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Online Kids Class - Nests and Backyard Treasures

Monday, June 8, 2020
3:30 pm4:15 pm
online class
Online Kids Class - Nests and Backyard Treasures

How can you tell where an animal has been? Critters often leave clues behind, like a snake skin or a bird’s nest. We’ll examine different bird’s nests up close. Learn to weave your own nest or start a nature treasure box. Become an animal sleuth in your own yard this summer.

Class will be held via Zoom. Zoom meeting ID information will be sent to participants prior to June 8th.

Cost: $15/family
Please register through Mankato Community Ed

Online Beginning Level Traditional Plant Medicine Workshop

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
5:30 pm7:30 pm
online class
Online Beginning Level Traditional Plant Medicine Workshop

Join Megan Schnitker from Lakota Made for a workshop focused on traditional medicinal plants and remedies in an online format!

For thousands of years Indigenous people survived off the land. In the last 100 years many of the Traditional Plant medicine knowledge has been lost due to genocide, loss of culture and boarding schools. Megan L. Schnitker has been researching for 14+ years on Tradition Plant Medicine and wild Edibles their common uses, traditional uses, and modern applications for sustainable living.
Expectations and Goals
The goal of this class is to bring basic awareness of the use of plants through story and education. The class is a beginning level class that will have 15 plants to begin to cover, this class will not leave you an expert in these plants but give you a basic guide to begin learning about them. It is recommended to take this class more than once.
1. Basic understanding that common “weeds” are often useful
2. Easy to identify plant edibles and medicinals
3. Basic First Aid plants
4. Common backyard edibles
5. Time for Questions and Answers Required Materials

Instructor will provide a PowerPoint presentation with common names, scientific names, and if possible Lakota Names.

Participants are responsible for their own notebooks and writing utensils

Traditional Medicines Class Beginner Plant Guide – Updated Versions for Purchase

Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak- we are offering an online version of this event. Those who register will receive the webinar link!
We look forward to connecting with you virtually.

Cost: $15

June Virtual Open Mic Night

Friday, June 19, 2020
5:30 pm7:30 pm
online via zoom
June Virtual Open Mic Night

After all the fun we had at our May Virtual Open Mic, we just had to continue the party!!

Things will work the same as last month, artists will submit videos around a given theme and we will air the videos live via zoom in a big ol' virtual community gathering!!

Zoom Meeting ID will be posted in facebook and online before the event

June's theme is : Sunshine!!

The following awesome people have signed up to participate:
Good Night Gold Dust
Kaleb Braun-Schulz
Mal Murphy
Starr Mackenzie
The Scalicis
Fire Dancing
Abby Daleki is gonna paint a mural
Ester is going to recite a poem

**with more to come**

I wanted to give an update on our Give to Grow Mankato Campaign running April 22 to August 22. As of May 22 we are 1/3 of the way through and with just over $3,500 raised, we are also just over 1/3 of the way to our goal of raising $10,000! A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has already donated!

On April 8th Living Earth Center hosted its first ever online class, a Beginning Plant Medicine Class in collaboration with Megan Schnitker of Lakota Made. Twenty people participated via Zoom, learning about the medicinal properties of over a dozen different plant species.

This past weekend the Living Earth Center Board met (virtually) Corona style. As is tradition for all Living Earth Center events and gatherings, we started the meeting with a "Getting Grounded" moment in which we all took time to take a deep breath, ground ourselves and check in with each other. The below poem was shared Sr. Anna Marie Reha as a way to center us not only for the meeting but for the weeks to come. We hope it provides comfort for you as it did for us.