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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.

Dad and son enjoy summer by the lake
by
Avery Hildebrand

As we reflect on Juneteenth—an official state holiday as of this year—it’s important to acknowledge the ways that racism has seeped into different parts of our everyday lives. Inequalities and systematic barriers bleed into every system, big and small, of our society. The world of conservation and outdoor recreation is no different. We must do more to intentionally create a welcoming and inclusive outdoor recreation culture in Minnesota.

lake in the foreground mountain in the distance
Eagle Mountain, our state’s loftiest elevation. From this vantage point across Whale Lake, the 2301-foot peak may look modest, but it becomes more impressive the closer you get!
by
Paul Austin

A historic legislative session just wrapped up—legislators passed landmark policies to address our state’s most important conservation issues and provide lasting benefits to every community. Almost all of the policies Conservation Minnesota worked on during this session became law! Read about the highlights.

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
by
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.

Saint Paul Capitol with daffodils blooming in foreground
by
Paul Austin

This legislative session brought some of our largest victories ever, and while there is always more to do, we couldn’t be more excited by what we accomplished together this year. 

Greens growing in a farm greenhouse
Microgreens growing in a high tunnel greenhouse
by
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.

smiling woman holds glass of water
by
Liz Deering

Today, the Governor Walz will sign the bipartisan lead drinking water replacement bill. The bill dedicates $240 million to the inventory and replacement of dangerous lead service lines and creates a goal to replace all lead pipes in the next ten years. It’s a momentous step toward protecting Minnesota kids from toxic lead exposure.

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.