Scenic Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota nestles up into the beautiful Mississppi River bluffs just outside of Winona. To the south and east of campus, you’ll find a network of trails that run along the bluffs and into wooded valleys.
- No motorized vehicles on trails at any time
- No bicycles of any kind of trails
- No pets allowed on campus at any time
Walkabout Winona is a premier student run tour company capturing Winona’s rich history street by street. Backed by the Winona State University (WSU) College of Business, Walkabout aspires to connect visitors and community members to the rich history of Winona through walking tours presented by a premier, student-run non-profit organization.
To improve the quality of life if individuals and community through positive outdoor experiences.
By advocating for people positively experiencing the outdoors, Seekers Wild will create happy, healthy communities. Participants in their programs will see increased self-reliance and confidence, improved health, and an abundant outlet for sustained refuge and balance within their lives. This in turn will also improve the mental health of the individual and allow them to be a more positive influencing member of the community and therefore exponentially increasing the quality of life of the entire community.
Winona’s Park and Recreation Department coordinates youth and adult activities, programming, equipment rental, and facility rental at the City’s many parks and recreational resources. The Park and Recreation webpage includes information on parks, trails, special events, sports leagues, creative workshops, trainings, and a number of other recreational opportunities.
While programs and services have evolved throughout history to remain relevant to the Winona community, the foundation and mission have been steadfast.
To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
To connect and engage people to enhance lives and build community.
Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility
For Youth Development: Nurturing the potential of every child and teen
For Healthy Living: Improving the nation’s health and well-being
For Social Responsibility: Giving back and providing support to our neighbors
The SMU Ice Arena is attached to the school’s 78,000 square foot Recreation and Athletic Center (RAC) facilities. The RAC includes an 8-lane competitive pool, 200-meter indoor track, and 4 multi-purpose courts. Along with the RAC, the university’s outdoor recreation facilities include baseball, softball and soccer fields, as well as 15 miles of cross country trails. Community members can call to find out when they are invited to use these facilities.
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· Catalog available each season with classes for all interest areas for kids and adults.
· After School Activities program offers intramural sports, recreation, arts programs.
· Project COMPASS classes specialize in slower paced classes for all, customized classes for people with disabilities, parent and professional development workshops and support groups.
· Key Kids/Summer Key Kids is a child care program held after school, on non-school days and snow days for children enrolled in Kindergarten through Fourth grade. Summer Key Kids offers child care for children who have finished Kindergarten – Fifth Grade.
· Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) welcomes all families with children age birth to kindergarten. They offer information about child development and parenting techniques and give children opportunities to discover and learn.
· Community Preschools is located at Goodview Elementary.
· Early Childhood Screening is a FREE screening for all 3 – 5 year olds, available by appointment. This is a quick and simple check of how your child is growing and developing.
· Baby Connections is a great place to call if you are expecting or parenting a baby. Schedule an appointment for a baby visit.
Project GO programs are community-driven outdoor programs that introduce children to nature during the afterschool and out-of-school hours. These programs are implemented by local communities using the GO Toolkit designed by Project Get Outdoors, Inc., a non-profit organization that created this program.
Project GO would not exist without the efforts of a vast volunteer network and dedicated interns. These individuals are critical to the ongoing success of the program.
There are a variety of local and statewide volunteer opportunities available to those who are interested in assisting. All volunteers over the age of 18 who will be working on an on-going basis with the children will be screened and trained.
Beautiful trail network for running, mountain biking and hiking.
Rent ice skates, snowshoes, canoes, kayaks, bikes, helmets, life vests, discs for frisbee golf, and paddle boards – all for just an annual membership fee of $10! Children under the age of 4 are free, but still need to register. Membership is valid for summer and winter activities. All participants must sign a waiver.
Open space available to the public with games, puzzles, a piano, table tennis, bocce ball, board games, wireless internet and a fireplace.
Ice rink is available on the lake in winter. Indoor and outdoor facility rentals. Organized youth sports through the Park & Recreation Department.
Summer Hours (June – August): Monday – Friday: 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Open until 9:00 p.m. on Wednesdays to enjoy the Municipal Band from the water.) Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 ? 6:00 p.m. Fall & Winter Hours (September – May): Monday – Friday: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Dollar Days every 1st and 3rd Sunday! Sign up for swim lessons for you and/or your kids.
