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“The Minnesota Naturalists’ Association (MNA) exists to advance
natural and cultural resource interpretation 
for the purpose
of fostering wise stewardship of all resources.”

2023 Annual Conference!

We are delighted to announce the upcoming Naturalist Conference, "Micro to Macro: Connecting with Nature at Every Level," held at the scenic Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center from November 3rd to 5th, 2023. Join us for a fun weekend where naturalists, scientists, and enthusiasts will come together to share their experiences, knowledge, and research. Through a series of engaging workshops, presentations, and discussions, participants will delve into the interconnectedness of all living things, from the tiniest microorganisms to the grandest ecosystems. This conference offers a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding and appreciation of nature, while fostering your own connections within the field. Whether you're a seasoned naturalist or just beginning your journey, we invite you to join us at Wolf Ridge ELC for this enriching event. Don't miss this chance to connect with nature on a whole new level, registration is open!

If you would like to present on a topic that you believe fits with our Micro to Macro theme, visit to submit your idea! Or reach out to with any questions.


MNA sponsors several free or low-cost professional development opportunities at venues around the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. Workshops are focused on content and practice for both naturalist staff and volunteers. Topics include natural/cultural history, citizen science, recreation, and outdoor skills. Workshops are held three times during the year. 

To see upcoming workshops and register,
visit the workshop page. 

Become a Member

As a member of MNA,
you will receive benefits such as:

  • Quarterly Newsletters
  • Monthly eNews
  • Free Workshops (3 Per Year)
  • Discount on the Annual Conference
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Forum on topics such as animal care,
    seasonal staffing, and more! 

    To become a member, visit our Membership page!

How To Get Involved

Are you interested in getting involved with the organization but don't know how? There are many ways to be involved!

Join the Conference Committee
Contact Eva and Erin at

Join the Diversity & Equity Committee
Contact Stephanie at

Write For The Newsletter
Contact Molly at


One of MNA's goals is to provide more support for seasonal naturalists and to create a seasonal staffing best practices document. In order to best assist, we first wanted to survey both seasonal staff and their hiring supervisors to further understand what support is currently being offered and what is needed/wanted. If you have questions on this survey, feel free to email Becky at mnaconference(@) The deadline to fill out this survey is Monday, April 12.
Thanks in advance for your responses!

Naturalist Support Survey - For Seasonal Staff

Naturalist Support Survey - For Hiring Supervisors

Expand Relief Funding for EE Providers

Maplewood Nature Center closure - Information and Resources (Google Folder) Link to Task Force application:

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