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Recycling: Easier Than Ever.

More and more of your waste is able to be recycled.  We took the time during our Back to Basics event to talk with Brita Sailer, the Cass County Recycling Education Coordinator. She explains the efforts being made in the region to increase the capacity for recycling. It's not just aluminum cans anymore!

According to the EPA, about 75% of what is found in the average garbage can is recyclable. That is way too much. We need to find ways to reduce how much we throw away, reuse what we do have, and recycle the rest. Simple, right? We've put together a list of places you can recycle and what they will accept.

Eco Camp Dates: Register Early
Out of the winter and into the summer, it's the annual change that inevitably, always happens. Signs that indicate the long, warm season is underway can be seen in baseball games, beach goers, and of course our very own Eco-Camps.

Barb and Michelle are busy planning the daily activities. They plan on having a fresh new curriculum on tap which will follow along our core values in environmental stewardship.
Something we are offering new this year will be a choice between morning or afternoon camps for your Pre-K (4 & 5 year old). This is being offered because last year's Pre-K camp filled up early and several campers had to be turned away. With camps being offered throughout the summer, you will be able to find one that fits your needs.

Grades 1-2: June 17-21
Grades 3-4: July 15-19
Pre-K (Ages 4&5): July 29-August 2 (Choose between morning or afternoon sessions)
Grades 5-6: August 19-23

Camps fill up early, so make sure to get your registration to us early. Registration materials and more information can be found here.

Maple Syrup Season is in Full Drip

Last year we had an unseasonably warm spring. This was a problem for those that had to choose between flip flops and sneakers, but it was also a problem for the maple syrup farmers. 

The warm weather just didn't allow for the sweet tree sap to flow as readily as it has in past seasons. However, this year is making up for lost production. The cycles of warm afternoons and below freezing nights is perfect for maple syrup tappers.

So, in honor of the return of fresh maple syrup, here are several ideas for you to use.
  1. Saute some bananas in a little butter. Drizzle them with maple syrup and a little cinnamon. Add some nuts for crunch.
  2. Drizzle your maple syrup over bacon and bake it in the oven. 
  3. Mix your maple syrup into cottage cheese or yogurt with fruit for breakfast.
  4. Use your maple syrup as a glaze for your chicken breasts. (It works well with Dijon mustard.) 
  5. Drop a spoonful into your coffee for a natural sweetener. 
There are thousands of ways to use your maple syrup. You can even use them on your pancakes and waffles. And if you wanted to drop a little into your bourbon, we won't tell anyone. 


Resilient Living Online Store

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Help Wanted

Americorp VISTA Applications Wanted
We're looking for someone to help design and initiate a "Food-Youth-Biz" program.
More information can be found here.

Earth Day is April 22
Plant a Tree!


Healthy Green Communities Partnership

Dam Park Fundraiser

Beer, Wine, Spirits Tasting
May 18, 4-6pm
Bites Grill
Hwy 371, just south of Pine River
Tickets $15 Advance
$20 At the Door
Information Flyer


Natural Beauty & Beyond Class
Thursday, April 25, 2013
6:00-7:30pm Cost: $10
HUG Campus
Hwy 2, West of Pine River
Ages 15 and up
Call Community Ed. to register at
Space limited so call early to reserve your spot.


Bike to Work Week

May 12-17
Grab your bike and ride to work every day!

Mountain Bike Park Workshop

Thursday, May 16
MN Pollution Control Agency
7678 College Rd, Suite 105 Baxter


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