Discover the outdoors with other Queer youth in an all-welcoming environment! Through hands-on activities and art, learn about Dodge’s animal ambassadors, outdoor exploration and wilderness skills.
Pride Outside is an after-school program for 5th-12th grade youth, of any sexual or gender identity, and LGBTQ+ allies. This program is offered every other Tuesday for three months. It will be a safe space—students are encouraged to come as they are. Please come dressed for the weather.
This program is free of charge, thanks to Dodge’s generous donors. Preregistration is required.
January 18 – Week 1: Winter Technology
Winter may seem gray and dreary for many, but there are a lot of incredible things that happen in the winter. Spend some time in the snow and explore different technologies to measure temperatures in the air, under the snow, and in the water under the ice. Come as you are and meet the crew! We’ll start with introductions, including pronouns and a few fun ice breaker games.
February 1 – Week 2: Life and Death in the Cold
Dive right into this week’s topic by learning how winter presents life-and-death struggles for Minnesota wildlife who face cold, snow, ice and limited sunlight. As you hike through Dodge’s wintery habitats, you’ll learn how animals use migration, hibernation, and toleration to deal with winter conditions.
February 15 – Week 3: For the Love of Raptors
Celebrate Valentine’s Day by learning about raptors. Meet a live raptor and participate in hands-on activities to explore the critical role these birds of prey play in the environment. Learn about the mating rituals of different species of raptors.
March 1 – Week 4: Pride of Survival
Practice the skills needed to survive in the wintry wilderness. Learn to build different types of shelters, experiment with fire-building techniques, and learn safe ways to extinguish fires.
March 15 – Week 5: Choose Your Own Adventure
Choose from three different programs for the week before spring break. Your options:
– Hidden Wildlife: In hands-on activities and games, learn about the fascinating skill of camouflage in Minnesota animals.
– Camping and Outdoor Cooking: Explore the pros and cons of different types of camping gear. Experiment with setting up various types of tents and learn some delicious meals to cook over a fire.
– Archery: Learn the proper techniques of loading and firing an arrow. Enjoy the sport of archery with friendly competition and shooting practice.
This program will take place both indoors and outdoors, with CDC and MN Department of Health procedures in place. Face masks are required for all participants and staff while indoors, and any outdoor activities where a physical distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained outside of your immediate family group.