Grow your own

Learn how to grow veggies and herbs at “Easy Edibles,” a workshop by Heidi’s Lifestyle Gardens. Bring your own container or purchase one at the store to create a planter of edible plants. All plants and materials will be available for purchase. Cost is for materials only. 6 p.m. March 27. Heidi’s Growhaus, 7555 County Road 116, Corcoran. Register at 763-420-2909.

Raising chickens

Learn the challenges and rewards of raising poultry from chicks to egg-producing hens at a “Backyard Chicken Farming Workshop.” Topics of discussion include types of coops, breeds and strategies for success. 9 a.m. March 31. $20. Oliver Kelley Farm, 15788 Kelley Farm Road, Elk River. Register at

Native plants

Deep-rooted native plants deliver many benefits to the environment. Learn about them at a free workshop, “Native Plants Do Double Duty.” Discover how replacing turf with wildflowers and native grasses can reduce flooding, filter pollutants and provide food for monarch butterflies and some species of bees. Participants will gain knowledge on identifying workhorse plants and the pollinators that depend on them. Hear about research on rain gardens, and take home designs that will work in sunny areas. 7 p.m. April 5. Free. Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th St., Maplewood. Register at



Bird-friendly buildings

Modern buildings with vast expanses of glass can be hazardous to migrating birds. Learn about bird-safe architecture at “The Effects of Glass in Buildings on Bird Mortality.” One of the world’s leading experts on bird-glass collisions, ornithologist Daniel Klem Jr., will discuss bird-safe panes in remodeling and new construction, retrofitting existing structures, and will offer recommendations on retrofitting U.S. Bank Stadium to make it safer for birds. The presentation is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $5. 6:30 p.m. March 21, Springbrook Nature Center, 100 85th Av. NW., Fridley.