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New St. Croix Institute Offers Inaugural Classes
By Jenny Bjelland
UW-RF News Bureau
MAY 13, 2005--Have you ever wanted to explore the St. Croix Scenic Riverway
by foot? Have you wondered how the natural treasures of our region were
formed? Or have you considered studying the health of local rivers and
This summer, the St. Croix Summer Institute, a new collaborative educational
effort between the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and the National
Park Service, will be offering its first two courses where students can
discover many of the secrets of area natural resources.
Both courses focus on the environment along the St. Croix National Scenic
Riverway, a national park that is one of the few riverways on the North
American Continent to be protected for its entire length. Specific course
topics include hydrology, geology and biology and are geared toward environmentalists,
community and business leaders, historians, educators, land owners and
Lavas, Springs, Glaciers, Deltas: A Taste of the Geology and Hydrology
of the St. Croix Watershed will be offered June 15 and 16 from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Participants in this noncredit course will explore Interstate
Park and the Dalles of the St. Croix River to gain a deeper understanding
of the continental rifting, ancient vulcanism, sea-cliffs, glacial scouring
and glacial meltwaters of the area.
The second day of field experience will be spent tracing the flow of the
Kinnickinnic River from source to outlet with emphasis on springs, river
processes, delta formations and environmental issues associated with surface
water and groundwater.
Michael Middleton and Kerry Keen, professors of plant and earth science
at UW-RF, will lead participants through this outdoor exploration of the
area's natural resources. They will share their extensive knowledge of
the area’s natural features while the group travels along local
hiking trails of low to moderate difficulty. No climbing is involved.
The second course, Computer Modeling-Based Approach for Environmental
Studies, is offered as a two-credit, graduate-level biology course Aug.
1-12 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at UW-RF.
In this course participants will conduct field studies throughout the
St. Croix Valley gathering data related to waterway health. The collected
field data, along with catalogued data from the National Park Service,
will then be used to create computer simulation models using STELLA simulation
software. The STELLA software allows users to investigate questions and
test hypotheses about the environmental effects of abiotic and biotic
factors without manipulating the waterway in question.
Elaine Hardwick, an assistant professor of biology at UW-RF, will serve
as the course instructor.
For more information or to register for the St. Croix Summer Institute
courses visit the UW-RF Outreach and Graduate Studies Web site, www.uwrf.edu/ogs,
contact the office by phone at 715/425-3256, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cost of registration for the Lavas, Springs, Glaciers, Deltas: A Taste
of the Geology and Hydrology of the St. Croix Watershed course is $89.
The cost includes park entry fees, lunches, snacks and field transportation
on the second day. The cost for the Computer Modeling-Based Approach for
Environmental Studies course is graduate student tuition. For current
tuition rates see the UW-RF Web site at http://www.uwrf.edu/accounts-receive/2SummerGrad05.htm.
The St. Croix Summer Institute combines the expertise and resources of
UW-RF and the NPS to educate, build connections and strengthen stewardship
efforts throughout the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.
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