“Everybody cares about water,” says Hong, who is with the East Metro Water Resources Education Program. She has spent the last 12 years teaching communities about water. From invasive species to stormwater runoff to chemical pollution, there are many threats to water quality. One tool that brings people together is the Watershed Game.
The schoolyard garden at Bruce Vento Elementary in St. Paul continues to grow, with Extension and other parts of the University of Minnesota working together. In 2018, seven Extension Master Gardener volunteers from Ramsey County funded and assisted students and staff with an overhaul of eight raised garden beds they had built in 2015, making them more accessible for all types of gardeners.
Residents of Rush City had some land and funds to start a community garden, and plenty of motivation—there is no full-service grocery story within the city limits. They contacted the University of Minnesota Extension office in Chisago County for help starting a community garden.
Mary Kay Ripp, a University of Minnesota Extension volunteer in the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Detector program, is featured in this video produced by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC). It was filmed on Chisago Lake.