Environmental Stewardship Institute

Mapping for environmental justice in the Twin Cities

Curran, a Youth Empowerment Program participant, used data and mapping skills to visualize environmental injustice across Minneapolis and St. Paul. >>

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Youth guest column: Why environmental legislation is important and what you should know

Fiona, a summer Youth Empowerment Program participant, wants you to get involved in legislative action for clean water and the environment. Here's her account of the impact of recent environmental legislation, the possibility for critical change this year and in the future, and how you can influence policy.  >>

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Tackling the issue of fishing line for wildlife

We've written a lot about how anglers can help our waters and wildlife by avoiding lead tackle. But another key action is disposing of fishing line responsibly. Jonathan, a Youth Empowerment Program participant this summer and avid fisher, built and installed a PVC fishing line receptacle at Hidden Falls Park. He's also got some tips for dealing with fishing line.  >>

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Pollinators and native plants, illustrated

Zosh, a summer Youth Empowerment Program participant, used her scientific illustration skills to celebrate pollinators and native plants.  >>

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Meet FMR's 2020 Youth Empowerment Program assistants

Summer program assistants Ayva Sloo and Naomi Nickel share how their Minnesotan roots and last year's Youth Empowerment Program have impacted their career aspirations and connection to local environmental issues.  >>

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Ayva and Naomi
The first Youth Empowerment Program's final projects

In 2019, we debuted our Youth Empowerment Program, an 8-week summer program aiming to bridge the gap between passion and accessible experience for metro youth who care about our environment. Together with our education program staff, 11 high school students explored environmental work and created their own independent projects. On their final project presentation day, our office hosted monarch butterflies, jars of Mississippi and Minnesota river water, and even a baby painted turtle nestled in a yogurt container. We were a little blown away and wanted to share a glimpse into their excellent work. >>

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