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I Can Camp! and I Can Paddle!

At a Glance




Minnesota, Twin Cities

Age Ranges



  • US Citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • No more than three prior AmeriCorps service terms
  • High school degree, GED, or willingness to work towards obtaining a GED
  • Must pass a criminal history check consisting of a National Sex Offender Public Website check, a state criminal history check, and a fingerprint-based FBI check. Passing the criminal history check is defined as no positive hits on the NSOPW and no history of violent offenses on the state or FBI checks
  • Commitment to upholding Corps values of safety, service, respect, equity, and community
  • Dedication to complete the full term of AmeriCorps service

Interest Areas

  • Camping
  • Education & Community Outreach
  • Parks
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I Can Camp! and I Can Paddle! AmeriCorps members serve as Outdoor Skills Instructors alongside the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources teaching families camping or canoe/kayak paddling skills and educating the public about local ecology and natural resources.

Outdoor Skills Instructors, ages 18-35, serve June-August to co-lead the I Can Paddle! and I Can Camp! programs. I Can! programs introduce Minnesota families to a variety of outdoor activities including camping, fishing, paddling, and rock climbing.

Serving with our I Can Camp! and I Can Paddle! crews is a full-time AmeriCorps experience that requires a three-month commitment to serve the community through environmental stewardship and community outreach.

AmeriCorps is a national service program that addresses challenges in our communities through the dedicated service of its members. AmeriCorps serve directly with nonprofit organizations (like Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa) to tackle our nation’s most pressing challenges. Members join to give back to their communities while gaining a foundation of marketable skills for natural resource careers.

Learn more about the Minnesota DNR’s I Can! outdoor skills programs: