Announcement: Solar Heat Workshop


James Dontje, Director of Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation at Gustavus Adolphus College, will present a Do-It-Yourself Workshop on Solar Heat. This workshop will explain how solar air heaters can reduce propane and natural gas bills and demonstrate how a solar air heater can be built with readily available materials.


  • $20 contribution per participant for the costs of the workshop
  • If the fee is an obstacle scholarships are available

Dates and Times:

Tuesday, March 11 from 6:00 - 8:30 PM

  • Melva Lind Interpretive Center (Linnaeus Arboretum)
  • (Snow Date, March 13)
  • RSVP
    • Space is limited for this workshop so please RSVP to
    • 507-933-6184 or

Tuesday March 18 from 6:00 - 8:30 PM

  • Farmamerica, 7367 360th Ave, Waseca, MN 56093
  • (Snow Date, March 20)
  • RSVP:
    • While not required for this location, RSVP's are appreciated
    • 507-835-2052 or

What to Expect:

  • A short presentation on the technical and economic aspects of solar air heat, as well as other ways to make homes more energy efficient and capture the sun's energy.
  • A hands-on tutorial: How to make a solar air heater from readily available materials.
  • Open discussion and questions, including information on how to use a solar air heater, or how to find a ready-built one.

More Information:

  • James Dontje
  • 507-304-0704

Additional Solar Heating Information


These workshops are a joint effort sponsored by:

  • Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation--Gustavus Adolphus College (
  • Linneaus Arboretum--Gustavus Adolphus College (
  • Farmamerica (
  • Region 9 Renewable Energy Task Force (
  • Transition Mankato (
  • SSND Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry (
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