Benton County Conservation would like to share this event with the public.

A program sponsored by Fontana Park, Hazleton, Buchanan County

August 3 - 10 2019

Ages 14-18

Cost $590/person – Deposit of $100 due with registration (Register at www.buchanancountyparks.com and click events)

Participants will explore the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness – the most vast wilderness in the lower 48 states and home to loon, moose, wolves, and black bear- in northeast Minnesota. If you have a bit of canoeing experience and the strength and spirit to explore, this trip may be for you! . You will paddle across wilderness lakes, portage canoes and packs, fish for fun and food, read maps and use a compasses, live in tents without leaving a trace, cook meals in wilderness areas, and learn about the ecology of this magnificent area. Tents, backpacks, canoes, cooking gear, food, and transportation from Fontana Interpretive Nature Center are all provided. (Maximum of 6 youth to attend)

Youth interested in this trip are asked to submit, along with the online registration, a 2-3 paragraph explanation of “why they are interested, what they think they might gain, and what they think "wilderness" means” to Sondra Cabell at scabell@co.buchanan.ia.us. Participant selection will be made by May 1, and deposits for those not selected among the 6 participants will be reimbursed in full.

Stipends and scholarships are available to help offset costs.

Chris Holt Scholarship – Iowa Conservation Education Coalition www.iowaee.org click scholarshipsIowa Assoc of Naturalists – www.iowanaturalists.org under Programs tab ($100 amounts while available)· Friends of Fontana Park – 2 @ $250 - Available to who those who participated in our Upper Iowa Canoe TripsBenton County Conservation Foundation 2 @ $250 availableJoe Olson Scholarship - 1 @ $250

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