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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.


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.


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!


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 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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