIVERSIFIED ORCHARDS AND THE BOTTOM-LINE BENEFITS FOR YOU

-----Pete Widin, Artisan Environments

Pete is founder and owner of Artisan Environments, LLC and the creator of the Professional Permaculture Designer online course. He works with property owners to find tangible solutions to problems such as erosion, poor drainage, and making an income from marginal lands.

 

INTRO TO CONSERVATION GRAZING

-----Kent Solberg, MN Sustainable Farming Association

Since 2003, Kent and his wife, Linda, have raised dairy and beef cattle, hogs, and chickens on their homestead in Wing River Township, Wadena County. He works as a Livestock & Grazing Specialist with the MN Sustainable Farming Association.

 

DEVELOPING A CONSERVATION PLAN FOR YOUR PROPERTY AND EXPLORING RESOURCES TO GET STARTED

-----Mary Jo Youngbauer, Lower St. Croix Watershed Conservation Planner

Mary Jo grew up in the Lower St. Croix watershed and is a certified Conservation Planner through the Natural Resources Conservation Service. She works with rural landowners in Anoka, Chisago, Isanti, Pine and Washington Counties.

 

Workshop hosted by the Washington Conservation District and the East Metro Water Resources Education Program.

For more info, contact Angie Hong: 651-330-8220 x.35 or angie.hong@mnwcd.org

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SMART Salting: Winter Maintenance Certification for Parking Lots and Sidewalks
Oct
14
9:00 AM09:00

SMART Salting: Winter Maintenance Certification for Parking Lots and Sidewalks

FREE

 Monday, oct. 14, 9am-2pm (Check-in begins at 8:30am)

Cottage Grove City Hall (12800 Ravine Pkwy S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016)

 REGISTER online at http://tinyurl.com/sidewalksalt

A class for MAINTENANCE STAFF AND CONTRACTORS:

Learn how to manage snow and ice on sidewalks and parking lots to ensure safety and reduce environmental impacts.

 

TOPICS:

  • Assessing weather conditions

  • De-icing and anti-icing techniques

  • How to calibrate equipment

  • Calculating application rates

  • Storing materials

  • New maintenance methods

  • Environmental effects

 

INSTRUCTORS: Fortin Consulting & winter maintenance professionals

This workshop will include presentations from industry experts, facilitated exercises, case studies, and resource sharing. Lunch is included, as well as coffee and light refreshments in the morning.

 

At the end of the class, an optional test will be offered to earn Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Level I Smart Salting Certification and be listed on the website.

More info at: www.pca.state.mn.us/water/salt-applicators

 

Funding for these workshops is provided by MPCA through a grant from US EPA, Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Fund. Hosted by City of Cottage Grove and East Metro Water Resource Education Program partners: www.mnwcd.org/emwrep

 

Questions? Contact Lauren Haydon at 651-330-8220 x.24 or lhaydon@mnwcd.org.

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Oriental Bittersweet Workshop: Identification & Management Strategies
Oct
10
5:00 PM17:00

Oriental Bittersweet Workshop: Identification & Management Strategies

Have you seen this invader in your neighborhood? Oriental (Asiatic) Bittersweet may look very similar to American Bittersweet, but is a very agressive woody perennial vine that can easily strangle mature trees and shrubs. It is a serious threat to other native spcies and to entire habitats and we need your help to fight it!

At this workshop, experts from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the St. Croix River Association, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and Washington Conservation District will guide partcipants through how to identify the vine, how to report a siting to local agencies, and review management techniques. The workshop will be followed by a brief hike at the Oakdale Nature Preserve to demonstrate an area where park managers have been working to eradicate the species.

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Nitrogen Smart training
Aug
16
1:00 PM13:00

Nitrogen Smart training

  • Washington County South Service Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Nitrogen Smart is a workshop for Minnesota producers, presenting fundamentals of nitrogen fertilizer management to minimize losses and maximize economic return.

 Learn:

  • Sources of nitrogen

  • Ways to reduce losses

  • Implications of Minnesota’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy and Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan

  • Cutting edge tools for refining your management approach

 Visit https://extension.umn.edu/event/nitrogen-smart-cottage-grove for more information.

