Mars Incorporated's Ambassador Program returned for a second outing in June, bringing a new group of international volunteers to the prairie. The Ambassador Program, which focuses on corporate responsibility through global volunteer initiatives, drew eight participants who were selected for the program through a global application process in which they described their reasons for wanting to work with American Prairie. This year's volunteers came from countries including The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Brazil and Belgium, as well as the United States.
On their way to the prairie, the group spent time touring local historical sites at Fort Benton and visiting the Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument before beginning work on a new 1-mile trail adjacent to Buffalo Camp. The trail extends west from the campground, taking hikers near an active prairie dog town. Only half of the trail is currently complete and the remaining half mile will be built by future volunteer groups.
While gathered around the campfire at Yurt Camp, the American volunteers initiated their international colleagues into the tasty American tradition of toasted s'mores and the entire group enjoyed learning about the prairie and its wildlife throughout their stay. We're excited to continue our partnership with the Mars Ambassador Program and look forward to welcoming hikers to the new trail this summer.