Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center
2900 19th Street NW Rochester, MN 55901 (507) 252-8133
Cascade Meadow seeks to support a conversation about the health of our communities, which we believe include our built and natural environments, our economy, and our social lives.
We support this conversation by serving as a regional resource for education on water, energy, and wetlands, and by partnering with others who support sustainable living. Learn more »
Hey Rochester-area friends of Cascade Meadow: What are you doing on Thursdays between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.? Why, listening to 89.9 KRPR and their segment called Nature Notes, of course! Tune in for the latest from Cascade Meadow, including important enviromental stewardship topics, upcoming events, and recent wildlife sightings.
Saturday, January 9, 10:00 a.m.
Documentary Screening: Project WILD THING
Together with Project Get Outdoors (GO), Cascade Meadow invites parents, grandparents, child care providers and anyone concerned about the well-being of children to come learn more about connecting kids to nature.
Why should you be concerned about whether kids are connecting to the natural world? Cascade Meadow Program Coordinator Stefan Theimer was recently asked this question:
"I have several concerns. First, how can we expect leaders and decision-makers of the future to value and conserve natural spaces such as parks, wildlife refuges, and wilderness areas if they've never had the joy of experiencing one? Second, there's a danger that people might start to believe that they can live without natural spaces or that humans are completely separate from nature. The truth is that many aspects of our health and well-being as humans on earth rely on natural systems- whose intricate workings are still being explored by scientists today. Third, in contrast to the designed and programmed worlds inside, nature provides unpredictable and highly-engaging novelty for our bodies and brains. Walking outside in a natural space reawakens all of our senses, while also improving our physical and mental health."
Join Stefan, board members of Project Get Outdoors, and Dr. Seema Kumar for this film screening and to share in a group dialogue about this important topic. Free resources will be available to help you connect children to nature.
Thursday, January 14, 6:30 p.m.
Zumbro Watershed Partnership | What Ecuador Can Teach Us About Rivers In Minnesota – Kevin Strauss, M.S. Ed. (ZWP)
With its Pacific Ocean coastline, skyscraping Andes Mountains, and rainforest Amazon River headwaters, the nation of Ecuador couldn’t be more different from the Zumbro Watershed. But on closer inspection, Ecuador has a lot to teach us about Minnesota rivers. Hear why Ecuadorian rivers don’t have erosion problems, why some Ecuadorian rivers have disappeared, what happens in communities where you “can’t drink the water,” and what this can teach us about the Zumbro River.
Kevin Strauss is the Education Coordinator for the Zumbro Watershed Partnership (ZWP). This talk is part of the ZWP’s “Water Ways” Speaker Series that takes place the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Cascade Meadow in Rochester. For more information, contact ZWP Education Coordinator Kevin Strauss at 507-993-3411 or at email@example.com
ZWP is celebrating 10 years of working for "Cleaner Water and Fewer Floods"!
Tuesday, January 26, 7:00 p.m.
Rochester Storm Water Management | Mussels of Southeastern Minnesota – Shelby Marr (MN DNR)
Who knew the Zumbro River’s mussels could be so fascinating! Join us to learn all about these important invertebrates, including: how they live, how they reproduce, why we should care about them, threats to their wellbeing, and how they can tell us about the health of our waterways. We will also learn how the Minnesota DNR’s native mussel program has been working to protect these important animals and what they plan to do in the future.
Presentation by Shelby Marr, Malacologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The StormWater Presents Speaker Series is a monthly program featuring topics related to storm water management in the City of Rochester. This program is FREE of charge. No reservations necessary.
For more information contact: Megan Duffey Moeller, Storm Water Educator, City of Rochester, Public Works Department, 507-328-2440, www.rochesterstormwater.com
Please note: Although we love our furry best friends, we must ask that you leave your dog at home. This will protect the waters of Cascade Creek, protect the growing wildlife population in our wetlands, and ensure that all visitors can have close encounters with beautiful and fascinating plants and wildlife. Thank you for your cooperation.
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