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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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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Stillwater Earth Day Raingarden Clean-Up (RESCHEDULED)
May
5
10:00 AM10:00

Stillwater Earth Day Raingarden Clean-Up (RESCHEDULED)

  • Staples Park, Washington Square Park, Oak Glen neighborhood (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Sustainable Stillwater MN and Lily Lake Association are teaming up with the Middle St. Croix Watershed Management Organization to clean-up raingardens around Stillwater. Join a team to help keep the raingardens beautiful and working properly! Bring your rakes, work gloves, trowels, and a water bottle. 

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2018 St. Croix Summit
Apr
24
8:00 AM08:00

2018 St. Croix Summit

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls - University Center (map)
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Sponsored by St. Croix River Association

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic River Act and the birth of the country’s first wild and scenic river national park – the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

As we look towards the next 50 years, who will be there to protect it?

Discover how climate and land use changes are affecting the environment and communities within the St. Croix watershed and empower youth to take action towards ensuring a resilient future for us all.

The 2018 St. Croix Summit starts off with a half day of inspiring speakers followed by an afternoon workshop for high school and college students hosted by Climate Generation.

Highlights Include:

  • Dr. Satish Desai – President of March for Science Minnesota
  • Dr. Charles Rader – Professor, University of Wisconsin-River Falls Dept. of Geography and Geographic Information Science
  • Dr. James Almendinger – Director of the Science Museum of Minnesota St. Croix Watershed Research Station
  • Dr. Matthew Mitro – Coldater Fisheries Research Scientist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • Student workshops by Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

Registration Information:

The 2018 St. Croix Summit is a half day conference for resource professionals and students, followed by a workshop specifically for students to learn how they can take action to protect our changing environment.

General admission is $25 for a half day filled with inspiring speakers, adjouring at noon. Lunch not included.

The full day conference for students, including all speakers and afternoon student workshop is free for high school and college studentsLunch is on your own. You may bring a bag lunch or purchase lunch from University dining options. More information HERE

Have a group of students you want to bring? For group registration or more information contact Monica Zachay at monicaz@scramail.com or (715) 483-3300.

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Workshop: Shoreland Properties for Realtors and Appraisers
Apr
5
8:30 AM08:30

Workshop: Shoreland Properties for Realtors and Appraisers

“Can I put in a retaining wall?” “Can I add a second story?”

Do you get questions like these about properties in floodplain, shoreland, or riverway districts? Join the East Metro Water Resource Education Program, Minnesota DNR, and St Croix River Association to learn answers to questions that shoreland property owners have!

Tickets: $32 - Earn 4 CE Credits!

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