University on the Prairie returns in July

Tue 6-11-2019

WINDOM, Minn. (6/10/2019) — For three days this July, middle school and high school students will have the opportunity to learn about science through hands-on experiments and projects in ag/environmental science, chemistry, engineering, food science, and biology at University on the Prairie. Hosted at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC) near Lamberton, the program serves as an avenue to connect personnel from universities and professional industries who join with teachers from our region and SWROC scientists to guide students through hands-on exploration in the five career areas important to the life and future of Southwestern Minnesota. The program is unique in the state and offers rural youth an opportunity to open doors to many career paths and will perhaps result in a future soil scientist, pharmacist, food safety inspector, or chemist.

In its thirteenth year, University on the Prairie will immerse participants in activities that showcase what they can do with a science education. Students will test hypothesis, participate in hands-on labs, and learn new skills while exploring science-based career opportunities related to various disciplines within science. Faculty, staff, and graduate students from the University of Minnesota and South Dakota State University, along with industry professionals will lead each career track and share their experiences working in the science field. Activities vary depending upon what the instructor plans for curriculum.

This year, University on the Prairie will be held July 15-17. For more information about the program or how you can participate in University on the Prairie please contact Crystal Reith, Cottonwood County 4-H Program Coordinator at 507-831-4022 or