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Important COVID-19 Planning Information

UW-La Crosse Extended Learning is accepting scholarship applications and enrollments for summer youth programs while closely monitoring updates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, we are hopeful that these programs will proceed as scheduled. Should we deem it necessary to cancel a program, you will be refunded your full registration fee. Our commitment to public health and the safety of our community is our number one priority. Please direct any questions regarding this policy to

Environmental Explorers 
June 23–24, 2020

Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center-USGS
2630 Fanta Reed Road
La Crosse, WI 54603

For students entering grades 4–6

Grab your binoculars, hip boots and discover the hidden treasures of nature living in and along the Mississippi River. 

Learn and perform field and laboratory techniques used by scientists studying the Upper Mississippi River. Collect and identify macroinvertebrates, the small "critters" living in the mud and swimming in the water. Identify and learn about aquatic plants, trees, reptiles and amphibians of the floodplain forest. Observe and identify birds and the nests they make. Simulate tracking animals with radio transmitters. Navigate the forest and prairie using Global Positioning System, aerial photographs and land maps.

This program is offered in collaboration by UW-La Crosse Extended Learning and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC).

Class size is limited to 40 participants to ensure hands-on participation.


EE-swamp-photoFor questions or additional information contact 608.785.6500 or

UWL Extended Learning
1725 State St., 220 Morris Hall 
La Crosse, Wis. 54601 
866.895.9233 (toll-free)