Chapter Programs

Most monthly programs are open to both members and non-members. However, some will have space or venue limitations and will need pre-registration. Indoor programs will typically be held in the Fellowship Hall on the lower level of the Emmaus Baptist Church, 712 Linden Street N, Northfield, Minnesota. Parking is located on the south side of the church.

Chapter Program Schedule

Programs at Emmaus Church unless otherwise noted. We will not start indoor in-person meetings until it is safe to do so. Outside tour dates may change due to weather. 

Upcoming 2022 Programs

PLEASE NOTE: tour dates are subject to change.

Nov 10th, 6 pm – Annual Meeting and “Unseen and untold stories of a native garden”, Bonnie-Harper Lore.

  • Gathering starts at 6pm at the Emmaus Church of Northfield (712 Linden St N)
  • People are welcome to bring native plant seeds (only true natives please) to share and exchange.  Please identify your seeds in clearly labeled envelopes, preferably with common and Latin names on them.
  • If you wish, please bring an easy to share appetizer or snack
  • At 6:30PM we will vote on 2023 Prairie Partner officers and share updates and information
  • At 7:00PM Bonnie will start her presentation “Unseen and Untold Stories of a Native Garden” Bonnie, a well-known expert on native plants,  is also a very experienced gardener with a passion for nature and our natural world.  She will present on native garden insect visitors we rarely see – but they are there- and will share photos of insects obscurely doing very curious things as we pass by.  So much happens in our gardens that we are oblivious to, but Bonnie will help us see some of these hidden stories and share secrets at how to find them.

Dec 8th, 11:30am Luncheon – location to be determined

December – Nature watching where you are.   We would love to have all members just take a bit of time to look for birds and other wildlife from wherever you are and report back so we can tabulate the results and see what people are seeing out there.

Past 2022 Programs

January 13, 7pm  – Mushrooms: Delicious, Deadly and Fascinating!” By Laura Teele, via Zoom
Find more information on the presentation and questions/answers here.

February 10, 7pm “Landscaping with Native Plants”, by Cheryl Culbreth video, via Zoom, with Cheryl in attendance to answer questions
Here is a link to the presentation:   Landscaping with Native Plants – YouTube
If you wish to connect with Cheryl her email is:  [email protected]  Please make sure to note in the header line that you have a follow-up question or request, or whatever it is you are checking on.  Here is Cheryl’s landscape-restoration website:

March 10th, 7pm – Bringing back the Bluebirds, by Carrol Johnson via Zoom.

April 14th 7PM – “Landscaping with Edible Natives” – Pete Widin, via zoom.  If you missed Pete’s presentation you can find it on our Facebook page here.

May 5th, 6pm – Ephemerals Tour– Cannon River Park, led by Janet Petri.

May 21st, 9am-2pm – Emmaus Church Parking Lot – Nancy Schumacher

June 9th, 7pm – What’s coming up in my native garden?” – Nancy Schumacher

June 16th, 7pm – Koester Prairie Tour – to be led by Dave Kuhnau.

July 14th, 5pm Lashbrook Park and Potluck picnic at 6:30 – to be led by Ken Kirton.

Aug 11th, 5:30 pm or 6 pmWhitewater State Park Native Garden tour, led by Joel Dunnette.

Sep 8th, 6pm – Dakota County Whitetail Park

Oct 13th, 5:30 pm Identifying Fall and Winter Trees”, Breanna Wheeler

Past 2021 Programs

January 14th, 7pm:  A Guide to Restoring the Little Things – Doug Tallamy (Zoom Meeting)
If you missed Doug’s presentation you can find it here.

February 11th, 7pm:  On the Hunt for Northwoods Butterflies – Allison Barta (Zoom Meeting)
If you missed Allison’s presentation you can find it here.

March 11th, 7pm:  Planting a Pocket Prairie – Bre Bauerly (Zoom Meeting)
If you missed Bre’s presentation you can find it here.

April 8th, 7pm:  Botanical Wanderings – Mike Lynch (Zoom Meeting)
If you missed Mike’s presentation you can find it here.

April 22nd, 6pm:  Spring Ephemerals at Nerstrand Park – Led by Katie Gillispie

May 13th, 7pm: Jumping Worms – (Zoom Meeting)
If you missed the Jumping Worms presentation you can find it here.  The Q&A at the end will be from the original presentation, not our viewing of it.

May 22nd , 9am – 3pm: Northfield Prairie Partners Plant Sale
Emmaus Church parking lot, 712 N Linden St., Northfield, MN.

July 15th, 6:00 pm:  Native Garden tour in Northfield. 

August 12th, 6:30 pm:  Tour of River Bend Nature Center Prairie Lands.

September 1stButterfly Tagging at Ney Nature Center, Henderson, MN.

September 9th: St. Olaf Natural Lands Tour

October 14thShade Gardens: Native Plants and Ecological Benefits – (Zoom Meeting)

Nov 11th, 7pm:  Backyard Photography – Kevin Corrigan  (Zoom Meeting)

Dec 9th, 11am:  Lunch at St. Olaf Buntrock Commons