The Aitkin SWCD hosts a number of events throughout the year:

Native Tree, Shrub, and Plant Sales

Purple coneflowers, a native species, cluster in a pollinator garden.

Looking to plant more native plants on your property? The Aitkin SWCD offers a selection of native trees, shrubs, and plants for sale. This sale usually opens in late fall and runs until sold out, usually in late spring. Orders will be available for pick-up in May. More information can be found by clicking these links: Plants | Trees & Shrubs

Note: Our trees and plants can sell out quickly! If ordering in the spring, please contact our office to ensure that the species you would like are still available.

Rivers & Lakes Fair (RaLF)

The logo for Aitkin County's Rivers and Lakes Fair.  Blue and gold watercolors highlight the difference between land and sky, while a path winds through an outline of pine trees.

The Rivers & Lakes Fair is a free, annual fair with information about natural resources and educational activities for both adults and kids. Prior years have included presentations from the U of M’s Raptor Center, the Science Museum of Minnesota, the DNR, the Great Lakes Aquarium, and more! Now in its 23rd year, the Rivers and Lakes Fair will be held at Long Lake Conservation Center on June 18th, 2022. Click here for more information about the fair.

Other events:

The Aitkin SWCD often works with local organizations and other environmentally-focused groups to present various events and classes. Previous initiatives have included teaching a woodland stewardship class through Community Education, training and organizing volunteers to look for invasive species, and Earth Day events. Click here for information about any upcoming events, or check the events calendar on the right side of the page.