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Drone View of Environmental Learning Area

ADM & SMSU Environmental Learning Area

Prairie, woodlands, ponds, marsh, and wildlife  all can be found in the northwest corner of the SMSU campus. Hike the groomed trails that wind through the 40-acre Environmental Learning Area or strap on cross-country skis for a brisk winter work-out. An elevated observation platform allows visitors to view the activities of muskrats and waterfowl. The general public, university and K-12 school groups, and other outdoor enthusiasts are invited to increase their understanding and appreciation of nature as they experience all the Environmental Learning Area has to offer. Use the link at the left to view maps and pictures of the ADM & SMSU Environmental Learning Area.

Along the southwest corner of the Learning Area is a 4-acre restored prairie. The prairie restoration project was started during the summer of 1998 with help from a DNR Conservation Partner's Grant to Dr. E. A. Desy (Biology Program). Every year a new species of prairie plant is "discovered" and added to the inventory list as the prairie continues to develop from the seeds sown in 1998. Use the link at the left to learn more about some of the prairie plants you could encounter in the ADM & SMSU Environmental Learning Area.

Contact Information: 

Science Department
SM 178
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State Street, Marshall, MN 56258
Phone: (507) 537-6178,  Fax: (507) 537-6151