Blank Snowboards donated a snowboard to be auctioned to raise money for the Norwegian Outdoor Exploration Center. The NOEC is designed to provide children a chance to experience and learn in nature to combat Nature Deficit Disorder. The snowboard design, done by Star Moose Marketing’s Jen Lee, of a troll on a mountain represents the folklore of trolls, which is a huge part of Norwegian culture. The stories of trolls are told to teach children lessons of living. Lise-Lunge Larsen, a Norwegian born author and story teller said the need for stories is like the need for fire. “While ritual and storytelling now many seem unnecessary for the survival of the body, they are necessary for the survival of the soul. Like the stories of trolls, the NOEC strives to teach children how to be happy and respectful and find answers to life’s problems in a natural environment. They base their curriculum on the Norwegian way of life called the Friluftsliv or Free-Air-Life. The NOEC works with youth ages 10 through 18 teaching skills from hiking to rock climbing. They focus on children and educating adults to provide support for the youth. For more information on the NOEC visit www.noec.org. Blank Snowboards is proud to help the NOEC and its attempt to bring children back into the outdoors.