Treasured Places Celebration: You’re Invited!
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Treasured Places is our annual celebration for volunteers, landowners, members and friends—everyone who cares about permanent land conservation in Minnesota!
This year is extra special as we are celebrating our 25th year. We hope you will join us!
Check-in at the Pavilion: Mingle and enjoy some anniversary cake!
Program: Celebrating 25 Years of Land Conservation
Free optional outdoor activities; register to reserve your spot.
Option 1: Discover the not-so-hidden secrets of life on the shoreline
Take a short walk to Whale Tail Lake with Land Trust staff members Pat Collins, Mark van der Linden and Daryl Peterson. Learn from the experts about why we should care about shoreline conservation and restoration. Pick up some tidbits about plants, birds and aquatic species from our knowledgeable staff.
Option 2: Where’s the BFF? Why cows and bees really are best friends forever
Take a walk with Land Trust staff members Kristina Geiger and Wayne Ostlie as they discuss working grasslands, and how the Minnesota Land Trust is helping farmers utilize rotational grazing practices for wildlife management. Landowner Jess Berge, who has a working lands conservation easement in Pope County, joins in the discussion. Gale Woods Farm also practices rotational grazing for land management.
Option 3: Click and Save! Taking better landscape & wildlife photos with tips from experts
Photographers Paul Raymaker and Lynn Long are amateur photographers who have donated incredible images to the Minnesota Land Trust for use in printed and electronic materials. Paul and Lynn will join staff member Ned Phillips on a casual walk interspersed with tips and tricks to improve your own work. Bring your camera—even if it’s an iPhone!
Option 4: Birds of a feather take walks together
Join expert birder and former board member Paul Egeland on a relaxed walking tour of the park, discovering migrators and resident birds along the way. Land Trust staff member Pat Anderson will accompany the group to discuss the Land Trust’s commitment to protecting Important Bird Areas with Audubon Minnesota.
Option 5: Family fun wagon ride and visit with the farm animals
Hop on the wagon and enjoy a tour of the farm! Meet the animals and participate in farm activities. Hosted by Gale Woods Farm supervisor Tim Reese, and Land Trust staff member Nick Bancks. Kid-friendly with accompanied adult.
If you'd like to make a day of it, the Dakota Rail Regional Trail is available from Gale Woods parking lot. You'll also find wonderful hiking trails at the park. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it on the grounds. This is a no-waste event; the park does not allow dogs.
The farm store is open from 12-5, and you'll find seasonal products grown/raised on the farm, as well as hand made items, books and more.