Preserving the lands and waters you love!

Events & Workshops

There are so many ways to love our lands and waters. Our events and programs can help you connect to the land, water, wildlife, and other people.


Join us to learn more about our local waters and wildlife.


Your Cabin, Your Family, Your Legacy

Join us for a workshop on cabin succession planning and learn about preserving your lake property and legacy. Experts will present options for passing on your land to your heirs and for protecting its conservation value.

These workshops are offered in a hybrid format with in-person and virtual options available.

Wed. June 12, 2024 | Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm | Crosslake | Register

Thurs. June 13, 2024 | Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm | Longville  | Register

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Conservation Options for Landowners

Learn about conservation options available to Minnesota landowners, information about how to identify which program is right for you, and how to apply to participate. This workshop is in partnership with the Minnesota Land Trust.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 | Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm | Register

Tuesday, July 30, 2024 | Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm | Register

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From Land to Water: Conserving Minnesota’s Loons

Learn about banding programs, habitat restoration efforts, and what you can do to help protect Minnesota's state bird.

This is an in-person workshop at the Cross Lake Recreation Area with a field component aboard the National Loon Center's StewardShip on Cross Lake, so dress for the weather. Spaces are limited. Registration is required.

May 30  

  • 2:30pm - 4:30pm: Resilient Shorelines/Landscaping for Loons - Register
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm: Introduction to Loon Monitoring - Register

June 27

  • 2:30pm - 4:30pm: Loon Safe Boating - Register
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm: Loon Nesting Behavior - Register
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July 25

  • 2:30pm - 4:30pm: Aquatic Invasive Species - Register
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm: Loon Chick Development - Register

August 22

  • 2:30pm - 4:30pm: Water Quality Testing and Monitoring - Register
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm: Late Summer Behavior - Register

September 19

  • 2:30pm - 4:30pm: Loon Friendly Fishing - Register
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm: Pre-Migration Behaviors - Register
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Conservation for Lake Associations

Delve into the intricacies of establishing a conservation committee. Our panel will
share their experiences and invaluable advice, offering firsthand insights into
overcoming obstacles and maximizing conservation efforts to preserve lake.

  • Thurs. Aug. 15, 2024 | Time: 2:30pm - 5:00pm | Backus | Register 
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Resilient Shorelines

Learn what you can do to help protect your shoreline and water quality with shorelines buffers and pollinator habitats.

This workshop is a collaboration between Northern Waters Land Trust and Blue Thumb: Planting for Clean Water.


Fisheries in Northern Minnesota

Presentation by the DNR on fish communities in Minnesota lakes. Learn about muskie, walleye, northern pike and largemouth bass, their diets and communities and prey species in lakes including yellow perch and cisco.

This presentation is offered in a hybrid format with in-person and virtual options available.

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Fisheries Field Day

Get out on the water and tour the Miller's Bay Aquatic Management Area (AMA) on Leech Lake. Learn about efforts to protect this spawning habitat and its surroundings for generations.


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