Weds. Sept. 26 – Chad Johnson, owner of Spirit Mountain Farm, will speak about “Opening The Book Of Nature: Passage Into the Natural Kingdoms”

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Chad Johnson, long-time permaculture and biodynamic practitioner and instructor, presents fresh and engaging ways and ideas to “open the book of nature” and allow perception and passage into the unseen depths of the kingdoms of nature. Chad has been educating, designing, and installing edible forest gardens, water landscapes, and wildlife habitat ecosystems. He has also traveled and worked nationally and internationally with Sepp Holzer, world master permaculturalist. Along with Robin Foro of Nature Is My Lover, he stewards Spirit Mountain Farm. They will have potent wild and biodynamic medicines and natural health and beauty products on hand.

Yard Tour at Lynn Watson’s Home, Wed July 25

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Lynn and her husband moved to Duluth in 2014.  The gardens were planted to cut down lawn mowing and improve native habitat.  Quick ‘place holder’ plants’ were bought to make shade, wind reducers, etc. to be replaced by native plants later.  Multi-task shrubs and trees were added.. Work toward replacement with more native plants continues. The trick was to get as many micro habitats into an urban backyard as possible.  Birdwatching is a long term hobby, so Don and I have now counted over 50 species of birds from a yard that had 3.  All the views now have seasonal foliage/texture/color. The biggest take away from these garden is how to maximize design with the hardscape and natural feature challenges that any urban yard offers.

Rain date: Thursday, July 26

Time: 6:30-8 PM

Location: 729 Lincoln Parkway, Duluth

Greenhouse and garden tour at College of St. Scholastica – Wed. June 13

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Tour the greenhouse & greenroof area, and the Nun’s garden at College of St. Scholastica from 6:30-8 pm. 
After the tour, help plant on the greenroof;  plants donated by Paul Hlina, long time Wild Ones member and owner of Leaning Pine Natives. Bring trowel, gloves, kneeling pad, etc.  Jane Wattrus, MS Benedictine professor, will be our guide.
Jane has been teaching courses in Biology at the College of Saint Scholastica for 21 years. Courses she currently teaches are: Environmental Topics, Ecology, Field Biology, Plant Systematics and Life Science. Jane also manages the CSS greenhouse. She has a graduate degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of North Texas and an undergraduate degree in Biology from University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Directions:  Meet in the first parking lot, on the left side of road into campus from College & Kenwood Ave, (lot before you go over the little stone bridge on campus, that goes over Chester Creek). We will then walk to Nun’s gardens, then on up hill to Science building where we will ride elevator to greenhouse/green rooftop area. We can see each area, chat, have Q & A and then end evening with a bit of planting!


Weds. May 23 – Wild Ones Garden Talk & Maintenance

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Carol Andrews will give a short history of our garden, the original layout and discuss current plans. 

This maintenance/meeting will be held outside at our Lakewalk garden.  Join other members to learn to identify plants and work in our chapter’s garden.  Please bring tools if you can, such as a small digging spade, a bucket for weeds, edging shovel, hand pruner and something to kneel on, plus maybe a lawn chair. Dress for the weather. If you wish, bring a snack to share.


Duluth Stream Restoration with Kate Kubiak, Wed. April 25

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Stream Restoration Projects Implemented from 2012-2017

Join Kate Kubiak from the South St. Louis Soil & Water Conservation District to learn about the past five years of stream restoration work to repair erosion problems caused by the 2012 flood.

Location: Hartley Nature Center 
Time: Wednesday, February 28 ?  6:30 pm socialize and refreshments, 7:00 pm program
Photo of recent project on Amity Creek to repair flood damage.

