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.

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. 

    • November 09, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch, Stewartville, MN
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    On Thursday night we will be spending the night at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch.  Our Friday will start off by caravanning to Whitewater State Park, where we will be spending the entire day.  In the morning we will have a presentation by Scott Mehus of the National Eagle Center about the Golden Eagle research that has been happening there.  Then we will break for lunch and have a little time to explore on our own.  Then in the afternoon we will be taken on a tour of the less seen areas of Whitewater State Park by Interpretive Naturalist Sara Holger who will teach us about the unique geology and history of the area.  We will conclude the day by heading to Eagle Bluff ELC just in time for dinner and the start of the Conference!

    • November 09, 2018
    • 3:30 PM
    • November 11, 2018
    • 1:30 PM
    • Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Lanesboro, MN


    As Naturalists, we face many challenges.  The ‘big picture’ issues challenges to stay relevant and inclusive, and smaller day-to-day problems can feel just as large when you add them all up.  So this year, we are going back to basics, stepping back to focus on the everyday tasks we do:  What can we do to improve our processes?  Are there new tricks we can employ to make us more effective?  Ways to organize curriculum more effectively?  Valuable nuggets of information that will help us?  Because sometimes even the smallest changes can make a world of difference! Check out the Conference Guide to learn more. See you at Eagle Bluff!

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