Adventures Youth Programs

Skiing, biking and running in partnership with the North Minneapolis area

New in 2020, the Northside Adventure Program is a year-round program that introduces North Minneapolis youth of all ages to new outdoor activities like cross country skiing, mountain biking, trail running, orienteering, and paddling. The program occurs 2-3 days per week after school, and throughout the summer. The program uses outdoor adventure to help youth gain personal connections with their neighbors that promote healthy habits both on and off the trails, while also familiarizing them with Minneapolis’s largest regional park, Theodore Wirth Park, which is right down the road from their homes. Our goal is to instill a passion in these youth for the outdoors and a realization that everyone has the right to use these outdoor spaces. Unlike our other programs listed below, the Northside Adventure Program is tied to a geographical location instead of specific schools.

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The Minne-Loppet is an 8-10 week cross country ski program for third, fourth and fifth graders in North Minneapolis and Osseo area schools. We focus on partnering with schools with a majority of the school population eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch. The program occurs during the school day, on school grounds. Students learn the fundamentals of cross country skiing and healthy eating to fuel physical activity. The program culminates with the annual Minne-Loppet “race” during our City of Lakes Loppet Festival each February, where participants test their new skills and are celebrated with hugs, cheers, hot chocolate, cookies and finisher medals! The primary goal of the Minne-Loppet program is to help elementary schoolers build self-confidence; pride in their abilities; and a love of outdoor activity by learning to ski in a supportive environment.

Minne-Loppet School Partners:

Bethune Community School
City View Community School
Crestview Elementary School
Elizabeth Hall International
Harvest Prep/Best Academy
Hmong International Academy
Loring Elementary School
Lucy Laney @ Cleveland Park Elementary School
Nellie Stone Johnson Elementary School
Park Brook Elementary School
Pillsbury Elementary School

Minne-Loppet Funding Partners:

Share Winter Foundation
Target
UCare
Allina Health
Dorsey & Whitney Foundation
Riverway Foundation

The Junior Loppet program is a year-round, after school program that empowers Minneapolis middle schoolers through healthy outdoor activities like cross country skiing, mountain biking, trail running, orienteering and paddling. We focus on partnering with middle schools with a majority of the school population eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch. The program occurs 2-3 days per week after school, and throughout the summer. Students also participate in events, races, and weekend camping and training trips. The program uses outdoor adventure to help middle schoolers build healthy habits; social and emotional skills; and personal connections that promote success both on and off the trails.

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Junior Loppet School Partners:

Anwatin Middle School
Franklin Middle School
Northeast Middle School

Junior Loppet Funding Partners:

Huelsmann Foundation
Otto Bremer Trust
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
Share Winter Foundation
McVay Foundation
REI
Butler Family Foundation
Minneapolis Kiwanis Foundation

The High School program uses outdoor adventure to support North Minneapolis students’ development as healthy, productive and successful community members. The program targets Minne-Loppet and Junior Loppet program alumni, as well as high school students who are new to Loppet programs and who attend schools in the North Minneapolis area. Support strategies include earning outdoor adventure gym class credits; participating in school Outdoor Clubs; Loppet employment and leadership opportunities; and support to join high school ski and mountain bike teams.

High School Program Funding Partners:

George Family Foundation

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