 Presented by University of Minnesota Extension, funded by Minnesota Corn Growers, and hosted by the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resources Center and Washington Conservation District

FREE - No pre-registration required

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Master Gardener: Learn and Grow with Us Garden Tour
Jul
20
9:00 AM09:00

Master Gardener: Learn and Grow with Us Garden Tour

Join Master Gardeners of Washington County for a tour of seven exquisite gardens in the Lake Elmo area!

Learn about: Growing Vegetables, Composting, Lawn Care, Tree Pruning, Prairie Restoration, Planting for Pollinators, Container Gardening, and more!

$15 pre-tour, $20 day-of. Purchase tickets beginning March 15.

Details at www.mastergardenersinwashingtonco.org

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Campfire Program: Putting Down Roots in the Prairie at St. Croix Bluffs
Jul
13
7:15 PM19:15

Campfire Program: Putting Down Roots in the Prairie at St. Croix Bluffs

How deep do the roots of big bluestem grow?

Which prairie plant is used to make Early Grey tea?

What’s the longest snake in Minnesota?

Where did all the bison go?

Join us for a fun campfire program at the St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park amphitheater to learn about what makes prairies special and take home some seeds to plant a pocket prairie at your home.

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Water Critters: Long Lake, hosted by "The Lodge" in The Lakes at Stillwater
Jul
10
6:00 PM18:00

Water Critters: Long Lake, hosted by "The Lodge" in The Lakes at Stillwater

Get your hands wet as we look for tadpoles, bugs, and other critters that live in Long Lake. Learn what these animals teach us about water quality & what you can do to protect your neighborhood lakes and wetlands.

This is an intergenerational program hosted by The Lodge at The Lakes of Stillwater, Senior Living Center. The event will be held outdoors on the patio, overlooking Long Lake and is open to the public. We encourage all ages to join us in this fun, hands-on exploration of aquatic life!

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Woodbury Water Critters: Edgewater Park - Colby Lake
Jun
26
6:30 PM18:30

Woodbury Water Critters: Edgewater Park - Colby Lake

Be prepared to get your hands wet as we look for frogs, bugs, and other critters that live in Colby Lake. Learn what these animals teach us about water quality & what you can do to protect your neighborhood lakes and wetlands.

Meet at the fishing pier.

Co-hosted by City of Woodbury and South Washington Watershed District

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Landscape Revival Native Plant Expo & Market
Jun
8
9:00 AM09:00

Landscape Revival Native Plant Expo & Market

Shop for native plants from six local growers. All plants are pollinator-safe and grown without systemic pesticides.

Connect with local conservation groups including: Humming for Bees, Master Gardeners - Monarchs & Milkweed, Neighborhood Greening, Pollinator Friendly Alliance, St. Paul Audubon Society, Washington Conservation District, and Wild Ones - Oak Savanna Chapter.

More info here.

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Lake Elmo: Planting for Clean Water - Wonderful Wetlands workshop
Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

Lake Elmo: Planting for Clean Water - Wonderful Wetlands workshop

  • Sally Manzara Nature Center - Sunfish Lake Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Get advice on how to enhance your wetland yard with native plants and other landscaping features that add beauty, provide habitat, and help to protect water quality.

We will talk about what makes wetlands special, unique plants and animals that are found in wetlands, invasive species, and rules that affect what landowners can and can’t do with wetlands on their properties.

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Family Hike at Tamarack Nature Preserve
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Family Hike at Tamarack Nature Preserve

Join WCD staff and “Adopt-A-Park” volunteer stewards as we explore the southern-most tamarack swamp in Minnesota along a floating boardwalk loop. We’ll look for flowers in bloom and talk about what makes this wetland unique.

Wear sturdy shoes and clothes for walking outdoors.

We’ll have basic plant and animal ID books and will have activities planned for the kids.

Park along the road and meet near the blue pop-up tent.

