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Trails

The Cascade Meadow building and site demonstrate some of the key practices of sustainability.

When you visit, take some time for a self-guided tour of our indoor and outdoor themed trails.

Wetlands Trails

wetland_trails_iconSMCascade Meadow Wetlands Trails  
After a three-year process to restore the ninety acres of wetlands and prairies on our site, we welcome visitors to walk the area and see the wetlands for themselves!

ANNOUNCING: WETLANDS TRAILS OPEN JUNE 7, 2014! 
Explore the wetlands and prairie habitats up close! Our trails will take you through seven different types of wetlands (there are eight in all of Minnesota) and three examples of prairies and demonstrate why each one is unique and important. Check out the map below and be sure to read through our Trail Use Rules!

QR Codes Will Enhance Your Experience!
QR codeAs you explore our trails, you may encounter a “QR code,” like the one to the left, on some of our signs. Using your smartphone or tablet, you’ll be able to link to additional information on a topic. To use this resource download a QR-code reader to your device before you come. There are free apps available for all major mobile platforms: Android: “QR Code Reader” by Scan Inc., Apple: “QR Reader for iPhone” by TapMedia Ltd., Windows: “QR Code Reader” by ShopSavvy Inc., BlackBerry: “QR Code Scanner Pro” by The Jared Company.

Cascade Meadow Wetlands Trails

 

Please follow our trail rules:

Stay on trails Stay on trails no hunting NO hunting no motor vehicles NO motor vehicles
leave no trace Leave no trace TRfish1 NO fishing no swimming NO swimming
no pets NO pets no flower picking NO flower picking no smoking NO smoking
no camping NO camping no biking NO biking
TRclock1 Trails open 30 min. before sunrise and close 30 min. after sunset.
handicapped accessible Wheelchair accessible on paved trail to lake; all other trails unpaved.
wild parsnip Watch out: Wild parsnip can burn, so hike in shoes or boots, not sandals!
Sustainable Building Trail

Sustainable Building TrailThis “trail” tells the story of the planning, design, and construction of Cascade Meadow and shows how sustainability guided all of the decisions and processes.  Every step of the way, teams made sustainable choices.  As visitors follow the signs and icons along the “trail,” they’ll see the wall types (insulated concrete forms and structural insulation panels), rain screen, green roof, solar thermal for domestic water, geothermal heat pumps for heating and cooling, on-site electrical generation through wind and solar panels, and other sustainable construction practices and finishing materials choices.

NoDogsPlease note: Although we love our furry best friends, we must ask that you leave your dog at home.  This will protect the waters of Cascade Creek, protect the growing wildlife population in our wetlands, and ensure that all visitors can have close encounters with beautiful and fascinating plants and wildlife. Thank you for your cooperation.

Storm Water Trail

storm_water_trail_iconSustainable care of storm water means slowing it and soaking it in on our site. Follow this trail around our building to see how we do that using pervious pavements, a bio-retention cell system, native plantings, green roofs, and additional landscape designs.

NoDogsPlease note: Although we love our furry best friends, we must ask that you leave your dog at home.  This will protect the waters of Cascade Creek, protect the growing wildlife population in our wetlands, and ensure that all visitors can have close encounters with beautiful and fascinating plants and wildlife. Thank you for your cooperation.

Energy Trail

energy_trail_iconExplore another path to sustainability with this trail about Cascade Meadow’s energy systems. Highlighted systems on the trail include two different wind turbines, three different photovoltaic solar panel arrays, solar hot water panels, and a geothermal system for heating and cooling the building.

NoDogsPlease note: Although we love our furry best friends, we must ask that you leave your dog at home.  This will protect the waters of Cascade Creek, protect the growing wildlife population in our wetlands, and ensure that all visitors can have close encounters with beautiful and fascinating plants and wildlife. Thank you for your cooperation.

HOURS

The Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center is open to the public

Tuesday - Friday 10 am-4 pm

LOCATION

There’s a lot to see in our building, so drop by or contact us by phone or e-mail.

2900 19th Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901
507-252-8133
swalker@smumn.edu