I Can Climb! 2011

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Parks & Trails Fund
Start Date
June 2011
End Date
August 2011
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

This program is designed to attract new audiences to Minnesota State Parks. Primarily young families and young adults that often look beyond state parks for their means of recreation, along with youth looking for an “extreme” or “adventure” experience. Programs will offer participants the opportunity to experience rock climbing, outdoors on real rock. This program targets the state’s climbing parks (Blue Mounds, Interstate and Tettegouche State Parks) by offering one “I Can Climb!” - rock climbing experience - every month from June to August at each of the climbing parks. These programs are designed to provide participants with a rock climbing experience intended to hook people on climbing and expose them to the outdoors. Each program will have a natural resource and stewardship component with an emphasis on Minnesota’s geological history and cliff dwelling plants and animals.

About the Issue

After some 50 years of growth, nature-based recreation turned a corner in the 1990s and is now declining on a per-capita basis in Minnesota and nationally. Per-capita visits to state and national parks, use of state trails, hunting, fishing, boating, wildlife watching, and wilderness use are all down. The primary contributing trend is a drop in participation by young adults (ages 20 to 40) and their children.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2009 Ch. 172 Art. 3 Sec. 2 (1)
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

In 2011 our goal was to plan and host 9 programs to provide participants with an outdoor experience climbing on “real” rock on the most stunning cliff faces in the state.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In the pilot season of "I Can Climb!" (2011) we hosted 6 workshops 66% of initial goal. Due to the state government shutdown 3 workshops had to be canceled. Had the shutdown not taken place it is certain that we would have reached 100% of our initial goal and attracted significantly more participants. Overall 562 people experienced rock climbing (at 6 programs) through the “I Can Climb!” program in 2011.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Street Address
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN
Zip Code
(651) 259-5578
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500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155

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