Updates & Stories

Clearing a Path

By Alyssia Bell, IDEC fellow There is so much always around me The bushes are thick with their summer leaves Twigs and branches… Read More

One Rough Day

By Caroline LaBorde, Minnesota Valley Field Crew Member / AmeriCorps Member It always amazes me how a day, an hour can change the trajectory of life. Read More

Why do we cut down trees?

Bella Araiza, Recruitment Capacity Building Specialist Individual Placement / AmeriCorps Member   Eastern Iowa Field Coordinator, Brad Lathrop, cutting black locust. Photo by… Read More

Helping hands for Minnesota floods

by Austin Godwin, Iowa Polk Field Crew Member / AmeriCorps Member   The past two weeks I was able to meet the best people and… Read More

Internship at the MPCA

By Alyssia Bell, IDEC fellow   “It’s a great day at the MPCA” Those words couldn’t be any truer. I am currently interning at the… Read More

How I Connect with Nature

By Ashley Rezachek, Communications Outreach Specialist Individual Placement / AmeriCorps Member placed at MN DNR Scientific and Natural Areas Program.   “One thing I’ve learned in… Read More

Earth Day at Wargo Nature Center

By Madeline Peterson, Anoka Field Crew Leader / AmeriCorps Member When my project host told me about an individual service project opportunity at the… Read More

Talking Story with Mary Metchnek

This Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we reached out to collaborate with and share stories from AAPI members of our outdoors community. We… Read More

The Joys of Spring

By Cyrus Bird-Walker, Brainerd Field Crew Leader / AmeriCorps Member My crew and I spent several weeks working with The Nature Conservancy doing prescribed burns. Read More

Bladder Bags and Canoes?

By Alexis Wyss, Arrowhead Field Crew Member / AmeriCorps Member This spring I was fortunate to be part of one of the crews serving… Read More