Environmental Stewardship Institute

Environmental Stewardship Institute
2020 Youth Empowerment Program final projects

This year, participants in our Youth Empowerment Program tackled issues of environmental justice, microplastics, climate change and more. Enjoy a selection of their final projects.  >>

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Program participants stand in grass
A seagull made of plastic: The threat of plastics in our waters

Audrey, a summer Youth Empowerment Program participant, wanted to make the threat of microplastics in freshwater visible through art. She crafted her seagull sculpture using plastic she found during just half an hour at a Lake Superior beach.  >>

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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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Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Nicollet Island, Minneapolis
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Hidden Falls Regional Park, St. Paul
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Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific & Natural Area, Inver Grove Heights