Environmental Stewardship Institute

Environmental Stewardship Institute
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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Youth Empowerment Program group photo
FMR graduates its first Youth Empowerment Program participants

Through canoe trips, guest speakers, pollinator surveys and more this summer, we worked with high-school aged youth from the metro area to explore career possibilities and build skills in the environmental field. Learn more about our new Youth Empowerment Program and see these leaders' capstone projects (which included monarchs, jars of river water, and even a baby painted turtle).  >>

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One of the program participants removes invasive species on a rainy day at Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Nicollet Island, Minneapolis
New date: Saturday, August 10, 2024 at 5 p.m.
Hidden Falls Regional Park, St. Paul
Wednesday, August 14, 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific & Natural Area, Inver Grove Heights