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Natalie Warren continues to inspire audiences to pursue their passions and build community around local waterways. Please see below for past presentations, media, testimonials, and presentation descriptions. Please email to book a presentation! 


Blazing Your Own Trail

In 2011, Natalie Warren was one of the first two women to paddle 2,000 miles from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay, recreating Eric Sevareid's route from Canoeing With the Cree. On that expedition, she saw first hand issues surrounding small town economies, agriculture, industry, and the environment. After the 85-day expedition, she was nominated for Canoe &Kayak's 2012 Expedition of the Year and began her public speaking career to inspire audiences to learn from their local water trails. In 2012, she formed Wild River Academy to present urban rivers as a natural, dynamic classroom for students. In this presentation, Natalie accounts her journey to the bay and her experience building a non-profit organization from the ground up. She encourages listeners to turn their passion into a career and shares her adventure learning about social, economic, agricultural, and environmental issues from a canoe.


"Natalie's talk (Blazing Your Own Trail) at Augsburg was inspiring, informative, and funny.  Her Hudson Bay expedition was an amazing journey, and she recounts the story eloquently.  Natalie is a gifted speaker and an inspiration for anyone interested in the ways we can all benefit from getting out into the world and diving into an adventure!  It's a great message for young people getting ready to head out into the world themselves." - Jo Underhil, Augsburg Professor

Your Community from the Paddler's Perspective


Your Community from the Paddler's Perspective focuses on integrated recreation and economy in relation to the health of our rivers and river communities. This presentation is great for groups who want to learn more about how their water way can improve their economy, i.e. city development groups, chamber groups, groups concerned with the future of our water trails, government agencies, colleges and universities, and community action groups.

"I’ve seen Natalie speak a number of times in a variety of settings and felt fortunate to get her to be the keynote speaker for the first-ever Water Trails Tourism Summit, a gathering of community representatives, paddling advocates, and businesses. I highly recommend Natalie as a speaker!"
- Erik Wrede, Minnesota DNR

Upcoming Presentations: 

River Rally, NM : 5/2/15. Conference participants only.

Friends of the Boundary Waters: Brew and Canoes: 5/11/15 @ Bent Paddle Brewing in Duluth. 7 PM.

International Trails Symposium, Portland, Oregon: 5/17/15 & 5/19/15. Conference participants only.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Des Moines, IA: 5/28/15 & 5/29/15

UW Madison Teaching Academy, Madison, WI: 6/4/15. Conference participants only.

Fairmont Lakes Association, Fairmont, MN: 6/13/15

North Dakota State Trails Conference, Valley City, ND: 8/4/15 & 8/5/15

Past Presentations include:

DNR Water Trails Tourism Summit (keynote), Izaak Walton League (keynote),  American Canoe Association (keynote), St.Olaf College, Princeton University, Student Outdoor Educators Conference, the University of Maryland, CURE Minnesota, , Rotary, Lions Club, League of University Women, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Canoecopia, REI, Midwest Mountaineering, Upper Mississippi Academy, Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, AFSA High School, University of Minnesota, Gustavus College, Coalition for a Clean Minnesota River, and other school groups, organizations, and paddling clubs. 

Media and Awards:

Nominee for 2012 Canoe & Kayak Expedition of the Year Award, Canoe & Kayak articles: Urban PaddlingHudson Bay Found, Outside Magazine, Minnesota Women's PressPioneer Press, Star Tribune: Hudson Bay Bound 1, HBB 2HBB 3Meet Natalie,  Nick Coleman,  Granite Falls News,  St.Cloud TimesWTIPMorrison County,  The Minneapolis Journal,  KHQA, and many more. To explore media about Hudson Bay Bound click here; for Paddle Forward click here; for Wild River Academy click here.    

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