Upcoming Events

Star Party with MIfA

May 5, 8:30-10pm

Explore the sky with astronomers from the Bell and the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics. Our FREE telescope observing nights take place every month (weather permitting). Star Parties are very informal and family-friendly, and you can arrive and leave at any time.

Each evening will start with a special science presentation by MIfA graduate students in the Bell Museum's Auditorium. After the talk, the party will continue with telescope observing in the courtyard. We provide the telescopes and will guide you through observations of the same celestial objects that have inspired sky-gazers throughout history!


May 7, 9am
MN Landscape Arboretum

THE 20th ANNUAL ARBORETUM BUD BREAK 5K RUN/WALK is a certified asphalt course that winds through scenic spring Arboretum landscapes, including challenging hills and rolling prairies. Medals will be awarded to top three runners overall. Results will be posted on Raceberry Jam at https://www.raceberryjam.com/.

CFANS Undergraduate Student Commencement Ceremony

May 12, 2pm
Mariucci Arena

This is the commencement ceremony for undergraduate students in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.  For additional information about the CFANS commencement ceremony and eligibility for it, see the "Frequently Asked Questions" section on the CFANS Commencement Ceremony page.

Phenology Walk at the Native American Medicine Garden

May 13, 10:00am
Medicine Garden on the corner of Cleveland and Larpenteur, north of St. Paul campus

The Backyard Phenology Project and the UMN Native American Medicine Garden invite you to participate in a new community collaboration.

Drip Irrigation for Your Garden

May 17, 5:15pm
West Central Research and Outreach Center

This workshop is part of the Come Grow with Us horticulture education series. Classes are free to attend, and open to the public.

In the event of inclement weather, class will be held in AgCountry Auditorium at the WCROC.

Midwest Farm Energy Conference

June 13, 12:00pm
West Central Research and Outreach Center

Minnesota 4-H Foundation Golf Classic

June 19, 9am
Midland Hills Country Club in Roseville

Minnesota 4-H Foundation Golf Classic features: 18-hole best ball golf tournament, opportunities to meet and talk with 4-H youth about the projects that are making an impact in their lives, Lunch, on-course beverages, hearty hors d'eourves after golf, a brief award ceremony and silent auction

Horticulture Night

July 27, 2017
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.

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.

Save the Date: Food Access Summit 2017

October 25-27
Duluth, MN

Save the date for Food Access Summit 2017 to be held in Duluth. This two-day gathering is poised to grow from 500 to 800 people to create and leverage powerful connections amongst multiple sectors whose work intersects around healthy food access. We welcome back past Food Access Summit attendees and their colleagues, have plans to expand participation within additional systems/sectors, and will recruit more people in roles of shaping policy and designing systems related to how people access food in their community. Learn more.

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