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.

2021 Chapter Program Schedule

Programs at Emmaus Church unless otherwise noted. We will not start in person meetings until it is safe to do so. Outside tour dates may change due to weather. 

January 14th, 7pm:  A Guide to Restoring the Little Things – Doug Tallamy (Zoom Meeting)
     If you missed Doug’s presentation you can find it here.

February 11th, 7pm:  On the Hunt for Northwoods Butterflies – Allison Barta (Zoom Meeting)
     If you missed Allison’s presentation you can find it here.

March 11th, 7pm:  Planting a Pocket Prairie – Bre Bauerly (Zoom Meeting)
     If you missed Bre’s presentation you can find it here.

April 8th, 7pm:  Botanical Wanderings – Mike Lynch (Zoom Meeting)
     If you missed Mike’s presentation you can find it here

April 22nd, 6pm:  Spring Ephemerals at Nerstrand Park – Led by Katie Gillispie
Note the date change!  Meet in the parking lot.  Plan to wear masks and maintain social distancing.

Thursday May 13th, 7pm: Jumping Worms – (Zoom Meeting)
The video “Jumping Worms, the Latest Threat” presented by Ryan Hueffmeier, produced by the Wild Ones Jumping Worms focus group. 
Logins: Meeting ID: 875 2524 2302     Passcode: Ln6H!m 

Saturday May 22nd , 9am – 3pm: Northfield Prairie Partners Plant Sale
Emmaus Church parking lot, 712 N Linden St., Northfield, MN.
A selection of native species grown by Nancy Schumacher, retired proprietor of the Vagary.  Plus tomato and pepper plants, and a few herbs.

Nancy will offer pre-sales at her home to our members and to participants in the local Lawns to Legumes program starting on Saturday, May 8th.  Please contact her by email at [email protected] or by phone at 507 263 5369 (land line, no text capability) to setup an appointment.  Receipts will be available for those that wish or need them. 

Thursday, June 10th, 6:30pm: Koester Prairie/Prairie Creek tour of early summer prairie flowers – Dave Kuhnau and Craig Koester (In-person event – no Zoom)
Bring your binoculars as you’ll see plenty of birds too.  Additionally, a late May birding tour hosted by the Friends of Prairie Creek will be led by Jerry Hoeckstra.  We will pass on the information on the birding tour.  

We need to control the size of this June 10th tour so will be asking people to sign up for it.  The amount of advertising we do will depend on how many members sign up first.  You can sign up by sending an email to Barb Bolan ([email protected]) indicating how many people are in your group that plans to attend.  No charge, no cancellation penalties.   

June 10th & 12th:  Park work days. Park by Greenvale school and more.

July 8th (date may change):  Native Planting yard tours and L2L yard tours 

Aug 12th, 6:30pm:  River Bend Nature Center Prairie Tour led by Breana Wheeler  

Aug 27th, 10am:  Monarch Tagging at Ney Nature Center – Bus trip 

Sep 9th, 6pm:  St. Olaf Natural lands – Guided tour  

Oct 14th, 7pm:  Gary Bullemer – MN Ducks and making duck decoys; plus potluck deserts and appetizers  

Nov 11th, 7pm:  Dragonflies by Scott King 

Dec 9th, 11am:  Lunch at St. Olaf Buntrock Commons +