2019 YES! Winter Workshops
  • YES! teams can attend more than 1 workshop                               
  • Teams can use their District Expense allowance of $500 for substitute teacher fees and transportation                                      
  • Bring your own "waste-less" lunch, or make other arrangements with your YES! Coordinator
  • Most workshops will take place from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M.
  • Please review options below and complete no later than January 18, 2019. 
Special Note: “Say YES! to Healthy Soils = Healthy Lives” event at Gustavus Adolphus College will have additional funding for substitute teacher and transportation costs beyond the $500 available through YES! District Expenses! 
West Central region

February 20th at St. John's University: Water is Life
Join Wayne Cymbaluk from the Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District, Phil Votruba from the MN Pollution Control Agency, and Amanda Guertin from the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District to learn about water quality, watersheds, ground water, and wetlands.

February 26th at St. John's University: Spare a Watt, Save A lot

Join Tom McDougal (retired engineer) and M from Climate Generation to learn about energy efficiency, LED bulbs, reducing use, renewable energy, and how energy relates to climate change. We will also be taking a tour of Blattner Energy's LEED Certified corporate building.

March 5 in Spicer: Plant Your Roots
Come learn about native prairie plants, the environmental benefits they have and how they relate to oil conservation and water quality. After listening to a few presentations from Rick Reimer from the Soil and Water Conservation District and Beth Markhart from Prairie Restorations, Inc., you will be able to brainstorm and project plan with the experts. We will also be making seed bombs!
Southern region

January 23 at Ney Nature Center: Local Foods
Come learn about the importance of local foods, how to build a greenhouse from reusable materials, and how to grow foods in your own garden and greenhouse. Tour Minnesota New Country School's greenhouses.

February 13 at Ney Nature Center: Water Quality and Prairie Restoration
Join the experts from the Sibley and Le Sueur Soil and Water Conservation District for an afternoon learning about why water matters, pollution in MN, how the MN River is changing, invasive species, prairie restoration and soil health.

February 27 at the Sleepy Eye Community Center: Energy Efficiency
Join us to learn about energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy conservation, and LED lighting from CERTs. We will also take a tour of the Sleepy Eye Public Utilities power plant and solar array.  

March 20 at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter: Say "YES!" to Healthy Soil =  Healthy Lives

Nobel Speaker David Montgomery will share his insights on soil health and its importance to Minnesota and the planet and what we can do about it. The day will include hands-on activities with Gustavus students, tours of their greenhouse or compost operations, and conversations about how our actions can improve climate change. Climate Generation experts will provide hands-on expertise and relevancy to how healthy soil is key to creating solutions to reduce climate change. 

Northwest region

February 15 and March 8 at Parkers Prairie High School: Go Native & Help Water Quality. 11:45 to 12:30 with guest speaker Lewis Struthers, beekeeper and master gardener. Learn about the importance of native prairie gardens, select plants and plan a pollinator garden at your school.

March 5 at the Northland Arboretum
: Build a Rain Garden & Its Impacts on Climate Change
Learn the importance of water quality and how it can help reduce climate change. Students will work on designing a rain garden with arboretum staff and get ready to plant the garden in the spring on their school site. Hands-on activities will include designing the site and starting seed planters. 

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* 1. What school are you from?

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* 2. Indicate all workshops that your team would like to attend

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* 3. How many students do you plan on having attend?

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* 4. How do you plan to travel to the event?