I was born and raised just west of Prairie Woods ELC on a rural acreage. My family helped me cultivate an interest in environmental endeavors through our livestock operations and many acres of CRP (Conservation Reserve Program). I returned to the area after completing a BA in Biology from the University of Minnesota Morris and built a home with my wife and two children on land adjacent to my
Every year, a new group of 8th grade students is invited to participate in the NL-S middle school YES! Team. This year, our team decided that the theme of our projects would be the community. We are the NL-S Middle School YES! Team. Earlier this year our YES! team brainstormed clever ideas on how to bring awareness to community ecological problems. One project we wanted to tackle is an
by Shelli-Kae Foster My 10 years with YES! has been filled with wonderful people who all share a similar passion – the environment. But what makes YES! unique is the youth that put that passion into action. I have been awestruck with their motivation to make our world a better place and to combat climate change head on. Reflecting back, here are memories that make me smile: YES!
By Jasmine Nieto, West Central YES! Coordinator Thursday, January 13 was a chilly morning for the NL-S Middle School YES! team and their 5th grade comrades as they spread prairie seeds! The high school grounds in New London boast TWO developing prairies, one maintained by FFA and the other started and maintained by the YES! team. The latter was established in the spring of 2019 by the
By Jasmine Nieto The winter season is a time of many festivities and celebrations, when we enjoy giving gifts and spending time with family. What better gift to give than the gift of saving energy and the planet? Keep reading for ideas, and share with your friends and family how simple it is to go green! For more inspiration, visit the YES! Facebook page to follow our 12 Days of Going Green.
By Shelli-Kae Foster On November 24, 2021, 16 YES! Students toured Pope Douglas Solid Waste (PDSW) in Alexandria, MN. They were joined by YES! Coach Marlene Schoeneck and YES! Program Director Shelli-Kae Foster. The tour was led by Nathan Reinbold, PDSW Environmental Coordinator. Nathan kicked off the tour by informing the students that over 200 tons of garbage is hauled to their facility each