A conference for friends of Minnesota's natural resources

Hosted by Extension natural resource volunteer programs at the Bell Museum and the MN Landscape Arboretum

 Join us May 19-21, 2023!

The 2023 Gathering Partners Conference will take place at the Bell Museum and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. This year's conference will include concurrent sessions, outdoor exploration, and social activities at two exciting new locations.

The Gathering Partners Conference is hosted by the University of Minnesota and presented annually by the University of Minnesota Extension's Minnesota Master Naturalist and AIS Detectors programs.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Monarch Sponsor - in memory of Adam Thomas 

Bring your refillable water bottles. Water refill stations are conveniently located throughout the grounds. And of course, don't forget all your outdoor gear and attire, or purchase great new attire at the Extension MN Master Naturalist Store during the conference. 

Carpooling is highly encouraged. Come early and allow plenty of time to park and find the way to your sessions. It will be a busy weekend!

Options to get around at the Arb include the Bee-Line Shuttle 

BioBlitz During the Conference 

While you're at the Bell Museum and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, try your hand at adding some observations to iNaturalist.  You can help scientists learn more about spring in Minnesota!  

Conference Venues

Gathering Partners  for general conference questions.