2017 Young Naturalist Program Schedule, and our exciting new project: Bemidji Audubon Birdscaping Collaborative.
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Kids have been coming to the Young Naturalist Program since 1985, spending memorable weeks wading in streams and cattail swamps, hiking, canoeing, swimming, and listening wide-eyed to tales of Spearhead mysteries.

Young Naturalist Program 

at the Neilson Spearhead Center

Visit the Young Naturalist Program table at the Bemidji Area Summer Programs open house at First Lutheran social hall on Saturday, April 8, 1-4 pm. Check out what camps and programs are available this year, get your questions answered, and sign up before camps are filled. 

Grades 8-12  Dan's Crew, June 26-30 $20/day or $75 for week

 Dan’s Crew is more than just a work week.  You will become part of Neilson Spearhead by experiencing what Spearhead has to offer.  You will “eat” your way through the woods and work on trail maintenance and building projects while learning valuable skills such as woodcraft, survival skills and orienteering.

 Grades 6-8  Pines, Lakes, & Rivers, July 24-28, $170/week (includes 1 overnight)

 By hiking and canoeing, you will explore the diverse ecology of the woodlands and waterways of Lake Spearhead.  Have a relaxing time around the fire telling stories and listening to the night sounds. Camp out in the woods on July 27.

 Grades 4-6  Nature Mystery  July 17-21   or   Aug 7-11, $150/week

 Tracks, carrion, scat, bugs, rubs and gnaw marks.  You will crack the code by using the puzzling clues that nature leaves behind. Hike, swim, and canoe, too.

 Grades 2-4  Trees, Tales, & Trails  July 10-14  or  July 31-Aug 4, $150/week

 Focused on activities for grades 2-4, explore the woods and waters as you learn about everything from tasty plants and bugs, to trees and birds. There will be lots of fun but don’t expect to stay clean.

 All Ages, Family Week, Aug 14-18, $150/week

 Siblings, friends and parents welcome during this week of favorite Young Naturalist activities. Swim in the warm sparkling waters of Spearhead Lake, try canoeing, hike on the trails that are now mostly free of mosquitoes and ticks, play games, and listen to the legends of Spearhead.

10% discount for Audubon members and siblings.  Call 218-586-3414 or email headwatersaudubon@gmail.com or visit our website at www.spearheadmhas.org for more information on the 2017 Young Naturalist Program

Announcing Bemidji ABC!

Bemidji Audubon's Birdscaping Collaborative

Partially funded by Audubon Minnesota

Introducing Bemidji’s Audubon Birdscaping Collaborative (ABC). It's simple: Work with kids and the community to get habitat on the ground. Through collaboration -we will install on-the-ground native landscaping to benefit birds and pollinators in Bemidji’s downtown urban landscape. This project literally spreads the seeds of diversity throughout the Bemidji Area encouraging the creation of bird and pollinator friendly urban spaces. ABC Partners are offering creative learning events at the Public Library this spring, paired with an outdoor landscaping activity downtown. Stay tuned for more information on Bemidji’s ABC project!
Many thanks to the following who have helped get this project rolling:

Bemidji ABC Project Partners
Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Society
Bemidji Public Library
Apple Blossoms Village
Beltrami County Master Gardeners
Headwaters School of Music and the Arts
Indigenous Environmental Network
Rail River Folk School
Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee Shop
Would you like to plan some bird-friendly landscaping at your house? Try Yardmap by TheCornellLab. It's completely free!
Plants for Birds
Watch the Plants for Birds video by the National Audubon Society to learn more about what you can do for birds.
Bemidji's Monarch Pledge Did you know Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht signed-on to the National Wildlife Federation's Monarch Pledge? We think what's great for monarchs is great for nature, birds, and people. Click here for more information about the National Wildlife Federation's Monarch Pledge.

Bird City Bemidji? We have also begun working with the City of Bemidji in support of becoming a designated Bird City with Audubon Minnesota. Becoming a certified Bird City would facilitate integration of bird and pollinator-friendly landscaping and building management into city landscaping and maintenance. Click here for more information about Bird City Minnesota and stay tuned for updates! 

Support Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Society 

Your gift supports MHAS and the Neilson Spearhead Center

Help Mississippi Headwaters Aububon Society (MHAS) conserve bird habitat, educate the public about environmental issues, and manage the Neilson Spearhead Center. Did you know:

  • We are an all-volunteer run organization with no paid administrative staff?
  • It costs between $2,000-$3,000 annually to maintain our trail system?
  • Our Young Naturalist Program has scholarships for low-income families?

You can support our efforts in three important ways;

  1. Renew your MHAS membership today, it's easy and directly supports our mission.  Click here to renew today. 
  2. Make a donation to MHAS to support our ongoing programs, including the Young Naturalist Program, our efforts to update the Lehman Laboratory, maintain our trails, and host ongoing educational opportunities.  Click here to make your donation.
  3. Join Neilson Spearhead Center committee by sending us an email at headwatersaudubon@gmail.com
Thank you for your support!

Jaime Thibodeaux
MHAS Board President
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Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Society is a 501(c) 3 organization.  Your gift is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.  No goods or services were received in exchange for this gift. 
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