Keep Voyageurs Wild: Park Clean Up Day
Aug
25
8:00 AM08:00

Keep Voyageurs Wild: Park Clean Up Day

Celebrate the National Park Service’s birthday and spend a day giving back to Voyageurs

Volunteers will spend the morning picking up trash along shorelines on Kabetogama. After lunch, you’ll get an exclusive inside look at the research of the Voyageurs Wolf Project. Boat transportation is available but limited, so let us know if you are able to bring your own boat.

Registration is required.

Volunteers should bring:

  • A packed lunch

  • Filled water bottle

  • Appropriate clothing for a day of picking up trash out in the park (long pants, boots, etc. recommended)

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VNPA Stars & S'mores Member Picnic
Aug
28
5:00 PM17:00

VNPA Stars & S'mores Member Picnic

Join us for a picnic, drinks, and a passion for our park - Voyageurs!

Gather with fellow park supporters and learn the latest updates on new projects and issues facing the park. Christina Hausman Rhode, Executive Director, will present and answer your questions.

5-7:00 p.m. – Member Picnic on the Patio (light picnic fare provided)
6:15 p.m. - VNPA Organizational Update
7:00 p.m. - National Park Service public presentation on Dark Sky Park certification

The picnic event is free for VNPA members.
Not a member yet? No problem, you can join at the event or give online when you RSVP.

Immediately following, join the National Park Service for a 7 p.m. public program on Dark Sky Park certification. Learn about the national distinction Voyageurs is pursuing to become designated as a Dark Sky park. Open to members and the public.

We look forward to spending time with you overlooking Rainy Lake, sharing how your support makes a difference, and previewing some of our efforts with the Park Service to preserve the night for people and wildlife.

Beer, wine, and light picnic fare provided. Please let us know if you are coming so we can plan accordingly.

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Keep Stars Twinkling Presentation
Aug
28
7:00 PM19:00

Keep Stars Twinkling Presentation

Voyageurs National Park is one of the best places in America to see a breathtaking array of stars, planets, and galaxies at night.

Come hear a brief presentation about the current process to seek Dark Sky Park certification at Voyageurs National Park. The presentation will include information about the certification process and effective outdoor lighting principles that preserve the night for people and wildlife.

International Dark Sky Park certification promotes public education and astronomy based recreation in parks while improving energy efficiency and reduced operational costs through outdoor lighting upgrades. The program also helps create economic opportunities for neighboring communities through astronomy-based tourism.

Free and open to the public.

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The certification does not carry any legal or regulatory authority. The certification demonstrates a commitment by parks to improve night skies through the use of more energy efficient, sustainable lighting. Certification also reaffirms our commitment to educate the public and gateway communities about the importance of park-friendly, outdoor lighting and opportunities to work together toward common goals.

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Keep Stars Twinkling Presentation
Aug
29
7:00 PM19:00

Keep Stars Twinkling Presentation

Voyageurs National Park is one of the best places in America to see a breathtaking array of stars, planets, and galaxies at night.

Come hear a brief presentation about the current process to seek Dark Sky Park certification at Voyageurs National Park. The presentation will include information about the certification process and effective outdoor lighting principles that preserve the night for people and wildlife.

International Dark Sky Park certification promotes public education and astronomy based recreation in parks while improving energy efficiency and reduced operational costs through outdoor lighting upgrades. Certification also helps create economic opportunities for neighboring communities through astronomy-based tourism.

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The certification does not carry any legal or regulatory authority. The certification demonstrates a commitment by parks to improve night skies through the use of more energy efficient, sustainable lighting. Certification also reaffirms our commitment to educate the public and gateway communities about the importance of park-friendly, outdoor lighting and opportunities to work together toward common goals.

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Voyageurs Happy Hour
Jul
8
5:30 PM17:30

Voyageurs Happy Hour

Please join us for an informal happy hour for friends of Voyageurs National Park.

Voyageurs National Park Association’s Board of Directors invites current and interested volunteers and members to come meet people involved with and passionate about Voyageurs. You'll hear a brief update on how we're helping preserve Minnesota's National Park and learn about board service needs and ways you can help the organization grow.

Parallel is a cafe and event space located near Target Field and the Minneapolis Farmer's Market. There is a free parking lot at the facility. The happy hour will be held in Parallel's event lab space. Look for the Voyageurs sign.

