Chapter Meetings

Monthly meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of each month, September through May at Hartley Nature Center, 3001 Woodland Ave, Duluth, MN 55803, as part of their adult-ed series.  Meetings start at 7:00 pm with socializing at 6:30 pm.

Our 2018 -2019 Calendar

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

“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.”

Oct. 24 – Mari Hardel will explain the work of the Duluth Collaborative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA).  Steve Schoenbauer will talk about Duluth Invaders R2ED and Event Teams: who we are; what we do; and why.

Mari Hardel works on the MN Department of Agriculture’s Noxious and Invasive Weed Team and with plant protection in Duluth. Steve Schoenbauer is a retired teacher who, for the past year, has worked for Duluth Parks and Recreation. He coordinates two groups of about 75 individuals who volunteer their time to manage invasive plant species in Duluth parks; facilitates one time volunteer groups; and personally manages invasive “hot spots” on public properties.

Nov. 28 – Larry Weber will speak about his new book Web Watching: A Guide to Webs & the Spiders That Make Them

Larry Weber is a retired science teacher and a talented naturalist who captivates with his enthusiasm and energy. Weber is the author of Backyard Almanac (1995), Butterflies of New England (2002), Spiders of the Northwoods (2002), and Butterflies of the Northwoods (2006), In a Patch of Goldenrods (2016). He also co-authored Fascinating Fungi of the Northwoods (2006). His awards include the Minnesota Secondary Science Teacher of the Year in 1993 and the National Biology Teacher Association’s Middle School Life Science Teacher of the Year for 1998.   You will have the opportunity to buy signed copies of Larry’s books!

Dec.  – No meeting in December

Jan 30 – Cancelled due to the severe cold weather

Feb. 27 – Winter Sowing; hands-on workshop by Lynn Watson.
Winter sowing handout

Start planting seeds for Spring right now. Plant annual, perennial, and vegetable seeds. Germination is inside mini-greenhouses of translucent plastic recyclables. No indoor light set up or inside watering. Plant, then place containers in the snow. Keep sowing containers of seeds all winter. Plants grown outside need no hardening off. Transplants go into Spring gardens.
Supplies to bring: translucent milk/water jugs/liter pop, by-pass shears/steak knife, 2 shallow plastic bins/tubs. Germination mix & seeds provided.

March 27 – Raising Mason Bees (Osmia lignaria) and other Cavity-Nesting Solitary Bees presented by Claire Lande.

Claire Lande is an entomologist, beekeeper, and owner of Junebug Bee Farm. She will be talking about the biology and management of native mason bees and other cavity-nesting bees, including the joys and challenges of raising them in Northern Minnesota.

April 24 – Urban & Suburban Meadows, Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces (DVD)

Author and director of Photography, Catherine Zimmerman, combines storytelling, environmental issues, horticulture and organic practices to offer meadowscaping as a lawn alternative.  Meadow and prairie experts Michael Nadeau, Larry Weaner and Neil Diboll, share their experience in organic site preparation, meadow design, planting and maintenance. Entomologist Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, weighs in on the native plant, native insect connection.

The video and companion book offer the tools to create living sustainable, organic landscapes in backyards, schoolyards, churches and communities. Video chapters detail meadow preparation, design, native plants, planting and maintenance.  Website:

Weds. May 22 – Searching for Minnesota’s Native Wildflowers: A Guide for Beginners, Botanists, and Everyone in Between, (2018) Author Phyllis Root & Photographer Kelly Povo

MN author Phyllis Root and photographer Kelly Povo spent ten years exploring MN woods, prairies, hillsides, lakes, and bogs for wildflowers, taking pictures and notes, gathering clues, mapping the way for fellow flower hunters. They will present on their epic pursuit with helpful tips, photographs, and the story of their own search. Northern Gardener has reviewed the book, Northern gardener review. The public is welcome!

Weds. June 26 – Tour of Sax-Zim Bog with Clinton Nienhaus, Head Naturalist. – Chapter Members Only

Tues. July 23 Glensheen Garden Tour – Chapter Members Only

Weds. Aug. 21- Yard Tour – Chapter Members only