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Conservation Building

July 2019

Snakes of the Blufflands, sixteen of Minnesota's seventeen kinds of snakes live in the Blufflands. Learn how we can live, work and recreate in the Blufflands and still conserve these awesome creatures. See and touch live snakes.

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Olmsted Parks

July 23, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

Come and learn more about the spectacular birds of prey that inhabit our area. We’ll share facts about their natural history as well as provide you with tips on how to identify these birds in the field. Recommended for all ages

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What is the City of Rochester greenhouse reduction goal? The City of Rochester has a greenhouse reduction goal and is collaborating with a number of organizations to make it possible. Come and learn about the City’s goal, progress, and exciting new projects and partnerships that will make it a reality.

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Emerald Ash Borer management (EAB) considerations for private property owners. This talk is focused on providing all the information private property owners need to effectively manage EAB on private property. Discussion topics include proper identification of ash trees, identification of EAB infested trees and options for a chemical treatment to protect ash trees. We will also discuss the associated dangers of dead standing ash trees killed by EAB. Also, a discussion covering planting for diversity and proper tree planting techniques.

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Christopher Brenna, chief facilitator of Revolutionary Earth, a nonprofit organization dedicated to urban farming, will present on the phenomenon of community composting and provide examples of successful models from throughout the country and across the world. Audience members will be invited to participate in a discussion of how these models could work in the Rochester area.

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Martin Larsen, Olmsted County feedlot technician and president of Minnesota Caving Club, will speak on his exploration of 36 miles of cave passages in southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa. He is a fifth-generation farmer and an environmental educator for Olmsted County. Passionate about geology, Martin has facilitated many karst studies, including groundwater dye tracing, spring monitoring, and nitrate reduction studies. Other interests include GIS mapping, building scientific instruments, and photography.

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In a clean container or plastic sealed bag, bring a water sample from your home to the Fair on Thurs, July 25 @ Conservation Building

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Tell the story of the water cycle in Rochester, MN through playing several games in the conservation building at the fair. Learn how water moves through our environment and our lives by becoming a water drop and rolling a dice to see where the water goes, model how water travels over a landscape, mimic how water travels underground, and take-home coloring pages to see how water moves through pipes in buildings.

This activity is geared towards families with kids, but adults are encouraged to participate and bring out your inner-kid.

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Learn about the Master Naturalists program and what they do in the Rochester area, while young naturalists can make a nature journal to record their adventures

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Olmsted Parks

July 25, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

Learn about our Minnesota native snakes and get the chance to touch them! Naturalists will talk about the facts, myths and common misconceptions about snakes and will help you have a new appreciation for these unique animals. Recommended for all ages

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At some point, most of us will need to dispose of… (fill in the blank). Whether it’s household garbage, an old washing machine, or a can of paint, Olmsted County’s Integrated Solid Waste Management System provides a Proper Place for Your Waste. In this presentation, we will take an in-depth look at the unique services provided by the Olmsted County Recycling Center Plus, Hazardous Waste Facility, Yard Waste Compost Site, Waste-to-Energy Facility, and Kalmar Landfill.

Time will be set aside to discuss items that should and should NOT be placed in your curbside garbage & recycling containers. Proper waste management helps protect our environment and waterways!

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Tell the story of the water cycle in Rochester, MN through playing several games in the conservation building at the fair. Learn how water moves through our environment and our lives by becoming a water drop and rolling a dice to see where the water goes, model how water travels over a landscape, mimic how water travels underground, and take-home coloring pages to see how water moves through pipes in buildings. This activity is geared towards families with kids, but adults are encouraged to participate and bring out your inner-kid.

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Quarry Hill

July 26, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Learn about our Minnesota native snakes and get the chance to touch them! Naturalists will talk about the facts, myths and common misconceptions about snakes and will help you have a new appreciation for these unique animals. Recommended for all ages

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Conservation Officer from the MN Department of Natural Resources will be providing information on youth hunting opportunities in Olmsted County.
There will also be a Q & A session following the presentation.

