UMD Connects to Boulder Lake
UMD AND THE LEARNING CENTER
FAMILY WOODLAND CONFERENCE
UMD is participating in this event as well. On Friday, March 9, in the UMD Library, the “Mapping your land with GPS” workshop will be held. It focuses on informing landowners about GPS receivers and free, online GIS software tools to learn more about their property. John Geissler, UMD employee and director of the Boulder Lake ELC, will lead the workshop which covers using GPS and free software available online for property owners. Geissler is excited by the potential of programs such as Google Earth. “It is easy to get relatively high resolution aerial photos of your land,” said Geissler, "and many layers of data such as soils, property line estimates, and historical photos are available.”
The MFWC features more than 65 different workshops, presentations, and field trips planned and conducted by professionals from such organizations as the Department of Natural Resources, Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center, the Minnesota Forests Association, and the US Forests Service. Subjects taught include Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance, Nature Photography, Tree Management, and Pest Deterrence, among dozens of other topics.
EDUCATION, RESEARCH, AND RECREATION
Annually, many take advantage of Boulder Lake’s numerous workshops and field trips. Boulder Lake holds a variety of activities for outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels. “It's a nice mix of high-end and general community offerings available,” Geissler said. With programs varying from the extensive ‘Master Naturalist’ course to workshops focused on maple syrup and mushrooms, there is something at Boulder Lake's Website for every nature enthusiast.
Written by Zach Lunderberg. February 2012