Nature Talks

Take a tour of the perennial garden beds at Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center. Dan the Nature Man is here to tell you about low-maintenance perennials that are great options for your next at-home gardening project.


Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center joins in the effort to bring back bluebirds for future generations. In this nature talk, Site Naturalist Dan Kahl shares information about the Bluebird Recovery Program of Minnesota and the different types of bluebird boxes in use at the retreat center.


The Retreat Center is proud to be a registered Monarch Waystation – a place that provides milkweeds and nectar sources to help assure the preservation of monarchs and the continuation of the spectacular monarch migration phenomenon. Learn about the monarch’s life cycle and how you can make your own Monarch Waystation. Join us in the effort to create, conserve and protect monarch habitats!


Take a tour of this “Geography of Grace” as you learn about the natural landscape of the retreat center – the forests, the marsh, and the prairie – with Site Naturalist Dan Kahl. Enjoy beautiful footage of this place of peace and tranquility.


Site Naturalist Dan Kahl and Culinary Director Jon LeBlanc show you how we compost at Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center and give you tips for composting at home!


Dan Kahl, Director of Operations and Site Naturalist at Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center, is here to show you the signs of spring at the retreat center. Learn about what spring flowers are blooming, take a look inside a bird house, and see what seeds we have planted for our garden. Then take a walk around your backyard or neighborhood and spot your own signs of spring!


Retreat Where You Are and take a moment to enjoy the sounds of birds and scenes at Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center.

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