Frequently-Asked Questions

How do I search through the programs?

Check the categories in the left-hand column that fit your interests – for example, are you interested in programs for educators (including youth workers), or for students or families? The ages represent the ages of the children or youth you teach or care for.

  • Preschool to kindergarten 0 to 5 years
  • Elementary school 5 to 12 years
  • Middle/junior high 12 -14 years
  • High school 14 -18 years

    You can choose the type of program, or the general subject area. You can also enter a word in the box to search the names of programs and their descriptions. This is NOT a full text search of program websites, so try multiple words.

    What are the program types?

  • Visit the U of M includes enrichment activities such as on-campus performances, museums, exhibits, science and labs you can visit with children.
  • Summer Camps for Kids are summer programs you can register for.
  • Classes for Kids are programs that will enrich your child’s education and are offered during the school year.
  • College Preparation and Credit programs are opportunities for students to earn college credit through Post Secondary Education Opportunities, College in the Schools, College Level Education Programs, and online opportunities.
  • Resources to use in Classrooms are designed for educators and include curriculum, films, people/programs that will visit schools, and tutoring or mentors.
  • Professional Development for Educators and Youth Workers include classes and camps designed for teachers and youth workers, many offering graduate or continuing education credit.
  • Information and Advice includes many resources on parenting, health, and other topics, offered via clinics, classes and written materials.

    What does ‘topic of activity’ mean?

    This sorts programs by their subject, such as:

  • Agriculture
  • Arts and Design (info related to music, dance, theater, studio art, architecture, design)
  • World Languages (info related to writing/reading in English or foreign/world languages)
  • Reading and writing
  • Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Math
  • Health, Child Development and Parenting (info related to Heath, child development and parenting)
  • Libraries and Media Resources (U of M Library, other web resources and databases)
  • Social Studies (history, economics, political science, public affairs, sociology, etc.)
  • Sports/athletics (programs run by Gopher Sports or U of M Recreational Sports, or otherwise related to sports)
  • College prep (programs to prepare for college, e.g. test prep)

    What does the program location mean?

    All programs are listed by the location where they are offered, regardless of which university unit offers the program. For example, the Twin Cities College of Biological Sciences offers programs for teachers at Lake Itasca State Park, so those programs are listed under ‘Crookston- Northwest.’

    The program locations divide the state into regions around the University of Minnesota campuses: Duluth and the northeast region, Crookston and the northwest, Morris and west central, Rochester and southeast, and the Twin Cities metro region. The southwest region does not have a University of Minnesota campus, but there are programs in the southwest, for example at the U of M’s Southwest Research and Outreach Center.

    “Online” means programs and information that are available via the internet.

    I found a list of programs I want to save – how do I do that?

    At the bottom of the left-hand column you will find “Bookmark this Search” in red – click on that to save your search.