Part of a college education includes real-world preparation and hands-on learning experiences. This has been the hallmark of a Saint Mary’s education. Countless science students in the 1960s and ’70s benefited from a practical education that only the Mississippi River and its amazing ecosystem could provide. Students completed many valuable research projects from Saint Mary’s hydrobiology station, located near Homer, Minn. Although the hydrobiology station is gone, Saint Mary’s acquisition of the Prairie Island Field Station, located on the banks of the Mississippi in Winona, once again provides the university direct access to the upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and close proximity to the natural aspects and human activity defined by the river.

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This article, written by Deb Nahrgang, was previously published in the Spring 2014 Saint Mary’s Magazine.

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