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Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Course

Prairies & Potholes

prairie groupMonday - Friday, July 13-17, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Join instructors Sarah Gainey and Jenny Kutter for a week-long 40-hour class exploring the prairie biome. Spend part of your summer exploring this unique part of our state!


Online at
Click on Courses and look for PP-Saint John's Outdoor University under Upcoming Prairies and Potholes courses. 



prairie studyA limited number of lodging options are available in Emmaus Hall (School of Theology graduate student housing) on the Saint John's University campus. Rooms are not air-conditioned. There is a common kitchen to bring your own food for meals. Meal punch cards are also available from the University dining service and can be purchased upon your arrival. Contact Patty Weishaar (320.363.2113) to make a reservation.

  • Simple rooms with common bath down the hall
    • $40/night or $150/week (5-7 nights)
  • Larger rooms with private bath
    • $50/night or $175/week (5-7 nights)

Additional lodging options


$275, includes materials. Scholarships are available from the MN Master Naturalist Program.

prairie viewAbout

The Minnesota Master Naturalist program is an educational volunteer program for adults akin to the Master Gardener program and is geared toward adults who are curious and enjoy learning about the natural world, sharing their knowledge with others, and supporting conservation.

Volunteers complete a 40-hour course studying natural history, environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship, as well as a final capstone project.

This summer Saint John's Outdoor University will offer the 'Prairie and Potholes' Master Naturalist class. The Abbey Arboretum offers an ideal place for studying prairies
with over 50 acres of restored prairie on site.