MNA sponsors several free or low-cost professional development opportunities at venues around the Minneapolis and St.Paul Metro Area. Workshops are focused on content and practice for both naturalist staff and volunteers on topics including natural/cultural history, citizen science, recreation, and outdoor skills. Workshops are held three times during the year.

In order to provide the best experience possible for both participants and host sites, pre-registration is required for all workshops. Online registration will close prior to the workshop and a confirmation email will be sent to you. We apologize for the inconvenience but we will not be able to accommodate walk-ins or requests made after the registration deadline has passed. If you have any questions regarding upcoming workshops or registration please email the MNA Professional Development Workshop Coordinator. 

    • November 15, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Audubon Center of the North Woods, Sandstone, MN
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    On Thursday night we will be spending the night at Audubon Center of the North Woods. After a lovely breakfast at the Audubon, we will head out to the Hinckley Fire Museum for a guided tour. Next, we will make our way to St. Croix State Park for a bag lunch in the Trail Center, a chat with the State Park Manager, and some time to explore the park. We will meet with DNR staff for a brief introduction about Scientific and Natural Areas at the Trail Center, before finishing our day with a guided exploration of the Kettle River SNA. We will return to Audubon with plenty of time to complete check-in for the full conference and get settled before dinner!

    • November 15, 2019
    • 3:30 PM
    • November 17, 2019
    • 1:30 PM
    • Audubon Center of the North Woods - Sandstone, MN


    We are ready to take up some of the big, gigantic, colossal questions and issues that face our field and our society once again: climate change, species extinctions, diversity and equity. But this time around, we invite you to focus a bit less on the practical and tangible and a bit more on big ideas, big questions, and the shape of our future. We must stay grounded in our commitment to Thinking Outside, while still daring to stretch out of our own comfort zones and start to Outgrow the Box that we have thrived in for so long. Check out the Conference Guide to learn more. See you at Audubon!

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