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News and Events

Chill on the Patio - A Benefit Performance for LEC

Saturday, September 26, 2020
7:00 pm9:00 pm
The Wine Cafe - Back Patio
301 N Riverfront Dr
Mankato, MN 56001
Chill on the Patio - A Benefit Performance for LEC

Join us outdoors on the Wine Cafe's back patio for a socially distant evening of music, dance, and community celebration .

"Chill on the Patio" is a charity performance benefiting Living Earth Center.
The Event will feature short performances including local musicians, dancers, and more! (Please see poster for partial list of performers.)

Cost is a free will donation (suggested $5), and all proceeds will be donated to Living Earth Center. Due to social distancing necessities, limited seating will be available, and please bring your mask.

If you are unable to attend the event will be livestreamed via LEC's Facebook page.

Ask a Naturalist

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
5:30 pm6:30 pm
Ask a Naturalist

Looking for an answer about something nature-related that you’ve always had a question about?

Join Living Earth Center and Minnesota DNR Naturalist, Scott Kudelka for an online question and answer forum about all things nature. Submit your question and we'll come up with the answer or find someone who does know!

Looking Back and Moving Forward: 14 Years of Earth Conferences

Saturday, November 7, 2020
10:00 am12:00 pm
Looking Back and Moving Forward: 14 Years of Earth Conferences

Due to the global pandemic, Living Earth Center is unable to host its Annual Earth Conference this November, but it didn't feel right not to do anything at all...

What our Earth Conference Task Force came up with is a compromise we're calling, "Looking Back and Moving Forward: 14 Years of Earth Conferences."

We invite you to join us via zoom as we take a look back at video clips of highlights from past conferences. Then participate in a conversation about how those lessons from the past can be applied to both our present situation and our world as it continues to move forward and evolve.

Together we will explore how themes such as community and diversity, originally applied to conference topics like Food and Seed, are also applicable in 2020, a time of a global pandemic and social unrest.

We look forward to virtually gathering with you and making the best of what is a difficult situation for everyone. We are most sad that there is no way to virtually share Sister Gloria's traditional delicious conference-opening muffins.

Tickets are available via eventbrite: $15 for general admission, $5 for students.

All are welcome, regardless of ability to pay, if you need a conference scholarship please email

One of the Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry (now Living Earth Center)’s founders, Sr Mary Tacheny, celebrated her 75 year Jubilee this year! We take a moment to celebrate her dedication to issues surrounding rural Minnesotans, sustainability, and Earth justice.

Mankato-based poet Esther Marcella Hoffman has composed an original poem for Living Earth Center. To read it, please follow the link above.

I recently made this simple recipe for a small outdoor gathering and multiple people asked how to make it. I was almost embarrassed to tell them because it was so easy didn't want to blow my gourmet chef cover!  Nonetheless, if you have tomatoes, this easy summer recipe is definitely one you want in your wheelhouse!