On Friday, May 14, Professors Travis Dolence (Library) and Kevin Zepper (English) taught 9th graders from the Detroit Lakes School District. Using a short poetic form, Dolence and Zepper encouraged students to hike briefly through the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge near Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. More than one hundred students wrote up to three short poems on their experiences with nature. This event is part of a larger project the two MSUM professors are part of called “Finding Refuge,” a grant funding by the Minnesota Innovation Committee through the Minnesota State system office.

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