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We are working hard every day to ensure a variety of lifelong learning opportunities for your engagement, enrichment and inspiration. Also, please know the safety of you, your family and our staff is our primary concern.

Our programming is consistent with state and federal health guidelines. We have developed a wide variety of learning opportunities for all ages in various modes of delivery. Although the attending method may be different, our goal will be the same: to engage, enrich and inspire your lifelong learning! The sky’s the limit. Please refer back frequently for additional new programming!

Financial assistance is available. Please call 651-423-7920 for more information.

young girl swimming

(ages 3-16)

Young Girl Creating Art

Experience a robust variety of academics, arts and athletics for students to explore, discover and achieve. Learn Spanish, ride a horse, create healthy snacks and more!
Online classes and do at home kits
and in-person classes.

Adult Enrichment

couple cooking with online class

Sample activities, refine skills, socialize, find your passion and pursue interests. Cook, craft, get fit, clear the clutter, write, get techie, preserve your family history and more! Online classes and do at home kits and in-person classes.

Aquatic Programs

Mother and Children in Swim Lessons

Learn to swim, get fit in the pool and more! Swimming activities including swim lessons, adult pool fitness and competitive swimming and diving.

Early Childhood Family Education

Dad and baby outdoors

ECFE offers a variety of classes, all designed to help strengthen families through interactive play and relevant, research-based parent education.

Earn a Certification (adults)

Woman Learning Online

Make your resume more attractive and increase your knowledge. Stand out above the rest! Earn a certificate in a variety of business skills.

Adult Basic Education | ABE

Woman learning English online

Learn English, prepare and take the GED exam or earn your High School diploma with distance learning. Our caring, patient teachers will help you reach your educational goals.

Red Cross

Lifeguard with mask

Be prepared! Earn or renew your American Red Cross certification in CPR and First Aid, become certified to be a lifeguard or teach swim lessons. Online classes and in-person classes.

River Valley
Project Explore

Project Explore Participants Playing Bingo

Connect online with your friends with a variety of activities hosted by Project Explore. Adult with disabilities enjoy bingo, crafts, cooking and more!

Register now!

Visit our interative catalog. Browse, point and click to find out more and register. Please add to your email address book to ensure successful delivery of your confirmation.

By phone
Use your American Express, Visa, MasterCard or Discover and call Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
952-431-8777 for aquatic courses, or
651-423-7920 for enrichment courses

By mail, fax or in-person
For aquatic courses
Aquatic Programs Office, FRMS, 12900 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd, Apple Valley, MN 55124, Fax 952-431-8769
For enrichment courses
Community Education, 15180 Canada Ave, Rosemount, MN 55068, Fax 651-423-7930

Drop off
in our secure drop box, 24/7 at 15180 Canada Ave, Rosemount

Registration Information
Register early ... so we don’t have to cancel classes due to low enrollment!
If we do, full refunds will be made.


  • Adults age 55 and older, may take a 10% discount on some classes. Exceptions include cooking, crafts and arts, parenting/CEUs, tours, home, yard and garden, or otherwise noted. Call 651-423-7920 to register and obtain a discount.
  • UCare Minnesota members may take a $15 discount on some classes. Call 651-423-7920 to obtain discount.
  • Financial assistance is available for District 196 residents. Apply for assistance by calling 952-431-8777 for aquatic programs or 651-423-7920 for enrichment classes.

Financial assistance is available. Find out more or call 651-423-7920.

Registration Policies
Enrichment and After School Classes

  • Full refunds will be made if your class/tour is canceled by us due to low enrollment.
  • Cancellation requests received at least five working days before class start date qualify for a refund, less a $10 processing fee per class and any costs incurred (supplies, food, tickets).
  • Requests received less than five working days before class start date will receive credit voucher only, less a $10 processing fee per class and any costs incurred (supplies, food, tickets).
  • If a class is canceled due to COVID-19 before mid-point of class, you will receive a prorated credit voucher. No refunds or credits will be issued after mid-point of class.
  • Refunds and credit vouchers are not issued after class has begun.

Aquatic Programs and Swim Lessons

  • Cancellations at least five working days before first class will receive a credit voucher, less $10 processing fee. The credit may be used for any family member.
  • Cancellations fewer than five working days before start and up to mid-point will receive a credit voucher for half the class cost, less a $10 processing fee. No refunds or credits will be issued after mid-point of class.
  • Refunds for Red Cross courses will be subject to a processing fee; $25 for WSI, LGI, Lifeguarding, $10 for all others.

Inclement Weather/Other Emergencies
If District 196 schools are closed for the day, all daytime and after-school Community Education activities are canceled. A decision about Community Education evening activities will be made by 3:00 p.m. We will attempt to reschedule the class. If rescheduling is not possible, a credit voucher will be issued. For information, visit or District 196 Community Ed on Facebook.

Photograph & Videotape Permission
Enrollment in District 196 Community Education classes or activities constitutes permission for District 196 to take and use photographs, video and other likenesses of you and your enrolled minor child in District 196’s promotional materials and publications. If you do not wish for the image and likeness of you or your minor child to be used in this manner, contact the communications department at or call 651-423-7701.

Donation for Learning
Give the gift of learning! Funding for scholarships is limited, but you can help others by donating dollars that will allow others to take part in a fabulous learning experience. Visit, in the search bar, enter keyword donate and select Donation to Learning.

Here's what you can expect prior to your in-person class. Watch the District's safety video and learn more about the COVID-19 operational plan for students, families and guests. If you don't feel ready for an in-person class check out our increased online and at-home kits available!

Arrival and Check In

Indoor Classes and Activities

  • Instructors and students will wear face coverings at all times. Swim participants will not be required to wear a face covering while in the pool area. Student athletes in an organized sport are also exempt when the level of exertion makes it difficult to wear a face covering.
  • Activities held in classrooms will be limited to 15 people. Activities in the gymnasiums and pool areas will be limited to 25 people.
  • Social distancing will be practiced.
  • Tables/desks/equipment will be set up to achieve proper social distancing and face the same direction.
  • Classes are scheduled to be spread out in buildings to social distance participants.
  • Students will have their own set of supplies to use for each class. If the supplies remain onsite, they will be disinfected before and after each use.
  • Instructors will manage social distancing throughout the class. If you reside at the same address, you can be positioned closer than 6 feet.
  • Students will wash or sanitize hands before entering class each day, after restroom breaks, before snack breaks and before dismissal, at a minimum.
  • Only one adult is allowed in with preschool students (under age 5). For classes with students ages 5+, students should be checked in at the entrance.  Adults will not be allowed to stay during class. Students will be returned to the entrance door following class.
  • If a student becomes ill during class time, they will be moved to an isolated area and parent/guardian will be contacted for immediate pickup. 

Outdoor Classes and Activities

  • Instructors will wear face coverings at all times.
  • Students are encouraged to wear a face covering when social distancing cannot be achieved.
  • All classes and activities will have no more than 25 people in a designated space.
  • Social distancing will be practiced. 
  • Equipment and materials will be arranged prior to the start of class to ensure social distancing.
  • Students will bring their own set of supplies/equipment to use for each class (ball, racquet, etc). 
  • Instructors will manage social distancing throughout the class.
  • Students will wash or sanitize hands before class each day, after restroom breaks, before snack breaks and before dismissal, at a minimum.
  • If a student becomes ill during class time, they will be moved to an isolated area and parent/guardian will be contacted for immediate pickup. 

View the Pool Safety and Preparedness Plan

Visit our COVID-19 and Community Ed page for frequently asked questions.

CE Director K Brown with mask