Jennifer Vieth, executive director of the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, will tell us about designing and opening the brand-new Al & Laurie Hein Visitor Center, named after the original donors of the first 98 acres of Carpenter’s current 300-acre Wisconsin Campus. Carpenter Nature Center is 725 acres total on the Minnesota and Wisconsin sites, with 20+ miles of trails through habitats ranging from prairie to forest. The two campuses provide high-quality, diverse wildlife habitat and are the site of long-term avian monitoring studies including MAPS, Project Owl-net and the Motus network. The Al & Laurie Hein Visitors Center has been 30 years in the making. Research and planning included habitat management plans, wildlife surveys, community surveys and the inclusion of many voices. Having the opportunity to design and open a visitor’s center from the ground up was a special experience, as we will hear.
Jennifer, a native of Kingston, Ontario, has worked in the field of environmental education and bird conservation since interning at the World Bird Sanctuary in 1993. She has also worked at the University of Minnesota Raptor Center as program director. In her free time, she volunteers on the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union Board of Directors, runs a Breeding Bird Survey route, and is a curling instructor. She lives in the St. Croix Valley with her husband and two children.
Monthly chapter meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month, September-May, at 7:00 p.m. They are open and free of charge to everyone. They include time to socialize and brief chapter announcements, followed by featured presentations each month on a range of topics.
An option for viewing the presentations remotely will also be provided.