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Natural History Field Course Offered

APRIL 28, 2006--Delve into the region’s natural history this summer with a field-based workshop focusing on the St. Croix Watershed offered by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Professors Michael Middleton and Kerry Keen bring enthusiasm, humor, and extensive knowledge of the region’s rocks and waters to a course offered June 7-8, as part of the St. Croix River Institute’s summer offerings.

Participants will spend one day exploring the geologic history of Interstate Park and the Dalles of the St. Croix River. This area is rich with evidence of continental rifting, ancient vulcanism, storm-battered seacliffs, glacial scouring and massive glacial meltwaters.

On the second day, participants will trace the flow of water along the Kinnickinnic River, a major tributary of the St. Croix River, from source to outlet. Features to be explored include springs, river processes, delta formation, and environmental issues related to surface water and groundwater.

Designed for adults, the workshop includes some hiking on level to moderately steep, mostly well-maintained trails, with some crossing of irregular ground in fields and woods. No climbing is required, but there may be some wading in shallow water.

The workshop fee is $99 per person; an early registration discount of $10 is available for registrations received by May 26. For more information or to register and pay online, visit, send an e-mail to or call 715-425-3256 or 800-228-5607.

The UW-River Falls Graduate Studies and Outreach Office provides lifelong learners with academic, professional development and enrichment programs that are practical, flexible, convenient and affordable. A complete list of summer and other courses is available by visiting the web site or contacting the outreach office.


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