The University of Minnesota Extension Service will offer shoreland restoration workshops July 9 in the Brainerd lakes area.
There will be tours of shoreland restoration projects, with demonstrations to show how natural shorelines can help maintain lake quality by reducing runoff and erosion, filtering nutrients, and improving privacy and property values.
At each stop, there will be discussions on project (owner) goals, site preparation, native plants used, site maintenance and evaluation.
Anyone interested in attending can contact Eleanor Burkett at (888) 241-0720 or register online at www.extension.umn.edu/water/shore.
Crosby bike club forms; first ride is Thursday
CROSBY -- A new bike club in Crosby will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of the Hallett Community Center, rain or shine, for its inaugural ride around Serpent Lake.
Rides each Thursday will average 10 miles, but participants may ride a longer or shorter route. A new route will be chosen each week.
All participants are encouraged to wear a bike helmet.
For more information, call Jenny Smith at (218) 546-2616.
Native American archaeology program offered at Mission Park
MISSION TOWNSHIP -- Guest speaker Jim Jones from the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council will present a program 12:30 to 3 p.m. July 6 at Mission Township Park.
Jones will touch on the archaeology of the area and the protection of Native American burial sites. He hopes to dispel myths often associated with Native Americans and offer his own personal perspective. Jones will tell of a unique pottery vessel found in Crow Wing County -- one of the few fully intact vessels found in Minnesota -- while demonstrating the pottery-making techniques the early Native Americans used.
This program is offered to all ages free of charge. Pre-registration is recommended. For more information, see the Mission Township Park Web page at www.lakesarea.net or call Katie at (218) 765-4149.
Mission Township Park is seven miles south of Crosslake.
Search for wild edibles at Deep Portage
HACKENSACK -- Search the woods for wild edibles at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve near Hackensack.
The class will last an hour and a half.
Other upcoming classes include a Survival Class at 10 a.m. July 1, Animal Tracking at 10 a.m. July 8, Climbing Wall at 1:30 p.m. July 13 and Pioneer Olympics at 10 a.m. July 14.
The cost for the Climbing Wall class is $10 and all others are $5. Call (218) 682-2325 for reservations.
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