Information for 2013 National Park Teen Ambassadors and Parents
Hello Ambassadors and Parents!
The National Park Teen Ambassador program brings together 18 high school students from communities across Minnesota on multi-day outdoor learning expeditions in two national parks: Voyageurs National Park and the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area.
You will camp, paddle, hike and explore topics including air and water quality, wildlife research, cultural and natural history, Park Service careers, and environment conservation and stewardship. As a group we will promote team building, outdoor skills and leadership development through games and activities. As National Park Ambassadors you will inspire and educate your peers, families and communities through stories, videos and photos you collect while in our national parks.
National Park Teen Ambassador expectations:
Ambassadors are required to attend both trips, complete a summer research project and share your experiences in the fall through group presentations using photos and videos you collect.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
June 11-13, 2013 Mississippi River (Twin Cities)
July 31-August 4, 2013 Voyageurs National Park
Itinerary for your first trip:
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area: June 11-13, 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
- Ambassadors traveling from Northern Minnesota meet at 8:00 a.m. at the International Falls Chamber of Commerce parking lot for the drive to Fort Snelling State Park. Voyageurs National Park Ranger Anne Rozek will accompany the group. Please eat breakfast and pack a lunch for the 5-hour drive.
- Twin Cities/Mankato Ambassadors will meet at Wilderness Inquiry Headquarters at 2:00 p.m. and then shuttle to Fort Snelling State Park ready to welcome the group arriving from International Falls (approx. 3:00 p.m.)
- Park rangers will welcome Ambassadors and Wilderness Inquiry will lead a canoe orientation and a paddle around Pike Island.
- Group will paddle to Coldwater Spring to work on a restoration service project.
- Paddle to Fort Snelling campsite, campfire and games
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
- After breakfast, the group will paddle to Grey Cloud Island.
- Park Ranger(s) will serve as guides to the park’s local history, the wildlife, and why the Mississippi is so unique. Ambassadors will collect photos and video.
- Dinner around the campfire at the Grey Cloud campsite
Thursday, June 13, 2013
- After hot cocoa and breakfast, the group will meet to decide national parks to research over the summer
- Ambassadors canoe to Spring Lake Boat Launch to end the first trip
- Twin Cities/Mankato Ambassadors will be shuttled to Wilderness Inquiry Headquarters for pick up at noon.Pick-up for Northern Minnesota Ambassadors will be at 5:30 p.m. at the International Falls Chamber of Commerce
Alternative location includes but not limited to St. Croix River.
If you need to reach an Ambassador for an urgent matter during this trip, please contact Mississippi National River headquarters at (651) 290-4160 or Wilderness Inquiry (800) 728-0719
International Falls Chamber of Commerce
301 Second Avenue
International Falls, MN 56649
Wilderness Inquiry Headquarters
808 14th Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414-1516
The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area lies in the middle of the Twin Cities and offers a wilderness experience in an urban setting. Voyageurs National Park is located in Northern Minnesota on the Canadian border and offers a remote wilderness experience. The Park Rangers and Wilderness Inquiry guides will fine-tune the route and activities detailed above for the Ambassadors Park visits, accommodating wilderness conditions and the group’s capabilities.
At least one Park Ranger will accompany the Ambassadors on each trip. Our partner, Wilderness Inquiry, a wilderness experience company that has managed US and international trips for over 30 years (and last year serviced 1,584 people on 124 overnight trips) will outfit the trips, provide four staff and canoes/camping equipment, and the majority of the transportation (the Northern Minnesota group will be transported to and from the Twin Cities by International Falls company City Cab). Additional chaperones will include Voyageurs National Park Association staff.
Equipment and Clothing:
Wilderness Inquiry will provide all necessary canoeing and camping equipment. All Ambassadors need to provide is personal gear, such as clothing and a sleeping bag – and even this can be borrowed. A basic packing list is attached. Call or email us if you would like us to provide a sleeping bag, sleeping pad or rain gear for you during the trip. We will be camping in tents each night and will be traveling by canoe each day –phones/electronics could get wet/damaged so bring at your own risk. Wet-shoes (one pair of durable, closed-toed shoes to be worn while canoeing) are an important item to pack. Clothing that can get wet and dry quickly works better than jeans.
We will post the Voyageurs National Park trip itinerary once it’s set.
Voyageurs National Park Association
(612) 333-5424 | email@example.com
Thank you to our National Park Teen Ambassador partners: