ProjectEARTH 2020

Thursday, October 29, 2020

8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Friday, October 30, 2020

8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Registration Deadline

Friday, October 30, 2020

BWCA Virtual Trip

Join me on a BWCA canoe trip. I will take you on a photo journey starting at Entry Point 35 - Isabella Lake. Included will be how I prepare for a trip and photos and videos throughout this fall adventure. We will have a live question and answer session.

Mardi Knudson is an avid canoeist and outdoor enthusiast. She loves introducing young people to the outdoor opportunities available to them.

Bison & Prairie Partners for Life

In Bison and Prairie Partners for Life, you will learn about how Bison and Prairies have evolved over time and how still today bison and prairies need each other to survive. You will hear sounds of bison and prairie, see bison bones and prairie seeds learn facts of both and so much more. Handouts will be available.

Terri (DeGezelle) Michels is an author, speaker, and photographer, Terri DeGezelle Michels is an active hiker, aspiring chef, and Nana. Terri has published more than 60 children’s non-fiction titles, as well as her first picture book Simon of Cyrene, the Legend of the Easter Egg. Terri shares her writing experiences during school visits where she encourages students to read, write, be kind, and follow their dreams.

K-8 Curriculum: Learn About Conservation of Natural Resources

This 15-minute presentation video provides an overview of the NACD Stewardship and Education Program with a focus on the K-8 curriculum and presents an example of a lesson in the material. In addition, the presenter explains how educational materials can be used, accessed, and applied. NACD's educational materials are intended for educators who teach conservation values to tomorrow's leaders.

Diana Blackwood, a native of the Republic of Moldova, started her career as an intern with the USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer program after earning a B.S. in international economic relations from the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova. She has also worked as a program assistant and project coordinator for the nonprofit development organization, CNFA (Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture).
Before moving to Washington, DC, Diana worked as a library liaison for the Global Libraries Program, coordinating activities and supporting local libraries and public officials. She is fluent in English, Romanian, Russian, and is passionate about conservation, environmental stewardship, and natural resources education.
To contact Diana, email her at

Introduction to Nature Journaling like a Naturalist

In this session, we will be taking a close look at what nature has to offer in your yard. We will go over ways to record what you see and how it can change over time. We will create journal pages and then head outside with them to make discoveries. No need to take your camera with you as long as you have your journal and pencil. Many naturalists throughout history have used journaling as a way to record their surroundings. This session will give you ideas and guidance for starting your own nature journal.

Marsha Barnes is the Wildlife Biologist for the Litchfield Wetland Management District (WMD). Litchfield WMD is part of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Refuge System. It covers 7 counties in central MN. Marsha has been working at Litchfield WMD since 2017. She has a bachelor's degree in wildlife biology with a master's in environmental management. Though born and raised in the eastern USA, she is a big lover and supporter of MN tallgrass prairie.

Earthworks - Exploring Art and Nature - Wolf Ridge

This session will explore the natural world through a creative, artistic perspective. Express your artistic side by creating temporary art made of nature, in nature, featuring you! We’ll explore the materials found all around you and their colors, shapes, and textures, then watch as your masterpiece springs into being.

Geology of the North Shore - Wolf Ridge

In this session, we will explore geology on the North Shore of Lake Superior. If we know how to read them, rocks can tell us a story of how our landscapes were created. Geologic history shows us the shaping forces of our land long ago - from lava to glaciers and more.

Danielle Hefferan with Wolf Ridge has been a Naturalist on the North Shore of Lake Superior for many years. She is excited about sharing observations and adventures with students of all ages. Her primary work is with graduate students who share the magic of this place with 5-8th graders visiting our residential program throughout the school year.

The Science of Flying Seeds

Stephen Saupe

Plants can't move. This means that one big problem they must solve is how to get the seeds away from the maternal plant. This session will examine the science underlying the mechanisms by which some seeds fly to new locations. We will build model helicopter seeds and then test to see how wing area and seed weight affect flight times.

Zombies All Around You

Brandon Baker

Zombies are real and they are all around you! While they don't bring the dead back to life like in movies, real zombies are much creepier. Learn the true story of zombies by taking control of your own zombie making creature in a game and see if you can make the right choices to create more zombies than anybody else

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