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Spring Tree, Yard, & Garden Care

In this episode, we learn from University of Minnesota Extension Forestry and Horticulture faculty about spring care for your trees, yards, and gardens.

Bugs Below Zero

In this episode, we learn about the University of Minnesota’s Bugs Below Zero research project to understand the lifecycle of tiny flies that are vital to the winter diet of trout in our Minnesota streams.

Exploring Winter

Learn about exploring nature in winter from Joe Walewski at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center.

12 Weeks of Winter

Catch up on the Extension Master Naturalist volunteer program and 12 Weeks of Winter Activities while the weather is still wintery.

An Extension Forester's Perspective

How has Extension programming impacted Minnesota's northern forest? In this episode, Mike Reichenbach from the University of Minnesota Extension reflects on his career in the region.

Historian's Perspective on Outdoor Science Learning

How did nature study influence our early public school systems, community spaces, and youth programs? In this episode, we learn from Sally Kohlstedt, University of Minnesota science historian, about her research on the early 20th-century nature study movement.

CREATE Initiative

How can we see and act on relationships between systemic racism and our urban environments? In this episode, part two in our series, we learn from Kate Derickson about the University of Minnesota's CREATE Initiative.

Winter Tree Care Tips

How can you prepare your trees and yards for the coming winter (and a productive spring)? In this episode, we learn from the University of Minnesota Extension forestry educator, Gary Wyatt, about winter tree and perennial care.

Mapping Prejudice

How can we see and act on relationships between systemic racism and our urban environments? In part one of a two-episode series, we learn from Keven Ehrman-Solberg about the University of Minnesota's Mapping Prejudice Project.

Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Program Update

What's happening in the Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer program? And what's the big surprise? In this episode, we talk with Amy Rager about how the program is adapting during the pandemic.

Bell Museum Behind the Scenes

What's happening at the state's museum of natural history? In this episode, we talk with Holly Menninger about working behind the scenes to create wonderful opportunities at the University of Minnesota's Bell Museum.

Supporting Outdoor Investigations

Are you interested in getting young people outdoors to learn about and practice science? In this episode, a team from the U of MN Extension and Raptor Lab talk about their efforts to help teachers and others use online learning tools to support outdoor investigations.

Untangling Relationships between Climate, Lakes, and Aquatic Animal Populations

How is climate change likely to impact populations of fish, like walleye, or other aquatic organisms in our northern lakes? It turns out that answering this question is complex. In this episode, we learn from Dr. Gretchen Hansen from the U of MN about her fieldwork and mathematical modeling to untangle the complex relationships between climate, lake systems, and fish populations.

Finding & Describing Native Sponges in MN

There are sponges in Minnesota waterways? They have lived in Minnesota for millennia? In this episode, we learn from Dr. Anthony Schroeder of the U of MN Crookston about his work with a team of researchers to find and describe these simplest of animals across Minnesota.

Migratory Bird Monitoring

Which birds have a wolverine temperament? Which have beaks that can slice your finger if not careful? In this episode, we learn from John Loegering of the U of MN Crookston and Extension about his migratory bird monitoring efforts.

Native Pollinator Research

How does researching native pollinators involve bee rearing? Just in time for Pollinator Week, we learn from Elaine Evans of the U of MN Bee Lab and Extension about her research on Minnesota's native pollinators.

Phenology, Wild Edibles, and Ecological Farming

What is ecological farming and how does it involve naturalist skills? In this episode, we learn from Cindy Hale of Clover Valley Farms about her practice of natural history on a northern MN farm, as well as her education about phenology and wild edibles.

Get Involved in the Carbon Capture Challenge

How much carbon can a tree capture in one summer? In this episode, we learn from Matt Russell, U of MN researcher and Extension Specialist, about the Carbon Capture Challenge that is working to answer these questions and others.

Who's Eating Our Guts? Exploring the Offal Wildlife Watching Project

What happens to deer gut piles left in the field every year by Minnesota deer hunters? In this episode, we learn from Ellen Candler, U of MN researcher, about the Offal Wildlife Watching Project that is working to answer these questions and others.

Thinking Critically about the Volunteer Experience

Managing volunteers for a planned event can be a difficult challenge. For this episode of The Naturalist, we get some tips and tricks on how to do just that from Extension Educators Andrea Strauss and Angela Gupta.

North Shore Forest Restoration

Forest restoration on the North Shore of Lake Superior is a long and complicated process. Climate change, wildlife, and stakeholder interest are only a few of the factors that come into play. Learn more about what it takes to develop a project on this scale.

Youth and Aquatic Invasive Species

This past summer Becky Meyer, and Educator with University of Minnesota Extension took part in the first run of Water Watchers, a program aimed at introducing youth to the world of aquatic invasive species. For this episode, we sit with Becky and discuss the development of the program and its future.

Deer Management in Minnesota

Deer can have a major impact on a variety of things. Some of which you might not directly think about. Join us as we dig into this complex topic with Extension Educators Matt Russell and Johanna Desprez.

Bee Atlas and Citizen Science

On this episode of the Naturalist we get a chance to sit down and discuss bee populations in Minnesota with Extension Educator, Elaine Evans, and Bee Atlas Program Coordinator, Britt Forsberg.

Getting Involved in the World of Phenology

On this episode of the Naturalist, we get a chance to talk phenology with Staff Phenologist John Latimer from KAXE Community Radio in Grand Rapids and Associate Extension Professor Eli Sagor.

Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center

For this episode, we get a chance to talk to John Geissler and Nick Wagner from Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center about the challenges associated with running an 18,000-acre center with a two-person staff.

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