Minnesota Natural History Lecture Series

Interested in learning more about Minnesota's natural world? Join us each month for a lecture and discussion on a variety of natural history topics. All ages are welcome to all of our lectures, however we have designated some lectures as kid-friendly when the topics and presentation styles are more suitable for kids. Lectures that are designated as teacher-friendly indicate that there will be classroom resources available for teachers at the lecture.

Lecture Series Lecture Series


Lecture Schedule:

Monday, Sept. 29 | 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Meets at the McKeown Center, SJU | Pre-register for this event!

Our outdoor family-friendly Mini-BioBlitz will be an intensive survey of plants and animals in specific areas of the Abbey Arboretum. Participants will work with experts to help us count all the  species of animals and plants we find in 90 minutes, and in the process of counting the species, you'll learn more about the plants and animals outside of our own backdoor. We hope this event will be a precursor to a 24-hour BioBlitz in the summer of 2015! More information and to sign up...

Tuesday, Oct 21 | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Edible Plants Walk, Steve Saupe, CSB/SJU biology

Mushrooms, roots, flowers, oh my! This lecture and walk will focus on the plants in the Abbey Arboretum and maybe even in your backyard that are safe for human consumption (and log your outdoor hike at oncampuschallenge.org to make CSB/SJU the most outdoorsy campus in the USA!).  

Monday, Nov 17 | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Nocturnal Animals and People at Night, MJ Bach, Saint John's Outdoor U

Explore the world of nocturnal animals with an indoor lecture followed by an optional outdoor hike to explore the sense of both animal and people at night (and log your outdoor hike at oncampuschallenge.org to make CSB/SJU the most outdoorsy campus in the USA!). 

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Previous Lecture Topics:

The Biology of Resurrection
Stephen Saupe, CSB/SJU biology

Swanning Around Saint John's
Marcus Webster, CSB/SJU biology

15th Annual Owl Hoot
Marco Restani, St. Cloud State University biology

Night Gliders: Nocturnal Denizens of the Abbey Arboretum
Kristina Timmerman, CSB/SJU biology

The Science & Psychology of Survival
Tom Kroll, Saint John's Outdoor U

MN Lakes: Past, Present, and Future
Bill Lamberts, CSB/SJU biology

14th Annual Owl Hoot
Marco Restani, St. Cloud State University biology

The Future of Food
Diane Veale-Jones, CSB/SJU environmental studies

Stargazing at Saint John's
Mike Lynch, WCCO meteorologist

Climbing the Grand Staircase: A Journey Through 1.2 Billion Years of Earth's History
Larry Davis, CSB/SJU geology

Another Look at Genetically Modified Foods
Dr. Jean Lavigne, CSB/SJU environmental studies

13th Annual Owl Hoot
Marco Restani, SCSU professor of biology

Our Place in the Universe
John O'Reilly, Saint John's Outdoor University

Tree Rings and the Tales They Tell
Troy Knight, CSB/SJU Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

Seeing Through the Lens: Photography in the Great Outdoors
Ken Bachofer, Nature Photographer, MN Master Naturalist Volunteer

Worm Watch: Invasive Earthworms
Ryan Hueffmeier, Great Lakes Worm Watch, University of Minnesota Duluth

The Botany of Harry Potter
Steve Saupe, CSB/SJU professor of biology

Loons at Saint John's
Carol Jansky, CSB/SJU Biology Lab Coordinator
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