RSVP to vnpa@voyageurs.org or use this quick form:

Voyageurs National Park Association (VNPA) is the official charitable partner of Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota. In partnership with the National Park Service, VNPA works to preserve the wild character and unique experience of Voyageurs by funding projects and programs that will sustain it for generations to come.

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Beavers: Their Landscapes, Our Future
May
15
7:30 PM19:30

Beavers: Their Landscapes, Our Future

In Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, author Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America’s lakes and rivers. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. Today, a growing coalition of “Beaver Believers”―including scientists, ranchers, and passionate citizens―recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are often far healthier, for humans and non-humans alike, than those without them.

In his presentation, Goldfarb will describe beaver biology, ecology, and history; detail the many environmental benefits provided by beavers, including habitat creation, water storage, and pollution filtration; and detail how landowners and municipalities around the country are learning to coexist with these keystone rodents.

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WINNER of the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.

“A marvelously humor-laced page-turner about the science of semi-aquatic rodents… Goldfarb has built a masterpiece of a treatise on the natural world, how that world stands now and how it could be in the future if we protect beaver populations.” — Washington Post, which also included Eager on its list of 50 notable non-fiction books in 2018.

This event is free for VNPA members and all students with a suggested donation for others. Please register following this link, or contact Sarah Suemnig at ssuemnig@voyageurs.org.

DETAILS

Location: Open Book Target Performance Hall

Ben will sell and sign books following his presentation.

PARKING

Free parking is first come, first served in the Open Book lot on the east side of the building. Other options include meters along 10th, 11th, and Washington Avenues and 3rd Street South; the Riverfront Municipal Ramp (212 9th Avenue South); and the Mill Quarter Ramp (711 2nd Street South).

ACCESSIBILITY

Open Book is fully accessible with handicap parking, handicap accessible bathrooms, elevators to all floors, and other services available as requested. Please contact Open Book if you have any questions regarding accessibility.

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Pints for the Park with author Ben Goldfarb
May
14
5:00 PM17:00

Pints for the Park with author Ben Goldfarb

Drink for a Cause and Help us Keep Voyageurs Wild

Come enjoy a presentation with award-winning author Ben Goldfarb about the surprising secret life of beavers and why they matter. His recent book, Eager is the winner of the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.

“A marvelously humor-laced page-turner about the science of semi-aquatic rodents… Goldfarb has built a masterpiece of a treatise on the natural world, how that world stands now and how it could be in the future if we protect beaver populations.” — Washington Post, which also included Eager on its list of 50 notable non-fiction books in 2018.

Ben will give his free talk at 6 pm and sell and sign books immediately following. Seating is first-come, first-served.

There will be opportunities at the event to donate and support Voyageurs National Park Association, the official charitable partner of Minnesota's National Park.

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Duluth Pints for the Park
May
3
4:00 PM16:00

Duluth Pints for the Park

Drink for a Cause and Help us Keep Voyageurs Wild!
A free event for those who love Voyageurs and all our National Parks.

We're bringing you a laid-back evening filled with Voyageurs National Park fun. In addition to enjoying amazing Bent Paddle brews, you'll have the opportunity to:
- Get maps and tips to plan a trip to Voyageurs
- Learn more about wolf research with Voyageurs Wolf Project
- Play National Parks trivia at 6:00
- Talk with Duluth Pack staff about gear recommendations
- Pick up Junior Ranger books for your kids
- And, with your help, we’ll raise funds for the park’s nonprofit partner, Voyageurs National Park Association, for conservation, youth engagement, and outdoor access projects.

Information about Bent Paddle Taproom
The Taproom doesn’t have a kitchen but you can order food for delivery from a number of nearby restaurants.

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Top 10 Voyageurs National Park Experiences
Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

Top 10 Voyageurs National Park Experiences

At 218,000 acres, Voyageurs National Park has places for everyone to explore.  Voyageurs is known for its amazing water-based recreation and camping experiences, pristine lakes and world-class fishing, boreal forests, wildlife, winter ice roads, and starry skies.

Come hear Voyageurs National Park Association staff share ways you can make the most out of a trip to Voyageurs.

This talk is a park of the Midwest Mountaineering Spring Outdoor Adventure Expo and is located in Hanson Hall at the University of Minnesota in room 105.

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National Park Week at Voyageurs
Apr
20
to Apr 28

National Park Week at Voyageurs

We’re excited to celebrate National Park Week April 20 – 28!

