Intern Daniel features FMR in environmental documentary

FMR staff and volunteers work at 2019 Earth Day Clean-up

FMR intern Daniel Schmidt, left, helped with the 2019 Earth Day river gorge cleanup. (PIctured here with FMR outreach assistant Sophie Downey, FMR outreach coordinator Amy Kilgore and FMR volunteer Kelly Neal.)

At FMR, we enjoy working with the next generation of river stewards and advocates. This year we were fortunate to bring on board Daniel Schmidt, a DeLaSalle High School senior, as an intern.

For the past few years, FMR has partnered closely with DeLaSalle, working with their GREEN Team to restore habitat on the northern and eastern sides of Nicollet Island.

Lucky for us, Daniel chose to complete his senior project and internship with FMR. 

“He's reliable, creative, curious and was able to help FMR in a variety of ways,” notes our youth coordinator, Kate Clayton.

Daniel helped translate curriculum from English to Spanish. He contributed feedback and assisted with outreach for FMR’s new summer youth program. And he helped staff the annual Earth Day cleanup at the Minneapolis River Gorge.

Along the way, he captured footage and continued to develop his capstone project: a documentary covering a number of today's environmental issues and what an average person can do to "be the change."

Daniel's documentary

Though the documentary has a wide scope, tackling everything from invasive species to climate change, it shows how working locally can create meaningful change on a global scale.

His finished piece features interviews with some of our staff, including Conservation Director Betsy Daub and Stewardship & Education Program Director Adam Flett.

In addition to FMR, Daniel highlights the University of Minnesota's Dr. Stanton, who researches lichen water retention, and young climate change advocates speaking to their legislator.

View Daniel's 8-minute video:

You can help

As the film points out, FMR would not be as successful without our volunteersRiver Guardian advocates or contributing members. Thank you!