Minnesota's Dakota Conflict, Nature's Notebook and Comparative Religion

Learn about religion, Native American history, agriculture and our environment with local experts on excursions to museums, a wind farm and around historic sites on the lake.
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Program No. 8917RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Minnesota’s southwestern prairie and lake country is your base to explore three fascinating topics with local experts at the Lake Shetek Retreat Center. With lodging on picturesque Keeley Island, split your time between invigorating classroom study and daily field trips. Learn about the 1862 Dakota Conflict and its effect on present-day Minnesota. Focus on the area’s new wind generators, prairie restoration and birds of southwest Minnesota. And go in an entirely different direction — exploring the history of three major religions.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Minimal walking and standing on this program.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience field trips to the End-O-Line Railroad Park and other areas involved in the Dakota Conflict.
  • Investigate the Buffalo Ridge wind generators, the sacred Dakota pipe, local agriculture in the 21st century and birds of southwest Minnesota.
  • Explore the history of three major religions — Christianity, Islam, Judaism — from inception to their place in societies and cultures today.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room.
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Roseann Schauer
A native of Minnesota, Roseann Schauer has been interested in the history of the North Star State since she first learned about the Dakota conflict and visited many of the sites associated with it during family vacations. Her career with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources began with her role as the seasonal park naturalist at Lake Shetek State Park, where she presented a variety of programs on the Dakota Conflict. Roseann has also worked at Cascade River and Father Hennepin state parks.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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