LIFE: Learning is ForEver

A venture of Recreation & Leisure Services Department and Community & Family Education 

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Minnesota Natural History – Two Program Series

Southern Waterfalls of Minnesota

The Minnesota River Basin is blessed with a diverse and amazing selection of waterfalls as rivers and creeks flow off the former upland prairie down into the deep river valley. By taking a journey with photographs we will talk about some of the more famous ones like Ramsey Falls as it drops toward the Redwood River, the double falls at Minneopa State Park and others like Maya Ska Dan Falls or the Swan Lake Outlet Falls that are less known by the public.

Scott Kudelka, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources 

Thu., Feb. 20, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., SPCC 217, $5

Unique and Lovely Minnesota River

Thirteen thousand years ago, what is now southern Minnesota was a big gently rolling plain at the foot of a glacier. Sediments from 2 million years of glaciers coming and going created the landscape, making prime soil under tall grasses, flowers, forbs, and bison hooves. In some places, that material was 900 feet deep over the bedrock. The Minnesota River now meanders down the bottom of this valley, a trickle in comparison. Despite its mild gradient, this gentle prairie river has some of the highest erosion rates in the world. Its waters often run brown with silt and clay. Learn about the geologic history and humans affect on the Minnesota River.

Dr. Carrie Jennings, Glacial Geologist, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Tue., Feb. 25, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., SPCC 217, $5

7-Mile Creek Watershed Learning Program 

Seven Mile Creek drains water from 24,000 acres of prime Nicollet County farmland through a popular county park and into the Minnesota River just upstream of Saint Peter. Modern farming methods, a vibrant farm economy, and excellent water quality are all dependent on one another. We cannot have one without all three. Learn more about the relationship of Great River Greening and 7-mile Creek.

Brad Gordon, Great River Greening

Thu., Mar. 26, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., SPCC 217, $5 

Political Origin Stories: Greek and Roman Myth and the Hit Musical ‘Hamilton’

Myths are stories told across the generations that probe and illuminate the big questions - Who are we? Where do we come from? How do we live together? This talk explores the political contexts of ancient Athenian and Roman origin stories to illuminate the Broadway musical ‘Hamilton.’ It argues that the musical’s characterization of Alexander Hamilton and the founding of the United States shares many parallels with the ways that ancient cultures used myth at critical historical moments to craft their own political identities and futures.

Yurie Hong, Assoc. Professor and Chair of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies, Assoc. Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, Gustavus Adolphus College

Wed., Apr. 15, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m, SPCC 217, $5

Earth Day - Recycling 101

Recycling has become a mainstay in the life our trash and the future of recycling is threatened. Learn a brief history of recycling, historical and current costs, where our recycling goes and how it gets processed. Attendants will also learn what is and is NOT recyclable and other contaminants that should not be in the recycling bin. As added fun, learn how to make plarn – plastic yarn – made from single use plastic bags to be used to crochet plastic mats.

Al Christensen, Tri-County Waste

Wed., Apr. 22, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 217, Free