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  • Adult & Child Introduction To Ceramics

    Cups, bowls, vases, hand sculptures oh my! This introductory class is designed to build the foundations for ceramic wheel throwing and hand building techniques. Learn how to form, trim, glaze works with your own two hands! This is a course custom designed for adults and youth who would like to learn the art of ceramics together! The price of the course is based on a child attending the class with an adult and the 2 learning this skill together.
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  • American Indian Life Skills Development & Cultural Activities (Grades 2-5)

    American Indian Life Skills Development & Cultural Activities is an opportunity available to any student interested in learning about the Amerian Indian Culture. Course is taught by Megan Schnitker & Lydia Larson. This is a FREE program made possible by the Mahkato Revitalization Project and funded by Build & Believe Afterschool Grant from Ignite, Youthprise, & MDE in partnership with MAPS / isd77.
  • American Indian Life Skills Development & Cultural Activities (Grades 6-12)

    American Indian Life Skills Development & Cultural Activities is an opportunity available to any student interested in learning about the Amerian Indian Culture. Course is taught by Megan Schnitker & Lydia Larson.
  • Beginner and Remedial Piano Lessons

    Did you take piano lessons years ago and want to pick up the instrument? Do you know how to read music but want guidance on learning a new instrument? Or, are you brand new to music and instruments? This class is for you! Piano lessons are 30 minutes. Please select your experience level - beginner (little to no experience) or remedial (some understanding of music and how to play piano).
  • Beginning Band: Get A Jump On Your New Instrument (PWMS)

    PRAIRIE WINDS MIDDLE SCHOOL BEGINNING BAND - GET A JUMP ON YOUR NEW INSTRUMENT MAPS Staff 5 sessions In five daily sessions learn how to get started on your band instrument safely and correctly before school begins. Intended for students entering 6th grade or attending Band for the first time at PWMS. Emphasis will be on the beginning elements of playing your instrument and learning how to care for it properly. Students need to arrive at camp with their instrument and Sound Innovations: Book 1, for each instrument. Parents are strongly encouraged to reserve this week for summer lessons if you plan on enrolling your student in band in Fall 2024. Lesson week is only for students enrolling in Band at Prairie Winds Middle School. Attend lesson week at the school you are attending this Fall.
  • Beginning Orchestra Lesson Week- Get A "Jump" On Your New Instrument- Viola, Cello, Bass & Violin- Evening (PWMS)

    BEGINNING ORCHESTRA PRAIRIE WINDS MIDDLE SCHOOL ALL INSTRUMENTS (VIOLIN, CELLO, BASS, VIOLA) 5:30-7:30 PM (MONDAY - FRIDAY) - ORCHESTRA ROOM GET A JUMP ON YOUR NEW INSTRUMENT MAPS Staff 5 sessions In five daily sessions learn how to get started on your orchestra instrument safely and correctly before school begins. Intended for students entering 6th grade or attending Orchestra for the first time at PWMS. Emphasis will be on the beginning elements of playing your instrument and learning how to care for it properly. Students need to arrive at camp with their instrument and Sound Innovations: Book 1, for each instrument. Parents are strongly encouraged to reserve this week for summer lessons if you plan on enrolling your student in Orchestra in Fall 2024. Lesson week is only for students enrolling in Orchestra at Prairie Winds Middle School. Attend lesson week at the school you are attending this Fall. Orchestra at Prairie Winds or Dakota Meadows Middle Schools. Attend lesson week at the school you are attending this Fall.
  • Beginning Orchestra Lesson Week- Get A "Jump" On Your New Instrument- Viola, Cello, Bass, Violin- Morning (PWMS)