Visit www.tamaracknaturepreserve.org to find maps of the Tamarack Nature Preserve, download field guides and birding apps, and see photos and videos of the preserve

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Oakdale: Planting for Clean Water - Wonderful Wetlands workshop
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Oakdale: Planting for Clean Water - Wonderful Wetlands workshop

Get advice on how to enhance your wetland yard with native plants and other landscaping features that add beauty, provide habitat, and help to protect water quality.

We will talk about what makes wetlands special, unique plants and animals that are found in wetlands, invasive species, and rules that affect what landowners can and can’t do with wetlands on their properties.

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Plant Sale: Perennial Garden Clubs of Stillwater / Trillium Chapter
May
18
8:00 AM08:00

Plant Sale: Perennial Garden Clubs of Stillwater / Trillium Chapter

  • 601 Olive Street West Stillwater, MN, 55082 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Featuring: Perennials and annuals that pollinators love! Vegetables! Annuals! Herbs!

Proceeds go towards:  Maintenance and beautification of a Stillwater public garden across from the Lowell Inn, scholarships for horticulture students, support for community garden projects and pollinator protection activities.

Email:  trilliumchapter@outlook.com

Website:  trilliumchapter.blogspot.com

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CANCELED - Family Hike at Schuneman Marsh Wildlife Preserve
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

CANCELED - Family Hike at Schuneman Marsh Wildlife Preserve

THIS EVENT IS CANCELED DUE TO HIGH WATER AND WET TRAILS

Stay tuned for a potential rescheduled date in late summer or early fall.

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Explore this lesser-known destination with WCD staff and volunteers from the Izaak Walton League. We’ll search for birds and wildlife and identify plants you might find in your neighborhood wetlands.

Wear sturdy shoes and clothes for walking outdoors.

We’ll have basic plant and animal ID books and bug nets for the kids. Feel free to bring along binoculars if you have them.

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Washington County Lakes Meeting
May
13
6:00 PM18:00

Washington County Lakes Meeting

Join us for an informative networking event for Washington County lake associations

• Share and hear updates on local water quality improvement efforts and AIS prevention and management efforts

• Talk with representatives from the Washington Conservation District and area watershed districts

• Learn about new research from the MN Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MNAISRC)

• Learn about Phragmites, a new aquatic invasive species in our area

Guest speaker: Julia Bohnen, MN Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center

Register at: http://tinyurl.com/May13Lakes

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Building resiliency to climate change – on your land and in your community
Apr
30
6:00 PM18:00

Building resiliency to climate change – on your land and in your community

Come to this special seminar hosted by Friends of Scandia Parks and Trails, featuring a presentation by Angie Hong of the East Metro Water Resource Education Program

Learn how local watershed districts are adapting to a changing climate and what you can do to build resiliency on your own land.

Climate data shows that our Minnesota winters have become substantially warmer, especially in northern Minnesota, and heavy rainstorms that can dump 6-10 inches of rain within a 24-hour period of time are becoming more frequent. These changes can have a dramatic impact on our economy and way of life, in addition to impacting wildlife and natural resources.

During this presentation, Angie will share some of the actions local watershed districts and state agencies are taking to plan for extreme rainfall events. She will also talk about actions you can take to build resiliency on your own land, including managing woodlands for changing climate stressors and using drought tolerant species for lawns and gardens.

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Hugo: Planting for Clean Water - Wonderful Wetlands workshop
Apr
25
6:00 PM18:00

Hugo: Planting for Clean Water - Wonderful Wetlands workshop

Get advice on how to enhance your wetland yard with native plants and other landscaping features that add beauty, provide habitat, and help to protect water quality.

We will talk about what makes wetlands special, unique plants and animals that are found in wetlands, invasive species, and rules that affect what landowners can and can’t do with wetlands on their properties.

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Wyoming: Blue Thumb - Planting for Clean Water workshop
Apr
4
6:00 PM18:00

Wyoming: Blue Thumb - Planting for Clean Water workshop

Learn how to transform your yard with native gardens, raingardens, shoreline plantings, and turf alternatives that add beauty, provide habitat, and help to protect lakes, streams and wetlands.

