Northside Safety NET

Summer reflections: Gravel Bed Nursery

Northside Safety NET intern Paris Beasley visited Gravel Bed Nursery this summer to learn all about trees, from how they survive in gravel to how they can die by Dutch Elm Disease.

Summer reflections: Celestial Gardens design and implementation

Northside Safety NET intern Evette Eaton helped create a community garden with Celestial Gardens this summer.

Summer reflections: Sustainable landscape training and pollinator survey

Intern Micah Beasley pet bees and pulled weeds this summer with Metro Blooms as part of the Northside Safety NET program.

Summer reflections: Tree trimming

Northside Safety NET intern Lillina Hood learned how to prune trees at a summer workshop at Camden Pond.

Summer reflections: Infrastructure maintenance

Northside Safety NET intern Gregory Wheeler learned about stormwater and green infrastructure during a summer session with the City of Minneapolis.

Summer reflections: Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Northside Safety NET intern Chairish Byas learned to identify animals by footprint and planted flowers at the University of Minnesota's Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve this summer.

Board Voices: The bumpy road to transformation

Board member James Trice shares his experiences and observations of Environmental Initiative's transformation process and progress. The road is never smooth, and James encourages others to join the organization in partnership, fellowship, or sponsorship to travel together.

Youth as experts and emerging leaders

Northside Safety NET interns and Environmental Initiative staff recently celebrated the conclusion of Northside Safety NET’s pilot year. With a focus on "youth as experts" and developing leadership skills, the program offers great potential for growth and replication.

The collaborative journey of boatbuilding

Northside Safety NET interns recently learned the magical hands-on process of boatbuilding. Throughout the spring they worked with Urban Boat Builders to create a durable exploration canoe that they were able to launch at Wirth Lake in Minneapolis.

Spring growth: Northside Safety NET interns learn, plant, and create

The Northside Safety NET intern cohort had a busy month of March. Highlights featured include creating art, potting plants, and visiting a research lab on the Mississippi River.