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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 firstname.lastname@example.org to book a presentation!
Hudson Bay bound
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, Natalie and Ann were nominated for Canoe &Kayak's 2012 Expedition of the Year and Natalie began her public speaking career to inspire audiences to learn from their local water trails. In this presentation, Natalie accounts her journey to the Bay through environmental and social speculations, challenges on the trail, animal encounters, and heart-warming stories. 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 has also paddled the length of the Mississippi River and recently won first place in the 2016 Yukon River Quest (category: women's voyageur), paddling 444 miles in 53 hours.
"Natalie's talk 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.
Natalie also does water trail town consulting to help increase paddlesports tourism. She writes a monthly column for Canoe & Kayak called The Next Best Paddling Town which features the innovative work communities are doing to roll out the red carpet for paddlers.
"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
September 30, 2016: YMCA Camp DuNord Women's Retreat
October 6, 2016: UW Rice Lake
February 2, 2017: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
April 28, 2017: Lutsen Sea Villa Association
Past Presentations include:
DNR Water Trails Tourism Summit (keynote), Izaak Walton League (keynote), American Canoe Association (keynote), North Dakota State Trails Conference (keynote), UW Madison Teaching Academy, Iowa DNR, International Trails Symposium, Friends of the Boundary Waters Brews and Canoes, River Rally 2015, Mid-American Trails and Greenways Conference, 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, Girl Scouts, Camp DuNord, St. Louis River Summit, 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 Paddling, Hudson Bay Found, Outside Magazine, Minnesota Women's Press, Pioneer Press, Star Tribune: Hudson Bay Bound 1, HBB 2, HBB 3, Meet Natalie, Nick Coleman, Granite Falls News, St.Cloud Times, WTIP, Morrison County, The Minneapolis Journal, KHQA, and many more. To explore media about Hudson Bay Bound click here.