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 usually held on the first or second Monday in January, June and September.

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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 one week 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. 

    • June 12, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Dodge Nature Center
    • 66

    Animals enhance programming and engage audiences in a special way. But it isn’t always possible to use live animals. Join Dodge Nature Center naturalists to learn how to give your audience a quality animal experience without needing to rely on live animals. This workshop will not only show you how to incorporate artifacts and create props, but give you the opportunity to participate in activities to help you learn how to make animal–themed programs come alive.

    Check-in begins at 8:30, program begins at 9. Register early to save your spot. 

    Maximum of 75 participants.
    Directions to Dodge Nature Center.

    TRAINING PARTNERS:  Dodge 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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