Linked to Land Earth Day Hike

UWL Geography and Earth Science professor discusses geography of Driftless Area on Earth Day hike

Mississippi Valley Conservancy is leading a guided & educational hike for Earth Day as part of its “Linked to the Land” program sponsored by Mayo Health System. Colin Belby, UWL associate professor of Geography & Earth Science, will discuss the geography of the Driftless area as part of the hike from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22.

Two hikes will be available: A longer hike that starts at the bottom and ends at the overlook and a shorter hike that starts at the top and goes to the overlook. At the top, participants will be able to take in the spectacular views of the bluffs and river valley.

The longer hike starts at 1 p.m. at the end of Bluff Pass road off of Losey Blvd. Park on Milson Ct. as if driving to the Hixon Forest parking lot.

The short hike starts at 1:30 p.m. at the end of Rim of City road off of Cty Rd. FA

For four weeks in early summer 2017, UWL Geography Professor John Kelly will teach World Cultural Regions (GEO 110) in the historic and fun city of Galway, Ireland, as part of UWL’s study abroad program at the National University of Ireland. Students in Dr. Kelly’s course will also enroll in UWL Sociology Professor Tim Gongaware’s Introduction to Sociology course. For Kelly, this is a return to his roots – no, not because of his Irish surname, but because he spent a semester at the same university in 1990, as an undergraduate geography major. Since 1990, Ireland’s economy developed quickly, then partly declined. The western coastal region is the ideal place for students to learn about rural and urban landscape change, the geographies of language and music, recent trends in immigration and globalization, and Ireland’s links to the European Union (highlighted by the nearby United Kingdom’s recent decision to leave the EU).   More Information and Facebook


The Geography and Earth Science Department is proud to work with and support the UW-La Crosse Vermicomposting project.  Vermicomposting is an innovative method of composting using worms to drastically reduce the amount of food waste on campus.  For more information visit the UW-La Crosse sustainability page.