Gathering Partners of Natural Resources Conference


Have you made plans to join us at the 2016 Gathering Partners of Natural Resources conference? This year’s theme is Nurturing a Healthy Big Woods Big Rivers Biome, and we are meeting in beautiful Winona, Minnesota! There are dozens of amazing sessions to choose from, where you can learn about woodland management, tree ID, invasive pests, wildlife, and more.

Conference Schedule

Friday, May 20

Day 1 features pre-conference full and half-day field trips, concurrent sessions, and an MFA membership meeting. The conference kicks off with a welcome address and dinner beginning at 6:30 pm, followed by the keynote by Karen Oberhauser.

Saturday, May 21
Take an early morning guided walk, and then meet us for breakfast at 7:00 am. Elect to take a half-day field trip or join a couple of on-site sessions. A picnic lunch will be followed by an afternoon of more field trips and sessions. A cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will be open until the evening banquet and awards ceremony begins–make sure you stick around for the Tree Farm awards! End the night with one of our planned social activities, including a movie, games, bonfire, cash bar and dessert bar.

Sunday, May 22
Early morning walks and breakfast will be followed by another set of learning sessions. At noon, we will have lunch and listen to closing remarks. Then it’s goodbye until next year!

Who can attend?

Woodland owners, Master Naturalist volunteers and instructors, citizens interested in nature and the environment, senior citizens, young adults, teachers, retired professionals and more! This conference is for anyone with an interest in environmental stewardship and the great outdoors.


Dorm lodging is available at Saint Mary’s University for a small fee. You are not required to lodge on campus. A listing of motels, bed & breakfasts, and campgrounds can be found at Visit Winona.

More information

Get information on the conference agenda, sessions, field trip descriptions and register at the Gathering Partners of Natural Resources conference website. We’re looking forward to seeing you in May!


Emily Dombeck

Emily is the UMN Extension Forestry Program Coordinator.

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