Backyard Phenology with Rebecca Montgomery, Wed. Feb 28

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Backyard Phenology: Tracking Nature’s Cycles and Seasons in a Changing Climate

Join us for an exciting talk by Rebecca Montgomery, an Associate Professor in the Department of Forest Resources in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She holds a bachelor?s degree in Biology from Occidental College, a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Connecticut and was a post-doctoral scholar at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Rebecca?s research interests include forest ecology, plant functional ecology, global change biology, phenology and citizen science. She has worked in tropical, temperate, and boreal ecosystems. Her work has allowed her to travel the globe, highlights of which include: trading flashlights and fishing line for bows and arrows in the Western Amazon, crossing the channel between Molokai and Oahu in an outrigger canoe and harrowing landings on mountain airstrips in Papua New Guinea.

Location: Hartley Nature Center 
Time: Wednesday, February 28 ?  6:30 pm socialize and refreshments, 7:00 pm program

Natural Connections with Emily Stone, Wed Jan 24

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Natural Connections: Exploring Northwoods nature through Science and Your Senses

Explore Northwoods nature with a knowledgeable guide. Join naturalist and author Emily Stone on a Northwoods adventure and you?ll soon be captivated by her animated storytelling style and knack for turning any old thing into a shining bit of stardust. Find out what makes rain smell so good, which native flower creates its own trebuchet, which flower is a cheater, and more!

Emily M. Stone is a naturalist by birth, training, profession, and passion. Her childhood spent as a ?mud and water daughter? in northeast Iowa led to a degree in outdoor education from Northland College and a Field Naturalist Masters from the University of Vermont.

As the Naturalist/Education Director at the Cable Natural History Museum in Cable, Wisconsin, Emily writes a weekly ?Natural Connections? column published in more than a dozen local and regional newspapers, including the Duluth Reader. She has earned multiple Excellence in Craft awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America.  

She loves gardening, cross country skiing, mountain biking, and canoeing in the Boundary Waters.  Emily?s first book, Natural Connections: Exploring Northwoods Nature through Science and Your Senses, will be available for sale and signing after the talk.

Location: Hartley Nature Center 
Time: Wednesday, January 24 ?  6:30 pm socialize and refreshments, 7:00 pm program

Lesser Known Shrubs of the Northland with Gene Schmidt, Wed Nov 29

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Learn about Lesser Known Shrubs of the Northland

Join us on Wednesday, November 29 for a talk by Gene Schmidt on the lesser known shrubs of the Northland. Gene is the woody plant production manager at Boreal Natives.

Photo credit: Prairie Restoration – Downy arrowood (Viburnum rafinesquianum)

Location: Hartley Nature Center 
Time: Wednesday, November 29 ?  6:30 pm socialize and refreshments, 7:00 pm program


Spruce Budworm and Northern Minnesota Forest Ecology with Beth Peterson, Wed Oct 25

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Learn about Spruce Budworm and Northern Minnesota Forest Ecology

Spruce budworm is a native forest pest of spruce and balsam fir trees. It has a long history in Minnesota and the latest outbreak spans from the north shore to Brinson. This presentation will go over some of the frequently asked questions, including how to identify the insect, what to expect, and what you can do if you find it on your trees. We will also be taking a step back to look at the landscape level impacts of this seemingly destructive pest, including wildfire ecology, forest succession, and the ways humans have changed these relationships, posing new challenges to land managers.

Spruce budworm

Photo credit: Natural Resources Canada

Beth Peterson is a forester for both the North and South St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD). She works with individual landowners, all over the county, to help them manage conservation concerns in their woods. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with a degree in forest ecosystem management.

Location: Hartley Nature Center 
Time: Wednesday, October 25 ?  6:30 pm socialize and refreshments, 7:00 pm program

Seed Collection, Storage, and Planting with Dan Schutte – Wed. September 27

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Learn about Native Seed Collection, Storage, and Planting!

Join us for a seed & shrub exchange followed by an informative presentation by Dan Schutte, owner of Shoreview Natives. Dan will discuss seed collection & storage, propagating native plants using indoor, homemade light systems, and different approaches to site preparation and planting native plugs.

If you are interested in participating in the seed & shrub exchange, please bring your labeled items to share.

Location: Hartley Nature Center 
Time: Wednesday, September 27 ?  6:30 pm seed/shrub exchange & socialize, 7:00 pm program