We Are Water MN

Hartley Nature Center is proud to be hosting We Are Water MN February 29th-April 22nd, 2024.

We Are Water MN is a project that deepens connections between the humanities and water through a network of partnerships, a traveling exhibit, and public events. We Are Water MN helps communities, organizations, and individuals make better, more collaborative, and more relevant choices about water.

Traveling Exhibit

The traveling exhibit examines water issues statewide and in local communities through personal stories, histories, and scientific information. It strengthens Minnesotans’ relationships with water, exposes visitors to new perspectives, and increases participation in water stewardship activities. The exhibit will be open to the public during our normal business hours (9am-4pm) Monday-Saturday during the hosting period. When you stop in trained staff will be available to answer questions about the exhibit and exhibit content.

All Photos By the Minnesota Humanities Center

Public Events

During our hosting period, Hartley Nature Center will also be holding public events to help connect HNC, state partners, local community partners, and people to water in our region, and to each other. These events will include story sharing events, local expert panels in water conservation and/or recreation, facilitated conversations around water stewardship, and more. For the most up-to-date information and event details check out our social media pages Facebook and Instagram.

State and Local Partnerships

The We Are Water partnership network uses the humanities to spark water change for Minnesota and is made up of six state partners—the Minnesota Humanities Center, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Historical Society, Board of Water and Soil Resources, and Minnesota Departments of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources—and local host communities who build local networks to connect people to water in Minnesota. By creating relationships around water, we expand local and state networks that can work toward a shared vision on this and future projects.

All Photos By the Minnesota Humanities Center

Local Event Details

Date: February 29-April 22, 2024

Location: Hartley Nature Center, 3001 Woodland Avenue, Duluth, MN 55803

Hours: 9am-4pm, Monday-Saturday.

Cost: Free

Contact: info@hartleynature.org, 218-724-6735

Other Resources

Watershed Podcast

We Are Water MN Interviews

Hartley Park Stewardship Projects

City of Duluth Parks & Recreation

1854 Treaty Authority

FDL Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Resource Management

South St. Louis County Soil & Water Conservation District

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District

Gitche Gumee Trout Unlimited

Lake Superior Reserve

St. Louis River Alliance

Adopt A Drain

Poop Fairy University


We are Water MN is led by the Minnesota Humanities Center in partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota Departments of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, and the University of Minnesota Extension Water Resources Center

We are Water MN is funded in part by the Clean Water, Land & Legacy Fund that was created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and by the National Endowment for the Humanities.