Discovery in Duluth for 4-H youth

4-H youth leaders from Buffalo and Pierce counties engaged in discovery in Duluth, Wisconsin July 10-12, 2017. The educational travel experience encouraged youth to be independent, test their resilience and discover new places and foods. A foundation of the middle school travel experience is learning about the culture of Duluth, both past and present. Youth toured the Fairlawn Mansion, which was once a children’s home, and the S.S. Meteor the last whaleship in Lake Superior. The young people were encouraged to consider the impacts of culture and consider what it might have been like to be a part of the orphanage and the ship’s crew a century ago. In another part of the travel experience, 4-H youth leaders developed a deeper appreciation for native life by learning how the staple is cultivated and harvested and trying some local wild rice before traveling through Tribal lands. Youth also heard from historians on a segway tour of the historic downtown and practiced identifying native trees and plants while whitewater rafting down the rapids of the St. Louis river. A highlight of the travel experience was to hear from a local entrepreneur at Lake Superior Art Glass about goal setting and not allowing for failure while he created a marble out of pyrite glass. The experience also included opportunities to visit Enger Tower atop Duluth’s bluff line and view the historic lift bridge in Canal Park in action. Youth that participated from Buffalo County were Hunter Guenther and Alan George. Adults advisers from Buffalo County were Donn Moe and Annie Lisowski. The experience is awarded to 4-H members who submit a resume, complete an interview process. The Buffalo County 4-H Leaders Association sponsors half the cost of each participant’s travel.

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