MN Nature Week Activities: May 7-13

It’s gardening season! MN Nature in St Paul, Minnesota, is beyond excited to share all the outdoor events and volunteer opportunities with you. The great state of Minnesota is green because of all the people who value the green.

It’s just a plain fact that waters, air, soil, and wildlife are impacted by our human presence—but we can help maintain a balance in nature. And in doing so we maintain balance in our own lives and enhance our health and well being.

So! Happy gardening, tree planting, pruning, watering, buckthorn pulling and whatever else you decide to do to help keep our green state great! Our DIY Garden friends over in Britain have some info and advice on bees that is timely and appropriate to check out today, especially if you’re getting ready to garden:

 

May 10

Volunteer Event: Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific & Natural Area, Inver Grove Heights
6-8 p.m. Join Friends of the Mississippi River for a volunteer day. After a brief introduction and training, volunteers will remove the extremely invasive plant garlic mustard and will be certified to return to this highly protected area to continue this much-needed work. Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.
Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific & Natural Area, Inver Grove Heights (Located just 20 minutes south of St. Paul, Pine Bend Scientific and Natural Area is home to some of the best views of the Upper Mississippi River and is a welcome respite from the bustle of the cities.)

 

May 12

Natural Resource Renewal Event
10:00 a.m. to Noon. Join the volunteer-led Natural Resource Renewal Group for a Garlic Mustard pull. Garlic Mustard, tasty garden herb that it is, is an invasive species that chokes out plant diversity in woodlands. Volunteers will be pulling as much as possible in designated areas in lower Villa Park from 10:00 am to noon Saturday, May 12. If you are able to join us, please meet at the park shelter on Cohansey street at 10:00 am. Gloves, boots, pants (not shorts) and long sleeve shirts are recommended as it might be wet in areas and some nettle is coming up. Sunscreen and insect repellent is also recommended. Native plant seed will be available to sprinkle in the weeded areas.
Villa Park, Roseville, MN

Orienteering Event $$$
Check-In: 11:30am – 1:20pm (Race Start: 12:00pm – 1:30pm; you can start a course anytime during this start window; Participants are stagger-started every 2 minutes; course closure: 3:30pm) $15+ A sport for families, hikers, and endurance athletes of all ages! Cleary Lake Regional Park is one of the most popular year-round recreation spots in the south metro. With amenities including a golf course, campground, picnic area, cross-country ski trails, swimming beach and more, this beautiful park has something for everyone.
Cleary Lake Regional Park, Prior Lake, MN

 

May 15

Volunteer Event: Pull Garlic Mustard
6-8 p.m. Join Friends of the Mississippi River for a day of volunteer work. After a brief introduction and training, we’ll proceed to the river gorge sand flats, known for their large sandy beaches and wonderful river-edge view. Working alongside FMR staff, volunteers will remove garlic mustard – an exotic plant invading many areas of the river gorge and out-competing native plants that provide wildlife habitat. Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.
River Gorge Sand Flats riverfront, Minneapolis

 

May 16

Hampton Woods Restoration Kick-off & Volunteer Event
6-8 p.m. Come be part of the first volunteer event at the largest continuous oak forest in Dakota County, Hampton Woods! Thanks to an FMR partnership with the state, Dakota County and local landowners, the 191-acre woods were recently protected as a Wildlife Management Area. Volunteers are needed to help with the first step in the restoration process, hand-pulling invasive species. Learn more and sign up via the event page, or sign up now with Amy at akilgore@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x31.
Hampton Woods Wildlife Management Area, Hampton Township, Dakota County