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Lake Winona: Natural History and Modern Ecology Senior University Course
Start Date: 6/6/2018Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Date: 6/6/2018End Time: 12:00 PM
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Event Description:
The WSU Retiree Center’s Senior University program will host Lake Winona: Natural History and Modern Ecology from 10:00 a.m.-Noon on Wednesdays, June 6th-July 18th (class will not meet on July 4th). 

In this class we will explore both the geology and ecology of Lake Winona, the most-used and appreciated of Winona’s natural landmarks. We will learn about how Lake Winona formed and how it is tied to the Mississippi River, recent glaciers, and even other lakes and streams in the area. We will then explore ecological function of the lake by looking at the plant and animal communities that inhabit the lake and the surrounding area. Participants will also learn about current research and management efforts that involve Lake Winona, as well as opportunities for future involvement in these efforts as citizen scientists. There will be some in-class lectures, but most of our time will be spent outdoors. 

This is a field-based course, so proper field gear will be required, including boots/shoes, weather-appropriate clothing, and plenty of water. Some days will be spent wading in the water, so you may bring your own waders on those days (some waders will be provided to the group). Participants may wish to bring a pair of binoculars and a notebook. (All-weather notebooks, such as Rite-in-the-Rain, are ideal when working near the water and are available in the Winona State Bookstore). 

Dylan Blumentritt is an assistant professor in the Geoscience Department at Winona State with expertise in hydrology and geomorphology. His research interests center around the forces that shape our landscape, like rivers, lakes, glaciers, and humans. 

Jennifer Cochran Biederman is an assistant professor in the Biology Department at Winona State. Her research interests center around the ecology and conservation of aquatic ecosystems and watersheds  – and she has an almost equal affinity for tropical rivers and trout streams. 

Cost to attend this course is $45, and registration is online at

Senior University is open to all adult learners in the Winona community, not just WSU retirees. The program is a series of non-credit short courses that are peer-led by WSU faculty, retirees and community members. The goal is to provide intellectual and cultural stimulation and growth for lifelong learners. Courses cover current events, history, philosophy, science, art, poetry, wellness, nature, politics, literature and much more.

For more information contact the WSU Retiree Center at 507-457-5565 or visit the center website at 
Location Information:
Lake Winona  (View Map)
Winona, MN 55987
Contact Information:
Name: Jess Kauphusman
Admission Information:

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