UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

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October 24-26, 2014

Regional trips are full for 2014. Check back in May 2015 to apply for fall 2015.

Destination Regional is a weekend experience designed to assist an agency in the Minnesota/Wisconsin area. Our partnerships are with the historical Arcola Mills and the empowering Community Homestead.


Site Descriptions   |   Program Details   |   Application   |   Trip Leaders

 

Site Descriptions

Site Description for Arcola Mills

Arcola Millslink, six miles north of Stillwater, Minnesota, is one of the largest undeveloped parcels of land on the shoreline of the nationally designated wild and scenic St. Croix River.

The Arcola Mills Historic Foundation is a non-profit organization that was created at the bequest of Katharine Van Meier upon her death. Great care is being given to preserve the natural woodland beauty and historic building. The lumber-era Greek Revival mansion, built in 1847, is currently being restored with the future goal of restoring eight eclectic cottages. 

Arcola Mills provides an area where individuals and groups are invited to participate in activities that explore the arts, nature, science, history, and a broad exchange of ideas. Arcola Mills is a place where respect and stewardship are valued.


Site Description for Community Homestead

Community Homesteadlink is tucked into the bluffs of the St. Croix River, just outside Osceola, WI, there is a non-profit intentional community. Founded in 1995, this community is composed of almost forty people in six households. They are all ages, all varying abilities, living and working together to sustain, protect, and enrich the human and natural environment.

Program Details

Service Description for Arcola Mills
Destination Regional participants will be participating in service projects as requested by Arcola Mills including: 

  • upkeep of the historic Arcola Mills house and estate
  • grounds work 
  • invasive species removal

This list of projects is subject to change.

Service Description for Community Homestead
Destination Regional participants will be participating in service projects as requested by Community Homestead including:

  • Large Motor skill, rugged activities
  • Possible examples include, putting up a greenhouse, outside construction on a farm

The Information Below Applies to Both Experiences

Important to Note
Desired qualities of a Destination Participant are: passion for service, a good work ethic, open-mindedness, critical thinking and reasoning skills, flexibility, dependability, and approachability.

Our Destination program operates under a substance-free policy. No alcohol or illegal drugs of any kind are allowed on the trip, including travel to and from service city.


Limited Spots for Sign-up!

The first 7 returning students to have completed their application and paid their program fee will be accepted to participate in each experience.

We will be holding 3 spots to for new incoming students so they can have an opportunity to be involved in this program.


Associated Costs

The Regional Destination program is $25. Your non-refundable $25 fee is due with your application.  Applications can be filled out on FalconSynclink and payments can be handed in at the Involvement Center front desk. Make checks payable to UWRF Destination. 

Your fees will cover transportation (to, from, and around your service city), lodging, meals during the experience, housing fees, service site fees, and a t-shirt.


Important Dates

If you choose to participate in this Destination experience, you will be expected to attend all meetings and trainings. These include, but are not limited to the following:

Event

Date

Time

Location

Pre-Departure Trainings/Meetings

September/October

TBD

TBD

Destination Regional Experience

October 24-26, 2014

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Stillwater, MN
and
Osceola, WI

Destination Celebration

March 29, 2015

6-9 p.m.

Riverview Ballroom, UC


Destination Regional participants will:

  • Increase awareness of social issues and their root causes
  • Gain exposure to a diversity of people and experiences
  • Identify ways to be an engaged community member
  • Understand the importance of community involvement
  • Increase level of self-awareness

Application

Thank you for your interest in applying to be a Destination Regional Participant!

Regional trips are full for 2014. Check back in May 2015 to apply for fall 2015.

If you have any questions, please email StudentLife@uwrf.edumail or call 715-425-4444.

Trip Leaders

DestinationLeaders_Fall2014(BD)IMG_4258Haley- Arcola Mills
International Studies, Fergus Falls, MN

What is your favorite thing to do in River Falls?
Spend hours scouring the shelves of the Fox Den used book store.

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?
I have a travel bucket list of over 84 countries, soooo…

What was your favorite childhood game?
Grounders or Sardines! 

If you had advice for someone interested in Destination, what would it be?
DO IT!!  It's life changing!

If you could be anything in nature what would you be and why?
An elephant because they're my favorite animal.  They are graceful, loyal, and just plain awesome! 

What is an interesting fact we don't know about you?
I frequently speak in different accents. 

 

Molly- Community Homestead DestinationLeaders_Fall2014(BD)IMG_4238
Conservation, GIS Certificate

What is your favorite thing to do in River Falls?
I love to bike around town. I get to meet so many people when I'm using pedal power instead of driving. River Falls is very bike friendly and also super easy to get around by bike. Also, I love not having to worry about parking.

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?
The island of Hvar, Croatia. My mom's side of the family is 100% Croatian. I've had the amazing opportunity to see my dad's family's crumbling stone homestead in Castlebar, Ireland...I'd like to see where my other ancestors hail from.

What was your favorite childhood game?
The aMaze-ing labyrinth. Never heard of it? ...It's awesome!!!

If you had advice for someone interested in Destination, what would it be?
Come prepared to be pulled out of your comfort zone, settle into that discomfort, and then relish the friendships, connections and growth that comes out of that work.

If you could be anything in nature what would you be and why?
A tardigrade (aka 'water bear'). I love how resilient they are in the most extreme and inhospitable conditions. It's on my bucket list to see one under a microscope.

What is an interesting fact we don't know about you?
I lived at Community Homestead as an AmeriCorps volunteer for 2 years. I'm excited to return there for Regional Destination...this trip has been a hoped for daydream since I first learned about Destination through Amy Lloyd 3 1/2  years ago!