February & March Programs

February 21 & March 21

All programs are free and open to the public.
In-Person with Hybrid Online Options

Wood Lake Nature Center | 6710 Lake Shore Dr S, Richfield, MN 55423

See below program description for how to register for online access.

Meet and Greet at Wood Lake | 6:30 pm 
Meet and Chat on Zoom | 6:45 pm
Announcements and Program | 7:00 to 8:30 pm

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Tuesday, February 21:

Landscaping for Wildlife

Presenter: L. Peter MacDonagh

The news is filled with dire predictions for our natural world, and it’s wildlife.

More and more of our smaller native fauna have gone from common to rare to threatened; including songbirds, insects, pollinators and amphibians. What to do? The positive answer is to take action by hosting wildlife on your land. No matter how small your plot or garden, these actions will help make wildlife more at home.

All available places that you provide for wildlife to live and reproduce, helps. The four key ingredients of habitat enhancement for wildlife we will focus on are: food, water, shelter and structure. Think of it as setting the table for your wildlife guests. Specific wildlife habitat enhancement tools will be shown. This lecture will focus on smaller wildlife, many weighed in grams or maybe ounces; but all less than one pound in weight.

In our fraying natural world, taking these habitat actions can rejuvenate, both us and wildlife. Recent research has shown that this stewardship in our gardens is a critically important action for both our health and well-being.

While this is not the answer to all the troubles of our world’s wildlife, it is part of the solution. 

L. Peter MacDonagh PLA, FASLA, RHS. 
Landscape Architect, Horticulturist, Arborist. Director & Principal Emeritus; Co-founder of Kestrel Design Group (1990-2020). Adjunct Faculty University of Minnesota (1999 to present). Cert. Ornamental Horticulture, National Botanic Garden Ireland (1980); Bachelor Landscape Architecture/BLA University Minnesota (1985); Master Professional Studies Horticulture/MPSH, University Minnesota (2018). Specialist in Urban Trees, Green Infrastructure, Stormwater Management, Native Plants, Soil Bioengineering, Wetlands, Habitat Enhancement. 

Program is free and open to the public


REGISTER HERE for online access.

Email info@wildonestwincities.org to preregister for In-Person attendance.  

Walks ins always welcome! 

VOLUNTEER HERE to help at the event!

Tuesday, March 21

A Natural Harmony: 
Using Feng Shui to enhance how you tend your patch of the planet


(Lois) Elaine R Anderson, Red Tortoise Feng Shui

When we hear about Feng Shui it is often in relation to home and business interiors… where is the bed or desk to be placed? what do I do about so many stairs? Is our bathroom in the wrong place?!

However, Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese method of living in harmony with one's environment, originated in the landscape. This introduction to Feng Shui will focus on applying the principles to your own gardening style, helping you create a landscape that more deeply reflects who you are. Feng Shui can provide your gardening efforts, whether large or small in scale, with meaning and intention to positively impact your life. Principles of ch’i (energy) flow, Yin/Yang, use of color, the Bagua (the Feng Shui map), the Feng Shui meaning of plants, and the significance of water in the garden will be explored, illustrated by 
photos of gardens and landscapes from around the world.  

Lois Elaine R. Anderson, BSN, RN, HNB-BC, is the founder of Red Tortoise Feng Shui.  A professional Feng Shui practitioner since 1998, she is certified in both contemporary style “Black Sect” Feng Shui and traditional “Compass School” Feng Shui.  She is a founding board member and President Emerita of the Feng Shui Institute of the Midwest, and a former faculty member of the Wind and Water School of Feng Shui. An avid gardener, Elaine provides consultations, classes and customized workshops on using Feng Shui in the home, garden and landscape, as well as business, educational and healing settings. She is an oncology nurse with M Health Fairview Cancer Care, and a certified holistic nurse with broad clinical, administrative and teaching experience.  The mother of adult identical twin sons and GramElaine to two grandsons and three “granddogs”, Elaine lives in Plymouth, MN, with her husband, Marc.


REGISTER HERE for online access.

Email info@wildonestwincities.org to preregister for In-Person attendance.  

Walks ins always welcome! 

VOLUNTEER HERE to help at the event!


Thanks to everyone who attended and helped with our Winter Seed Sowing on January 14th!

Almost 500 packets of native Minnesota wildflower and grass seed were distributed and sown for planting in spring!