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

Family Hike at Schuneman Marsh Wildlife Preserve

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Stillwater Water Critters: Long Lake
Jul
10
6:00 PM18:00

Stillwater Water Critters: Long Lake

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 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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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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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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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)
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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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City of Forest Lake Stormwater Tour & Workshop
Sep
11
4:00 PM16:00

City of Forest Lake Stormwater Tour & Workshop

Over the past three years, partners in Forest Lake have leveraged state and local funding and worked together to minimize the impacts to lakes, rivers, and groundwater from stormwater runoff. This workshop will feature: 

  • The new enhanced street sweeping program to prevent & minimize water pollution 

  • Innovative stormwater harvest and reuse systems at the Forest Lake Area High School and Forest Hills Golf Club 

  • Dinner followed by a discussion to explore and identify future projects. 

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South Twin & Heifort Pond Walking Tour
Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

South Twin & Heifort Pond Walking Tour

George Vania, a member of the Brown’s Creek Watershed District Citizen Advisory Committee will lead a tour of the stormwater practices in the developments around South Twin Lake & Heifort Pond. These developments include Milbrook, Brown’s Creek Cove, and the Ponds at Heifort Hills. With more housing slated for development in the future, it’s important to know what actions the Brown’s Creek Watershed District are taking to protect the health of lakes and streams.

The tour will start at Brown’s Creek Park and will leave promptly at 10:15 am. Please bring good hiking shoes!

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Master Water Stewards Info Session - Oakdale
Aug
28
5:30 PM17:30

Master Water Stewards Info Session - Oakdale

Be the change you wish to see in your community:
Become a Master Water Steward!

Are you looking for a meaningful way to get involved in your community? Want to help protect the St. Croix & Mississippi Rivers and local lakes and streams? 

Come to this info session to learn more about the program!

Stewards receive 50 hours of free training through a combination of on-line instruction, in-person classes, and hands-on, outdoor activities. Learn about watersheds, stormwater management, water policy, strategies for engaging your friends and neighbors, and landscaping practices to reduce runoff pollution in urban and rural settings. Grant funding is available to complete capstone projects, including raingardens, shoreline plantings, and rural lands projects. After becoming certified, Master Water Stewards provide 25 hours per year of volunteer support to their watershed organization.

Continue your education, make new friends, and make a difference in your community. Apply now to begin classes in October! https://masterwaterstewards.org.

To learn more about the program in Washington County, contact Angie Hong: angie.hong@mnwcd.org or 651-330-8220 x.35.

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Washington County Fair
Aug
1
to Aug 5

Washington County Fair

Join us for our 76th year at the Washington County Fair!

We'll be in Building A, across from the milkshakes. Stop by to learn about water quality monitoring, great places to visit in the county, and programs to help you create habitat and water-friendly landscaping on your property. 

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ProjectWET Teacher Training
Jul
24
8:30 AM08:30

ProjectWET 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 Rice Creek Watershed District, Comfort Lake - Forest Lake Watershed District, and Washington County. 

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 Open Yards Series: Sustainable Suburban Yard
Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

Brown's Creek Open Yards Series: Sustainable Suburban Yard

  • 3374 Staples Place Stillwater, MN, 55082 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Brown’s Creek residents invite you to their gardens to learn about conservation projects you can do in your own yard!

Interested in learning more about environmental sustainability techniques you could employ in your own yard? At this event you will learn about woodland and native plantings, raingardens, and rain barrels! See how easy it is to transform your yard into a more beautiful and interesting area while improving the environment at the same time! Join Brown’s Creek Watershed District Citizen Advisory Committee Member, Connie Taillon on a great evening outdoors!

The Rain Date for this event will be June 28th.

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Brown's Creek Open Yards Series: All Things Raingardens!
Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

Brown's Creek Open Yards Series: All Things Raingardens!

  • 2421 Croixwood Boulevard Stillwater, MN, 55082 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Brown’s Creek residents invite you to their gardens to learn about conservation projects you can do in your own yard!

This interactive workshop, for new or experienced gardeners, will be hosted by Karen and Paul Richtman. Both are members of the BCWD CAC (Karen is Chair of the CAC). Paul Richtman is an Extension Master Gardener. They have put in several raingardens on their own property, beginning in 2006, and have first-hand knowledge of maintaining raingardens. 

