Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota assumed ownership and operation of the Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center in 2015. Our mission is to establish Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center as a regional resource for environmental education with an initial focus on energy, water, and wetlands.

Saint Mary’s partners with local grade schools to provide hands‐on STEM curriculum in topics related to energy resources, water resources, and sustainability. 

Cascade Meadow Website

LEED Platinum Certification

The Cascade Meadow facility is LEED Platinum‐certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, recognizing the highest level of environmentally responsible design, construction, operation, and maintenance. The Cascade Meadow grounds, located on Rochester’s northwest side, also features a variety of wetland restoration projects in progress.

Ground broken on Rochester expansion [video]

Nearly 100 guests joined Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota as it broke ground for a new 10,000-square-foot addition to Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Learning Center in Rochester on Aug. 15. Although the event celebrated a physical expansion, the excitement multiplied as university officials discussed the programming that will take place inside. Once approved by […] Read more ›

Cascade Meadow hosts fine furniture exhibit

ROCHESTER, Minn. — “The Art of Fine Furniture”—an exhibit featuring the creations of professional and hobbyist studio furniture makers from Minnesota and Wisconsin—will be on display at Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center from Aug. 19 through Sept. 30. The show—free and open to the public—will relocate from its current location at the Winona […] Read more ›

Remicks pledge $5 million for Saint Mary’s Rochester expansion

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Longtime supporters Jack and Mary Ann Remick of Rochester recently pledged $5 million to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota as part of a Mayo Clinic collaboration to initiate a physician assistant program in Southeast Minnesota. The Remicks’ generous gift will be used to expand the university’s Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science […] Read more ›

Saint Mary’s University and Mayo Clinic to collaborate for physician assistant program

Collaboration includes expansion of Saint Mary’s University Cascade Meadow facility in Rochester ROCHESTER, Minn.—The Mayo Clinic board of governors recently approved a proposal to initiate development of a new physician assistant master’s degree program through Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences; the proposal is a collaborative effort between Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and Mayo’s School […] Read more ›

Wetlands project gives high-tech hands-on training

Students interested in geographic information science at Saint Mary’s don’t need a global positioning system to direct them to valuable, hands-on experiences in their field. For years, the university’s GeoSpatial Services has been providing professionally mentored field experiences to students. The organization—which provides natural resource assessment, geographic analysis, and high-tech digital mapping services—works with both […] Read more ›

Volunteer Opportunities

We encourage community members and our students, especially those pursuing careers in environmental science, to volunteer at the Cascade Meadow.

Some of the many opportunities are:

  • Provide administrative support
  • Be an education aid
  • Be an energy guru
  • Be a gallery guide
  • Be on the Stewardship Squad for one of our natural areas

Location and Contact Information

The Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday–Friday.

2900 19th Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901-7619

For general inquiries email Cascade Meadow.

Connect With Us

Scott Walker, M.A.

Associate Vice President, Partnerships - Rochester, MN; Executive Director, Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center

Cascade Meadows, CMW

Campus Box: # 12

(507) 457-8700

swalker@smumn.edu

Scott Walker M.A.
Kate Utterback, M.A.

Cascade Meadow - Associate Director

Cascade Meadows, CMW

Campus Box: # 12

(507) 457-8699

kconnor@smumn.edu

Kate Utterback M.A.