The Minnesota Land Trust is in the business of permanently protecting wildlife habitat, water quality and open spaces so we can enjoy outdoor adventures.
Equally important is scenic beauty, and the emotional connection we feel towards the birds and animals of our state. This is our aesthetic ... things that separate the North Star State from any other place on earth.
Without the kind of permanent land protection that we do, these places are vulnerable to development. And once they’re gone, they’re gone.
Minnesota Made is our annual event to raise money for permanent land conservation and restoration all over our great state of Minnesota!
Tickets are $100 ($75 is tax deductible).
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Mingle Time with a light ‘walking dinner’ & Silent Auction 6–7:30 pm
Program and Live Auction 7:45 pm
Stay and Enjoy Dessert & Conversation 8:30 pm
We call this event “Minnesota Made” because all of the Land Trust’s conservation work is done in the state of Minnesota—from the western prairies to North Shore of Lake Superior, from the metro area to southeastern Minnesota trout streams.
“Minnesota Made” also fits because we work with wonderful local resources to bring you an abundance of fabulous food, refreshing quaffs from Summit Brewing and non-alcohol options as well.
Each of these fine companies donate their products in whole or in part to raise even more money for Minnesota land conservation (cheers to them)!
An auction you look forward to? Really??
Repeat attendees often say they’re looking forward to our silent and live auctions because we work all year long to seek out the most interesting and unique items that evoke the best places, artwork, and experiences that Minnesota has to offer.
This year is especially tantalizing because we’ve gathered a museum-worthy collection of works by Minnesota artists: original paintings and art prints; sculpture and fiber art; photography and ceramics, jewelry and more. Learn more here.
Here’s a tiny peek into some of what you’ll be able to bid on, with 100% of the proceeds going to permanent land conservation and restoration right here in Minnesota.
An oil painting by Owen Brown, inspired by poetry and and an original eye for Minnesota’s natural gifts, which will be offered by sealed bid.
Would you like a full preview of all the artwork? Click here to learn more about the artists and the full catalog of Minnesota Made pieces available for auction.
Meanwhile, to satisfy your adventurous spirit, check out these auction items:
This entirely unique opportunity gives you an insiders tour to Sigurd Olson’s Listening Point, where he was inspired to write his iconic works. Tour the cabin, inside and out, and walk out the to the point for your own inspirational experience.
You can even tour Sig’s writing shack, with the typewriter sitting exactly where he left it. We’ll take a short boat tour of Burntside Lake, and finish up with a hearty wine and cheese finale.
Savvy bidders will be all over this weekend at one of our landowner’s Bed and Make Your Own Damn Breakfast in SE Minnesota, complete with a daylong flyfishing outing geared to your interests and abilities.
You’ll have your choice of traditional fly fishing or float boat, with all the gear and instruction (or none!) included. It’s up to you.
There’s so much to do (unless you just want to relax—that’s ok too!) You can bike the hilly orchards or the flatter terrain of nearby Madeline Island. Perhaps you’d like to rent a kayak and explore the sea caves and the Apostle Islands.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Because of these wonderful sponsors, your support will go directly into land protection and restoration right here in Minnesota:
The Cornerstone Group, Dougherty & Co., Marathon Foods, Stantec Inc.
With additional thanks to:
Landmark Environmental, Sunrise Banks, Veit USA, Xcel Energy