MNA social events several times a year around the Minneapolis and St.Paul Metro Area. These are additional opportunities for our members to socialize and network outside of the annual conference.
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.
Reptiles and Amphibians of Minnesota
Minnesota is home to more than 50 species of amphibians and reptiles. During this four-hour workshop, you will learn more about those native species; learn tips and tricks for handling and teaching about them; learn survey techniques; and hear more about their captive care and veterinary needs. If your center houses natives, you won't want to miss this exciting educational experience. Presented by the Minnesota Herpetological Society.
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
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