Winona State University will offer “Reading the Woods” as part of Senior University WSU. The first session of the course is full, so a second session has been added and will take place 12:30-3:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 20-Oct. 11.

Carol Jefferson, WSU professor emerita of biology, will lead four three-hour field trips in local woodlands in Bluff Side Park, Garvin Heights/Krueger Woods Park, Prairie Island Park, and Aghaming Park and Preserve.

Participants will learn to observe the small details in the woods that tell a greater story of forest history, ecological interactions, invasive species and human impact.

Walking will be on fairly easy trails, although participants should be able to stand and walk on uneven terrain. Curiosity, a camera, sturdy shoes, a tree identification guide, and long pants and shirts are recommended.

Registration forms are available from the WSU Retiree Center, 507-457-5565, or online. Early registration is recommended. Class size is limited to 12.

This is the first of four classes being offered by Senior University this fall. Senior University WSU consists of four-week, non-credit courses with no tests, grades, papers, or homework. Courses are taught by WSU faculty, retirees and community members. The courses promote continued life-long learning and personal, intellectual and cultural enrichment.

For more information, contact Ann Kohner at 507-457-5565.

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