Stories from the Driftless

Connecting Students to the Outdoors in Goodhue, Minnesota — PRTP21



It’s been a while since I’ve headed up to Minnesota for an episode and this one certainly did not disappoint. Today, I’m featuring two teachers in the Goodhue School District, just north of Rochester by 40 minutes. Goodhue is certainly rural with a total K12 population of just over 720 students. I found this story by happenstance, really.  I wanted to do a story on a school in the driftless of Minnesota that paid special attention to engagement with the outdoors or conservation. Sometimes these stories are hard to find because I’m several counties away, so I jumped on Twitter and begin searching “fishing Minnesota kids” – just those three words. And there I found a tweet From Goodhue teacher Robbie Abner tweeting about the Goodhue Fishing Club, and oh my, did that lead me to a great story.

Come with me to learn how teachers Robbie Ebner and Matt Halverson are connecting kids with land in three different ways, and after you’re done listening, be sure to read the show notes for relevant links.

What is Envirothon?

Envirothon in the Goodhue School District

Area Students Excel at Envirothon Competition.” Goodhue-Bellchester Messenger. 15 Jun 2022.

There is always time to go out fishing’: Goodhue Fishing Club growing love of the sport in students. Post Bulletin. 12 April 2022.

“Outdoor Learning area takes shape in Goodhue.” Repulican Eagle. 6 May 2019.

Robby Ebner on Twitter

Matt Halverson on Twitter

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