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Free Aprons and Magnets Available for Reuse  In the name of reuse, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) offers two items -- aprons and magnets -- to an individual or group that can give them a new life and put them to use. The MPCA has 130 dark green, heavy duty aprons that have printing on the front but can be reversed and used plain or screen printed. The MPCA also has approximately 500 magnets, 3.5" x 3.5", that break apart into four puzzle pieces. The picture has a CO2/climate change theme.  More info

Free Program for Schools to Reduce Waste and Cost in their Lunchrooms  Jeffers Foundation and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency are promoting a FREE program to help you reduce waste in school lunchrooms. The Waste Reduction Awareness Program (WRAP) has an easy-to-use web-based guide that can help schools identify sensible opportunities to reduce waste and save money. The program includes a 30-question self-assessment, case studies of schools that have successfully implemented the WRAP, and resources for improving your program.  More info

Registration is Open for Minnesota Naturalists' Association (MNA) Annual Conference: Plugged into Nature  Register now for the annual MNA Conference which will be November 21-23 at the Audubon Center of the Northwoods. Check out the new website where you can register online and view the full conference guide. This year's theme: "Plugging into Nature" explores the various ways we can use technology, new and old to connect people to nature.  More info

Wildlife Nation Website Offers Ideas and Tips to Connect Kids with Wildlife  Wildlife Nation is an online program from the National Wildlife Federation devoted to connecting kids of all ages with wildlife and nature. This on-the-ground community of adults teams up with kids to go outside and do activities like creating habitat, planting trees, or other team inspired activities. The site has ideas for Things to do; Places to go; Developing Happier, Healthier, Smarter Kids; learning about Wildlife; and more. You can sign up to be on a team or just find resources on their website.  More info

How to Keep Young Hikers Happy: Nature Games and Other Strategies for More Fun on the Trail  This article by Heather Stephenson for the Children & Nature Network provides strategies to keep kids interested when out on the trail. Leading kids through the woods requires more than a map and compass. You also need enthusiasm and creativity to keep things fun for young hikers, whether they're preschoolers who tire easily or older children who claim they're bored.  More info

Waste reduction and recycling resources for schools  The Recycling Association of Minnesota offers several free resources to help schools recycle and reduce waste. 1. Customizable signs for recycling, trash, and organics, 2. Grants for recycling bins, 3. Web resources to help you find recycling options for unique school items such as old books and crayons. 4. Ask the Expert. Contact RAM for any recycling, composting, and waste related questions.  More info

Recycling Bin Grants and Innovation Grants available to Ramsey County schools  Ramsey County is offering two grant programs -- school recycling bin grants and innovation grants -- to help schools and non profits increase recycling and reduce waste. The School Recycling Bin Grants provide public K-12 schools with recycling bins. The Innovation Grants fund programs that increase waste reduction and residential recycling efforts, initiate residential composting programs, and address other waste issues. Applications accepted through the end of 2014.  More info

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