Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Outdoor Adventurer Emily Ford to Visit Minnesota State Mankato

Friday, September 30, 2022
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday documentary film in Ostrander Auditorium

Mankato, Minn. – Outdoor adventurer Emily Ford will visit Minnesota State University, Mankato on Friday, Sept. 30 to discuss her experience hiking the U.S. National Park Service’s 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail after a showing of the 30-minute documentary film, “Breaking Trail,” in which Ford is featured.

The film, free and open to the public, will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 in the University’s Ostrander Auditorium, located in Centennial Student Union. Ford will then join Minnesota State Mankato students on a hike of Mankato’s Rasmussen Woods at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1.

According to a description of the film on the website,, Ford is the first woman and person of color to hike Wisconsin’s 1,200-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

Liz Steinborn-Gourley, director of Minnesota State Mankato’s Women’s Center, said the events are being held to show how grassroots organizations can support communities of color and women by sharing resources, building hiking groups and showing how individuals can find their own way to enjoy the outdoor environment.

For more information, contact Steinborn-Gourley by phone at 507-389-6147 or by email at

The event sponsors include the University’s Women’s Center, Stomper’s Cinema and Maverick Adventures at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Maverick Adventures has provided students and the community with adventure-based, experiential programming for more than 30 years, promoting personal growth and healthy relationships in the community through activities such as guided hikes, snowshoeing and the University’s climbing wall.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Women’s Center is part of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,546 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 26 colleges and seven universities.


Liz Steinborn-Gourley

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