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Bonebright's two children among summer flowers at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on a visit in 1998.

Bonebright's children joined her on a trip to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in 1998.

Summer destination: the U near you

Visit for fun this summer

By Dee Anne Bonebright

From Brief, June 1, 2005;
Updated June 30, 2005

I asked my children, both in high school now, what they remember about coming to work with me. Eating ice cream in the two-story MacDonald's when she was three, my daughter said. My son talked about the day I picked him up early from second grade so we could hear a lecture by chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall. I don't know what he missed in school that day, but I doubt he'd remember it ten years later!

Did you ever consider the fact that the University of Minnesota is a major tourist destination for the state? Every year, thousands attend performances at the Ted Mann Concert Hall and Northrop Auditorium. Glensheen is a treasure not just for UMD but for North Shore tourism. Athletic events draw eager fans to most U campuses on most weekends.

Dee Anne's Top 5
University visits

1. Itasca Biological Station
Several years ago our family attended an Itasca weekend sponsored by College of Biological Sciences and Bell Museum. It was a wonderful time of exploring the natural world and learning more about nature...and no, I'm not a biology major.

2. UMD and Glensheen
I'm glad I've had several chances to visit UMD. The location overlooking Lake Superior is beautiful, and it's interesting to meet with colleagues from another campus to explore work issues from a broader perspective. Glensheen, down on the lake, is my favorite historical mansion. I've enjoyed both public tours and private events.

3. U of M Marching Band
I wish every U employee could attend at least one marching band indoor concert. It's a great event that's guaranteed to bring out your school spirit. The Twin Cities marching band will appear outdoors this summer (including July 4 in Delano) but this fall it will hold its 44th annual yearly indoor concert at Northrop, November 19-20, 2005.

4. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Visiting the arboretum in Chaska is well worth the trip. I've attended several off-site work events there, and the location really adds to the experience. I've found good ideas for my home garden and always enjoy walking the trails.

5. Bell Museum of Natural History and Weisman Art Museum
I'm often amazed by how many people work on the Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis and have never visited its two major museums. As a parent, I've taken advantage of family-friendly programming for low-cost weekend adventures. It was a great way to help my kids connect with the place where I work.

As U employees, we focus on day-to-day work and what's happening in our own areas. It's easy to neglect the many opportunities available to us. We lose sight of the history and mission that made many of us want to work at the U in the first place. Visiting the U is a great way to reconnect and learn about what's going on in other parts of this statewide institution.

University tourism also provides a perfect opportunity to involve friends and family in what you do every day. Unlike most employers, the U offers a broad range of interesting activities for everybody. You don't have to wait for "bring your child to work day" to share your work life.

As we enter a time of change and new direction, it's also a good time to reconnect our own work with the larger University community. This summer, take advantage of the resources on your campus for entertainment and relaxation. Consider taking one lunch hour each week to explore a new building or walk on a favorite path. Come back at least once during an evening or weekend to attend a concert or watch a sporting event. If you're traveling near another U location, stop in to take a look. Find time to try at least one new experience.


Bell Museum of Natural History
10 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis
Open T-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, noon-5 p.m.
$5/free; Su free for everyone

Tweed Museum of Art
Humanities Building, 1201 Ordean Court, Duluth
Open T 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; W-F 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sa-Su 1-5 p.m.

Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road, Minneapolis
Open T,W,F 10 a.m.-5 p.m; Th 10 a.m.-8 p.m; Sa-Su 11 a.m.-5 p.m


Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium
1023 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812, 218-726-7129
Facilities are available for public and private programs. Public shows are presented on most Wednesday evenings.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318, 952-443-1400
Grounds open at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. or sunset (whichever occurs first). Check the Web site or call for building hours.

Raptor Center
1920 Fitch Ave., St. Paul, MN, 55108, 612-624-4745
Offers free family fun nights, public raptor releases, and low-cost educational events. Check the Web site for details.

Red River Valley Natural History Area
Crookston, MN 56716
Part of the Northwest Research and Outreach Center located near the Crookston campus, this area lies in the ancient, flat bed of glacial Lake Agassiz. Prairie restoration and hiking trails are open to U staff and student groups. Meeting spaces and indoor exhibits are available by appointment for school groups and nature clubs.

UMore Park
1605 160th Street West, Rosemount, MN 55068, 651-423-2455
Trails open M-F, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; check the Web site for tours and public events.

West Central Research and Outreach Center
46352 State Hwy. 329, Morris, MN 56267, 320-589-1711
Horticulture gardens and trails are open from dawn to dusk. The Renewable Energy Research and Demonstration Center offers education programs and tours of the new wind turbine.


Walking trails and gardens on the mall are open to the public. Look for public art installations on the mall and in many campus buildings when they are open.


What are your favorite U places?

If you have a University of Minnesota place to recommend for a visit, let us know. We'll publish an update. Contact Brief editor Gayla Marty by e-mail or at 612-625-0552.

Twin Cities Elmer L. Andersen Library
222 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis

Goldstein Museum of Design
244 McNeal Hall, St. Paul

Heritage Gallery, McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis

Katherine E. Nash Gallery
Art Department, 405 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis

Another important source is the College of Continuing Education's summer programs, including Curiosity Camps, one-day learning escapes; Split Rock Arts Program summer workshops and soirees in the Twin Cities and retreats at the Cloquet Forestry Center; and Compleat Scholar and summer-term courses.

Dee Anne Bonebright is the director of supervisory training in the Center for Human Resource Development, Office of Human Resources, Twin Cities campus.