On a mission to inspire the next generation to explore and protect their world, three recent college graduates are driving a biodiesel ice cream truck across the country this summer, giving out free ice cream to children and encouraging them to take a conservation pledge. They are making their way to Portland this week and will be coming to OMSI!
Caleb Kruse, Cameron Kruse and Jordan Fatke embarked last week on an Ice Cream Expedition and are filming a documentary about how conservation is seen from a child’s point of view. The expedition received funding from a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant, and the trio is partnering with National Geographic Kids to spread the word and share the journey digitally with kids around the world.
Launching Thursday, July 17, at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, the Young Explorers will drive a retrofitted ice cream truck that runs on vegetable oil across 33 states. Sharing a free scoop of Magnolia Tropical Ice Cream as a conversation starter, the team will make stops at parks, museums, aquariums and other venues to talk to children about the importance of exploration and ways to help preserve natural areas. They will also encourage children to sign a pledge to explore and protect a place that is meaningful to them, such as a local pond or a backyard garden. Magnolia will be donating all of the ice cream for the trip, and the available tropical flavors will be avocado, mango, guava and a mix of purple yam and coconut. Magnolia Tropical Ice Cream has been made in Northern California for more than 40 years by third-generation family company Ramar Foods.
Throughout the cross-country journey, which will end in New York City in September, the Young Explorers will share updates at www.theicecreamexpedition.com
and will post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #icecreamexpedition. To view the full itinerary and take the conservation pledge, visit kids.nationalgeographic.com/icecreamexpedition