Do your part: Public Lands Day
You love SE Minnesota’s public parks, don’t you?
Minnesota Master Naturalist wants you to put your money where your mouth is this weekend.
National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 22 is all about pitching in and helping out at local parks and forests.
Want to help out? MMN has activities planned all over the state - and we’ve listed a few here. Sign up at minnesotamasternaturalist.org.
Strap on some heavy shoes and bring your bug spray, because it’s going to get wild.
Quarry Hill Nature Center
Silver Creek Rd. NE, Rochester
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Bring gloves and work boots - you’ll be helping clear buckthorn out of the Quarry Hill Oak Savanna.
Indian Heights Park
1800 Terracewood Dr. NW, Rochester
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
See above: if you have pruning shears or work gloves, bring them to help clear out that buckthorn in either the morning session (9-11 a.m..) or the afternoon (12-2 p.m.).
Chester Woods Park
8378 US-14, Eyota
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
If you can, wear long pants and sleeves, as well as boots and gloves - you’re going seed-collecting! Compiling a stock of wildflower seeds will let Chester Woods staffers restore native habitat in areas that look sparse.
Oronoco Prairie SNA
9827 18th Ave. NW, Oronoco
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
This is another two-session day. Head to the Prairie for seed collection from 9 to 11 a.m., or noon to 2 p.m.