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

Sunday June 23, 2:30pm The SE MN Prairie Partners and the Cannon River Valley Master Naturalists will host a Field day on insect signs and tracking led by Eric Vehe in the Carleton Arboretum.  
Eric will guide us on a tour through part of the Carleton Arboretum as we identify insects and signs or tracks of insects on native plants.  We will learn about which insects did what damage or left evidence of their visit.  This should be a great opportunity to ask questions about what is feasting on your plants or what made that odd pattern on the leaves of your favorite wildflowers.  The arboretum is always a beautiful place for a nature walk.
We will meet in the parking lot of the Upper Arb which is by the Recreation Center, off of Hwy 19.  Please drive directly to the Arboretum as we will not do a carpool for this event.

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 – Garden locations and start time to be determined.

Thursday, August  8, 6:30pm – Mud Creak WMA – restored prairie, gentians, compass plants, cup flowers, some Lead Plant and Monarda.  Has a 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 – tour date is not yet set.

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

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

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

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

Monday, May 20, 7pm – Spring ephemeral viewing and Buckthorn removal event at Lashbrook Park in Northfield

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

Thursday June 13th, 7pm at Caron Park  – Foraging with Tim Clemens of Ironwood Foraging