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Students learn how to make a wood garden bed
Crew students learn how to make a raised bed for a campus garden

Entering the 3rd year of our youth program, Conservation Crew, we've had some great results! Read about our program evaluation results from last school year and what we're looking forward to this school year.

Prairie landscape
Avery Hildebrand

We're celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day by highlighting a 2023 law that returns the Upper Sioux Agency State Park, a culturally significant site in Southwest Minnesota, to the Upper Sioux Community. Read more about the bill and the history behind this decision.

Staff at Farmfest
Greetings from Farmfest! Keely, BreAnna, Paul, Liz, and Marcus were among the staff hosting our first booth at Farmfest.
Keely Cervantes

Each August, farm families and agriculture leaders descend on 50 acres of farmland in Southeastern Minnesota’s Redwood County for Farmfest. Conservation Minnesota hosted our very first booth at Farmfest this year, where we engaged with attendees about climate-smart agriculture funding that was significantly increased in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

Clearing storm drain
Our Bemidji storm drain cleanup and stenciling event

Our first term with Community Stewards based in Moorhead, Bemidji, and Winona ends this month. Over their 7-month term, Stewards reached over 800 people and hosted over 30 events. Our Stewards led educational and service projects, working with local citizens to help mitigate the impacts of climate change and improve conservation.

group of students
Conservation Minnesota's Max the Moose (left) made an appearance at the 2023 Conservation Celebration, shown here with one of the Crews.

Conservation Crew students from across the state gathered at Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove on May 6th for the annual Conservation Celebration to recognize their accomplishments and share their projects from the 2022–2023 year with peers. Four schools were awarded for their work based on their creativity, impact, resourcefulness, execution, and presentation.

people watching presentation
John Anderson presents at the 2023 conference
John Anderson

Conservation Minnesota convenes a conference of environment commission members from across Minnesota each year. Environment commissioners from 15 cities came together in Minnetonka on May 20th to make connections, discuss challenges, and share ideas on how to act on conservation at the local level.

Greens growing in a farm greenhouse
Microgreens growing in a high tunnel greenhouse
Keely Cervantes

The Hmong community has a rich agricultural heritage. Without their contributions, local markets would see less small-scale sustainable farming, affordable fresh produce, and culturally relevant foods. Despite this, many Hmong farmers and other farmers of color face disadvantages and struggle to find their footing among an agricultural system built for generations around White farmers.

Teacher works with students on carpentry project
Crew members learn to build raised beds for their on-campus pollinator garden

Students from our youth program, Conservation Crew, are organizing for change through garbage cleanups, compost fundraisers, pollinator gardens, and much more. This year for Earth Day, we are highlighting the inspiring work of some local students.

Middle school students gardening
Conservation Crew members choose projects that help their school or community

News from the Crew is the newsletter for our youth program, Conservation Crew. Learn what the Crews are up to, in the spring of the program's second year.

Visitors walk along the edge of Lake Superior
Visitors flock to Artists Point in Grand Marais on Lake Superior
Avery Hildebrand

This legislative session, Minnesota has an opportunity to establish an office of outdoor recreation, which would inspire interest in the environment and bolster our sizeable outdoor recreation economy. Eighteen other states have already established outdoor recreation offices. Here's why we should join them.