2020 National Park Teen Ambassador Program

Check back soon for the 2020 National Park Teen Ambassador Program dates and application info! Follow us on Instagram @VNPambassadors or email teenambassadors@voyageurs.org to learn more or ask questions.

Who should apply?

  • High school freshmen, 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

2020 Program Dates

Pack Out Party & Pre-trip Meeting: TBD

Voyageurs National Park Trip: TBD

Civic Voice Workshop and Mississippi River Paddle: TBD


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

Apply Today

Online applications will be available here in January 2020.. If you would prefer to print your application and fill it out by hand, we will also link a printable application here. Applications are due by April 15, 2020. Mail completed paper applications to: Voyageurs National Park Association, 144 Glenwood Ave, Suite 120 Minneapolis, MN 55405. We accept applicants on a rolling basis, so apply as early as you can!

Inquiries about the program can be sent to Community Outreach Coordinator at teenambassadors@voyageurs.org or call 612-333-5424. Follow us on Instagram to learn more about the program and ask questions! @VNPambassadors


Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cost to me?

When you are accepted into the program you are given a full scholarship for the trip.

How long does the program last?

You will spend 5 days camping in Voyageurs National Park (June 19-23, 2019), and will also participate in a civic voice workshop (see below) and a paddle on the Mississippi River later in the summer, on July 22nd.

Is transportation provided?

For Twin Cities students, transportation is provided. 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. Don’t worry if you feel like you don’t have outdoor gear! There will be an opportunity to borrow necessary gear if you need 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 about national parks and the environment!

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 mosquitoes?


Will I get wet?

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

What is a Civic Voice Workshop?

The Civic Voice Workshop will help Teen Ambassadors learn how to protect the environment through public advocacy. Led by staff from the National Parks Conservation Association, these interactive workshops will work with Ambassadors to develop strategies and skills that will help translate their personal connections with nature into a message that hits home with public officials and influential community members. It is a skill set that they can apply to any issue that they are passionate about.


Still have questions?

Contact Voyageurs National Park Association at teenambassadors@voyageurs.org, find us on Instagram @VNPambassadors, or call 612-333-5424.