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Enjoy watching bird, want to know how to attract birds at your home?
Learn the ins and outs of how to set up a bird feeding station at your home

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Interested in learning more about the Izaak Walton League, in this presentation, you will find out the role of the Izaak Walton League of America in conservation statewide and nationally. Information with also be shared on how the local chapter participates in the Save Our Streams (SOS program) and the Izaak Walton League wetland; a natural resource open to the public.

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Electric vehicles (EV) are now better than ever! Come hear about what's available, learn what it's like living with one, and see if (and why) an EV should be in your family's future.

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July 2021

Landscaping with Natives

July 27, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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One event on July 28, 2021 at 4:00 pm

One event on July 31, 2021 at 2:00 pm

Olmsted SWCD will be available to discuss Landscaping with Natives

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  Oxbow Park staff will be Presenting Animals from the Zollman Zoo.

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Stephanie Hatzenbihler the Environmental Education Specialist for the City of Rochester, MN will be presenting on Urban Water Stewards. Learn about the health of Rochester's water resources and how you can care for our water resources through pollution prevention and other stewardship actions. We’ll cover the urban water cycle, drinking water, stormwater, and wastewater with specifics to Rochester and Olmsted County. Discuss the current health status of our water resources and highlight active projects to protect and restore. Then we’ll explore…

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Olmsted County Environmental Resources

July 28, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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One event on July 29, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Olmsted County Environmental Resources will be there to answer all you Garbage & Recycling Questions

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Free Nitrate Testing for Private Well Owner

July 29, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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One event on July 30, 2021 at 3:00 pm

Free Nitrate Testing for Private Well Owner: To participate, collect a cup of water from your well in a clean plastic bag or glass container and bring it to the Olmsted County Fair at Graham Park. Your sample will be analyzed while you wait. Results will be provided to you within 15 minutes. Sponsored by Olmsted County Public Health and Olmsted Soil & Water Conservation District

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Oxbow Park staff will be Presenting Animals from the Zollman Zoo.

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Stephanie Hatzenbihler, the Environmental Education Specialist for the City of Rochester, MN will be presenting on Landscaping for Water Quality. After an introduction on the current health status of our water resources in our area, we'll explore landscaping practices that help protect our water quality through pollution prevention.  We'll learn about several planting types including pocket plantings, trees and shrubs, bee lawns, pollinator meadows, and more!

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July 2022

Conservation Building: Turtles and Snakes

Tuesday July 26th 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Olmsted County Park staff will native MN turtles and snakes for you to get up and personal with.

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Olmsted County Environmental Resources will be there to answer all you Garbage & Recycling Questions

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Olmsted SWCD will be available to discuss how homeowner can incorporate native grasses and flowers into landscaping. Stop by and get a FREE Native Pollinator Seed Packet.

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Conservation Building: Free Nitrate testing

Thursday July 28th 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

for Private Well Owner: To participate, collect a cup of water from your well in a clean plastic bag or glass. Your sample will be analyzed while you wait. Results will be provided to you within 15 minutes.

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Whitewater State Park Naturalist Sara Holger will present Snakes of the Blufflands

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Conservation Building: Turles and Snakes

Thursday July 28th 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Olmsted County Park staff will native MN turtles and snakes for you to get up and personal with.

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Olmsted County Environmental Resources will be there to answer all your Garbage & Recycling Questions

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Conservation Building: Free Nitrate testing

Friday July 29th 2022 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

for Private Well Owner: To participate, collect a cup of water from your well in a clean plastic bag or glass. Your sample will be analyzed while you wait. Results will be provided to you within 15 minutes.

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Olmsted SWCD will be available to discuss how homeowner can incorporate native grasses and flowers into landscaping. Stop by and get a FREE Native Pollinator Seed Packet.

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Olmsted SWCD will be available to discuss how homeowner can incorporate native grasses and flowers into landscaping. Stop by and get a FREE Native Pollinator Seed Packet.

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Conservation Building: Turtles and Snakes

Saturday July 30th 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Olmsted County Park staff will native MN turtles and snakes for you to get up and personal with.

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