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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 and St.Paul Metro Area. Workshops are focused on content and practice for both naturalist staff and volunteers on topics including natural/cultural history, citizen science, recreation, and outdoor skills.
Workshops are held three times during the year.

In order to provide the best experience possible for both participants and host sites, pre-registration is required for all workshops. Online registration will close prior to the workshop and a confirmation email will be sent to you. We apologize for the inconvenience but we will not be able to accommodate walk-ins or requests made after the registration deadline has passed. If you have any questions regarding upcoming workshops or registration please email the MNA Professional Development Workshop Coordinator. 

    • April 14, 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • Various Locations-Look in the Description

    Minnesota Naturalist Association is chock full of some neat folks with a wide breadth of knowledge and experience. With spring in full swing let's get together and share some institutional know-how!

    We're starting mentor nature walks where at the same time, in three locations across the state of Minnesota, we have the opportunity to spend some time in nature with fellow naturalists. Let's interact with place-based learning and share experiences and meet new folks in our local parts of the state!

    The first set of these walks are Sunday, April 14th at:

    • Southern Minnesota: Minneopa State Park at 1pm meeting up with Becky Pollack

    • Northern Minnesota: Sax Zim Bog at 1pm meeting up with Rachel Giemza

    • Central Minnesota: Lilly Property at Dodge at 1pm meeting up with Megan Beatty

    • June 01, 2024
    • 10:00 AM
    • 2300 Tiwahe Circle, Shakopee, MN 55372

    The Shakopee Mdewakanton is hosting a guided tour for the Minnesota Naturalist Association. Learn and gain further appreciation and understanding of the Dakota people of Minnesota as we tour their beautiful cultural site, Hocokata Ti. Gain further cultural understanding and ask questions as we explore the site.

    The tour starts at 10am on Saturday, June 1st at the Hockata Ti site. See you all there!

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