Today we worked with 13 high school students at Lake Bemidji State Park, in Minnesota. We ran an awareness workshop covering all seven principles of Leave No Trace, while introducing the students to minimum impact recreation skills and techniques. Most of the students are avid paddlers and fishing gurus, who have had lots of experience in the lakes of Minnesota. Although the weather was rainy and a little chilly, it was a productive and fun day inside the visitor center of Lake Bemidji. Our program host John Flypaa the Interpretive Naturalist at the State Park, had done a Trainer Course last fall, and has been excited to get a Leave No Trace Traveling Team to Minnesota to conduct some outreach. The students we worked with are involved in Outdoor groups, and will be using the Leave No Trace skills and Ethics on future school programs and this summer. We want to say thanks to all the park staff and John for having us in Bemidji! We are excited to explore some trails tomorrow and see the Head Waters of the Mississippi River!
Alexis & Topher