Minnesota's natural beauty is even more impressive when you understand the science behind it. Extension helps Minnesotans explore, understand and conserve their environment. We teach landowners how to be stewards of their woodland or lakeshore property. And adults can join our volunteer and citizen science programs, learn how to detect and remove invasive species, and get their families more involved with nature.
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Everyone, everywhere, can be a scientist by observing and gathering data about the world around them.
The Driven to Discover program provides educators the tools and resources needed to help engage kids in the natural world using citizen science.
Bee Atlas is a citizen science volunteer program working to create a state-wide list of native bees found in Minnesota.
Assessing Vegetation Impacts from Deer (AVID) volunteers collect data to monitor the impacts of deer on vegetation in Minnesota woodlands.
Any adult who is curious and enjoys learning about the natural world can become a Master Naturalist.
Climate and weather
A weekly blog of Minnesota climate and weather observations.
This video series discusses weather and climate, global climate change disparities, regional climate changes, and impacts of extremes.
Gathers, manages and disseminate historical climate data in order to address questions involving the impact of climate on Minnesota and its citizens.
Learn how combining agricultural and forestry practices can improve environmental quality, productivity, and economic returns.
Timely, reliable information about woodland care and management tailored for Minnesota's family forest owners.
Forestry resources for private woodland owners.
Guidance from Extension experts on choosing, growing, and tending to your yard and woodland trees.
AIS Detectors and Trackers are statewide volunteer invasive species surveillance programs that target high-risk areas with trained observers.
Forest Pest First Detector volunteers detect and diagnose early infestations of invasive plants, insects and other pests.
Bringing together a wide variety of researchers, managers, and stakeholders to identify research priorities, conduct research, and implement solutions.
Wasp Watchers is a citizen science project that monitors a native, stingless wasp in order to detect its prey: the invasive emerald ash borer.
Citizens can help with early detection of invasive species.
Preventing erosion, maintaining septic systems, preserving natural landscapes
Minimizing effects of stormwater from urban to natural areas
Understanding watersheds, information for professionals
Programs for elected officials, community leaders, citizens, natural resource professionals
Water conservation; watering lawns, gardens, trees and shrubs
The Water Resources Center’s quarterly newsletter focuses on water-related issues.