    ALL ORCHESTRA STUDENTS - 8:00 - 10:00 AM (MONDAY - FRIDAY) - PRAIRIE WINDS MIDDLE SCHOOL ORCHESTRA ROOM (MORNING SESSION) BEGINNING ORCHESTRA - GET A JUMP ON YOUR NEW INSTRUMENT MAPS Staff 5 sessions In five daily sessions learn how to get started on your orchestra instrument safely and correctly before school begins. Intended for students entering 6th grade or attending Orchestra for the first time at PWMS. Emphasis will be on the beginning elements of playing your instrument and learning how to care for it properly. Students need to arrive at camp with their instrument and Sound Innovations: Book 1, for each instrument. Parents are strongly encouraged to reserve this week for summer lessons if you plan on enrolling your student in Orchestra in Fall 2024. Lesson week is only for students enrolling in Orchestra at Prairie Winds Middle School. Attend lesson week at the school you are attending this Fall.
  • Chess Tourney - Spring Regional

    Back by popular demand! Our regional chess tourneys are fun, competitive and an all around good time. We have a growing number of players from around the region, ready to play in a community of players that love the game and friendships formed. We will award medals and ribbons to grade level and division champions. Check in begins at 8:00 am at Mankato East High School (1900 Hoffman Road in Mankato, MN) First round is at 8:30 am. We will present awards at 11:30 am. Please register in advance so we can prepare the tournament space for a good time. We do not accept walk in registrations as we need to contact contestants if weather or low enrollment influences play. This event is co-sponsored by South Central Service Coop and Mankato Community Education Enrichment + Leisure Program.
  • Dakota Meadows Middle School Summer Transition Camp

    Dakota Meadows Middle School Summer Transition Camp Location: Dakota Meadows Middle School For students entering grade 6 at Dakota Meadows Middle School Practice Opening Lockers Read Class Schedules Tour The Building Go On A Scavenger Hunt Meet New Friends Learn About Being A Student In Middle School Students will be signed-in at the cafeteria, through door #8, parents and guardians will pick up students at the same door. Funding made possible by the Mankato Foundation. *FREE Cab Transportation is available to and from camp if needed. To request FREE transportation, sign up HERE. For more information, contact Michelle Biodrowski 507 - 207 - 3043
  • Design Your Own T-Shirt!

    Have you ever wanted a T-shirt with your very own design on it? Now’s your chance! Students will work to design their own custom T-shirt using digital graphic design tools. A professional screen printing company will turn the design into a real life T-shirt and ship it to your house! Experienced instructors will teach students how to run the software and guide them as they turn their visions into a reality! No prior experience needed! The address of the person enrolling students will be used to mail the finished T-shirt, be sure your address is up to date! This camp is presented by COR Robotics. The mission of COR Robotics is to inspire a passion for robotics in students, with the hope that the student will participate in their local FIRST programs, and further develop a passion for STEM fields/robotics.
  • Disney The Little Mermaid Jr. Jr / Sr High (Musical) Play Residency & Performance

    Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. Jr / Sr High (Musical) Play Residency & Performance Ages 11-16 Directed By Paul Christianson 2 week residency 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Daily) No program on Juneteenth (June 19) "Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. Jr / Sr High (Musical) Play Residency & Performance Youth cast in this show will participate in all aspects of play production from acting to set creation, costume and makeup design. This drama experience is more consistent with the experience a young actor would encounter in future high school or community plays. Rehearsals - Mankato West HS Auditorium (Stage) - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (daily) Show Dates: Friday, June 21 & Saturday, June 22 at 7:00 pm. Tickets go on sale at the door, 1 hour before each performance. This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council with funds appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature from its general fund.
  • Drone Racing Camp

    Students will learn how to fly like the pros in the Drone Racing League by training on a flight simulator. After learning drone safety and maintenance, students will take a drone to the skies and compete in numerous races and challenges. Led by experienced instructors, students will leave camp with the skills and knowledge to pilot drones and keep them running. The drones used in camps have cameras, and are perfect for entry level pilots. No prior experience needed! This camp has two cost options: $110 - Instruction and a drone to use while in camp $170 - Instruction and you can bring home your drone to own after camp is complete This camp is presented by COR Robotics. The mission of COR Robotics is to inspire a passion for robotics in students, with the hope that the student will participate in their local FIRST programs, and further develop a passion for STEM fields/robotics.
  • GRASP Math

