Teen Ambassador Application Portal

National Park Teen Ambassador Program

Summer 2018

Who should apply?

  •  High school freshman, sophomores, or juniors in Minnesota
  • Students who are excited about the outdoors, even if you have never camped before
  • Students who are looking to explore outdoors careers and learn more about national parks and environmental stewardship

2018 Program Dates

Pack Out Party & Pre-trip Meeting: June 5

Voyageurs National Park Trip*:

Option 1: June 27 – July 1

Option 2: July 18 – 22

Mississippi River Trip: July 27 – 29

*Students are required to participate in both the Voyageurs National Park, choosing one of the options, and the Mississippi River trips.


Full scholarship funding is granted to accepted applicants. The program is limited to 24 participants.

Application Deadline:

May 1, 2018

Accepted applicants will be announced by May 14.

The application for the 2018 National Park Teen Ambassador Program can be found here.

Completed applications and/or further inquiries about the program can be sent to Youth & Outreach Coordinator, Natalie Prescott, at nprescott@voyageurs.org.






Frequently Asked Questions:

Is there a cost to me?

When you are accepted into the program you are given a full scholarship for both of the trips.

How long does the program last?

You will spend 5 days camping in Voyageurs National Park and 3 days camping on the Mississippi River.

Do I have to go on both trips?

Yes you do! We’ve developed curriculum to be continuous, not overlapping.

Is transportation provided?

For Twin Cities students, transportation is provided for both of the trips. We will work with students and their families from other areas of the state to coordinate transportation.

What do I need to bring?

When you are accepted into the program a packing list will be sent to you, but here it is in case you’re worried about it.

What do we do on the trips?

Lots of things! You will hike, camp, paddle, do service projects, talk to National park Rangers, participate in team-building exercises, do journaling activities, cook over the campfire, make new friends, and learn a lot!

Is any experience required?

We accept participants of all skill levels! We’ll teach you everything you need to know to have a great time.

Do we sleep outside?

You’ll sleep in a 4-person tent, separated by gender.

Are there mosquitos?


Will I get wet?

Probably. We suggest you bring clothing that dries quickly (not cotton) for this reason.