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Pond Explorations - Highlands Park Pond in Cottage Grove
Jun
13
6:30 PM18:30

Pond Explorations - Highlands Park Pond in Cottage Grove

Join us for a free family event. We'll explore the pond at Highlands Park to look for tadpoles, fish, aquatic invertebrates and more.

Learn what these critters teach us about water quality and what programs exist to protect Cottage Grove ponds and the Mississippi River. 

Wear outdoor attire that can get wet or dirty. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

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Stillwater Raingarden Weed-a-Thon
Jun
7
6:30 PM18:30

Stillwater Raingarden Weed-a-Thon

Join this fun, family-friendly summer event!

Sustainable Stillwater MN is teaming up with the Middle St. Croix Watershed Management Organization to weed and tidy-up raingardens around Stillwater. Join a team to help keep our raingardens beautiful and working properly!

On June 7, volunteers will be weeding raingardens along Wilkins Ave. Meet at Staples Park. 

Bring work gloves, trowels or weeders, and a water bottle. 

Learn more and RSVP at:

  • Sustainable Stillwater MN: 651-230-7882 or sustainablestillwatermn@gmail.com 
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Master Gardener Plant Sale - Lake Elmo
Jun
3
11:00 AM11:00

Master Gardener Plant Sale - Lake Elmo

  • 4H Building - Washington County Fairground (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Shop a wonderful assortment of flowers, shrubs, vegetables and herbs, including hard to find plants and heirloom varieties, all at prices way below retail.

Have a gardening question? Bring your funky plants and bugs for analysis. Master Gardeners will be onsite to answer gardening questions and help guide you in your plant selections. See you there!

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WaterFest
Jun
2
11:00 AM11:00

WaterFest

WATERFEST IS AS AN ANNUAL FREE FUN FAMILY EVENT FEATURING:

  • Paddling: Try your hand at paddling a Voyageur canoe, kayak or canoe.
  • Fishing: Learn about different fishing techniques and the value of clean water. Then use your new skills to enter the fishing contest.
  • Games: Climbing wall, bounce house, archery, putt putt golf and more!
  • Boating: Take a spin on a paddleboat.
  • Arts and crafts: Make a fish print or a bead critter.
  • Live animals: Get acquainted with snakes, alligators, and members of the Minnesota Herpetological Society and Maplewood Nature Center.
  • Exhibits: Learn to identify an insect, recognize a bird song, tie a fishing lure and much more!
  • Native plant giveaway: Identify native plants and select one to take home.
  • Street sweeper: Climb in the cab and learn how clean streets keep lakes clean.
  • Food trucks: Try tasty treats from local food trucks and vendors.
  • Music and dance: Enjoy a variety of performances throughout the day.

More info: https://www.rwmwd.org/get-involved/waterfest/ 

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Woodbury pollinator corridor planting event
May
30
10:00 AM10:00

Woodbury pollinator corridor planting event

  • Between Ojibway Drive and Bailey Rd Woodbury, MN, 55125 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

15 more volunteers needed!

Join Great River Greening and South Washington Watershed District in creating a new 10-acre pollinator corridor in Woodbury.

Volunteers will walk a mile to the beautiful site on flat terrain to plant 5,000 pollinator-friendly plants that will improve the natural habitat and provide food for pollinators. This communal space will be a demonstration site and will also produce a harvestable seed source for the City of Woodbury.

Light breakfast, snack, and lunch provided.

All ages welcome, children must be supervised.

Pre-registration is required, so sign up today!

Register at https://www.greatrivergreening.org/events/planting-in-pollinator-corridor/
or contact May Yang, Community Outreach Coordinator: volunteer@greatrivergreening.org or (651) 272-3993.

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Millstream Day
May
20
12:00 PM12:00

Millstream Day

Come celebrate spring as it blooms in the St. Croix Valley! 

  • Fresh brook trout, layered with dill, lemon and butter
  • Brats
  • Ice cream, served by Washington Conservation District and Carnelian-Marine-St. Croix Watershed District
  • Music and activities
  • Maypole ribbon weaving
  • Morris Dancers

Many exhibitors, including Warner Nature Center, Science Museum of Minnesota, Marine Library Association, Grove Elementary, Fly Tying and Casting, Log Cabin Interpretive Center, and Carnelian-Marine-St. Croix Watershed District.

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Trillium Garden Club Plant Sale - Stillwater
May
19
8:00 AM08:00

Trillium Garden Club Plant Sale - Stillwater

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

Shop from a selection of perennials, including pollinator friendly plant varieties.  Also included will be vegetables, herbs and annuals.  

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.

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