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Happy Dancing Turtle to host Turtle Treks

Last summer, Happy Dancing Turtle initiated an overnight camping program aimed at getting youth outdoors while exploring Minnesota's natural resources. This summer, the overnight camping program continues with three Turtle Treks.

Last summer, Happy Dancing Turtle initiated an overnight camping program aimed at getting youth outdoors while exploring Minnesota's natural resources. This summer, the overnight camping program continues with three Turtle Treks.

"There is a lot of research regarding the benefits of bringing youth outside," said program specialist Nora Woodworth. "Children who spend time camping have opportunities to develop life skills, have proven to be happier, and have a greater appreciation of nature. I strongly believe that if we want the next generation to be good environmental stewards, then we need to teach them to love nature."

Turtle Treks will take youths to state and local parks to learn basic camping skills (such as how to set up a tent and cook over a fire), enjoy campfires under the night sky, learn about Minnesota's natural resources and participate in a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, such as hiking, canoeing, swimming, geocaching and bike riding. Aactivities for each trip will be different.

Three scheduled treks are:

• Monday-Tuesday, June 19-20, at Lake Bemidji State Park for girls entering grades five through eight.

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• Tuesday-Thursday, July 18-20, at Gooseberry Falls State Park for girls entering grades five through eight.

• Monday-Tuesday, Aug. 28-29, at Forbes Park in Pine River for boys and girls entering grades two through four.

For more information about the trips and the payment plan option, contact Happy Dancing Turtle at 218-587-2303 or info@happydancingturtle.org , or visit www.happydancingturtle.org .

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