Parks Notices
MN Master Naturalist : Big Woods Big Rivers Class Robert Ney County Park Maple Lake
Posted date:4/18/2014 New


Join us to learn more about the Big Woods/Big Rivers biome at the Wright County Parks Environmental Education Center west of Monticello in the heart of the BWBR. Come learn about the plants, animals, history, geology, hydrology and ecology of Minnesota’s forests and waterways.

You will gain valuable tools for exploring the natural world and sharing it with others, and we will spend significant portions of each class outside learning and practicing those skills. The course runs from May 19 to May 24, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM and Saturday 8:30 AM to noon.

One all-day (Thursday) and four short field trips are included in the schedule and will feature Wright County parks and Lake Maria State Park. Participants will do a capstone project - project suggestions will be provided. Graduates then volunteer 40 hours each year to remain an active Master Naturalist Volunteer.

The course cost is $200 and includes course manuals and supplies.

Go to and register now!

Master Gardener Program at Ney Park, May 17, 2014
Posted date:4/18/2014 New


Please join us on Saturday, May 17, for a morning of fun as we explore Good Bugs and Bad Bugs at the Education Center in Ney Park, located in Maple Lake. We will explore different bugs – Beneficials, Pollinators and Invasive Species that are now known in Minnesota. We will finish off the morning with a Bug Walk to identify bugs that we have discussed in our talks. The event starts w/registration at 8:00. The program will start at 8:30 and conclude at 12:00. Coffee, water and cookies will be provided. Cost of the program is $10. Please register early as space is limited.