2016: Member - Cameron Axberg

2016 GreenCorps member: Cameron AxbergAbout me. Although my family has twice tried moving outside Minnesota we have always come back. We finally settled in the north suburbs of Minneapolis where I spent my formative years becoming a true Minnesotan. I went to Saint John’s University where I was able to live abroad in Ireland for a semester. This is where I realized that I wanted to work in something related to the environment. I graduated with a degree in Environmental Chemistry and a minor in Biology, followed by a year volunteering in Israel working with handicapped Arabs and Jews. When I’m not working you will see me snowboarding, mountain biking, or playing/watching soccer.

About my service. I am serving at the Laurentian Environmental Center in Britt, 15 min. north of Virginia. At LEC we introduce kids to the outdoors and nature through first teaching them in a classroom and then out in the wilderness of Northern Minnesota. In addition I'm working with YES! which gets high school student to work on sustainability projects at their schools. I’m also working with the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability to promote sustainable living on the Iron Range through monthly Sustainability Matters Events and our EarthFest event in April. And finally I’m working with Rutabaga Project looking to promote local and nutritious food sources in the City of Virginia.

Why I serve. Growing up I always took for granted the beauty of the lakes and woods surrounding me. Through attending Saint John’s I realized that when I think of why I love Minnesota I think about this beauty. I knew working with MN GreenCorps they would give me an opportunity to work in the environment and show future generations of Minnesotans this beauty that we sometimes don’t even realize is around us.

My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. In recent years my favorite places have been the many emerging mountain bike areas around Minnesota. That may be Cuyuna, Lebanon Hills, Elm Creek, or many others I can’t think of, but it always comes back to memories of Boundary Waters Canoe Area. A week living out of a backpack and canoeing with only bathing by jumping into the clear blue water followed by falling asleep under the stars is something that I can never get enough of.