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Community Education Corner: School forest projects complete in Moose Lake

"It’s a beautiful forest, stop by any weekend and enjoy the trails and picnic areas — plus we’ll have it groomed for cross country skiing this winter," writes Vicki Radzak.

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A view of the new amenities added to the school forest in Moose Lake over the summer.
Contributed / Vicki Radzak
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MOOSE LAKE — Two pavilions, a campfire pit with benches and more basalt covered trails in our school forest in one summer. How did we do it?

With a generous donation from Essentia Health-Moose Lake and Jason Youngberg Construction, LLC, that's how! We’re now enjoying our school forest even beyond our wildest dreams.

We were able to build two pavilions for the price due to the generosity of Jason Youngberg donating his labor costs. Our outdoor classroom pads are now covered, and more picnic tables were purchased to accommodate students and community members.

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A fire pit and benches are seen at the school forest in Moose Lake.
Contributed / Vicki Radzak

Honoring our former high school English teacher Sarah Haasis, our Green Team built a campfire pit and we added two cement benches to this new gathering space.

We added hard packed basalt trails to connect the two pads and worked on clearing and smoothing out the trail system and area around our water sources. Our goal is to have a 1-mile long hard packed trail and a boardwalk through the low lying areas — accessible for people of all abilities.

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It’s a beautiful forest, stop by any weekend and enjoy the trails and picnic areas — plus we’ll have it groomed for cross country skiing this winter. A huge thank you to Jason Youngberg Construction and Essentia Health-Moose Lake!

"Community Education Corner," published weekly in the Pine Journal, features news from Community Education programs in Carlton County. Vicki Radzak is the Community Education Director for Moose Lake Community School.

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There are now two pavilions, including the one pictured here, at the school forest in Moose Lake.
Contributed / Vicki Radzak

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Moose Lake Community Education and the school science department are working on a project to improve the school forest, and their efforts recently received a grant from the Blandin Foundation.