A Tour of Habitats:  The Saint John's Boardwalk Loop

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A Tour of Habitats: The Saint John's Boardwalk Loop

MEMBER-ONLY guided tour at Saint John's Arboretum in Collegeville, Minnesota to look for spring-flowering plants and trees.

By Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes

When and where

Date and time

Saturday, May 27 · 11am - 12:30pm CDT


Saint John's Arboretum 32011 Saint John's Road Saint Joseph, MN 56374

About this event


Saturday, May 27, 2023

11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Optional Picnic Lunch After Tour

A Tour of Habitats: the Saint John's Boardwalk Loop

Twin Cities Chapter has arranged for a guided tour at Saint John's Arboretum in Collegeville, Minnesota. We will join tour guides, Steve Saupe & Brian Johnson, to look for spring-flowering plants and trees. The 1.5-mile loop is relatively flat and passes through prairie, conifer, wetland, deciduous forest and savanna habitats.

About our Tour Guides

Stephen Saupe BIO: Stephen Saupe is a professor emeritus from the joint Biology Department of the College of St. Benedict and Saint John's University, where he taught for more than 40 years. He is a broadly trained botanist. He wrote a wrote a monthly column on popular botanical topics for the St. Cloud Times, and is one of the maple syrup makers at Saint John's.

Brian Johnson BIO: Brian Johnson has taught chemistry at The College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University for over 30 years. He has been a member of the St. Cloud Wild Ones for over 20 years and is currently serving as President. In addition, he is a volunteer with the Minnesota Biological Survey of the MN DNR, where he assists with rare plant surveys.


This is a member only tour, space is limited and registration is required. Directions for meeting site will be provided to each registered attendee.

Timing: We anticipate a departure time between 9 and 9:30 am, return home home between 3:30 and 4 (depending on how long we linger for picnic or lunch after).

The tour is free, however if you are part of a carpool, we ask that passengers donate $5 to $10 to the driver to help offset travel expenses. Carpools will be coordinated based on location of attendees with more than one meeting site. Please be sure to include phone number, address and email so we can connect drivers and passengers prior to event.

About the organizer

Wild Ones Twin Cities is one of eight Minnesota Chapters or Seedling Chapters of Wild Ones, Native Plants Natural Landscapes.

We host educational programs, tours and events throughout the year that are free and open to the public. Our plant sale is our primary annual fundraiser.  Our Mission: Educating the public about the benefits of preserving and restoring biodiversity of our native plant communities, beginning in our own yards and gardens.


To join or for more information, visit www.wildones.org