Happy Dancing Turtle in Pine River to host camping trips to teach girls to love the outdoors

Two trips are planned for girls in grades two through eight.

Photo illustration /

PINE RIVER — Happy Dancing Turtle is offering two overnight camping experiences for girls in second through eighth grades.

Through the trips, or “Turtle Treks,” girls will have the opportunity to experience the ins and outs of camping while building friendships and enjoying time outdoors.

Girls taking part in Turtle Treks will learn vital camping skills, like how to set up a tent, how to start and cook over a fire, and Leave No Trace responsibilities.

“We learn about Minnesota’s land, water, plants, animals and the night sky while exploring state parks and other beautiful sites in our great state,” Program Coordinator Michelle Hoefs said in a news release.

The Turtle Trek for girls entering fifth through eighth grades in fall 2022 is July 12-14 at Itasca State Park.


The trip for girls entering second through fourth grades in fall 2022 will be Aug. 17-18 at Sand Lake property in Pine River.

For more information and fees, visit or contact Michelle Hoefs at 218-587-2303 or

Happy Dancing Turtle is a nonprofit dedicated to growing good stewards of the planet by providing education, programs and experiences for youth and adults that inspire wonder and empower change.

Our newsroom occasionally reports stories under a byline of "Pineandlakes Echo Journal." Often, the "Pineandlakes Echo Journal" byline is used when rewriting basic news briefs that originate from official sources, such as a city press release about a road closure, and which require little or no reporting. At times, this byline is used when a news story includes numerous authors or when the story is formed by aggregating previously reported news from various sources. If outside sources are used, it is noted within the story.

Send us your news or story ideas by emailing or calling 218-855-5877. Be sure to leave a message!
What To Read Next
Get Local


Must Reads