Minnesota Master Naturalist

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BWBR - National Park Service and MN DNR

Fort Snelling, St. Paul, MN website

101 Snelling Lake Road
Saint Paul, MN 55111

Public lands are an invaluable asset in the United States. In the Twin Cities, we are lucky to have public parks and open space weaving throughout our vibrant urban and suburban communities, of which 72 miles along the Mississippi River are designated as the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service. In this session of Big Woods Big Rivers, the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers becomes our classroom as we head outside for six weeks of hands-on, experiential learning about the National Park and State Parks and Trails in our backyards. We’ll delve into the natural and cultural history of Minnesota’s deciduous forest biome including the plant and animal communities, geology, and hydrology of the area. Participants of this course will also gain a deeper understanding of how individuals can play an active role in facilitating and improving the connection between people and nature.

In addition to indoor and outdoor classroom learning, participants will complete a group service project in partnership with the host organizations.

Class will be based at the Fort Snelling State Park Visitor Center. Class time will involve time indoors and outdoors, so please come prepared to be comfortable in early spring weather.

Classes will be on Wednesdays from 9am - 2:30pm, March 15 - April 19. Two field trips will be held from 9am - 4:30pm on Friday, March 24 and Friday, April 7.

This class is sponsored by:
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, National Park Service
Fort Snelling State Park, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, State Parks and Trails
University of Minnesota Extension

Course instructors:
Britt Forsberg, University of Minnesota Extension
Krista Jensen, Lead Naturalist, Fort Snelling State Park
Karen Katz, Park Ranger, National Park Service

The course cost is $275 and includes course manuals and supplies.

If the course cost is a hardship, please fill out the scholarship application and send it to us.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 9:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. on:

Instructor Information

Karen Katz

Britt Forsberg

Britt Forsberg is the program coordinator for the Minnesota Native Bee Atlas, a citizen science program developed to create an open, comprehensive database of native bee species in Minnesota. She uses her experiences leading youth and adults in inquiry science and the outdoors to help guide students to the realization that anyone can be a scientist. Britt holds a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MEd in Family Education from the University of Minnesota.

Krista Jensen

Sponsor Information

National Park Service


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