2013 Annual Dinner

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Town & Country Club  ~  300 Mississippi River Blvd N  ~  St. Paul, MN 55104

5:30pm -  Social Hour
6:30pm -  Dinner & Program

$50 per person ~ Tables of 8-10 receive premium seating


Keynote Speaker - Gordon Hempton

Gordon Hempton headshotGordon is an internationally acclaimed acoustic ecologist. Join us as we listen to Earth’s rarest nature sounds as captured by Gordon, who has circled the globe three times in pursuit of these sound portraits. We will hear sunrise circle the globe, snow melt, whales sing and discover that the Earth is music. These are sounds that fit neatly into humans’ peak-hearing sensitivity (2 kHz-5 kHz); we will explore the evolutionary consequences of detecting these sounds over vast distances. This audio-visual presentation will change the way you look and listen to the world around you.

Gordon is an acoustic ecologist who has circled the globe three times in pursuit of the Earth’s rarest natural sounds. His sound portraits, which record quickly vanishing natural soundscapes, have been featured in People magazine and a national PBS television documentary, Vanishing Dawn Chorus, which earned him an Emmy. He is co-author of One Square Inch of Silence: One Man’s Quest to Preserve Quiet.

2013 Reuel Harmon Award recipient - Mary Lee Dayton

Mary Lee Dayton’s legacy of commitment to Minnesota’s great outdoors has been carved out in a myriad ways. From leading the charge to nurture and grow our Samuel H. Morgan Land Acquisition Fund, to establishing the Wallace C. Dayton Voyageurs National Park Legacy Fund in honor of her late husband, Mary Lee has never wavered in her dedication to ensuring present and future generations of Minnesotans have access to world-class parks and trails. In 2010, Mary Lee established a program of Parks & Trails, designed to preserve parkland along the Mississippi River, which led to the preservation of 10 acres on the historic peninsula at Crow Wing State Park

Silent Auction & Raffle

Come prepared to bid on these fabulous items that were generously donated by individuals and organizations who support our work. All proceeds benefit the efforts of the Parks & Trails Council to acquire, protect & enhance special places in Minnesota.


  • Overnight package for two in Lanesboro Minnesota - the B&B Capitol of MN
    • gift certificate to stay in Bed & Breakfast of your choice
    • two tickets to Commonweal Theater
    • gift certificate to Pedal Pushers Cafe
  • Two-night stay at Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior
  • Two-night stay at a Norwegian cabin with sauna near Alexandria, MN
    • Tucked away on the edge of a large forest, Dave Simpkins, the editor of Minnesota Trails magazine has a cabin with sauna to share with others. Free use of the numerous skis, snowshoes, bikes, hammock on site. Dave and his wife will throw in one home-cooked meal or bbq. View photo slideshow.
  • One-night stay at the Journey Inn
  • 2 giftcards for a one-night stay in a camper cabin at Wild River State Park
    • care of Friends of Wild River State Park



Outdoor Experience

  • Guided canoe trip for 2 on the Wild & Scenic section of the Mississippi River
    • Led by Micheal Tegeder, President of Parks & Trails Council
    • Start in St. Cloud and end in Clearwater
    • Includes the rental and transport of canoes
  • North House Folk School gift certificate
  • International Wolf Center family membership with free admission to center in Ely, MN, quarterly magazine and DVD
  • Guided orienteering event for two by the Minnesota Orienteering Clubschedule


Outdoor Gear

  • Chrome messenger bag from Erik's Bike Shop
  • Base camp duffel bag by Northface
  • New Belgium Brewery gear (shirts & ultimate frisbee)


Online Registration is closed--please call our office at 1-800-944-0707 to register. Thank you!