Saturday, April 20        National Junior Ranger Day

Junior Ranger activities are a great way to connect kids to our National Parks. Bring your child to Voyageurs and complete one of three different activity booklets to earn a badge.

 

Thursday, April 25       Throwback Thursday

Visit the Rainy Lake Visitor Center and flash back to the past to learn more about the efforts to keep the nation’s historic heritage preserved in parks and communities while viewing the exhibit room.

 

Saturday, April 27        BARK Ranger Day – Community Dog Walk – 10:00 am

Bring your canine companion and join Park Ranger, Lisa Maass, for a community dog walk on the Rainy Lake Recreation Trail, located at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center. Learn how to enjoy the park with your furry pal in a safe and responsible manner.

 

Sunday, April 28    National Park Prescription Day

National Parks are a great place to be active and support a healthy lifestyle.

Pick up a Hike to Health passport, hit the trails, and start logging the miles to keep your mind, body, and spirit in good health. Passports available at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center.                                                                                                                                   

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Water Action Day
Apr
10
8:00 AM08:00

Water Action Day

  • 105 University Ave W. St. Paul, MN 55103 (map)
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Join us at the third annual Water Action Day - Minnesota's day to let our lawmakers know we care about our water!

Click here for full event details and registration.

This free event led by our partners will include a complimentary breakfast followed by briefings from experts on policy goals and trainings on how to influence your legislators. Throughout the day, participants can attend group meetings with their legislators, participate in a youth summit, attend important hearings on our bills, and join in the #ProtectOurWater rally in the Capitol Rotunda.

Location
Minnesota State Capitol
& Christ Lutheran Church
105 University Ave W.
St. Paul, MN 55103

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Loons in Flight
Mar
24
2:00 PM14:00

Loons in Flight

The call of the loon is a sound that is deeply tied to the Northland. But what does a loon’s call mean, and where do these captivating birds go when winter arrives? Join wildlife photographer and researcher Steve Maanum for an in-depth program about Minnesota’s state bird.

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Sledding at Sphunge Island
Mar
17
2:00 PM14:00

Sledding at Sphunge Island

Update: due to the closure of the ice road, this event has been cancelled.

Step outside for a while and take a chance to enjoy a few hours of simple, adventurous fun! Join park staff and their families at the Sphunge Island Sledding Hill on Kabetogama Lake for the afternoon. Participants should bring their own sleds. Afterwards, warm up by a campfire.

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Guided Ski Program at the Echo Bay Trail
Mar
3
1:00 PM13:00

Guided Ski Program at the Echo Bay Trail

Come and explore with us on the Echo Bay Ski Trail. All levels and abilities welcome! After an introduction to the equipment, we will explore the first mile-long loop. More experienced skiers who want to challenge their abilities can continue to the more advanced outer loop. Registration required; call the Rainy Lake Visitor Center at (218) 286-5258 to sign up. A limited amount of free equipment is available for checkout upon registration, and this equipment will be transported to the Echo Bay Trailhead in advance on the day of the program. Weather-dependent. Meet at 1 pm at the Echo Bay Trailhead.

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Woodworking for Wildlife
Feb
24
2:00 PM14:00

Woodworking for Wildlife

Winter is not only a time of cold; it can also be warm and alive with industry and creativity. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to build a beautiful and functional wood craft to bring home with you. Class size is limited to 14 participants, with a minimum class size of 6. $25 materials fee.

Registration is now closed. Questions: please call the Rainy Lake Visitor Center (218) 286-5258

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Snowshoe Lacing
Feb
9
10:00 AM10:00

Snowshoe Lacing

We are sorry, due to logistical complications associated with the federal government shutdown, we have had to cancel this event. Thank you for your interest. Please check out the other scheduled events in the Voyageurs Winter Event Series.

Snowshoes are the “golden keys” to exploring Voyageurs in winter. Join naturalist Jim De Vries to learn about these unique winter tools, and lace your very own pair of snowshoes to bring home. Class size is limited to 20 participants, with a minimum class size of 10. $120 materials fee.

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Eagles of Voyageurs
Jan
27
2:00 PM14:00

Eagles of Voyageurs

We are so sorry but due to the federal government shutdown we have to cancel this event. Although Voyageurs National Park Association is providing some funding support for partial winter operations, limited park staff have to focus on visitor safety and natural resource protection at this time.

The Bald Eagle dramatically captures our sense of wonder, and the story of Bald Eagle preservation is closely tied to our own as a nation and as a people. Join park biologist Steve Windels to find out more about Bald Eagle populations in Voyageurs National Park.

