Wednesday, May 15, 2024 | Nicollet Island Pavilion

Minnesota Made Gala 2024

Explore conservation and make connections at this elevated evening in celebration and support of the Minnesota Land Trust

Thank you for a wonderful event!







Dr. Anton Treuer

Featured Speaker

Author & Professor of Ojibwe.
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Sven Sundgaard


Twin Cities Meteorologist.
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Kris Larson


Minnesota Land Trust CEO.
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Thank You to our 2024 Event Sponsors

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Wells Fargo Wealth & Investment Management logo

Barr Engineering

Blattner Company

Blue Pencil Collective

Bonnema Runke Stern

Colleen Carey & Pam Endean

Kanati Land Management

Sunrise Banks

Native Resource Preservation

Prairie Restorations

Stoeckel Jahner Land Surveying

Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

“It’s important these days to have things to celebrate and Minnesota Made is my favorite celebration of the year. Mingling with great people and seeing the amazing lands and waters that the Minnesota Land Trust protects always leaves me hopeful and optimistic.”

—Tony Grundhauser, former Minnesota Land Trust Board Member, Vice President, Regions Hospital Foundation

Minnesota Made Gala Fundraising Event

Now in its 13th year, the Minnesota Made Gala is the Minnesota Land Trust’s premier fundraising event during which we gather to celebrate our successes while helping further natural climate solutions, including habitat conservation and restoration in Minnesota, and promote equitable access to nature adventures for all Minnesotans.

About the Minnesota Land Trust

The Minnesota Land Trust is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that promotes natural climate solutions by restoring and permanently protecting Minnesota’s most vital natural lands, providing wildlife habitat, clean water, outdoor experiences, and scenic beauty for generations to come.

Since our founding in 1991, we have protected more than 79,000 acres of private and public lands, preserved over 495 miles of shoreline, and restored 7,447 acres of critical prairie, grasslands, forest, woodlands and wetlands across Minnesota.

Events like the Minnesota Made Gala help increase the pace and reach of our work, which is more important now than ever before as we confront the twin threats of climate change and ongoing development pressure negatively impacting natural habitats and ecological services.

Wooden canoe in a lake at sunset

“Minnesota Made is a celebration of Minnesota’s natural wonders, with a community of people who deeply value its conservation. It’s a joyous event that makes me feel more connected to Minnesota—its land and its people.”

—Alexis Ludwig-Vogen, former Minnesota Land Trust Board Member, Chief Operating Officer, PRC Wind

We Protect & Restore Critical Habitat Throughout Minnesota

Minnesota map showing protected and restored properties

Habitat Connection

Of our protected properties are located 1/4 mile or less from other protected lands

Carbon Storage

Carbon stored in protected properties added in 2023, offsetting the annual emissions of 135,400 cars

Water Protection

Of our protected properties are located 1/4 mile or less from a river or lake

Nature Engagement

Camps & nature centers protected, including 5,268 acres

Your Gift is Amplified

Your gift is amplified because of our effectiveness in securing public funding and private landowner donations. Every $1 generates $9 of habitat conservation and restoration in Minnesota.

About Nicollet Island Pavilion

The Minnesota Made Gala is returning to historic Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis, where guests will enjoy the fresh air and views of the Minneapolis skyline, bridges, and Saint Anthony Falls (Owámniyomni).

Nicollet Island Pavilion is located within Nicollet Island Park on the south end of the 48-acre island. Part of the Saint Anthony Falls Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and within the Mississippi River–Twin Cities Important Bird Area, the island is also part of the Mississippi Flyway, a migratory corridor for 40% of North America’s waterfowl and shorebirds. The island also provides a haven of natural habitat within the dense urban surrounds for foxes, beavers, turtles, herons and pollinators.

Wita Waste (Beautiful Island), is the Dakota name for the island and it is part of the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Dakota people. Prior to European settlement and subsequent development for industrial use, the island was covered in dense maple forests and was the site of Dakota maple sugar camps.

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Minnesota Made Archives

Can’t get enough Minnesota Made? Check out some of our past Minnesota Made events!

Minnesota Made 2023 – Nicollet Island Pavilion, Minneapolis MN

Minnesota Made 2022 – Nicollet Island Pavilion, Minneapolis MN

Minnesota Made 2021 – Online Event and Recorded Presentation

Minnesota Made 2020 – Online Event and Recorded Presentation

Minnesota Made 2019 – Aria Event Center, Minneapolis MN

Our Mission

The Minnesota Land Trust protects and restores Minnesota’s most vital natural lands. Learn more.

Support Us

A donation to the Minnesota Land Trust is an investment in conservation for Minnesota.

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