Cabinet of Curiosity: Tour the University’s outdoor research facilities in St. Paul

Wed, Jun 21 2023, 10am

Twin Cities campus in St. Paul

Have you ever wondered what happens on the “farm side” of the Twin Cities campus in St. Paul? To catch a glimpse of the specialized research projects, barns, and fields, join us for the next in UMRA’s Cabinets of Curiosity series of visits to fascinating University of Minnesota places. We will be guided by Andrew Scobbie, campus operations manager with the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES). On foot and riding on farm wagons, we will take a close look at “the lay of the land” in that unusual part of campus.

More than 140 years ago, classes in agriculture moved from the campus on the East Bank of the Mississippi to a more expansive space in St. Paul, and eventually became the College of Agriculture. Since then, the now multifaceted College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) has grown more diverse and complex as faculty and students respond to the changing needs of farm enterprises and the food industry and incorporate scientific advances.

Today, with its laboratories and ever-changing collection of plants, livestock, soils, and related projects in biology and chemistry, CFANS, in conjunction with MAES, contributes to teaching and research that enhance the agricultural and natural resources of the state and the nation. Although the swine and poultry facilities are quarantined and off limits to visitors, we will be able to see the cows, learn more about the organic farm maintained by students, and observe forestry and field projects and new facilities including the Bee Lab. 

If you are curious, sign up to join this “farm tour” on June 21 starting at 10 a.m. Following the tour, those interested will meet for lunch at a nearby restaurant. More information will be available in early June for those who register.

We are fully subscribed!  Contact Kathy Jensen to get on a wait list.  And we hope you can join us in a future event!

If you need to cancel, please let Kathy Jensen ([email protected]) know.

Watch for Cabinets of Curiosity outings in the Fall:

  • October 3 to the James Ford Bell Library of rare books and maps, and 
  • November 7 to the Goldstein Museum of Design.

Questions are welcome to Sally Gregory Kohlstedt ([email protected]), Jan Morlock ([email protected]), Cathy Lee Gierke ([email protected]) or Kathy Jensen ([email protected]).

Upcoming Events

Event Date: October 2, 2023, at 9:30am

We will meet at the Mel-O-Glaze bakery on 28th and Minnehaha Parkway and walk to Minnehaha Falls and then back again.

Event Date: October 3, 2023, at 1pm

Some of the most valuable and rare maps in the world are held in UMN's own James Ford Bell Library, housed in Andersen Library  See .

Event Date: October 4, 2023, at 10am

The first meeting of UMRA’s Family History Interest Group for 2023–24 will feature a presentation by Marilyn DeLong about sharing family stories and learning surprising family connections. 

Event Date: October 4, 2023, at 10am

UMRA has a special opportunity to engage with the four newest members of the U of M Board of Regents on Wednesday, October 4, via Zoom. The purpose of the event is to share our perspectives as former University employees. 

Event Date: October 10, 2023, at 12:30pm

All UMRA members with an interest in photography are welcome to attend the meeting of the UMRA Photo Club on Tuesday, October 10. We welcome photographers of all abilities. Most of us are struggling amateurs. We laugh a lot and learn from sharing and talking about our pictures.

Event Date: October 16, 2023, at 9:30am

The walk along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis is always changing, with many attractions being added along both sides of the river and, now, the beautiful fall colors.

Event Date: October 19, 2023, at 11am

UMRA’s workshop on Open Enrollment for U of M retiree health plans for 2024 will include a briefing on the choice between Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) plans, by Jeff Snegosky of BCBS of Minnesota, followed by an overview of the U of M’s retiree health insurance plans, by Katie Kolodge from the Office of Human Resources.

Event Date: October 20, 2023, at 2pm

Mary Jane Towle will lead the discussion of The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams.

Event Date: October 24, 2023, at 11am

To help us understand the growing movement in the U.S. to ban books, especially children’s literature, and the critical role of libraries to protect intellectual freedom, UMRA will welcome U of M Librarian Lisa Von Drasek (pictured) and Rochester Public Librarian Kimberly Edson as the guest speakers for our October luncheon forum at Midland Hills. 

Event Date: October 27, 2023, at 2pm

The Fourth Friday Book Club will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. CDT on October 27 to discuss the life and narrative of Frederick Douglass.

Event Date: November 6, 2023, at 9:30am

Join us for a 5 mile moderately paced hike around Pleasant Lake located in the heart of North Oaks.  It takes us past some of James J. Hill’s original farm buildings as well as beautiful homes built along the lakeshore. The trail is wide, generally flat and consists of packed dirt and crushed rock. 

Event Date: November 6, 2023, at 9:40am

The documents noted for this event specify your managers and can minimize income taxes now, and estate taxes. 

Event Date: November 7, 2023, at 1pm

The material world we live in is shaped by design. While popular discussions of design typically focus on fashion and furniture, design is fundamental in art, architecture, and indeed nearly all aspects of the everyday world around us.  Goldstein Museum of Design curator Jean McElvain will demonstrate and discuss some of the fascinating and often unexpected holdings before we walk through the current gallery exhibit.

Event Date: November 27, 2023, at 9am - December 3, 2023, at 5pm

Get an insider's perspective on Santa Fe and Taos alongside local artists, exploring the Georgia O'Keeffe museum, enjoying traditional music and learning about native cultures. The deadline for reserving a space is June 2, 2023.

Event Date: December 4, 2023, at 9:30am

Please join us for an invigorating hike from The Monument located at the intersection of Mississippi RIver Blvd and Summit Avenue in St. Paul to Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis and back.  This hike is on paved trails, approximately 5.5 miles in length, and will be at a pace suitable to the weather.

Event Date: December 13, 2023, at 11:30am

Topics include tax changes; tax reducing moves required now and tax management in 2024 & 2025.