LANESBORO — Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center in Lanesboro will host an interim course for college students, Jan. 3-13. 

The course, "Driftless: The Anatomy of a Region," is open to undergraduate students from any institution and offers four credits through Hamline University. Students will explore the area’s unique geology, geography and biology through first-hand experience. Meanwhile, visits to local parks, businesses and farms will present an experiential learning environment, engaging students directly.

Students will stay in Eagle Bluff's dorms and eat meals in their dining hall, except when staying offsite.

“Learning is best done outside, in hands-on, exploratory ways," said Eagle Bluff Adult Education Manager Henry Whitehead. "Too often undergraduates spend most of their time in a lecture hall, not visiting places or meeting people who embody the ideas discussed in the classroom.”

Course instructors will include several Eagle Bluff staff members, as well as field visits to local experts, visiting culturally and naturally important sites in Southeast Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Students will also spend a portion of the trip staying in western Wisconsin and exploring critical issues facing the Driftless Area.

Applications can be submitted online at eaglebluffmn.org/jterm. Course cost is $1,1010, which includes all meals, instructor costs, travel, and housing. Credits can be received through Hamline University for $780.

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