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Rick

OutdoorMN News - DNR grants to help get children outside early and often

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Apply starting Oct. 23 for funding aimed to increase outdoor experience, education and stewardship

-9-199x300.Lifelong lessons and care for Minnesota’s tremendous outdoor heritage start with quality time outdoors. The Department of Natural Resources is offering a new grant program called “No Child Left Inside” to help more children cast a fishing line, study animal tracks, hike or bike, or simply learn more about nature.

“We’re excited to be putting some funding toward getting kids outdoors. The time is now,” said Jeff Ledermann, DNR’s education and skills team supervisor. “Minnesotans care deeply about the outdoors. Kids in past decades were outdoors early and often, but that’s not a given anymore so these grants are here to boost outdoor programs and initiatives all around the state.”

Public entities and nonprofit organizations serving youth under age 18 are eligible to apply for this first phase of the grant program, which features a simple application and a quick review. In the first phase, $182,000 is available for programs all around Minnesota. The minimum request is $500 and the maximum is $5,000. Future phases of the grant program will have larger grant awards with more extensive application and review processes.

Applications can be submitted starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, and awards will be made on a rolling basis. Matching dollars are encouraged but not required. The application period will close once all the money is awarded. The earliest date to start reimbursable project work is Sunday, Dec. 1, and the reimbursable grant project work must be completed by Monday, June 1, 2020.

“We’re urging folks to be creative in how they approach getting youth outdoors and if in doubt, please apply for these grants,” Ledermann said. “We’re anticipating a strong response from people who work with youth every day—we know they have great ideas.”

The 2019 Minnesota Legislature authorized the No Child Left Inside grant program. Funding can be used for outdoor recreation equipment, transportation and related natural resource education expenses. Factors the DNR will consider in determining awards include whether the project:

  • Contributes to a geographically balanced distribution of awards.
  • Provides students with direct experiences and understanding of nature.
  • Uses research-based, effective environmental, ecological, agricultural or other natural-resource-based educational curriculum.
  • Maximizes the number of participants.
  • Serves children with limited opportunities to outdoor activities.
  • Uses public parks and other natural resource venues and personnel as resources.
  • Commits matching funds or in-kind support.

For more information on the grant program and a link to the application, visit the DNR’s recruit, retain and reactivate page.

