school of environmental studies


Opened in 1995 as a unique partnership between Independent School District 196, the City of Apple Valley, and the State of Minnesota (Minnesota Zoo) SES is a response to the well-documented need to create smaller, more effective learning communities providing authentic learning experiences.

To this end SES immerses its students in the study of environmental topics and issues working with and often alongside professionals in the field. Students graduate from SES knowing how to learn as well as what to learn and are well prepared for a lifetime of participation and education.