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NOVEMBER 2017

Wednesday November 8, 2017

7:00 pm Social, 7:20 pm Program
Eden Prairie Community Center 

16700 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55346
 
Restoring Native Soil Microbes To Support Native Plants
Presenter: Bob Dahm ‘Organic Bob’

Bob will explore the connection between soil microbes and ecological restoration. He will discuss exotic invasives and the damage they cause to soil, the link between native plants, pollinators and native soil microbes. Attendees will learn what to do to heal the soil in a way to support native plants and create an environment that discourages exotic invasives.

As a farm-raised son of a farmer and school teacher/soil conservation activist, Bob watched his Dad and Grandpa and many of their farmer friends die of cancer. He was convinced there had to be a better way.

Later, as grounds manager for a children’s psychiatric hospital, he refused to use chemicals on the playground. After using organic methods and products, the playground grass looked better than the chemically treated turf. Staff asked him to do it on their lawns and Organic Bob was born. That was in 1986.


JANUARY 2018

Wednesday January 10, 2018

7:00 pm Social, 7:20 pm Program
Eden Prairie Community Center 

16700 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55346
 
The Importance, Care, and Feeding of Native Pollinators
Presenter: Dave Crawford, retired Minnesota State Park Naturalist

Dave will share photos and videos of pollinators to illustrate a sample of the diversity of this group, and the specific needs which must be provided for in order to maintain pollinator-friendly habitat.  He’ll illustrate a proposed “palette” of native plants which can help provide for pollinators’ nutrition throughout the growing season, based on what has worked in his own native plant gardens.

Dave Crawford is a retired Minnesota State Park Naturalist who has worked and volunteered at parks up and down the St. Croix Valley for over 40 years. After retiring, he developed a growing interest in the many hundreds of species of pollinating insects that are native to Minnesota. He documents his pollinator finds in parks and in his home’s native plant gardens through video and still photography. He’s presented talks on pollinators and native plant gardening to a variety of audiences across central Minnesota.


FEBRUARY 2018

Wild Ones Annual Design With Nature Conference

February 17, 2018

Anderson Student Center, University of St. Thomas, St.Paul Campus
More information: www.designwithnatureconference.org


MARCH 2018

Wednesday January 14, 2018

7:00 pm Social, 7:20 pm Program
Eden Prairie Community Center 

16700 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55346
 
More information coming soon!

APRIL 2018

Wednesday April 11, 2018

7:00 pm Social, 7:20 pm Program
Eden Prairie Community Center 

16700 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55346
 
Presenter: Alan Branhagen, Author, Director of Operations MN Landscape Arboretum

More information coming soon!