Copyright - Denise Walser-Kolar

Sketch and Study wildflowers

  • 30 Jul 2017
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • McColl Pond, Savage MN

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Join us to do sketching outdoors with all the indoor comforts available -- a studio classroom with sink, tables, chairs, restrooms. Bring a water bottle, camp stool, your sketchbook and painting supplies. 

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Sunday, July 30    Rain or shine.

Walking trails weave through native prairie landscapes and the Big Woods remnant. Wildflowers at arm's length, butterflies hovering, dragonflies darting near the pond, and your sketchbook in hand.  What a soothing way to share a summer day with fellow botanical artists!

This event is free.

McColl Pond ELC is approximately 12 miles south from 494 in Bloomington via either MN-169 or I-35W.  Free parking, easy access to classroom and wildflowers.

Directions:

Via 169: Go south on 169; crossing the Minnesota River, use the right two lanes to exit towards Savage and stay on Highway MN-13. Following MN-13 towards Savage, use the right lane to merge and follow MN-13 when it turns right/south. At second stoplights, turn left onto McColl Drive. Go 1 mile to Dakota Avenue. Turn right on Dakota and go 0.7 mile to the Savage Community Park on your right. Turn in and follow signs to the ELC.

Via 35W: Go south on 35W; cross the Minnesota River. Take exit 3B to merge onto MN-13 South heading towards Shakopee.  Go approximately 4.5 miles, past grain elevators along river on the right. Use the left lane to follow MN-13 south. At second stoplights, turn left onto McColl Drive. Go 1 mile to Dakota Avenue. Turn right on Dakota and go 0.7 mile to the Savage Community Park on your right. Turn in and follow signs to the ELC.

More about McColl Pond

Currently blooming: Aster, Blazing star, Clover, Coneflower, Coreopsis, Culvers root, Enchanters nightshade, Goldenrod, Indigo, Joe pye weed, Loosestrife, Milkweed, New Jersey tea, Ranunculus, Rattlesnake master, Solomon seal, Sunflower, Touch me not . . .  many more!

Set on a ten-acre mix of native prairie and mature trees, the McColl Pond ELC accommodates outdoor learning experiences and recreation opportunities.

The Learning Center building and site design strategies reduce its environmental footprint. For instance, the vegetated roof contributes to storm water management, and its exceptional insulation helps reduce cooling load. Rain gardens, native plantings and pervious paving limit site impact of water runoff. Solar arrays harvest sun for electric power; geothermal mechanical system taps earth’s stable temperature to reduce cooling/heating loads.

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