Snowbird University

“It was a wonderful summer for us. We have been wintering in Arizona for seven years, and this was the first year we did not own a home in Winona. The new found freedom was great, thanks in no small part to the wonderful living at East Lake.”
- Jim Abbott,  SnowbirdU participant since 2007

Snowbird University is a great way for retirees to enjoy summer in Winona, whether they are seeking culture, entertainment or just wish to sit back and take in Winona’s breathtaking scenery.

Participants stay in a 2-bedroom or 4 bedroom apartment at the East Lake Apartments, which offer 100 modern furnished units contained within four buildings.

Each apartment is equipped with:

  • Central air
  • Kitchen essentials
  • Washer/Dryer unit
  • Storage closets
  • Furniture in every room

Buildings are locked 24 hours/day to ensure guests’ safety. The East Lake Apartments are located across the street from Lake Winona with its 5.5 mile paved path, softball fields, volleyball and tennis courts, as well as several pavilions for family reunions and picnics.

A portion of Snowbird University fees goes to the Winona State University Learning Club, a collaborative educational partnership between Winona State University and retirement-age citizens in the area. The Learning Club capitalizes on the strengths and characteristics of older learners, offering programs selected, attended, and often led by the membership.

Road Scholar is a non-profit organization committed to being the preeminent provider of high quality, affordable and educational opportunities for adults.

Senior University is a peer-led set of short courses taught by retirees and topic experts to provide intellectual and cultural stimulation and growth.