Minnesota Master Naturalist graduate, Ricey Wild, authored a brief reflection on her experience in the 13 Moons Minnesota Master Naturalist Class. Having lived most of her life in urban settings, Wild called the class her "'Urban Indian: Survivor' episode." All plant names were taught in both Ojibwe and English by staff from the Fond Du Lac Reservation. According to Wild, "actually saying the Ojibwe names gave real significance to my experiences." Wild also learned new information about area animals, culture, and geography. She started a capstone, focused on a pond near the reservation museum. in her words, "I haven't had such a good time since I splashed in mud puddles as a kid."
You can read the full article on page 15 in the August 2013 issue of Nahgahchiwanong Dibahjimowinnan, the Fond Du Lac Reservation Newspaper.
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