By JAY CLARK
AAP contributing writer
MINNEAPOLIS (June 14, 2013) — Around 20 Hmong refugee students took a canoe trip down the Mississippi river on Saturday. The trip began at Brooklyn Park’s River park, and ended at Minneapolis’ Boom island.
Along the way, they saw bald eagles, heron rookeries, and turtles and snakes. They made a stopoff at North Mississippi Regional Park.
Most of the Hmong students came to the United States between 2004 and 2006 from Thailand’s Wat Tam Krabok refugee camp. Many had never set foot in a boat before.
The students had a great time, and many said they hoped to take more canoe trips in the future.
The canoe trip was sponsored by the Pohlad Foundation, and organized by Wilderness Inquiry.