Environmental Stewardship Institute

Environmental Stewardship Institute
The river as teacher: A preview of our paddling-centered summer youth program
We're intentionally developing our ESI summer programming to better help youth know, feel and care for the Mississippi River. Here's how we hope to facilitate deeper connections. Read more
Three young people paddle a canoe on the river
Thank you to our 2023 volunteers and youth participants!
We're celebrating the accomplishments of our 1,889 volunteers and 1,081 youth participants this year! See some of our favorite photos and highlights. Read more
Volunteer and youth clean up, water plants and save seeds
Reflections on the recent youth & climate change ruling
A landmark decision for the first constitutional climate trial in the U.S. is about more than climate change. It's about considering the full impact of our actions today, and the power youth have to fight climate change in the courts — and win. Read more
Two young people hold a sign in the river gorge that reads "Protect our future"
ESI guest post: Environmental Racism in the Twin Cities: Pathways to Justice
ESI assistant Riya created an interactive website to showcase youth voices and other perspectives on the past, present and future of environmental injustice in the Twin Cities. Read more
Riya Stebleton by a garden
Thank you, summer 2023 interns!
Our summer interns supported FMR's conservation and education work, from bird, plant and monarch surveys to summer youth program facilitation. Here are their reflections and highlights. Read more
Annika in prairie, Ivy working on art, Riya by flowers, Brandon ice fishing, Holly in autumn woods
ESI guest post: Invasive zebra mussels
ESI fellows Alaia, Camille and Amani looked into invasive zebra mussels and control methods. Read more
Alaia, Camille and Amani
ESI guest post: Water pollution teach-in and cleanup
ESI fellows Kaia Frazier, Alecia Jendro and Seri Sanches took action on water pollution by hosting a cleanup and creating educational materials. Read more
Kaia Frazier, Alecia Jendro and Seri Sanches

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Vermillion River Linear Park, Hastings
Thursday, May 23, 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Riverside Park, St. Paul Park
Saturday, May 25, 2024 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Mississippi River Gorge Sand Flats, Minneapolis