Outdoors

Starry Trek 2020: Aug. 15, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., statewide. Registration by Aug. 6 is required, online at www.StarryTrek.org. Volunteers are needed to participate in a search for starry stonewort, one of Minnesota’s newest aquatic invasive species. Volunteers will gather at local training sites to learn how to identify starry stonewort and other aquatic invasive species. They will be sent to nearby public water accesses to check for starry stonewort and return to the local training site to report their findings. Starry stonewort is an invasive algae that was first found in Minnesota at Lake Koronis in 2015 and has since spread to 14 Minnesota lakes. Early detection of this species is critical for control. No experience or equipment is necessary to participate in Starry Trek. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Sites include Saulsbury Beach County Park in Spicer and sites in Paynesville, Alexandria and Ortonville.

Farming

Farm Dreams online workshop: Aug. 4, 6 to 8 p.m., $20 for members, $40 for non-members, fee covers up to two people per family or farm. Registration deadline is Aug. 3 on the Land Stewardship Project website at landstewardshipproject.org. To shorten the video call, you will need to complete a homework module prior to the workshop. For more information or to register with a check, contact Annelie Livingston-Anderson at annelie@landstewardshipproject.org or phone 612-217-0553.

Suicide prevention class for agricultural communities: NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center are partnering to provide free online suicide prevention classes tailored to farming communities. This effort aims to change public perceptions in agricultural communities and better equip them to identify and help people who may be having thoughts of suicide. Called QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) for Agricultural Communities, the program helps individuals learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent a suicide. The one-session class will be offered on four dates: from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 6, Aug. 20, Sept. 3 and Sept. 17. To register, see “Classes” at namimn.org. For further information, call 651-645-2948.

Farm Beginnings: Sept. 15 is the deadline for applications to the Farm Beginnings class, which will take place in an online setting November through March, with on-farm educational events to follow later in 2021. The training session helps beginning farmers clarify their goals and strengths, establish a strong enterprise plan and start building their operation. It is designed for new and prospective farmers who want to plan a profitable farm business. The class cost is $1,000, which covers up to two individuals per farm, with a discount for applications received before Aug. 15. More information and registration is on the Land Stewardship Project website at landstewardshipproject.org or email Annelie Livingston-Anderson at annelie@landstewardshipproject.org.

Gardening

Horticulture Night: The five videos from the online event are still available on the website at z.umn.edu/hortnight.

Horticulture Display Garden: Open daily from dawn to dusk. Please adhere to all safety procedures and protocols posted at garden entrances and informational kiosks.

Twilight Garden: Aug. 19, 7 to 8 p.m., display garden, University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 State Hwy. 329, Morris. Robin Trott, University of Minnesota Extension educator in horticulture, will lead a tour featuring plants and flowers that offer unique scents, blooms or movement in the twilight hours. This garden will provide you with lots of ideas for creating a soulful, calm and enchanting escape in your own backyard. Limited to 25 people; first come, first serve. This “Come Grow with Us” class is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, call 320-589-1711.

Dykstras: Bill and Helene Dykstra will have their garden open daily from noon until dark until frost. Freewill donations for Guatemala will be accepted. Social distancing is possible in the gardens. Take Kandiyohi County Road 5 south of Roseland for one mile, go east on 210th Avenue and turn south on 37th Street.