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Night Light Snowshoe Hike
Jan
18
7:00 PM19:00

Night Light Snowshoe Hike

We are so sorry but due to the federal government shutdown we have to cancel this event. Although Voyageurs National Park Association is providing some funding support for partial winter operations, limited park staff have to focus on visitor safety and natural resource protection at this time. Have a wonderful and safe Icebox Days weekend.

Discover the wonder of the night! Come to the Rainy Lake Visitor Center between 7 and 8:30 pm for a self-guided evening snowshoe hike, with luminaries to light your way. Bring your own light and a pair of snowshoes, or borrow snowshoes (for free!) from the visitor center. This event is part of International Falls' Icebox Days winter celebration. More information about Icebox Days can be found at: http://www.ifallschamber.com/icebox-days

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Nov
15
4:00 PM16:00

Pints for the Park Night at Utepils

Drink Beer and Help us Keep Voyageurs Wild!

A free event for those who love Voyageurs and all our National Parks.

VNPA and Utepils are bringing you a laid-back evening filled with Voyageurs National Park fun. In addition to enjoying amazing Utepils brews, you'll have the opportunity to:
- Meet fellow Voyageurs National Park enthusiasts or get maps and resources to plan your first trip
- Pick up a few holiday gifts from Minnesota makers and artists inspired by the outdoors
- Make s’mores!
- Play nature-inspired trivia at 7:00
- Get Junior Ranger books and coloring sheets for your kiddos (family-friendly event!)
- Learn more about Voyageurs National Park Association's work and ways you can get involved
- And, with your help, we’ll “Give to the Max” to raise funds for the park’s nonprofit partner, Voyageurs National Park Association, for conservation, youth engagement, and outdoor access projects. Donate $20 and get a beer token; $50 or more to get an exclusive Voyageurs winter hat.

Utepils Brewing Co will generously donate $1 per pint ALL DAY to support Voyageurs!

Mini makers market with:

Naked Bear Naturals
Studio CYRK
Eli & Ink
32 Degrees Candle Co
Wild North Co

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PARKING & LOCATION

Cross over the railroad tracks from Thomas Ave N. and find parking on the property. More parking is available in their auxiliary lot at Thomas & Glenwood. 
Directions.

FOOD
There are plenty of non alcoholic beverage options at Utepils.
Solos Pizza Food Truck

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Voyageurs Member Appreciation Breakfast
Oct
30
7:30 AM07:30

Voyageurs Member Appreciation Breakfast

Join friends and enthusiasts of Voyageurs National Park for conversation and exploration of this wild place we all love.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
The new Trailhead building @ Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis

7:30-8:00 a.m. - Continental Breakfast

8:00-9:00 a.m. - Program
UNDERSTANDING THE SECRET LIVES OF WOLVES IN THE
GREATER VOYAGEURS ECOSYSTEM

Tom Gable, Dayton Wildlife Fellow, PhD candidate, University of Minnesota
Click here to learn more about Tom Gable’s research into wolf predation at Voyageurs National Park.

Updates from:
Bob DeGross, Voyageurs National Park Superintendent
Christina Hausman, VNPA Executive Director

9:00-9:30 a.m. - Social

This breakfast event is free for VNPA members!
Not a member yet?
Join today! A gift of $25 or above includes an annual membership. You can also give at the event.

Click here to start or renew your Voyageurs National Park Association membership prior to the event.

Sponsor a table for your business and/or yourself and 7 friends.

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Aug
7
11:00 AM11:00

Civic Voice Lessons Workshop for Youth

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Come join us for..

Civic Voice Lessons

 

Mark your calendars for a FREE advocacy skills training hosted by the National Parks Conservation Association and Voyageurs National Park Association.

We will discuss ways to protect clean water and wildlife at Voyageurs National Park and explore how we can make a positive change in our community.

Training will focus on advocacy skills including:

·     Crafting & presenting an effective message

·     Understanding Your Spheres of Influence

·     Meeting with decision makers


Lunch will be provided.

This event is recommended for youth that are 14 - 20 years old.

Let’s make a difference for our community.

Space is limited!

Register here.

In partnership with the National Parks Conservation Association

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Volunteer Rendezvous on the Kab-Ash Trail
Jun
28
8:30 AM08:30

Volunteer Rendezvous on the Kab-Ash Trail

Come help us clear a portion of the Kab-Ash Trail alongside a Student Conservation Corps team! Volunteers will meet at the Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center at 8:30 am.

