FLOAT V (Backpacking Trip)

McFarland Park, Story County

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Join Story County Conservation naturalists on an inspiring seven-day backpacking adventure to Rocky Mountain National Park!

This trip is for youth completing grades 9 through 12 in spring 2019. Campers will spend three nights back-country camping in over 200,000 acres of wilderness at our nation's highest national park.  Surround yourself with crystal clear lakes, rugged peaks, and vast meadows. Explore the eastern mountain range and discover secluded water falls. Once we leave the back country, the adventure continues with a breathtaking two hour horseback ride through Hidden Meadow. Challenge your mind, body, and spirit and make it a summer to remember!

How do you earn a spot? Complete an application and letter of support, and deliver it to McFarland Park or e-mail it to hhucka@storycountyiowa.gov by 4 pm May 22, 2019.

If selected, you will begin your journey with a mandatory training day on June 18, 2019 from 9:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m. at McFarland Park. At training, you will get a glimpse of back-country camping: practice hiking with a loaded pack, learn to use the gear, and find out how to prepare for the adventure. Backpacking is a very physical activity, so you will want to be in decent shape before we leave.

Space is limited! Immerse yourself in wildness. This is an adventure to top them all!!

Individuals who express the greatest desire and need to attend this year’s camp, along with the person(s) we feel will benefit the most from this experience will be chosen.  If you are not selected this year, you may (and are encouraged to) apply next year.  Selected applicants payments are non-refundable!  Scholarships are available through the Iowa Association of Naturalists at https://www.iowanaturalists.org/programs/funding or the Iowa Conservation Education Coalition at http://iowaee.org/awards-scholarships/chris-holt-youth-wilderness-trip-scholarship/

Participants will be responsible for meals on the road, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, water bottles, and clothing. Once participants are selected they will received a detailed list of supplies that they will be expected to bring to camp.

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FLOAT V (Backpacking Trip)


Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - Tuesday, August 6, 2019
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM


McFarland Park
56461 180th Street
Ames, IA 50010

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Children - $350.00


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