Events


Tea Tuesdays

Pouring tea
Photo by Erasmus Kamugisha via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0

Tea Tuesdays are Zoom* events for everyone, whether you are new to Pesky Plant Trackers or an experienced volunteer. From April through October, Teas are your chance to socialize with other volunteers, ask questions, discuss plants, and learn from one another. During winter months (November - March), guest speakers present on phenology, invasive species, and other topics.

At the scheduled time, click here to join Tea. No registration required.

Schedule for Tea Tuesdays:

 

  • June 14, 2022 at 3 pm Central

 

  • July 12, 2022 at 3 pm Central

 

  • August 16, 2022 at 3 pm Central

 

  • September 20, 2022 at 3 pm Central

 


Archive: Knotweed Forum

Presented by Ramsey Co. Soil and Water Conservation Division

*Note: This event is not about the activities that Pesky Plants volunteers do. Rather, this event provides more context on the topic of knotweed management.

Date: February 28, 2022

Time: 4 to 5:30 pm

How to join: Click here for the link to join the Zoom meeting

Topics include:

 

  • What are knotweed species and why are they harmful
  • How to identify knotweeds
  • The life cycle of knotweeds
  • Chemical and non-chemical treatment methods
  • Time for open questions and discussion with guest speakers and other experts

 


 

Archive of Winter Tea Tuesdays (November 2021 - February 2022)

 

  • March 15, 2022 at 3 pm Central: Feeling down about the state of our environment? Join us as Jan Mitchell, River Bend Volunteer Naturalist, tells us about some environmental success stories. (Byju Govindan's talk on science findings was postponed.)

  • February 15, 2022 at 3 pm Central: Elizabeth Spinney shares news from Vermont on the importance of phenology in weed management.

  • January 18, 2022 at 3 pm Central: USA-NPN Outreach Coordinator Erin Posthumus presents on using Nature's Notebook as a tool for observing phenology.

  • December 14, 2021 at 3 pm Central: MITPPC Researcher Amy Morey shares their expertise on risk assessments and distribution modeling of invasive species.

  • November 16, 2021 at 3 pm Central: Artist Chris Bell shares photos and reflections from his 3-part workshops that connected creative practice with phenology.


Archive of artist-led workshops (July 10 - August 29, 2021)

This summer, Pesky Plants folks team up with artists to present in-person events at Franconia Sculpture Park. Details and links to RSVP are below.

Workshops made possible by the Institute for Advanced StudyAdditional support from the College of Liberal Arts.

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July 10: Storytelling and Citizen Science

Join us at Franconia Sculpture Park for a workshop that connects phenology with creative practice! For this session, we’ll reflect on and share experiences with plants that led to insights about relationships to the environment. Sharing stories offers a structured space to practice the art of democratic communication and to empathize with perspectives that may be quite different than our own. Participants will meander through the garden, observe both native and invasive plant life, and share brief personal stories prompted by the question: How do plants connect us to a place? 

Come as you are - there is no phenology or performance experience required to take part in the collaboration! To get a sense of the power of citizen storytelling, you might listen to Climate Generation or Climate Wisconsin prior to our gathering.

RSVP: Please let us know if you plan to attend.

WHERE: Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St Croix Trail N, Shafer, MN 55074

The group will meet on the patio of Franconia Commons before taking our walk.

Admission to Franconia Sculpture Park is free and parking is $5.00 for events.

WHEN: 10:30 am on Saturday, July 10th, 2021

The workshop runs between 45-60 minutes.

The team of phenology scientists and artists will be available for informal questions at the end of the workshop.

We look forward to seeing you at Franconia Sculpture Park!

July 31: Movement and Citizen Science

Join us at Franconia Sculpture Park for the second in a series of workshops that connect phenology with creative practice!

For this session, we’ll return to Franconia to reflect on how our bodies move in response to environments. We’ll begin by retracing our steps and observing the wild parsnip from the previous workshop. Participants will then join a series of movement exercises facilitated by Chris Bell to consider our expressive bodies in conversation with place, plants, and people. We’ll take a moment to play with movement and create short performances, offering a gentle reminder that our bodies co-perform with the world around us.
 

