Free Ice Cream Truck To Drive Across USA To Spark Conversations About Conservation

Original article written by Sara Roncero-Menendez of

In the United States there is no sound beloved more by children (and some adults) than the sound of an approaching ice cream truck. The jingle indicating that tasty frozen treats are on their way is enough to get people moving out of their houses and onto the streets. And that’s exactly what the Ice Cream Expedition is counting on.

Three National Geographic Young Explorers Grant winners, Caleb Kruse, Cameron Kruse and Jordan Fatke, are going to be using their very own ice cream truck to reach out to communities across the nation. They will be hitting up major cities and small towns to give out ice cream and talk to people, especially kids, about preserving their favorite local parks and other wildlife areas.

In order to really hit home with the message of natural conversation, the creamery on wheels will be serving Magnolia Ice Cream, which is made with all natural fruit puree. They’ll be carrying tropical flavors such as Mango, Avocado, Guava, Purple Yam and Coconut. If that’s not enough to get your mouth watering, each and every scoop is free.

While on tour, the trio is planning to film a documentary about the people and places they encounter. Their ultimate goal is to encourage kids across the United States to find the places in their community that need protecting:

We’ll hear honest thoughts about the environment, giving voice to the individuals that will confront most of the issues that scientists are discovering today. We will hear first hand what these kids are passionate about, encouraging them that where they live is somewhere worth exploring, somewhere worth conserving.

If you want to help contribute to the truck on a mission, you’ll only have a limited time to do so. Their Kickstarter is on its final day and, at the time of writing, still has over $8,000 left to go for its goal.

 Their trip is set for July 18, 2014 and finishing in mid September. During the trip they plan on traveling to 33 states roughly along the route including a stop in eastern Tennessee.