WORKSHOPS

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. 

    • March 05, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park Visitor Center, 10360 West River Road, Brooklyn Park
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    Register

    BEETLES Structures and Behaviors


    Observing an organism can be a rewarding learning experience that helps students develop a meaningful relationship with the natural world. Students often engage more deeply in observing an organism if they’re given some sort of task to focus their observations. In this activity, pairs of students find an organism, then observe and record its structures and behaviors. Students apply the lens of adaptations as they come up with explanations for how their organisms’ structures and behaviors might help it survive in its habitat. In a group discussion, students consider the relationship between organisms’ structures and possible functions, which is a useful science thinking tool that can help them to better understand the natural world. This activity helps students develop a definition of adaptation that includes both behavioral and structural adaptations (adaptations are inheritable structures or behaviors that help a population of organisms survive in their habitat), and gives students the experience applying that definition to an organism in the local ecosystem.


    Check-in begins at 8:30 and the program begins at 9:00. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided.

    Register early to save your spot!

    Directions to Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park

    10360 West River Road

    Brooklyn Park, MN 55444


    TRAINING PARTNERS: Three Rivers Park District - Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park


    MNA Professional Development workshops are offered at least three times a year. They are provided as a benefit of membership. Members attend for free and are given priority registration. Non-members can register after a designated waiting period and pay a $10 non-refundable fee. For workshops where space is limited, registration may be limited to members only.

    • June 08, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Eastman Nature Center

    Presented by the Minnesota Herpetological Society. More details forthcoming!

    Directions to Eastman Nature Center

    13351 Elm Creek Rd

    Maple Grove, MN 55369

    TRAINING PARTNERS: Three Rivers Park District - Eastman Nature Center and Minnesota Herpetological Society

    MNA Professional Development workshops are offered at least three times a year. They are provided as a benefit of membership. Members attend for free and are given priority registration. Non-members can register after a designated waiting period and pay a $10 non-refundable fee. For workshops where space is limited, registration may be limited to members only.

    • September 14, 2020
    • Maplewood Nature Center
    • 30

    Presented by the Lower Phalen Creek Project. More details forthcoming!

    Directions to Maplewood Nature Center

    2659 7th Street E
    Maplewood, MN 55109


    TRAINING PARTNERS: Lower Phalen Creek Project and Maplewood Nature Center

    MNA Professional Development workshops are offered at least three times a year. They are provided as a benefit of membership. Members attend for free and are given priority registration. Non-members can register after a designated waiting period and pay a $10 non-refundable fee. For workshops where space is limited, registration may be limited to members only.

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