During the workshop, our landscaping experts will share photos from local projects to inspire your creativity, and will help you practice sketching a landscape plan for your yard with tracing paper and an aerial photo.  In addition, you’ll learn about resources to help you get started, including:

  • Incentive grants for clean water planting projects

  • Free site visits

  • Garden designs and plant lists

  • Conservation plans for larger properties

This workshop is FREE but please pre-register so that we can provide an aerial photo of your property for the class. Register on-line at: tinyurl.com/wygarden2019. 

Workshop partners include Comfort Lake - Forest Lake Watershed District, Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District and the East Metro Water Resource Education Program.

Register on-line at: tinyurl.com/wygarden2019

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Lower St. Croix: Rural Lands Workshop
Feb
2
9:00 AM09:00

Lower St. Croix: Rural Lands Workshop

Farmers, producers, & rural landowners: We want to meet with you!

  • Meet local staff from the Chisago, Isanti, Anoka, Washington, & Pine SWCDs.

  • Discover what financial resources are available to help you achieve your conservation goals

  • Learn about the “One Watershed, One Plan” process, and voice your concerns and priorities for water health in the Lower St. Croix Watershed

  • Enjoy coffee, a light breakfast, and good conversation with your neighbors!

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Snow Shoe & Seed at Pine Point
Jan
22
4:00 PM16:00

Snow Shoe & Seed at Pine Point

Join Pollinator Friendly Alliance, Washington Conservation District, and Washington County Parks to seed the Butterfly Sanctuary over the snow at Pine Point Park. Learn about this cool butterfly sanctuary project to help save the pollinators, help spread seed over the snow, warm near the big bonfire, and explore the gateway trail through Pine Point Park.

Bring your own snow shoes and snow boots. We'll have a few snow shoes on hand. Be sure to register to receive a parking permit. You will receive a parking permit from us before 1/22 via email. Dress warm. We'll meet in the parking lot at the trailhead at 4:00 pm and walk down the trail to the nearby seeding area. Feel free to explore the trails afterwards, bring your skis along if you like, and stick around for a second winter event with Washington County Parks at 7 pm, Full moon guided trail hike.

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Environmental Topics Realtor Course
Nov
28
8:00 AM08:00

Environmental Topics Realtor Course

  • Forest Lake City Center, Community Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Topics Covered & Speakers include: 

  • Groundwater & Wells -- Stephanie Souter, Washington County Public Health & Environment
  • Septic Systems -- Sara Heger, University of Minnesota & Wash. Co SSTS Staff
  • Healthy Homes -- Adam Frederick, Washington County
  • Shoreland and Low Impact Development -- Monica Zachay, St. Croix River Association & Angie Hong, East Metro Water Resources Education Program

Coffee & a light breakfast will be provided! Registration Info coming soon!  

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Project WET Teacher Training
Oct
5
8:00 AM08:00

Project WET Teacher Training

Come dressed to get your hands WET in this fun and interactive workshop where you will practice using ProjectWET curriculum and the new Watershed Game. Learn how to connect water education to science, geography, history and language arts and get TONS of ideas for hands-on lessons. Register here: tinyurl.com/projectWET2018 

  • Groundwater and water conservation
  • Watersheds
  • Stormwater reuse
  • Local resources and presenters

This workshop is geared to elementary and middle school teachers and provides 6 Professional Development Hours. 

Registration is FREE for teachers from schools in Washington County, as well as those in Rice Creek Watershed District and Comfort Lake - Forest Lake Watershed District. 

Register on-line and bring a check or cash for payment on the day of the workshop. Checks payable to WCD. 

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Brown's Creek Community Celebration
Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Brown's Creek Community Celebration

Join the Brown's Creek Watershed District at this fun & FREE family event at Brown's Creek Park. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Activities include: 

  • Live Fish from Brown's Creek
  • Games & Prizes
  • Live Music from the Hypoxic Punks (they love to sing about water quality!)
  • Face Painting
  • Raptor Presentation 
  • Arts & Crafts 
  • FREE ice cream 
  • Watershed District Information 
  • & so much more! 
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