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Thursday, September 19 • 3:35pm - 4:25pm
A Little Dirt Never Hurt: Growing a collaboration between libraries and environmental partners

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Common ground is a key to any collaboration. Similar mission statements and strategic goals create the perfect opportunity for libraries and their local parks or environmental sites to work together to support the lifelong learning of their residents. This session will detail how the library and parks department in Anoka County came together to establish a partnership and collaborate on programs, events, and staff development opportunities. Those attending the session will learn the practicalities as well as some of the barriers that can occur and muddy up that initial planning. Staff from both library, parks and partners like the UMN Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve will not only, give the dirt on programming ideas, but, also lay down the ground work for participants to take back to their library to start uncovering the potential for their own amazing partnerships. Come prepared to get your hands dirty with some hands-on activities.


Mary Healy

Branch manager at the Anoka County Library, Centennial branch, and librarian of 13 years, Mary Healy had always wanted to combine her two passions: libraries and nature. As a formal naturalist of 10 years working mostly at Westwood Hills Nature Center in St Louis Park, MN, it was... Read More →

Elizabeth Ripley

Elizabeth Ripley is the Branch Manager at the Johnsville Branch of Anoka County Library. At Anoka County, Elizabeth works with people of all ages, but especially loves working with children and is passionate about literacy. Previous to working at Anoka County, Elizabeth worked at... Read More →

Lisa Gilliland

Lisa Gilliland is the Program Supervisor for the Wargo Nature Center, which is part of the Anoka County Parks system. Having been with the center from day one, Lisa has had the opportunity build a nature center from the ground up, including designing and developing environmental education... Read More →

Thursday September 19, 2019 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Waconia 6

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