Quiet, that is, except for the sounds of the outdoors that draw people here. The gurgling waters of the Sand Hill River. The calls of orioles and other birds. The light but persistent rain that dampens the day.

Quite a contrast, that, from the previous Friday, when more than 200 students — 42 from South Point Elementary School in East Grand Forks and 160 seventh-graders from Thief River Falls — converged on the Agassiz Environmental Learning Center to help spruce up the campground and plant the botanical gardens.

Whether it’s students learning about nature, hikers and cross-country skiers enjoying more than 12 miles of trails or kayak enthusiasts paddling the Sand Hill River, good things are happening here.

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