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A group of young men from Northwest Passage earned a Wisconsin Lake Stewardship Award for environmental commitment in their efforts to photograph the mysterious underwater world of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The awards are given annually in memory of Lowell Klessing, a Wisconsin scientist who embodied the spirit of Aldo Leopold, believing that key to conservation was a deep emotional connection with nature. Our young men forged a bond with nature that will never be broken among their cohort and will be shared for years to come. Thank you gentlemen, and congratulations!

“It makes me feel like I am in a different world and that I am just untouchable for the time being. I feel relaxed and spiritually with the world and my surroundings. I also feel that there is another power stronger than me and that’s Mother Nature.” Anthony, underwater explorer

The project, New Light Under the Surface, was a part of Northwest Passage’s In a New Light programming together with Northland College and the National Park Service’s Youth Partnership Program. The boys are receiving their award at the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention in Stevens Point today. We are working to secure funding to make this project happen again this summer. You can help us today! Funding opportunities are available online at both our website and our Kickstarter campaign.

Learn more about it the kids and their adventure at or Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine‘s article.

Want to help make sure the project happens again? Consider funding our 2015 project at Kickstarter today!

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