Upcoming Events

Summer Solar Picnics

July 29, 12pm-2pm
St. Paul campus

Ride your bike, bring your own picnic, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the St. Paul campus. Our astronomy educators will bring out specially outfitted telescopes so you can safely view the biggest yellow dwarf star around--our Sun! Staff will also highlight some of the exciting developments happening at our new museum and planetarium, under construction right next to the fields!

Outdoor games such as soccer balls, bubbles, or even DIY insect houses are welcome (not supplied). More details TBA.

Weather: Observing may not occur in the case of inclement weather such as rain, overcast skies, or high heat indexes.

14th annual Golf Scramble for Scholarships

July 7, 8am
Les Bolstad Golf Course

The CFANS Alumni Society will be hosting its 14th annual Golf Scramble fundraiser on Friday, July 7 at the University of Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course. Over the past 13 years, this event has raised nearly $350,000 for scholarships for CFANS students. You can participate by golfing, donating an item to the silent auction, volunteering at the event, or making a contribution to the scholarship fund!

Learn more about this event.

Organic Field Day

July 12, 9:00am

The event will start with a tradeshow and field tour of organic research projects at the SWROC including cover crops, alternative crops, small grain production, and tunnel vegetable production. After lunch, presentations will cover tools for successful farming, soil health and livestock production, and grazing dairy steers on two different cover cropping systems. 

For more information about the event, see the Southwest Research and Outreach Center websitePre-register online now or by call 507-752-7372 to pre-register.

University on the Prairie

July 25, 8:00am

Explore science-based career opportunities in environmental & agricultural science, chemistry, engineering, food science, and health science!

University on the Prairie immerses students entering 7-12 in three days of hands-on activities that show you what you can do with a science education.

Taste & Toast

July 26, 12pm
MN Landscape Arboretum

With the best in local garden to farm to table cuisine, top restaurants, nationally-awarded chefs, rising local wineries and popular breweries, Taste & Toast ranks at the top of this summer’s events. Plus add in the spectacular, lush gardens of the nation’s Best Botanical Garden 2017 and there’s real magic. 

Horticulture Night

July 27, 2017
5-9pm
Horticulture Display Garden, West Central Research and Outreach Center

Horticulture Night offers a wide variety of demonstrations, presentations, and tours; most are offered twice throughout the event. Typically held in the last Thursday of July, Horticulture Night gives visitors the opportunity to view annual flowers, plants, shrubs and trees under regional conditions as well as take in educational presentations. It is estimated that nearly 1,600 people attend the free event.

Horticulture Night is free and open to the public.

Summer Solar Picnics

July 29, 12pm-2pm
St. Paul campus

Ride your bike, bring your own picnic, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the St. Paul campus. Our astronomy educators will bring out specially outfitted telescopes so you can safely view the biggest yellow dwarf star around--our Sun! Staff will also highlight some of the exciting developments happening at our new museum and planetarium, under construction right next to the fields!

Outdoor games such as soccer balls, bubbles, or even DIY insect houses are welcome (not supplied). More details TBA.

Weather: Observing may not occur in the case of inclement weather such as rain, overcast skies, or high heat indexes.

Colony Wintering Preparation Clinic

August 5, 10am-12pm
MN Landscape Arboretum

University of Minnesota Bee Squad, helping the Twin Cities area foster healthy bee populations
Winter in Minnesota can be bitter, especially if you are a honey bee. Proper preparation for honey bee colony wintering begins in the late summer. The University of Minnesota Bee Squad will review the wintering needs of a colony and the biological basis for them. You and your fellow beekeepers will learn how to evaluate whether your colony has enough winter stores and the importance of winter preparation steps. This class starts in the classroom and transitions to the Arboretum Apiary for a demonstration of wintering a hive. You will leave with the confidence to prepare your own hives for a healthy and well-managed winter. REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Students must bring their own protective gear and wear a veil in the Apiary.
Bee Center, includes Arboretum admission

Pre-Eclipse Block Party

August 13, 12:00pm

Physics & Nanotechnology Building, East Bank

Get ready for the great North American eclipse that occurs on August 21, 2017—people across the U.S. will be able to see a partial to total eclipse of the Sun! (Most Minnesotans will experience around 80% totality.)

Prepare for this rare sight one week ahead of the big show! Enjoy University of Minnesota scientist talks, hands-on activities, solar telescope observing, and free mini ExploraDome planetarium shows! Also, pick up your own pair of solar viewing glasses (while supplies last). Learn everything you'll need to know to safely catch your view of the eclipse—no matter where you might be on August 21.

CFANS Sneak Preview

August 14, 8:30am                                                                                                                                                                                                           St.Paul Student Center

Do you know any seniors in high school who might be interested in CFANS? The CFANS Sneak Preview is coming up on Monday, August 14! High school seniors are invited to come to campus and learn more about the great work going on in our college. At this summer event, students will learn about admissions, take a tour of the St. Paul campus, and participate in a hands-on experience in a focus area of their choosing. 

NCROC 2017 Visitor's Day

August 24, 3pm
North Central Research and Outreach Center

The University of Minnesota North Central Research and Outreach Center’s (NCROC) and University of Minnesota Extension, Visitor's Day committee has set Thursday, August 24, 2017 as the date for the 2017 Annual Visitor’s Day. The event will begin at 3 p.m. and wind down at 7 p.m.

Visitors will be able to learn about all research departments and the University of Minnesota Extension on tours or at informational booths, located throughout the site. Research at NCROC is very diverse and includes Agronomy, Animal Science, Entomology, Forest Genetics, Forestry Management, Horticulture, and Tourism.

Save the Date: 2nd Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition

September 18-20
Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel, Prior Lake, MN

Join the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute on September 18-20, 2017 at Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel in Prior Lake, MN for this annual conference that brings together tribal officials, researchers, practitioners, and others to discuss the current state of Indigenous and academic scientific knowledge about Native nutrition and food science, and identify new areas of work. An informal evening reception will be held on September 17 for those attending--please plan your travel arrangements accordingly. Registration will open in May 2017. Check the HFHL website to receive updates about the conference.