There are many ways for you to be an activist for the Boundary Waters, and we encourage all of them! Below are some ideas to get you started. Be sure to visit our “How To Do It” page for additional resources.
Give a presentation:
Giving a presentation expressing your experience with and love for the Boundary Waters is a great way to get other youth engaged and excited. Places to start include your class or school, church, youth group or community centers, These are all opportunities to inform people about the issue. You can also check with your local bookstore, outdoors store, yoga studio, etc, to see if they’d be interested in hosting an event where you and others speak. We have a basic slide-deck and “script” to help get you started — check out our “How To Do It” page for those and other resources.
Fundraise on behalf of Kids4BW:
Kids for the Boundary Waters is a project under the umbrella of Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness, a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. We are always fundraising and grant writing to help fund our youth outreach, training, DC fly-ins, etc. Any dollar amount you raise is appreciated and well used. Need ideas to get you started? Check out our “How To Do It” page for ideas and resources
Write letters to your Representative and Senators:
Writing a letter to your members of Congress is a great way to keep them informed about the issues you, as their constituent, care about. They’re the ones making the laws that will decide the fate of the Boundary Waters.
Call the offices of your Representative and Senators:
Calling the offices of your members of Congress is another great way to communicate what you care about. You won’t always get to speak directly to your congressperson, but your message will get passed on to them. It can be a bit scary the first time, but gets easier with a script and with practice!
Organize a letter writing or call in campaign:
Get a group of your friends to write letters and make calls along with you. The more people who bring an issue to the attention of a member of congress the better!
Organize and attend a meeting with members of Congress:
An in-person meeting with members of Congress or their offices has a powerful effect on them. Take a group of Boundary Waters friends with you and share your perspectives!
Attend one of our June DC fly-ins:
Each June we take a large group of passionate kids from around the world to Washington, D.C. for in person advocacy training and lobbying days on Capitol Hill. Click here to learn more to learn more about our DC fly-ins.
Take a trip to the wilderness with someone who has never been:
The Boundary Waters wilderness is a powerful experience that cannot be explained – it has to be lived. Showing someone what we are working to save is the best way to convince them to help.