"How Futures Research Might Lead Us to a More Resilient Mississippi River"
Friday, March 13, 2015 | 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
McKnight Foundation* (710-2nd Street South, Suite 400, Minneapolis, 55401)
"Multiple audiences are interested in growing local food in different types of landscapes, from urban lots to suburban backyards to rural farms. There is also heightened interest in bees and pollinators, and the role pollinators play, not only food production, but also in maintaining a healthy landscape ecosystem. These two areas of interest create an opportunity for water resource educators to teach about green infrastructure and clean water using a slightly different lens: environmentally friendly landscape design -best management practices for pollinators & growing local food that also benefits our water.
This interactive session will focus on the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Red Barn site, a 17-acre farm parcel located on the grounds of the Arboretum that also includes a new bee and pollinator education and outreach center. We are in the preliminary stages of development, and need your help! What could we accomplish at this site to educate and demonstrate to others the benefits of green infrastructure design and water best management practices that also support pollinators and growing local food? Did I mention we get over 330,000 visitors each year? Come prepared to think outside the box!"More: http://www.nps.gov/miss/learn/nature/riverforum.htm