Natural History Weekends at ACNW
Look for the following weekend courses on our Calendar of Events for dates, pricing and registration details:
Minnesota is famous for its forests, as it home to the convergence of the northern conifer forest and the eastern deciduous forest. During this weekend course based at the Audubon Center, students will spend time in a number of habitats and learn basic tree identification, features, patterns and forest types. Students will also learn about different forest management practices, past and present, which continue to shape Minnesota’s forests today.
Spring in the eastern deciduous forest abounds with color and beauty thanks to the amazing wildflower display that takes place. This weekend course based at the Audubon Center will get students outside to learn wildflower identification, terminology and features. Students will investigate several habitats as they identify and understand the beauty of spring through its flora.
Stories In the Rocks: Minnesota’s Geology
Geology is the foundation upon which all life has been built and is a science of stories.Geology determines bedrock and soils and in its processes has given us the substrate on which our plant communities grow.Essential to understanding Minnesota’s three major biomes is the geologic story.In this course we will identify the major rock types and learn their fascinating stories: when and how they were formed, what kind of environment they formed in, how they impact the land and where these rocks can be found in Minnesota. Field trips, activities and discussions will be interdisciplinary and applicable to non-formal and formal educators.
Ecological Systems: Biomes
This course examines the three major biomes that intersect in Minnesota: deciduous forest, coniferous forest, and prairie. During this course, students will study and identify key features found in each of the three biomes. Participants will also study the ecological relationships between organisms that are typically found in each area. Students will travel throughout the state to experience each of the biomes firsthand, camping at various locations throughout the week.