A Youth-Led, Science-Based Environmental Portfolio.
The Green Crew programs, projects, and events have been identified by youth. They are projects that address real environmental issues, are grounded in sound science, and involve hard work! Below are the 2022 projects designed, developed, planned, and implemented by Green Crew youth!
It All Starts with a Personal Commitment to "Leave No Trace"
The Center for Outdoor Ethics has a program called Leave No Trace. The Leave No Trace Program has 7 principles for how each of us can do a better job of being in the outdoors.
Green Crew leadership members are certified Leave No Trace Trainers. We organize training and awareness courses in the community. Our goal is to introduce more people to the Leave No Trace Principles.
As a Green Crew Leadership member, you can be part of a training team. We have training events happening every week all summer!
Restore Nature Trails which work for . . . Nature
People need to be out in nature. Walking, hiking biking and skiing trails are important to our physical, mental and spiritual health. Doing this on established trails is important for our environment.
Too often trails are built but not maintained. Or they are built with human use in mind, ignoring the needs of animals and plants. Green Crew is informed by science to ensure we are building sustainable trails for humans in nature.
As a Green Crew member, you can be part of planning, restoring, and maintaining nature trails that balance plants, animals, and human use of special natural areas.
Become an Advocate for the Bugs and Bees!
Pollinators are essential to life on Earth. Insects and other animal pollinators are vital to the production of healthy crops for food, fibers, edible oils, medicines, and other products.
Populations of native pollinators are in decline, and the loss of benefits derived from them is being felt by all-natural communities. Human activity such as urbanization can lead to habitat fragmentation or destruction. Changes in agricultural practices and the use of broad-spectrum pesticides disrupt or destroy long-established pollinator habitats. Other factors leading to pollinator decline include disease and the spread of invasive plant species.
As a Green Crew Leadership member, you can be part of establishing native pollinator habitat. We will establish new pollinator gardens and do research on the pollinators that visit.
Be Part of a National Science Project Studying Fungis
Did you know that there is the Fungus Kingdom? The fungus kingdom is second only to insects in size? Fungus is essential to the survival of every living thing on earth, but we know almost nothing about them!
The Green Crew's FunGiS survey project is training youth -- just like you -- to become experts in surveying the woods to find, document, and record the presence of fungus.
We will be using state-of-the-art technology to record the temperature, soil and air humidity, sunlight, and visual images of mushrooms and other fungi in the biome surrounding the Green Crew headquarters. All of this data will be reported to a national science project -- of which we are part!
Use the latest technology to monitor the waters along the Minnesota River
Waterways in the Minnesota River Basin support a diverse array of plants and animals. Healthy water contains a balanced amount of nutrients and normal fluctuation in temperature.
Green Crew members partner with Friends of the MN Valley to monitor the water quality in the Minnesota River and associated wetlands.
As a Green Crew member, work with us to collect critical data about the changing water quality in the MN River Valley. We have events every week all summer!
Help us remove invasive species and replace them with natives!
Sometimes invasives escape from ornamental gardens or agriculture fields. But what invasive species have in common is they choke out the critical natives that our native ecosystems need to thrive.
Removing non-native and invasive species is essential to reestablishing the vibrant plant, bird, and mammal life we cherish. But we must do more than remove invasives --we must replace with natives.
As a Green Crew Leadership member, you can be part of a team that identifies and removes invasive species. We have events happening every week all summer!
Plant Native Trees in Neighborhood that Need Them
Planting and growing trees are essential strategies for combating global climate change. Trees collect carbon dioxide from the environment and store it. This is important if we are going to keep the carbon in the air within the thresholds needed to sustain life as we know it.
Some places have trees. Some sites don't have trees. Lack of tree coverage is especially a problem in urban areas. When there are not enough trees, there isn't enough shade, homes get hot, and they use excess energy to keep things livable. For poor communities, this results in unnecessary illnesses and death.
But we can plant trees. Not just any trees -- trees where they are really needed. In the neighborhoods where poverty and race have a negative impact on the cultivation of our urban forests.