Glad Dancing Turtle affords youth tenting journeys – Brainerd Dispatch


Happy Dancing Turtle is offering two overnight camping experiences for girls between second and eighth graders.

Through the outings, or “turtle treks,” girls have the opportunity to experience the ins and outs of camping while making friends and enjoying time outdoors, organizers said.

Girls participating in Turtle Treks learn camping skills like pitching a tent, lighting and cooking over a fire, and the responsibility of “leaving no trace.”

“We learn about the land, water, plants, animals and night sky of Minnesota while exploring state parks and other beautiful places in our great state,” said program coordinator Michelle Hoefs.

The Turtle Trek for girls in fifth through eighth grades this fall will be held July 12-14 at Itasca State Park. For fall girls entering second through fourth grade, Turtle Trek will be held August 17-18 at the Sand Lake property in Pine River.

Happy Dancing Turtle is a nonprofit organization with a stated mission to create good stewards of the planet by providing education, programs and experiences for youth and adults that inspire wonder and change.

For more information and fees, visit or contact Hoefs at 218-587-2303 or [email protected]