Education Village

The Education Village is located a couple blocks East of Main Campus.

The Education Village features the College of Education, a variety of state-of-the-art classrooms as well as resource centers, our on-campus rock-climbing center and a comfy study lounge.

What’s In This Area?

Dr. Donna J. Helble Hall

This space is used for:

  • Experience with educating children
  • Working with technology

Wabasha Recreation Center

This space is used for:

  • Rock climbing
  • Renting recreational equipment

Dean of the College of Education

This space is used for:

  • Dean of Education
  • Education professors’ offices

Academic Departments

Helble Hall is home to the department of Early Childhood & Elementary Education.

Wabasha Recreation Center is home to the department of Physical Education & Sport Science (PESS).

Dr. Donna J. Helble Hall

Dr. Donna J. Helble Hall is located at the far eastern edge of the Education Village and includes state-of-the-art classrooms, the WSU Children’s Center, and study spaces.

State-of-the-Art Classrooms

Helble Hall has multiple high-tech learning spaces. These spaces are equipped with laptop charging stations, SmartBoards, and moveable desks and whiteboards.

There are also 55 monitors throughout the Education Village that any student can connect to.

All this technology allows students to interact with their classmates and professors. And improve their ability to use the newest tools in their own classrooms.


The atrium is a spacious study area for students to get work done and wait between classes.

There’s also a large projector above, so it’s a perfect location for guest speakers, fundraisers, and other events.

The Bridge

The Bridge is a study lounge located on the second floor above the atrium. Here, you get the best view of the outdoor green space and bluffs.

The design of the floor includes quotes from educators and innovators, which are what the Education Village stands for.

WSU Children’s Center

The Children’s Center provides education and care programs for children aged six weeks through fourth grade.

This center serves about 200 children in the Winona area, including those of Winona State students, employees, and community members.

The Children’s Center allows our college students seeking education licensure to work with children through practical learning and mentoring.

There are two observation rooms in the center, which are fitted with shades that can be drawn for privacy when needed.

And to always ensure the safety of the children, each entry point of the building is secured with key-code access.

Wabasha Recreation Center

The Wabasha Recreation Center is located in the middle of the Education Village. This center includes the rock-climbing facility and Outdoor Education & Recreation Center.

Climbing Center

Wanna hang? We’ve got the largest university climbing wall in the Midwest.

With nearly 6,000 square feet of climbing surface and two bouldering walls, any thrill seeker is bound to get a fun workout in whenever they want.

It’s free for WSU students to use and available to the public at $10 for a daily pass!

Outdoor Education & Recreation Center

For all you nature junkies, you’ll need the right equipment and guides when exploring nature is on your mind.

The Outdoor Education & Recreation Center rents everything. From paddleboards, rock climbing gear and snowshoes, to camping tents, stoves and more—all at affordable prices.

You can also enjoy the outdoors in the comfort of certified Wilderness Leaders. Whether you’re itching for a day adventure or a week-long excursion, take advantage of planned trips guided by OERC staff.

Sugar Loaf rock climbing, kayaking and canoeing, wintertime ice climbing, oh my! There’s a variety of free programs to get you out on land and water no matter the time of year.

Dean of the College of Education

The Dean of the College of Education and other administrative offices are located at the far western edge of the Education Village.

There’s also has an Education museum, two classrooms, and an auditorium within this building. It also houses a large ITV conference room and a testing center.

Did You Know?

This building was once the elementary school for Winona Area Catholic schools for 80 years.