If you want folks to learn about lakes, perhaps the best way is to hold the meeting on a beach. In July. And then give them all nets and send them in search of the lake creatures you've just told them about.
The Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability is holding monthly get-togethers to help folks understand the resources they cherish, everything from lakes to locally-grown food to clean energy.
And they're getting a wide variety of speakers at the table - or the lake - for these events: Staff from McCarthy Beach State Park, the Minnesota DNR and the 1854 Treaty Authority guided the conversation about the ecology of northern MN lakes in July.