Come as you are - there is no phenology or performance experience required to take part in the collaboration! To get a sense of the power of citizen storytelling, you might listen to Climate Generation or Climate Wisconsin prior to our gathering.

RSVP: Please let us know if you plan to attend.

WHERE: Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St Croix Trail N, Shafer, MN 55074

The group will meet on the patio of Franconia Commons before taking our walk.

Admission to Franconia Sculpture Park is free and parking is $5.00 for events.

WHEN: 10:30 am on Saturday, July 31st, 2021

The workshop runs between 45-60 minutes.

The team of phenology scientists and artists will be available for informal questions at the end of the workshop.

We look forward to seeing you at Franconia Sculpture Park!

August 29: Performing Phenology

Join us at Franconia Sculpture Park for the third in a series of workshops that connect phenology with creative practice!

For this session, we’ll return to Franconia to reflect on phenology through performance. We’ll begin by retracing our steps and observing the wild parsnip from the previous workshop. Participants will then join a series of exercises facilitated by Chris Bell to create short performances in conversation with place, plants, and people. The short performances will prompt us to think deeply about terms like invasive and native in relation to the places that we inhabit.

RSVP: Please let us know if you plan to attend.

WHERE: Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St Croix Trail N, Shafer, MN 55074

The group will meet on the patio of Franconia Commons before taking our walk.

Admission to Franconia Sculpture Park is free and parking is $5.00 for events.

WHEN: 10:30 am on Sunday, August 29th, 2021

(Previously scheduled on Saturday, August 28, this event has been switched to Sunday.)

The workshop runs 60-75 minutes.

The team of phenology scientists and artists will be available for informal questions at the end of the workshop.

We look forward to seeing you at Franconia Sculpture Park!


Archive of Winter Tea Tuesdays (November 2020 - March 2021)

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March 16, 2021: Field Experiments

As a volunteer with Pesky Plant Trackers, your activities run parallel to experiments run by Pesky Plants researchers. Get a behind-the-scenes peak at how staff is using growth chamber and field experiments to learn more about the focal pesky plants.

February 16, 2021: Special guests Mari Hardel & Christina Basch

Whether your passion is art, graphic design, biology, or putting weed management principles into practice, this presentation brings it all together. Special guests Christina Basch and Mari Hardel walk us through the illustrated lifecycles of wild parsnip and Japanese knotweed. These detailed posters are part of a series of graphics showing how weed phenology and management are intricately linked. Basch and Hardel, who are Noxious Weed Specialists with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, give a behind-the-scenes look into developing these posters.

Illustration of wild parsnip flower by Minnesota Department of Agriculture

January 19, 2021: Guest presentation by Christine Lee

 

Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center

The Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center (MITPPC) is a hub of world-class research, working across all areas of the University of Minnesota. Their researchers are dedicated to finding science-based solutions to protect Minnesota’s prairies, forests, wetlands, and agricultural resources. At this Tea Tuesday, MITPPC Communications Specialist Christine Lee will highlight some big wins that MITPPC has had and show how Pesky Plant Trackers fit in and help MITPPC's overall mission.

Register to join

Time: 3 pm Central

Hosts: Pesky Plant Trackers staff & special guest Christine Lee


 

December 15, 2020: Exploring StoryMaps

Japanese knotweed in Minnesota

Dive into the stories of wild parsnip and Japanese knotweed across Minnesota landscapes using StoryMaps developed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. (ArcGIS StoryMaps is a web-based platform that combines geographic information with photos, text, and other media to tell a place-based narrative.)

Register to join

Time: 3 pm Central

Hosts: Pesky Plant Trackers staff


 

November 17, 2020: Guest presentation by Erin Posthumus

Erin Posthumus, USA-NPN

Pesky Plant Trackers is one of many important data collection campaigns in Nature's Notebook. USA-NPN Outreach Coordinator Erin Posthumus will describe some of these other efforts, and share how all observations tracked through Nature's Notebook are used by researchers and decision-makers. Learn how you can visualize the data that you collect and compare them to observations from across the country.