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 indoor in-person meetings until it is safe to do so. Outside tour dates may change due to weather.
Thursday August 12, 6:30 pm: Tour of River Bend Nature Center Prairie lands.
We will meet in the church parking lot (large one south of church if it’s open again) to carpool or caravan, or feel free to drive yourselves. Guided by Breanna Wheeler, Executive Director of River Bend Nature Center. Address: 1000 Rustad Rd, Faribault. Beautiful prairies with good easy walking paths.
Thursday August 26, 2021 – gather at 8:00 am at Emmaus church (or drive independently): Butterfly Tagging at Ney Nature Center, Henderson, MN
Bus trip starting at Emmaus Church. Butterfly tagging event starts at 10AM, then we expect to have time for people to explore the nature center. Will return in afternoon.
We will need participant signups prior to the trip, but first, if you expect or would like to attend, please let me know if you are comfortable taking a group bus or would prefer to drive separately or carpool. It’s about an hour drive from Northfield. You don’t have to commit to signing up now, I just need to get an idea about the bus to reserve or if car pools are preferable this year. Prairie Partners will pay for the bus for members (and members get first dibs on getting seats on the bus). Household memberships do include adults and kids living at the same address. It is fine to bring a +1 instead of additional household members.
Thursday September 9, 2021 at 6:00 pm: St. Olaf Natural Lands Tour – Guided by St. Olaf Student Naturalists.
Thursday, October 14th, 7:00 pm: Minnesota Ducks and Making Duck Decoys – Gary Bullemer; plus potluck deserts and appetizers.
Nov 11th, 7pm: Backyard Photography – Kevin Corrigan
Dec 9th, 11am: Lunch at St. Olaf Buntrock Commons
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
Thursday May 13th, 7pm: Jumping Worms – (Zoom Meeting)
If you missed the Jumping Worms presentation you can find it here. The Q&A at the end will be from the original presentation, not our viewing of it.
Saturday May 22nd , 9am – 3pm: Northfield Prairie Partners Plant Sale
Emmaus Church parking lot, 712 N Linden St., Northfield, MN.
Thursday July 15, 6:00 pm: Native Garden tour in Northfield.