2024 Phenology Gathering

Bur oak leaf in fall
fruiting Blue Stain Fungus
hazel leaves in fall
American Elm fruits
Emerging Wild Sarsaparilla leaves
Prunus flowers
Suillus spectabilis in fall

Long Lake Conservation Center
28952 438th Ln, Palisade, MN 56469
March 1-3, 2024

Join us for a weekend of phenology! The MN Phenology Gathering will feature keynotes by Jake Grossman from St Olaf College, Josh Leonard from St. Paul Public Schools, presentations on 13- and 17-year cycle cicada emergence, seed collection for assisted forest migration, phenology and k-12 education, lightning talks from students, workshops and panels on phenology in the classroom, art and phenology, and Nature’s Notebook, a stargazing session led by Bob King, and winter phenology walks with outdoor enthusiasts including KAXE’s John Latimer, all at the beautiful Long Lake Conservation Center!

See the full conference schedule below.

Educators can receive a certificate with 1.5 continuing education units (CEUs) for participation.

Conference Registration

Register for the 2024 MN Phenology Gathering at this link. Registration is open through February 28th. If you require dietary accommodations, please register before February 15th to give the center time to prepare. Dietary requirements submitted after this date cannot be accommodated. No refunds except in extenuating circumstances.

Conference Packages

Full conference - meals and lodging included $180

Includes lodging for Friday and Saturday (March 1-2) and meals provided by Long Lake Conservation Center.

Meals are served buffet style in the Dining Hall. Please fill out dietary accommodations if necessary. Registration ends February 28th but dietary accommodations must be submitted by February 15th. 

Lodging provided by Long Lake Conservation Center is dormitory style, double occupancy rooms. Single occupancy is NOT available. No one will be expected to sleep in top bunks. Guests must provide pillow, bedding, soap, towels and other accessories.

The group will have full access to all meeting spaces, including the Great Room of the North Star Lodge, as well as all trails, recreational equipment (skis, snowshoes, etc.), and fire pits for campfires, including firewood.

Saturday only OR full conference - meals included, lodging not included $80

Includes meals provided by Long Lake Conservation Center. Meals are served buffet style in the Dining Hall. Please fill out dietary accommodations if necessary. Registration ends February 28th but dietary accommodations must be submitted by February 15th. 

The group will have full access to all meeting spaces, including the Great Room of the North Star Lodge, as well as all trails, recreational equipment (skis, snowshoes, etc.), and fire pits for campfires, including firewood.

If you choose this option, you must find your own lodging and commute to the Long Lake Conservation Center. Feel free to attend phenology events on Friday or Sunday, but you must provide your own meals on these days.

Conference Schedule

Friday, March 1, 2024

4:00 - 5:45 PM

Check in

5:45 - 6:45 PM

Dinner

7:00 – 8:30 PM

Welcome by organizing committee

Keynote speaker: Josh Leonard, St. Paul Public Schools

8:30 – 10:00 PM

Camp Fire, Stargazing & Social time

Saturday March 2, 2024

Early morning

Self- guided walks, birdwatching, listening

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Breakfast

9:15 - 11:45 AM

John Latimer: Guided outdoor walk

Art workshop with Ann Luloff: 

Making your phenology journal phenomenal!

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Lightning Talks about MN Phenology Research

 

Maggie Anderson: Understanding how experimental warming and drought alter grassland phenology

 

Abby Daniel: Tree Phenology in a Changing Climate: A closer look at how trees respond to assisted migration in the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change project

 

Jessica Savage: A land shaped by water: Phenology monitoring in the Twin Ports

 

Rebecca Montgomery

 

Grace Milanowski

 

2:30 - 3:30 PM

Eli Sagor: Seed Collection for Forest Assisted Migration

Shanai Matteson & Leanna Goose: Bog Walk + Art Engagement

3:30 - 4:30 PM

Larry Weber: Spiders on the Snow

4:30 - 5:30 PM

Phenology Education Panel

Panel presentations: (8 minutes per person)

 

David Grack:  Calendar in the Classroom lessons

 

Michelle Martin:  Weekly tree observations & Phenology radio reports

 

Abbie Anderson: Seasonwatch website

 

Long Lake Naturalist:  Birthday Phenology activity and overview of LLCC phenology activities

 

Josh Leonard:  Tulip test gardens, Frost tubes, CoCoRAHS rain gauge

5:45 - 6:45 PM

Dinner

7:00 - 8:00 PM

Keynote speaker: Dr. Jake Grossman, St. Olaf College

Phenological physiology: Seasonal patterns of climate change resilience in temperate trees

 

8:00 - 10:00 PM

Stargazing with Bob King

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Early morning

Self- guided walks, birdwatching, listening

 

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Breakfast

9:15 - 10:15 AM

Larry Weber: Cicada Emergence

Jessica Savage and Annemarie Peterson: Introduction to Nature’s Notebook

10:15 - 11:15 AM

Charlie Mitchell: Season Watch!

11:15 - 11:30 AM

Break

11:30 - 12:00 PM

Meeting Close

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Lunch and Check out

Acknowledgements

Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR). The Trust Fund is a permanent fund constitutionally established by the citizens of Minnesota to assist in the protection, conservation, preservation, and enhancement of the state’s air, water, land, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources. Currently 40% of net Minnesota State Lottery proceeds are dedicated to growing the Trust Fund and ensuring future benefits for Minnesota’s environment and natural resources.

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