Welcome to the May 2024 Issue

by | May 2024

Woodbury Magazine May 2024

Woodbury is quite lucky to be home to so many different landscapes: From the wetlands and woodland trails of Tamarack Nature Preserve to the wooded areas and serene water at Carver Lake Park and Beach. Whether birding or biking, running or walking, there’s no shortage of the great outdoors in Woodbury—and into our neighboring cities, too.

In our arts and outdoor living issue, we’re exploring these native landscapes and meeting dynamic individuals who share their talents with the world. Explore the newly opened doors to a century-old farm at Dodge Nature Center in bordering Cottage Grove. The organization aims to spark lifelong relationships to the natural world—for children and adults alike. Next, enjoy blossoming flowers, growing vegetables and colorful fruits as we tour the plots at the Woodbury Community Garden.

May marks the 75th annual Mental Health Awareness Month as well as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Writer Meredith Heneghan connects with Alyssa Kaying Vang from Woodbury’s Vanguard Mental Health Clinic. With the recent launch of the Hmong Mental Health Podcast, Vang and her colleagues are creating a unique approach to care outside the clinic.

And between all of these pages, you will also find a group of siblings that banded together to form their own musical troop and another local who is hitting the high notes in her opera career.

Readers, I implore you to spend time in nature this month—enjoy the beauty of our local landscapes while taking time to disconnect from the stresses of daily life. See you next month,

–Hailey Almsted


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