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Minnesota Master Naturalist Prairie & Potholes Course

June 14 @ 9:00 am - June 18 @ 5:00 pm

Big Bluestem

Pending COVID recommendations – SAVE THE DATE!!
You will not find a better place on the tallgrass prairie to learn about the Prairies and Potholes biome. Lac qui Parle State Park (LqPSP) has both a river floodplain and prairie hillsides and is home to a very diverse collection of wildlife. The park boasts a phenomenal migratory flight territory with a variety of birds to see and learn about. In addition to the physical and natural features of the park, there is a rich history with the Dakota people who include this part of the river basin as part of their ancestral homelands.


Monday, June 14 – 18, 2021


$275 with a limited number of partial scholarships available. [This workshop sold out early the past four years and we had a waiting list so register early to reserve your spot.] All participants will work towards completing a capstone project over the course of the week. Daily schedules will vary to take advantage of the weather, guest presenters, field trips, and natural occurrences. This course will be taught by multiple instructors and with access to the outdoors, it will provide participants the opportunity to immediately connect with relevant examples of the content presented.


You will need to bring your lunch. We have a fridge on site but it is very limited. You are out of town – people made it work and we can help you with bringing ice for coolers etc. On Wednesday evening, the local chapter of Master Naturalists will host a potluck dinner and guest speaker providing the participants the opportunity to learn first-hand what makes the tallgrass prairie an amazing place to experience.
LODGING: There are a variety of locations in the area that provide both sleeper cabins as well as camping options.
Lac qui Parle State Park, Upper Sioux Agency State Park, Wegdahl County Park (between Granite Falls and Montevideo on Hwy 212, Memorial Park in Granite Falls, Prairies Edge Casino, Resort and RV Park, and various air b & b options.

Participants may elect to come the weekend before the training and explore the Minnesota River Valley.

For questions about the training or other amenities please contact Peg Furshong at CURE or call 320-269-2984.

The course cost is $275 and includes course manuals and supplies.

If the course cost is a hardship, please fill out the scholarship application and send it to us.
Instructor Information:

Peg Furshong is the Director of Programs at CURE (Clean Up the River Environment) in southwestern Minnesota. CURE works in the areas of climate, energy, water, and rural democracy. Peg began as a volunteer with Minnesota Master Naturalist in 2015. As an educator, throughout most of her professional career, Peg has worked with young adults in higher education – facilitating programs in leadership, civic engagement, sustainability, and diversity. Born and raised in Montana, she came to Minnesota with a love for nature and the values of environmental stewardship. Peg holds an M.S. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Information, Process, and Communication (IPC) from Montana State University-Billings.

Amy Rager received a BA in Elementary Education from the College of St. Scholastica and an MEd in Environmental Leadership and Learning from the University of MN. She has worked for cooperative extension for 26 years in various positions but has always tied her work to the environment. She is currently the state program director for the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program.


Lac qui Parle State Park