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Natalie Warren was one of the first two women to paddle the 2,000 miles from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay, recreating Eric Sevareid's route from Canoeing With the Cree. This expedition sparked the beginning of Wild River Academy, a non-profit based in the Twin Cities dedicated to engaging communities in watershed education through outdoor recreation. In 2013, Wild River Academy organized a group of eleven young adults under the name Paddle Forward to paddle the length of the Mississippi River to engage with schools through an online educational model called adventure learning. Every fall, WRA leads a Paddle Forward trip to bring attention to local waterways and river communities. 


Natalie began her public speaking career in 2011 and continues to inspire audiences with her story. Please see below for past presentations, media, testimonials, and presentation descriptions. Presentations run from 30 - 80 minutes. Price varies depending on length, venue, and distance. Please email to book Natalie for a presentation! 


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.    

Hudson Bay Bound Presentation

Natalie Warren and Ann Raiho were the first two women to paddle the 2,000 miles from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay in 2011, following Eric Sevareid's route from Canoeing With the CreeThe skills they acquired from planning and executing this trip prepared Natalie to start Wild River Academy. The goal of the presentation is to encourage people to pursue their passions, share adventure stories and motivational tid-bits, and talk about the state of our local water trails. Please visit for more information.

Your Community from the Paddler's Perspective


Natalie was recently the keynote speaker for the first Water Trails Tourism Summit in St.Cloud. Her presentation, 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, community action groups, etc.

America's Waterways Presentation                               

Want to learn more about issues surrounding America's Rivers? Natalie has through-paddled the Mississippi, Minnesota, and Red Rivers. In this presentation, Natalie shares her expedition stories and speculations on the state of our local waterways, including themes like industry and the river, transportation, river communities, manipulation of the river, the balance of nature and industry, the future of our waterways, and our most important resource: water. This presentation is great for school groups, colleges, universities, and educational clubs or organizations.