Agassiz Environmental Learning Center
Danielle from the Agassiz Environmental Learning Center did a few small programs for us throughout the region over the summer. One program was "Hides, Holes and Animals Homes" which focused on local animal homes and habitats, and one was an introduction to Minnesota's medicinal and edible plants, and how to process and use them. The mission statement of the AELC is to foster a greater understanding of the interrelationships between human beings and their environment. We believe these programs help our patrons better understand Minnesota's history, and improve their relationship to this region.
We hoped that these programs would teach our patrons something new about the world around them. We hoped that it would foster a deeper connection to this part of Minnesota, and an increased interest in Minnesota's natural history. We distributed evaluation forms after the program, and collected public comments.
These programs are very popular with adults and children- it is most often whole families that attend. All respondents to our survey said that they learned something new about Minnesota, and that their interest in local animal habitats and medicinal/edible plants increased. Public comments included: "excellent and very appropriate for our kids" and "this program is so worthwhile because it's so educational besides enjoyable."