The Winona State University CLASP Series will present “Inspiring the ‘Community’ Concept Through Outdoor Recreation” from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Gildemeister Hall, room 155.

Eric Barnard, instructor of recreation, tourism & therapeutic recreation (RTTR) and director of the outdoor education & recreation center, will present the many outdoor recreation opportunities near Winona and how they can inspire people to look at what it means to be part of a “community.”

Most Americans participate in at least one form of outdoor recreation annually. By getting involved outdoors we learn to be more “well connected” to the natural world and in turn take ownership of our public lands and natural resources.

The Consortium for Liberal Arts and Science Promotion (CLASP) is intended to promote interdisciplinary discussion and exchange via presentations for students, faculty and the community. The CLASP Series was created to bring the WSU community and the greater Winona community together around a common theme. The 2012-13 University Theme is Well-Connected.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, email Vicki Englich at

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