LIFE: Learning is ForEver

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

Helen Keller

In the late nineteenth century a little girl struggled out of the depths of fear. At age of two, Helen experienced a life threatening illness. She was plunged into a dark, silent world. Anne Sullivan, a determined young teacher would find the key to unlock Helen’s prison. Through Anne’s diligence and perseverance, Helen would become a world renowned speaker and advocate for the disabled.

Jessica Michna, Historical Presenter

Wed., May 25, 2 p.m., SPCC 219, Free

Wild about Wildlife

What are some of the cool animals that can be found throughout the state? Learn how these mammals have adapted to survive in their natural environment and some of the more interesting characteristics. Using furs from 15 different mammals (badger, skunk, mink, coyote, etc.) gives a different perspective on how these animals survive. You will have a chance to test your knowledge by participating in a number of hands-on activities including “Guess the Critter.”

Wed., June 1, 2 p.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free


American Bison

As the largest mammal on the Great Plains, millions of bison once roamed North America and played an integral role in the livelihood of many American Indian tribes. The American bison is an animal built to live in harsh conditions and this is demonstrated through an activity called “Build a Bison.” We will also talk about the distribution of bison prior to the arrival of Europeans, the differences between the words “bison” and “buffalo,” and the conservation effort to save this American icon.

Wed., June 8, 2 p.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free


Bird Ecology

What makes a bird a bird? Discover all the different parts of a bird, why birds are important to us and how birds get along in nature. We will talk about a number of different bird species that make their home here in Minnesota and in particular look at the unique characteristics of a mallard duck.

Wed., June 15, 2 p.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free


Prairie Hike

Prior to Euro-American settlement of southern Minnesota, the tall-grass prairie dominated the landscape throughout the Minnesota River Basin. A hike through a restored prairie will give us a chance to learn about some of the plants and wildlife found in this ecosystem. We will also talk about its benefits to the natural environment. (No maximum). 

Wed., June 22, 2 p.m., Traverse des Sioux Park, Free