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    • TomWehler
      Just for fun think back ten years an how much info was ever given on Vermilion Crappie. : )   Think back Twenty five years when a guy used the slang BIG V....he was marked as a 612'er or Stooge Flatlander.. : )   Now the crappie....Oh well.   Crappie flock will be gone in three years, similar to what happened on ol Red Lake. Always be fish, but not like it has been.   Bunch of us saw it coming ten + years ago. Used to say we didn't fish'm or gave lil hints on what, when or where, but nowadays you can see a pic of boats with four  limits everyday if you hunt around.   GPS spots, chip locations, videos on where, when, how n on what bait,  time n temps... Truly is a world of instant graifcation an video game mentality. I say this as humor as do as you will but you will see in next five years how the lake will chang...some good lots bad. Mini Minnetonka....maybe? : ( Kind of odd to see this happen so fast but it did.   Cabin owners might or will soon be saying "Remember when we had a great crappie fish bite, man those were the days"   Remember fishing without electronics? Internet help.?   Times, they are a changing. If the market fails again, I saved my money so own even more than I do. : )   Drink up n be happy, Live just for today, Drown in cheap Tequila n flush yer self away. : )   Max Power n Fred Bear show what friendship is all about. : )   Steaks done, Heart still Beat;n.   Keep on rocken.    T          
    • JBMasterAngler
      Lakes across the state are going to have much more noticeable traffic this summer. No twins games, kids sports, restaurants, festivals, parades, meat raffles, garage sales, concerts, movies, etc, etc, etc, etc to go to. 
    • JBMasterAngler
      Doesn’t anyone at the resort have any advice?
    • Borch
      Seems too small to be used for a recirculation line to another livewell.  Not 100 % sure what it would be used for though.  My first thought is a pressure vacuum line as I believe lund is still using a valve system for switching live wells fill from the pump. 
    • Bonez
      I tried to search and found a few old posts regarding Superior National Forest (quoted at the end of my post). I usually go grouse hunting in the Superior National Forest every fall, but I've never been up there fishing. I'm planning to head up there in ~1 month with a couple of my friends and their families and we will be bringing canoes. We're hoping to catch some walleye ideally. When I've been up in the fall hunting we usually try to camp by one the many lakes (Wilson, Whitefish, Silver Island, Bone...). The posts at the end are over a decade old already. I'm sure that some of it hasn't changed, but I was wondering if anyone has any good tips for fishing in the SNF? I perused DNR LakeFinder for the lakes in the area we usually go to that have walleyes: Timber, Finger, Sister, Dam Five, Elbow, Frear, Ninemile, T Lake, Windy, Harriet, Wilson, Toohey, Four Mile, Whitefish, Silver Island. Anyone have any general or specific tips for this area? We'd be in canoes, so don't need a lake that has a launch, and maybe that adds benefit getting to a lake that potentially has less pressure.   ------------------------------------------------------------   "There are a number of areas you could get to easily with just about any vehicle. Lake Eighteen, Wilson, Silver Island, August... There are a couple that come to mind down some tougher roads, Seven Beavers and Harris. If you wanted to have a wilderness type experience without the permits and regs you could boat across Ojibway and take the roller portage into Triangle if you have a smaller boat. Birch Lake has a lot of the rustic campsites."   "Dumbbell is another option (I forgot to mention) and if you're interested in going after muskies would be a good option. Pretty cool campsite on a point."   "Wilson has some really nice walleyes, but because it's so clear, the best bite is after dark. Windy has a lot of eaters, plus plenty of northerns and the occasional whitefish. There are several sites scattered around the perimeter. An updated MacKenzie map should show the locations of most campsites on any lake you're looking to fish."   "Elbow, Timber, Frear - I would hit them for sure, close together and good walleye lakes. For bait I would use jig and minnows if your bringing minnows, and leeches on a snell, crawlers on the harness. I know lindy rigs and leeches work also, so bring them. Bone Lake - Great splake lake. Lots of good size fish. I love to fish splake, and I would bring in just these spoons. Kamloopers, in rainbow trout and perch colors, and Kastmasters in silver blue, and perch. These are what I only use for splake. They are the best period. Bring a few as there are good sized fish in there. Put them on a swivel and troll the shorelines and points for them, deadly approach. As for Cross River and Coffee Lake your typical walleye rigs will work as I mentioned above. I would bring some pike lures and try for some pike as well. Cross River has good size pike in there. I would also check with some bait shops or local people who have fished these lakes this year, just in case of a freeze out. We had alot of ice up this way. Lotta beaver ponds I trap froze to the bottom, and Cross Lake is shallow, and so is Coffee, but with the creeks and rivers running into them you should be OK. But I would check with the Beaver House or Bucks Hardware. Hate to hike in and the lake froze out."    
    • Mike89
    • gimruis
      I don't doubt that.  Bass anglers are catching way more walleyes than bass right now too.  The bass fishing has gotten to be difficult.  There's way too much pressure on those fish.
    • Hookmaster
      The warranty is in place. I didn't ask how to fix it or if the dealer would fix it. I was just wondering where the tubing off the nipple goes. I thought I'd ask here before the dealer.
    • Skibo
      On Big Bay we experienced levels of boat traffic like you did - it was more than most any 4th of July weekend.  On Saturday night at 8 pm, we were in the middle of Big Bay and counted 77 boats that we could see from that spot.  After seeing all that boat traffic we figured there would be lots of traffic on the way home, but we left at 4:30 pm and were very pleasantly surprised that there was no traffic to speak of.  Either everyone left early, or they were staying until today.
    • Mike89
      if it's a new 2020 boat where is the warranty on this???  
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