The Minnesota Valley History Learning Center teaches the natural and cultural heritage of the Minnesota River Valley and inspires people of all generations to understand, preserve and learn from our shared history.

Summer Explorer Program

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The Summer Explorer Program is a three week adventure for students in grades 1-6.  Hands-on presentations and unique field experiences creates personalized learning on our three themes: the Minnesota River, Dakota Culture/Pioneer Life and Agriculture.  Read More


Printable 2016 Paper Registration Form

2016 Explorer Program Dates
Redwood Falls May 23 – June 3
Morton June 13 – 30
Winthrop July 11 – 28

Lunch and Learn Series


Designed to educate and entertain people from all walks of life, the Lunch and Learn Series shares the valley’s unique natural and cultural history.  You can become a member of the series or attend just one event.  Click here for the 2016 Series Schedule.

2016 Lunch and Learn Dates
May 7 – Prohibition Tour of Granite Falls
July 9 – Minnesota Cactus
September 10 – Dakota Language Play

Curriculum Training

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Using a hands-on approach, our curriculum training immerses K-12 educators in new, inventive curriculum with the Minnesota Department of Education Science and Social Studies standards at the forefront.  Educators connect firsthand with our curriculum writers to experience and gain knowledge of the lessons presented.  This FREE workshop fills up quickly!  Registration is now open!

2016 Curriculum Dates
July 19 – 20

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2016 MVHLC Curriculum Training Brochure



Determined and Efficient = Mariah

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Besides being great with kids and understanding our Explorers at their level, Mariah is an efficient leader and worker with the MVHLC Explorer Programs.  She has been a huge help in the office so... READ MORE

Charismatic to the Max = Jayson

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 It is difficult to talk with Jayson without having a smile glued to your face.  This young man carries with him charisma and a great sense of humor.  His charm and easy going attitude... READ MORE

“Smiles for Miles” Katelynn

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This young lady struck us immediately with her dazzling smile, sweet personality and uplifting energy.  We think the Gr 1-3 Explorers will pair well with this young lady!   Katelynn Firle, Counselor Hometown:... READ MORE