Agassiz Environmental Learning Center recently received a donation from Otter Tail Power Company Foundation to support environmental education programs.

    Agassiz ELC Board Chair Wayne Goeken noted, “We’ll use the Otter Tail funds immediately to buy supplies for outdoor programs students will be doing this spring. Kids love our Stream Study activity where we take water samples from the Sand Hill River and the kids sort through the samples to find live bugs. We’ll buy some new supplies for this activity such as kicknets, waders, sorting trays, magnifiers, and water testing kits.”

    Agassiz ELC programs are primarily focused on environmental education for elementary students through outdoor hands-on learning. Studies have shown significant health benefits for youth and adults alike being engaged in outdoor activities. Agassiz ELC provides a community service by maintaining recreation trails throughout the diverse ecosystems found at the Fertile Sand Hills. These trails are well utilized by both education program participants and the public for enjoyment of recreation opportunities including hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, and kayaking on the Sand Hill River water trail.

    Funds will also be used to help defray transportation costs for local schools to get students to the Fertile Sand Hills Nature Center for outdoor programs. Win-E-Mac, Climax, Fosston, Mahnomen, Twin Valley, and Red Lake Falls are some of the local schools that busing support will be offered to.     

    The Agassiz ELC promotes environmental stewardship in all its education programs and recreation offerings as it emphasizes responsible public use of the unique Fertile Sand Hills to further its mission, “to foster a greater understanding of the interrelationships between humans and nature.”