    GRASP – MANKATO ACADEMIC SUMMER PROGRAM (SELF PACED, WORK AT HOME) It is time to UNPLUG! This workbook program is done at home and at your own pace. No computer or internet is needed to complete the lessons. Take your book with you on vacation, to the cabin, or work on it inside on a rainy day! GRASP is a correspondence program designed to reinforce math and reading skills learned during the school year just completed! This workbook program is designed for students who have completed any grade from K–8, to keep their skills current over the summer months. Students complete nine lessons in math, reading, or both over the summer. Each lesson takes about one hour to complete. The lessons are mailed in by the parent, scored by the GRASP company located in Grand Rapids Michigan, results recorded and earned awards sent to the children in September. Books will be available for students to pick up (locally) at Lincoln Community Center (110 Fulton Street) Books are ordered after registration closes on June 12. Once the books arrive in Mankato, families will be advised of pick up hours and special instructions for completing the lessons. Please make sure your correct email & mailing address is on file at Community Education, so correspondence can reach you in a timely fashion. Call the Mankato Community Education Office at (507) 387-5501 with questions. To review concepts just completed, register / order the workbook representing grade completed in spring of 2024. To work ahead on new concepts, register for workbooks representing your grade level in the fall of 2024 or beyond. Please consider carefully what grade level you want your child to practice. Once books are ordered, they become your property and are not returnable for a refund. GRASP Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 12, 2024
  • GRASP Math & Reading

    GRASP – MANKATO ACADEMIC SUMMER PROGRAM (SELF PACED, WORK AT HOME) It is time to UNPLUG! This workbook program is done at home and at your own pace. No computer or internet is needed to complete the lessons. Take your book with you on vacation, to the cabin, or work on it inside on a rainy day! GRASP is a correspondence program designed to reinforce math and reading skills learned during the school year just completed! This workbook program is designed for students who have completed any grade from K–8, to keep their skills current over the summer months. Students complete nine lessons in math, reading, or both over the summer. Each lesson takes about one hour to complete. The lessons are mailed in by the parent, scored by the GRASP company located in Grand Rapids Michigan, results recorded and earned awards sent to the children in September. Books will be available for students to pick up (locally) at Lincoln Community Center (110 Fulton Street) Books are ordered after registration closes on June 12. Once the books arrive in Mankato, families will be advised of pick up hours and special instructions for completing the lessons. Please make sure your correct email & mailing address is on file at Community Education, so correspondence can reach you in a timely fashion. Call the Mankato Community Education Office at (507) 387-5501 with questions. To review concepts just completed, register / order the workbook representing grade completed in spring of 2024. To work ahead on new concepts, register for workbooks representing your grade level in the fall of 2024 or beyond. Please consider carefully what grade level you want your child to practice. Once books are ordered, they become your property and are not returnable for a refund. GRASP Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 12, 2024
  • GRASP Reading

    GRASP – MANKATO ACADEMIC SUMMER PROGRAM (SELF PACED, WORK AT HOME) It is time to UNPLUG! This workbook program is done at home and at your own pace. No computer or internet is needed to complete the lessons. Take your book with you on vacation, to the cabin, or work on it inside on a rainy day! GRASP is a correspondence program designed to reinforce math and reading skills learned during the school year just completed! This workbook program is designed for students who have completed any grade from K–8, to keep their skills current over the summer months. Students complete nine lessons in math, reading, or both over the summer. Each lesson takes about one hour to complete. The lessons are mailed in by the parent, scored by the GRASP company located in Grand Rapids Michigan, results recorded and earned awards sent to the children in September. Books will be available for students to pick up (locally) at Lincoln Community Center (110 Fulton Street) Books are ordered after registration closes on June 12. Once the books arrive in Mankato, families will be advised of pick up hours and special instructions for completing the lessons. Please make sure your correct email & mailing address is on file at Community Education, so correspondence can reach you in a timely fashion. Call the Mankato Community Education Office at (507) 387-5501 with questions. To review concepts just completed, register / order the workbook representing grade completed in spring of 2024. To work ahead on new concepts, register for workbooks representing your grade level in the fall of 2024 or beyond. Please consider carefully what grade level you want your child to practice. Once books are ordered, they become your property and are not returnable for a refund. GRASP Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 12, 2024
  • Hand Building Ceramics

