Education & Outreach

Students and educators

We offer numerous opportunities to involve students from elementary through college-age in conservation. These young people can learn the benefits of protecting and restoring nature while having fun and contributing to our mission. We also provide opportunities for the whole family to enjoy nature together. Join us in one of our outdoor classrooms or take a hike on one of the trails that we maintain. Educators, connect your kids to nature for a rewarding experience. Contact our outreach coordinator, Kathy Frise Groth at 608 784-3606 ext. 6 to learn more about our educational opportunities.

Linked to the Land sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare

Linked to the Land is a series of monthly guided hikes that incorporates an educational component about the land and habitat on the featured property. The guided hikes are a great way to learn about that the plants and animals rely on land for food, shelter and water. The guides help you to learn the trail systems and the unique features of the property. It’s also a great way for all ages to enjoy physical exercise in nature. Visit the Events page to see the hike of the month.

Seasons in the Coulee Region sponsored by Gundersen Health System

Seasons in the Coulee Region consists of four guided hikes to celebrate each of our four seasons.  We offer a winter snowshoe hike, as well as hikes in the spring, summer and fall. We incorporate several learning experiences such as yoga and relaxation on one of the scenic overlooks and learning how to snowshoe! 

Acorns to Oaks environmental education program

Research shows that a healthy natural environment contributes to a strong community life. Youth who experience environmental education show increased achievement scores in school.  Engaging youth in interactive, instructional activities enhances learning and recall, and offers physical activity to address the ever-rising obesity levels cited as a key health issue in children. Mississippi Valley Conservancy addresses the need for a healthy natural environment by providing approximately 4,000 acres of natural lands for people of all ages to enjoy. The Acorns to Oaks program offers the opportunity to get children, out on these lands where they can exercise, learn and begin to find value in their environment. To schedule an outing with your youth group or school group, call Kathy Frise Groth at 608 784-3606 ext. 6.

Annotations selected by University of Wisconsin students

As Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson knew, we are motivated to preserve and protect our environment not solely because of scientific reasoning, but also because we care about our landscapes and the non-human lives within our community. What stories are shaping our environmental consciousness today? The authors and poets featured below were chosen by students in University of Wisconsin La Crosse’s Fall 2016 Environmental Literature class as pieces that represent the mission and places Mississippi Valley Conservancy protects.