This facility offers a variety of features including:
• 208 Foot Water Slide
• Olympic Size Swimming Pool
• Large Zero Depth Area (ideal for children due to the water level starting at zero and gradually getting deeper)
• Mushroom Waterfall
• Two Diving Boards
• Lap Swimming
• Playground Area
• Concession Stand & Grassy Area
• Spacious Deck
18 hole golf course.
The Bridges, set in Winona’s beautiful Pleasant Valley, offers striking vistas and a challenging golf course. Pleasant Creek winds through the course, coming into play on nine of the eighteen holes. Multiple tees and several elevation changes give all players the opportunity to challenge their game. Click here to schedule your tee time.
Westfield Golf Club, established in 1923, is a nine hole public golf course and club, offering a wonderful golf and fine dining atmosphere for your enjoyment.
Westfield has an outstanding golfing facility and programs for individuals as well as the entire family.
In addition there are weekday programs for outside groups both large and small.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota nestles up into the scenic Mississippi River bluffs just outside of Winona, an area overflowing with outdoor recreation opportunities: hiking, running, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, biking, golfing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
Saint Mary’s 400+ acre campus provides many outdoors opportunities to our students as well as to the public, including almost 10 miles of trails. We encourage you to take advantage of the recreational activities below.
- Challenge ropes course – rates based on duration and number of participants
- The Woods disc golf course – FREE
- St. Mary’s network of trails – FREE
Information on offices, permits, kids and family events, and endangered species. Equipment rentals include GPS for geocaching, backpacks with hiking and adventure tools, and binoculars.
The refuge offers some of the best opportunities to see and enjoy migration. Visitors from across the United States and several foreign countries come here hoping to see Bald Eagles, Tundra Swans and the large concentrations of waterfowl. Others enjoy fishing, hunting or tranquil backwater excursions. Many of these visitors stop in nearby communities to fill their tanks with gasoline or eat a good meal and some stay in nearby hotels. The refuge promotes surrounding communities and encourages visitors to enjoy the many services and opportunities offered nearby.
Outdoor opportunities for community members, staff, faculty, and students. With a low emphasis on cost and a high emphasis on fun, this is a great way to get hands on experience with new activities. Services include:
- Workshops & clinics such as baking bread on a camp stove, rock climbing and geocaching.
- Outdoor resource center with guidebooks, outdoor literature, maps and periodicals to help plan your next adventure.
- Equipment rentals including canoes, kayaks, rock climbing shoes, bikes, snowshoes, tents and sleeping bags.
- Professional certification courses in Outdoor Leadership.
- Outings & extended trips.
- Experiential learning facilitation to add to your curriculum.
- Indoor climbing center.
Let’s Go Fishing provides people ages 55 years and older with free fishing and boating excursions. This program returns a sense of freedom to the lives of guests, provides a safe opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, and offers time to socialize with peers and meet new friends.
Volunteers are invaluable resources to Let’s Go Fishing of MN. If you are 24 years of age or older, you may volunteer and assist with Let’s Go Fishing. Or, if you are part of the grand-kid program from 12 to 16 years of age, you may assist the adult volunteers of the program.
If you have the knowledge to operate a pontoon, you can be part of a two-person team who can take seniors on outings. There will always be a minimum of 2 adult volunteers on each pontoon – one to captain the watercraft, the other to assist. If you have the heart and desire to help the seniors and would rather not be on the water, you can help by volunteering at fish-fry’s, parades or other functions or fundraising events.
Click here to get started as a volunteer.
- Youth can act as a “mate” on boat
- Prepare boat for launch from dock, untie boat for launch, tie up boat after docking
- Close up boat following trip
- Assist participants with donning and removal of life vests
- Help fill out trip paperwork
- Distribute Lake View Drive in coupon and Donations envelopes to participants
- Distribute water to participants and crew as desired
- Help with sightseeing, point out landmarks and other things if they’re knowledgeable
- Assist participants with fishing
- Help load and unload participant from boats
- Youth Program (go into schools youth groups, etc. and help teach kids about fishing)
Summer months only, starting in May. Morning, early and late afternoon boat trips, some weekends. Need parental waiver on all youth volunteers younger than 18.
Your cross-country skiing guide to the upper Midwest. This site provides information on trails, trail conditions, training programs, equipment, lodging, races and race results, and general notices. Geographically, it covers all of Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Iowa, the upper peninsula of Michigan, and the Thunder Bay area of Canada.