Students in Action

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Eight RPLS students, Maria Spanier, Vinny Haugen, Tori Slawick, Emily Medcalf, Savannah Kundert, Ethan Tracy, Hannah Mathews, and Tylar Larson along with faculty members Kristi Montandon and Brooke Burk attended the Legislative Action Day with the Greater Minnesota Parks and Trails Commission. As part of this day, they worked with the Commission to discuss important projects and funding needed for parks and trails in our state. Of greatest concern was the support of Legacy Funds for parks and trails in greater Minnesota (those outside the metro and DNR). As part of these efforts, they met with DNR Commissioner Strommen, Representative Ruud, and Senator Ferentz.

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Participants of Camp Maverick got a visit and demonstration from Bobby from Grow with Kare 11 News.

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RPLS 325 Programming in Outdoor Settings Course took a kayak trip down the Blue Earth river with Bent River Outfitters.

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Students in RPLS 475 Public Land Use Policies removed invasive species from Minneopa State Park for a service-learning project.

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Students in the RPLS program assisted this past summer with the first ever Camp Maverick summer program.

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Students in RPLS 479 in collaboration with Minnesota River School, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Department of Natural Resources to provide students from Mankato East High School with an opportunity to go out canoeing on Lake Elysian and Le Sueur River.

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Students in PRLS 475 Public Land Use Policies, with the Conservation Corps and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, followed up to burn the invasive for a bonfire and snowshoe hike with the public.