YES! Quarterly
Late Summer 2019 

Oh What a Year!
YES! concluded its 12th season, which included 22 teams and 338 students. This school year, YES! students:
  • Volunteered for over 4,100 hours
  • Impacted an additional 9,500 students and 19,518 community members
  • Organized and participated in 76 educational events
  • Completed 43 community events
Thank you to everyone who helped with another great year of YES! 

YES! Teams in Action

YES! teams completed 96 projects across the state this year. Among their amazing accomplishments were:

Sartell-St. Stephen
Created 6 educational lessons on water quality and aquatic invasive species, which were used in classrooms in their school. Assessed learning by their peers after these lessons. Continued their efforts to reduce waste at their school.

New Prague
Collected water quality data from 4 different taps in their school. Based on these results, they designed and built water filters and tested how this changed the water quality. Used hydroponics to grow over 80 pollinator plants and natural insecticide plants, which they sold at their Community Green Day. Amended soil and planted 3 Agriscape Landscapes. Hosted their 2nd annual Community Green Day. Completed a school energy audit. Built over 20 bee hotels. Designed and built vertical gardens.

Parkers Prairie
Designed and planted a native plant school garden. Completed a human impact study on Lake Adley,
including water testing and a biodiversity index of the health of the lake.

Created a Supermileage vehicle, which reached an estimated 100 MPG. Created a solar boat for the solar
boat regatta. Presented both vehicle and boat at various community and school events.

YES! Students Speak

"The best part of YES! is being able to engage with our community and our school to help solve problems."

"Kids do have good ideas. And with YES! we get to act on them. I believe we have a really big impact on our community and it's fun!"

"YES! is truly unique in teaching me and my peers to value our environment and help our community."

 "YES! gives students an opportunity to contribute to the world in a different way. Students can feel empowered when they participate in YES!"

Starry Trek
Recently, YES! staff participated in a state-wide effort, "Starry Trek", headed by the University of Minnesota to survey lakes to help locate an aquatic invasive species called starry stonewart. YES! staff partnered with others in their communities to help survey 19 total bodies of water in Itasca, Douglas, and Kandiyohi Counties. Read on to find out if they discovered any aquatic invasive species during their adventures!

Help YES! Grow

YES! is gearing up for its 13th season! We invite YOU to be part of the solution to today's ecological challenges by becoming a YES! team or letting us know what school might benefit from having a YES! team. Find out more and register here.

Fall Summits on September 30th and October 9th
The 13th annual YES! Fall Summits will be taking place Monday, September 30th at Laurentian Environmental Center and Wednesday, October 9th at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Email us to let us know if you'd like to stop by either event and we will give you more details!  

Building Skills for the Future AND Helping the Earth!
Just $25  helps one student attend a customized workshop to learn from local experts about innovative solutions to today's ecological challenges. Will you help one or more students? Donate Now! 

Did You Know... 

The LCCMR Commissioners and staff are touring projects in West Central Minnesota on September 11th. One of their stops will be at Lac qui Parle State Park and YES! will be presenting about local projects at 2:30.    

In This Issue
12th Season
Teams in Action
YES! Students Speak
Starry Trek
Upcoming Year
Fall Summits
Donate Now
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