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YO members spend day learning about alternative energy

Youth Outdoors (YO) members and leaders spent Saturday, October 15 learning about sustainable energy use, focused on conservation and alternative energy use at home and in transportation. Corps staff led 36 youth from St. Paul and Minneapolis in activities such as cooking with solar energy, a transportation competition and a discussion on different ways energy can be produced. With a bright sun to fight off the day’s chill, corps members were able to dine on hard boiled eggs, cinnamon rolls and shrimp that they cooked in the solar ovens. Conservation Corps individual placement Sean Wickhem – who works with Rural Renewable Energy Alliance on outreach and education – created the transportation competition and held a discussion on making transportation choices for efficient commuting.