Cascade Meadow

Cascade Meadow
At a Glance

Open Tues. – Fri.
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

(open on other days for special events and programs – see our calendar)

Come and explore!
There’s lots to see and do!

Located on 100 acres along the Cascade Creek in northwest Rochester, Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center features formal and informal learning and event spaces indoors and outdoors. Walking trails, wetlands, and a LEED Platinum certified center hosts Saint Mary’s University courses as well as events, and is also available for public and private use. Outdoor trails are open during daylight hours.

For more information on our educational programming, event space rental and reservations, volunteer opportunities, and more, contact us.

Upcoming speaker: David Lind, a paddler’s view of the Zumbro River

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The Zumbro Watershed Partnership has invited David Lind to speak on Thursday, December 8th at 6:30 p.m. at Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center. Come explore the Zumbro River through the eyes and photos of canoe veteran and author David Lind. Using photos and maps, Lind will take you down the main stem from Zumbro Falls to the Mississippi River as well as travels on the North, Middle and South forks, a total of 182 miles of river canoeing and kayaking routes, including both routes covered by outfitters as well as many less traveled routes. Discover how the Zumbro has changed over the years and how the increase in recreational canoeing, kayaking, and fishing is changing how we view the river.

This educational program is free and open to the public.


Cascade Meadow announces associate director

work-picCascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center welcomes Kate Connor Utterback as the new associate director. With a background in biology and secondary education, Kate joins our team after working in higher education for the last 8 years. She says she is excited to be working with students in Rochester and surrounding communities and promoting educational programs related to conservation of resources and sustainable living. Kate will be arranging group field trips, summer camps, a new lecture series, and events at the Cascade Meadow.

Here are a few ways you can work with Kate to promote experiential learning outside your classroom:

  • Use our facility and other resources for your own class or project – Come explore the possibilities that Cascade Meadow can offer (e.g. water monitoring, plant study, energy concepts, ecology, geology/hydrology, wetlands, and more!)
  • Take an in-depth class on wetlands – We’ve developed a flexible wetlands unit that can meet the unique needs of local educators. Contact us to learn more about the state standards this unit will cover, or to schedule your students for a class.
  • Tour the exhibits and/or outside trails – Anyone who visits can take advantage of our interactive exhibits and our three interpretive trails.

Come and explore what we have to offer!

Please contact Kate if you would like to schedule a visit for a group, reserve the space for your event, or find out more information about the happenings at Cascade Meadow. Contact her at 507-252-8133 or