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New American Development Agency 4-H club enjoys first snow of the season at Buffalo River State Park

By Noelle Harden, Extension educator

On October 6, eleven diverse youth from a newly formed 4-H club participated in hands-on learning at the Minnesota State University Moorhead Science Center at Buffalo River State Park. State naturalist Paula Comeau provided an overview of the wildlife and natural amenities of the prairie landscape and guided a riverside hike during which the group got to enjoy the very first snowflakes of the season. Despite the cold weather, the youth had a great time learning about this wonderful natural recreation area just a few miles from Moorhead.

State naturalist Paula Comeau teaching at Minnesota State University Moorhead Science Center.

This opportunity was part of an emerging partnership between the University of Minnesota Extension, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the New American Development Agency, a nonprofit organization working to bridge cultures and help new Americans overcome language barriers and become integrated in the Moorhead/ Fargo area economically and socially. This partnership is sponsored by a Well Connected Communities grant. Well Connected Communities is a nationwide effort to cultivate wellness led by America's Cooperative Extension System (in partnership with the National 4-H Council), with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

 
Youth and volunteers from the New American Development Agency 4-H club pose with a stuffed bison at the MN State University Moorhead Science Center, along with staff from Extension and the MN Department of Natural Resources.
Youth and volunteers from the New American Development Agency 4-H club pose with a stuffed bison at the Minnesota State University Moorhead Science Center, along with staff from Extension and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Moorhead is one of three communities in which Extension staff from Family Development and Youth Development are working together in innovative ways to advance youth led strategies to create a culture of health through the Well Connected Communities program. The goals of the project are to help Somali youth in Moorhead have greater academic success, feel more connected with the community, and experience more opportunities for outdoor recreation. So far, this work has included two focus groups, a six session summer program, a trip to the Minnesota State Fair, a volunteer experience at the Great Plains Food Bank, and the trip to Buffalo River State Park.

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