2021 - Online and North Shore

Gathering Partners: A conference for friends of Minnesota's natural resources

We hope you can join us for this year’s Gathering Partners conference! This annual event is a favorite for friends of Minnesota’s natural resources, including volunteers, landowners, citizen scientists and advocates. 

From phenology to climate change, wildlife watching to invasive species management, you will spend your days learning about Minnesota’s ecology in your choice of virtual conference sessions. Stick around after the sessions for a virtual happy hour, game show night, and other fun activities!

This year we’re honored to welcome keynote speaker Parker McMullen Bushman. ​Parker is the Colorado State University Director of Extension for the City and County of Denver, as well as a passionate voice for equity and inclusion in conservation and the outdoors. She works with environmental organizations to aid them in building culturally diverse and culturally competent organizations that are representative of the populations that they hope to reach and serve.

In addition to full access to all our virtual sessions and activities, we are offering the option to purchase up to three in-person field trips. Choose from 18 expert-guided excursions at various locations along the North Shore, including the Cloquet Forestry Center, Sugarloaf Cove, Flood Bay, Sax-Zim Bog and Wolf Ridge. 

Deadlines and financial aid

Registration is open now through May 10. Cancellations until May 10 will receive a full refund; no refunds for cancellations after May 10.

If the $60 registration fee presents a barrier to your ability to participate in the conference, we have some options available to you. Send us an email and we will work to ensure your ability to join us, learn, and participate, regardless of your financial situation.