Living in the Avon Hills Conference

Saturday, February 10, 2018
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Living in the Avon Hills: A conference for the whole family. February 10, 2018

2018 Keynote: Observations of a Phenologist by Larry Weber

Minnesota Phenology

Phenology is the study of the rhythmic changes in nature as we take our annual trip around the sun. I have been observing and recording these phenomena on my place as I walk here for more than 30 years, keeping a daily nature journal for more than 40 years. We will take a trip through the seasons, noting what happens along the way. Nature in "here and now" and what I have observed does not differ much from what others can observe around your own homes.

In a Patch of GoldenrodsIn a Patch of Goldenrods - concurrent session by Larry later in the day

Patches of goldenrods are very common in late summer, growing in fields and roadsides. There are about a dozen species in my region and they are thriving native wildflowers. We'll take a look at what I found - observing the myriads of insects and spiders and more - and the experience of slowing down to take a closer look.

Larry Weber

About Larry Weber
Larry taught biological sciences for 40 years; 25 of which was an award-winning phenology-based middle school course that centered on the outdoors. After retirement, he continued his phenology education at UMD University for Seniors and Minnesota Master Naturalists. He has two weekly radio phenology programs and writes a weekly phenology column for a local newspaper. He is the author of about a dozen books including: Spiders of the North Woods, Butterflies of the North Woods, Fascinating Fungi of the North Woods, Backyard Almanac, Webwood, Minnesota Phenology, In a Patch of Goldenrods, and the most recent: Webwatching. He lives on a forested former farm in Carlton County, Minnesota where he takes daily walks to watch critters and record the local phenology.


Registration Prices

  • $20 Outdoor U Member Adults (ages 16 & up)
  • $25 Nonmember Adults (ages 16 & up)
  • $10 Child (ages 5-15)

Conference registration fee includes: keynote, entrance to sessions, access to exhibitors, lunch, refreshments at registration & breaks, materials, & handouts

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2018 Conference Schedule:

  • 8:00 - 9:00   Registration/Check-in/Exhibits
  • 9:00 - 10:30   Keynote Address
  • 10:30 - 11:00    BREAK/EXHIBITS
  • 11:00 - 12:00   Session I
  • 12:00 - 1:00   LUNCH/EXHIBITS
  • 1:00 - 2:00   Session II
  • 2:00 - 2:30   BREAK/EXHIBITS
  • 2:30 - 3:30   Session III
  • 3:30 - 4:00   EXHIBITS/SUBMIT SURVEYS

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Funding for the 2018 conference provided by:

Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund St. Cloud Subaru

Blattner Energy