50th Anniversary Mini-Grants Support Wilderness Education Programs
Last fall, four organizations received left-over 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act funds to conduct experiential wilderness youth programs.
During the 2016 season so far, nearly 30 (of 50 total) youth participating in the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness Thomas Flint Canoe Trips have collectively spent nearly 5,000 hours in the Minnesota wilderness. This season, boys and girls have attended from Hiawatha College Prep, a 96% free or reduced lunch middle school, Breakthrough Twin Cities, a summer school assistance program, and the Sioux YMCA, a reservation-based YMCA in South Dakota.
Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute--the federal government's wilderness training and research arms, respectively--and the College of Forestry and Conservation's Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana.