2016 Mobile Learning Workshops

Minnesota is filled with vibrant examples of people initiating and sustaining community change. You will be able to explore these stories during one of the Mobile Learning Workshops. These workshops are not about sitting on a bus all day. Instead, you will be out in the community, seeing and hearing about community change from people who are leading the way.

Here is a small slice of what you’ll experience during each workshop:

  • On the Mill City Water Works tour, you will see and learn about the work being done to establish a tourist and local resident destination focused on families, nature, and the history of the Mississippi River’s geological and cultural significance.
  • At the Northside Achievement Zone Workshop, you will learn about the great work being done to prepare children to graduate from high school and enter college.
  • On the Find Your Park tour, you will explore the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and learn about the ways people are working to steward the natural and cultural assets that surround them.
  • On the Creative CityMaking workshop, you will tour an interactive exhibit about Creative CityMaking Minneapolis, an innovation initiative that brings the resources of community artists to complex community challenges.  
  • On the Cedar Riverside Walking Tour, you will learn firsthand about perhaps the most dramatic and successful story of community-controlled redevelopment anywhere.  We are sorry, this workshop is full. To be placed on a waiting list, please contact CDS at
  • On the Ancient Wisdom workshop, you will visit the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community to learn how American Indian tribes use traditional foods, culturally based social services, and environmentally sound practices to promote health, wellness, and community development.
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    Traversing 40 miles and 40,000 years workshop, you will travel through time in the Minnesota  and Mississippi River  Valleys, see the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis today and then out to the rurban outskirts to the living history of the Oliver Kelley Farm. The workshop will cover how these places inform today’s community members about the complexities of modern food production, watershed stewardship, and rural/urban interdependence in ever-shifting and multi-layer community development dynamics.

Each workshop costs an additional $35 and provides lunch.  *Please note:  Mobile Learning Workshop tickets must be purchased and paid for in advance.  Tickets will not be available onsite.