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. 

    • August 21, 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Lift Bridge Brewery

    Come socialize with great people over a delicious beverage! MNA's Townie Tuesday at Lift Bridge Brewery in Stillwater is on August 21 from 3-10 p.m. A portion of sales from pints and growlers (beer and root beer) go to MNA that day. We hope to see you there!

    • September 17, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 54165 Audubon Rd, Sandstone, MN 55072
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    Join Audubon Center of the North Woods (ACNW) Executive Director Bryan Wood for a field-based session on reading the landscape. All environments are impacted or disturbed: the only difference may be that the disturbance is “human caused” or “naturally caused.” Every environment reacts to disturbances. Between disturbance and the natural succession in plant communities, there are many options for interpretation. Interpreters are often asked "What happened here?" To answer that question you need to make observations, look for patterns, seek resources, and eventually put them together into a coherent story. To tell the best stories, the interpreter needs to have a good base of knowledge, a sharp eye, and an inquisitive mind. During this session we will learn to be better observers of the landscape and to put together pieces into coherent stories. These skills can be applied wherever the interpreter goes.

    Check-in begins at 9:30, program begins at 10:00. We will take a lunch break at 12:00 (lunch provided by ACNW) and we will conclude at 2:00. Feel free to bring snacks.

    Register early to save your spot!

    Directions to Audubon Center of the North Woods

    54165 Audubon Rd

    Sandstone, MN 55072

    TRAINING PARTNERS: Audubon Center of the North Woods

    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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