2018 Annual Dinner

Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Dinner

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2018 Annual Dinner

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

at Town & Country Club
300 Mississippi River Blvd N, St. Paul, MN 55104
5:30 PM  silent auction & social (1 free drink ticket)
6:30 PM  dinner & program

George Wuerthner with book

Keynote Speaker

George Wuerthner

Protecting the Wild

Author and activist George Wuerthner’s latest book project, Protecting the Wild, brings together some of the world’s most prominent scientists, activists and conservation practitioners to engage a spirited argument for the robust protection of the natural world. Hear the compelling case as Mr. Wuerthner shares what experts from five continents reaffirm: that parks, wilderness areas, and other reserves are an indispensable—albeit insufficient—means to sustain species, subspecies, key habitats, ecological processes, and evolutionary potential.

Mr. Wuerthner has published 36 books on a variety of environmental issues from national parks to natural history. He received the 2017 Fund for Wild Nature’s Grassroots Activist of the Year Award for his role in the creation of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine’s North Woods in October 2016. Read the chronicles of the effort that started with an idea in the early 1980s and slowly built momentum until its creation.

For those looking to hear more from George Wuerthner, Wilderness Watch in Missoula, Montana is sponsoring future talks on the value of wilderness and its threats.

Reuel Harmon Awardee

Grant Merritt

Delightfully dogged environmental defender

Grant Merritt’s accomplishments on behalf of Minnesota’s great outdoors span multiple generations from board member of the Minnesota Environmental Quality Council to director of the Minnesota Pollution Control Association and board member of Parks & Trails Council from 1995-2007. more…

Award Hall of Fame
Grant Merritt with Reuel Harmon Award
Grant Merritt
2015 Annual Dinner table


Enjoy a seated dinner includes a garden salad with citrus-shallot vinaigrette, warm rolls and butter, fresh seasonal vegetable, coffee service, and sorbet dessert. Dinner choices:

  • WALLEYE  – pan roasted with lemon dill beurre blanc (creamy sauce)
  • ORGANIC ROASTED CHICKEN – dark poulet, semi de-boned with thyme, lemon, rustic mushrooms
  • GNOCCHI & VEGETABLES – Italian dumpling with seasonal vegetables, herbs, EVOO and grated cheese  (vegetarian)

Silent Auction & Raffle

Our silent auction and raffle features items not to be missed, including

  • high quality outdoor gear from top producers
  • lodging from top rated resorts
  • unique experiences you’ll only see here.
Silent Auction display

Event Sponsor

Pincushion Trails Inn