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National Public Lands Day 2017 in Minnesota

National Public Lands Day in Minnesota

National Public Lands Day is the largest, single-day, service effort for public lands. Since 2012, the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program has facilitated this effort at sites across the state. More than 850 volunteers have removed invasive species, planted pollinator gardens, and protected newly planted trees, among other projects, for over 4,000 service hours to date. This year, the MN Master Naturalist Program encourages residents to join this growing tradition of stewardship through service at one of 12 locations in Minnesota.

Volunteers taking part in last year's bud-capping NPLD event
at Itasca State Park 
Locations can be found all over the state. From Indian Heights Park in Rochester to Boulder Lake ELC in Duluth. If you are interested in registering for this year's NPLD, log on to If this is your first time visiting the site, you'll be asked to make an account. With this account, you'll be able to sign up for any future Master Naturalist classes. Register before this Saturday, September 9th, and you will get a Master Naturalist NPLD 2017 t-shirt at event sign-in. Below is a map of all the locations across the state. Map is no longer available. Event date has passed.

Master Naturalist Volunteers taking part in a prairie restoration
 project at Prairie Woods ELC for NPLD 2016
If you are looking to get down and dirty, then you might consider going to Indian Heights Park in Rochester, where volunteers will be helping remove invasive buckthorn from sections of the park. If buckthorn removal is not a possibility, volunteers are welcome to help the staff of Hidden Falls Regional Park in St. Paul with managing their NPLD celebration. There is an opportunity available for everyone!

This is shaping up to be a great event. The MNAT team is hoping to see you at this year's NPLD!

Any specific questions can be forwarded to Santiago Pelaez at

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