We had a full and productive summer. Between June and September, we hosted an active Resident Program, Service Learning projects and Apprentices. Vital work by all of these groups helped the Center move closer to our goal of hosting our first leadership retreat pilot in the fall of 2016.

This year, our summer residents were students and recent graduates from Saint John’s University and the College of St. Benedict. Their energetic and tight-knit community contributed to many important construction projects that required mastery of working in the Center’s woodworking shop, building stonewalls ands stairways and framing up of the new washhouse. We welcomed the Conservation Corp of Minnesota, Climate Generation’s Yea! MN youth program, students from Face to Face Academy Charter School and the E-Club at Cambridge Community College. Skills development takes place at the same time as experiences that build self-reliance, problem solving, discipline and respect for the environment.

Thanks to all who came to experience the wilderness and contribute to the success of the center in the summer of 2015.

Photo by John Ratzloff.

One Response to “Working Together – Side by Side”

  1. Mary Hanson

    Hi — I am excited to read about the work to get solar and wind energy power! This will be an important model, especially for those in rural areas.

    Here is the link to the half hour interview I did several months ago with Will about the Wilderness Center. You may want to share this link:

    Best wishes, Mary Hanson (mhanson@pro-ns.net)


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