Minnesota Master Naturalist Program Invites Volunteers to Serve on National Public Lands Day in Rochert
Rochert, MN (9/24/2016) – The University of Minnesota-Extension Master Naturalist Program, in partnership with Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, invites Rochert-area residents to participate in National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on September 24th, 2016 from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
According to the National Environmental Education Foundation, volunteers will participate in the largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Since 2012, the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program has facilitated this effort at sites across the state. More than 600 volunteers have removed invasive species, planted pollinator gardens, and protected newly-planted trees, among other projects, for over 3,000 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 14 locations in Minnesota.
Volunteer registration closes August 26th, 2016. To register, go to: http://www.minnesotamasternaturalist.org/courses/ to find the National Public Lands Day sites facilitated by the Minnesota Master Naturalist program. During registration, registrants will be asked for a t-shirt size and dietary needs as each volunteer will receive a free NPLD t-shirt and an on-site lunch. Youth are welcome to attend at most sites, but volunteers will be responsible for supervision. Please let the program know if you are planning to bring youth.
Volunteers at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge will learn about Tamarac’s pine habitat and restoration efforts before capping the buds of sapling pine trees to protect the trees from deer browse. In addition, they will learn about and collect seeds from native grasses along the way for a future planting event on the refuge. Volunteers are advised to wear sturdy shoes, appropriate clothing for the field, and bring water and snacks.