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Continued: Twin Cities metro briefs: Minnehaha Creek cleanup

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The St. Croix River Association and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum will offer an Earth Partnership for Schools workshop Aug. 4-8 in the St. Croix River watershed.

Participating teachers from Minnesota and Wisconsin will learn how to plant and use restored native habitats and/or rain gardens on school grounds and nearby riparian, wetland and shoreline areas.

Ecological restorations taught in the workshop will explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics, social studies, art and more, organizers said. The workshop features a K-12 curriculum. There is no cost.

For more information, contact Claire Shaller at cshaller@wisc.edu or 608-262-9925. Register by June 30 at uwarboretum.org/eps/wiinstitutes.php.

kevin giles

 

DAKOTA COUNTY

Opening date is Sept. 27 for Whitetail Woods park

The grand opening of Whitetail Woods Regional Park, the metro area’s newest regional park, has been set for Sept. 27.

The opening of the 456-acre park south of Rosemount and east of Farmington will be marked with activities and entertainment from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The county is expecting 500 to 1,000 people for the event and has budgeted about $22,000 to promote and stage the opening.

Work is underway now to transform the open land into a park. Facilities being built in the first phase of the park development include camper cabins, restrooms, a picnic area and shelter and trails. Work is expected to be finished in time for an unofficial opening of the park in August, county officials have said.

LAURIE BLAKE

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