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Youth Experience Natural Highs During Outdoors Programming

Alcona Middle Schoolers learn skills to help them be successful in the outdoors and in life. Middle School youth in Alcona County had the opportunity to learn from experts in various fields at a clinic sponsored by Up North Prevention in August. Participants attended six one-hour sessions where they experienced how to thrive in the woods in various emergency situations. Courses ranged from wilderness first-aid and cooking to shelter and fire building. All participants left with a basic first-aid kit, as well as other emergency supplies and a dry bag to keep it all in. These tools can be carried when exploring the woods while hunting, fishing, mushrooming, cutting firewood or hiking. Research shows that 9 of 10 addictions start in the teenage years, so programs like this help youth discover their passion for the outdoors and help them find their “Natural Highs” instead of using substances like nicotine and alcohol. Partners included MSU Extension, Alcona Schools, Alcona County, and Inspiration Alcona.


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