    Make a variety of objects from a lump of clay into something that you can utilize or give as a gift! Each class meets twice, once to shape the clay, once to glaze. You will be notified when your finished piece comes out of the kiln!
  • Home Alone Safety (Parent & Child Class)

    HOME ALONE SAFETY Melanie Schmidt (Instructor) Grades 2-6 & parent (or adult guardian) 1 Session Staying home alone for the first time is an opportunity eagerly anticipated by most kids; but with opportunity comes responsibility. This course covers a variety of common scenarios and topics specific to youth preparing to stay home alone or stay home with younger siblings. Topics include, but are not limited to: sibling conflict, stranger danger, healthy choices, problem solving, and identifying emergencies. Each child is encouraged to attend with 1 adult.
  • Home Alone Safety (Parent + Child class) - Summer Edition

    Summer is coming and it may be time for your child to show increased independence by staying home alone. The new season brings both opportunity and challenge for families navigating sudden severe weather, neighborhood safety, screen time, and keeping your home safe and secure. Join Melanie Schmidt for a special edition of Home Alone Safety where we focus on summer fun and how kids can be safe while experiencing the outdoors, neighborhood friends, and even vacation adventures at the lake or cabin. Parents or guardians should attend class with their child for no additional cost.
  • Horse Camp at Pinewood Stables

    Riding instruction, horse care lessons and fun horse-related crafts and activities. Parents must sign Pinewood Stables waiver at check in
  • Intro To Band With Southern Mn School Of Music

    Six weeks of 1 hour lessons Instruments available: Clarinet Flute Saxophone Trumpet Trombone Percussion
  • Intro to Animal Science

    Do you feed your pet the best food? How do you know? What are some ways to restrain my pet if they get hurt? Pets are a major component of most families in our community and across the country. The pet industry is a $72 billion industry in the United States and offers a variety of careers from a veterinarian to a nutritionist, breeder, or care giver. In this course, we will learn some basic hands-on animal restraints, health care procedures (vaccinations, sutures, and nail trimming), and some basics about animal nutrition and diets. Instructor bio: Robin Tidd is one of the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resource teachers at Mankato Area Public Schools. She received her degree in Agriculture Education from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. At Mankato Area Public Schools she teaches courses relating to animal science, plant science, food science and natural resources.
  • Intro to Digital Art!

    Dive into the captivating world of creativity and technology at our Intro to Digital Art summer camp! This immersive three-day program combines hands-on learning with engaging digital tools, offering a dynamic journey into digital art. Students will explore the fundamentals of digital drawing and apply what they learn to an exciting real world application. Through a partnership with No Grit No Pearl, students will be able to get their favorite design printed on a canvas or t-shirt which will get shipped to their house after the camp! Intro to Digital Art is the perfect blend of fun, skill development, and boundless imagination, providing young artists with the tools and confidence to bring their visions to life. No prior experience needed! The address of the person enrolling students will be used to mail the finished T-shirt or Canvas, be sure your address is up to date! This camp is presented by COR Robotics. The mission of COR Robotics is to inspire a passion for robotics in students, with the hope that the student will participate in their local FIRST programs, and further develop a passion for STEM fields/robotics.
  • Intro to Vet Science

    Animals play an important role in many people's lives and it is important that we know how to care for them. This 3 day course will be hands-on to learn skills including how to give injections, suturing, basic wound care, and how to check for vital signs. Whether you are interested in a career with animals or learning more about caring for them, this course is for you! Instructor bio: Robin Tidd is one of the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resource teachers at Mankato Area Public Schools. She received her degree in Agriculture Education from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. At Mankato Area Public Schools she teaches courses relating to animal science, plant science, food science and natural resources.