Bring a lunch, water bottle, and work gloves and we'll provide the rest to help you give back to your National Park!  

Click here to register as a volunteer.

Volunteer Project Difficulty Level: This volunteer project will involve installing boardwalk, installing signage, limbing trees and clearing brush and debris from the trail. Up to 1 miles hiking to the work site and 1 mile back possible. 

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Paddle-Picnic-Yoga for Families
Jun
23
11:00 AM11:00

Paddle-Picnic-Yoga for Families

Pack a snack and join us for an afternoon outdoors at Voyageurs National Park. The park will officially open a new launching dock for paddlers made possible with support from REI and Voyageurs National Park Association. We'll have canoes and kayaks for anyone to use, hot dogs on the grill, family-friendly yoga and lawn games. Join us at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center picnic area located near the boat launch and new paddle launch.

11:00 am: Official ribbon cutting

11:30 am - 1:30 pm: Outdoor activities - canoes/kayaks available to use, lawn games, family-friendly yoga at 12:30

Thank you to REI for making this new recreation project possible! And thanks to our event partners Voyageurs Outfitters, Community Wellness Action Council, and Replenish Yoga and Wellness.

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Voyageurs National Park Quarter Launch
Jun
14
11:00 AM11:00

Voyageurs National Park Quarter Launch

  • Irv Anderson Amphitheater at Voyageurs National Park Headquarters (map)
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Commemorating the release of the 2018 Voyageurs National Park quarter, the 43rd coin to be released in the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters ® Program

Coin exchange begins immediately following the quarter launch event one-roll ($10) minimum • 10-roll ($100) maximum

 

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Coffee with the Superintendent
May
15
8:00 AM08:00

Coffee with the Superintendent

  • Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (map)
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Come hear an update from Voyageurs Superintendent Bob DeGross highlighting the park's recent 5-year planning process, how reservation fees are making a positive impact, progress on 2017-18 projects, and the opportunity to ask questions.

RSVP here or call 612-333-5424

Parking information: 
There is limited parking available in the MWMO lot. Overflow parking is available on the street in the surrounding neighborhood. Do not park in Tony Jaros’ lot next door. 

 

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Pints for the Park
May
10
5:00 PM17:00

Pints for the Park

A special brewery event for friends and future friends of Voyageurs National Park.

Come enjoy a presentation about moose, a special Voyageurs brew, National Parks games, an outdoor-themed silent auction, and door prizes - all while helping raise friends and funds for Voyageurs National Park Association.

Meet fellow park lovers, or learn about taking your first trip to Voyageurs - we'll have maps and resources to plan your summer trip.

6:00 PM - The Aquatic Moose
Joseph Bump, Associate Professor, Gordon W. Gullion Endowed Chair in Forest Wildlife Research & Education at the University of Minnesota Moose are uniquely adapted to use aquatic habitats and do so for multiple reasons. How are moose uniquely adapted to feed underwater? Why do moose use lakes, ponds, and wetlands? Are the water bodies affected? How do moose link water and land? From this talk you'll hear the latest what, why, and how when it comes to moose and aquatic foraging.

7:00 PM - Trivia
7:30 PM - Silent Auction ends

Urban Growler also has a full dinner menu and plenty of non-beer options!
This event is free for Voyageurs National Park Association members, with a suggested donation of $10 for nonmembers. There will be additional opportunities to join and donate at the event.

Bid on these amazing silent auction items at the event to support Voyageurs!

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Hand-crafted, artisan, Greenland-style, skin on frame sea kayak

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A Duluth Pack

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A paddle making class with Urban Boatbuilders

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A half-day private tour on Rainy Lake with Voyageurs Outfitters

A unique handmade glass piece from Hennepin Made 

A guided fishing trip with Voyageurs Guide Service

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An eagle print from Scott Bemman of Scott and Di Photography

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State of the Park Night
May
1
5:00 PM17:00

State of the Park Night

Join us May 1 at the Ranier Community Hall for the first annual State of the Park event for friends, partners, and neighbors of Voyageurs National Park!

Come hear an update from Voyageurs Superintendent Bob DeGross highlighting the park's recent 5-year planning process, how reservation fees are making a positive impact, progress on 2017-18 projects, and the opportunity to ask questions.

Light refreshments. Free and open to public. Remarks begin at 5:30 p.m.

RSVP on Facebook

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