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.  Outside tour dates may change due to weather. 

Upcoming 2024 Programs

Tuesday February 20th , 7pm Zoom presentation – a joint event with MN Wild Ones Chapters:  “Looking Forward to a Livelier Landscape” by Alan Branhagen.  

Alan Branhagen is Executive Director of the Natural Land Institute (NLI) in Rockford, Illinois: one of the nation’s first land trusts.  From 2017-2023 he was the Director of Operations at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum where he managed Horticulture, Plant Curation, and Natural Resource Management as well as its facilities of the 1,200-acre site.   This program will provide some additional ideas about how we can bring more nature into our landscapes. Insects run the world after plants. Learn about some keystone plants to nurture more insects and create a more sustainable landscape.

Click HERE for link to Zoom presentation.

Thursday March 14, 7pm in person, at Emmaus Church– Native Seeds: Tips for collecting, cleaning and storing”  by Nancy Schumacher

Nancy, our Vice President, lead of our plant sale as well as many of our activities, grower of many of the plants in our plant sale, expert at growing and managing native plants, gardens and restored prairies, will present on harvesting native seeds, as well as cleaning and storing them for use.  If you wish to collect native seeds, it is important to start thinking about it in the spring and to understand when and how to harvest different species.

Thursday, April 11, 6pm Annual anniversary dinner – Fireside in Dennison 

Thursday, April 25, 7pm – Ephemerals tour – River Terrace SNA – Cannon Falls – DATE MAY CHANGE, depends on season!

Saturday, May 18, 9am – Plant Sale – Emmaus Church parking lot 

Sunday June  23 – Field day on insect signs and tracking –Eric Vehe on insects feeding on native plants, event hosted with Master Naturalists. 

Thursday July 11, 7pm – Tour Scott and Kathy Regenscheid gardens (and house, very unique, multiple gardens, great views of Circle Lake and wetlands) 

Sunday July 21 afternoon  – Native Garden Tours – Pat Johnson’s, her granddaughter Penelope’s?, Carl Caskey’s,  another?  Start at 2pm?

Thursday, August  8, 6:30pm – Mud Creak WMA – restored prairie, gentians, compass plants, cup flowers, some leadplant, monarda…  Has rocky road down to a boardwalk up to the mud lake (near I35 & Hwy19) – can be too wet to get to the boardwalk some  years.

Thursday August 22, 2:30pm – Tentative date – Prairie Moon tour, Winona, MN – they don’t set tour dates yet.

Thursday September  12, 6pm  – Dr. Dick Huston’s Restored Prairie Tour 

Late September – Seed harvest

October  10, 7pm, Emmaus Church – Breanna Wheeler – Mn terrestrial invasives: Terrestrial plants and Insects MN Dept of Ag Invasive Species Program.  Breanna Wheeler Chair, Terrestrial Invasive Species Funding Subcommittee  DNR Natural Heritage Advisory Committee  and fellow Wild Ones SE MN Prairie Partner member

November 14 6pm, Emmaus Church – annual meeting, voting for 2025 officers;   Native seed share, Presentation:  DNR  Native plants and wildlife, restorations – Shelley Gorham  Assistant Area Wildlife Manager | MN DNR – Wildlife, Owatonna Area

December  12 –Annual Luncheon – St Olaf

Past 2024 Programs

January 11th – Shoreline Restoration With Native Species by Taralee Latozke

February  8thCreating and Maintaining Habitat for Bees by Heather Holm.  Here is a link to the same program that was given at a different event: Heather Holm, Creating and Managing Habitat for Native Bees – YouTube