Thank You for a Successful Give to the Max Day!

I wanted to take a moment and share my sincere gratitude with you. On Give to the Max Day, you gave a total of $7,357 online, winning us a $6,000 matching grant from a very generous donor. We also received $5,131 in checks! That makes a total of $18,488 raised by you during this special day of giving.

We couldn't have accomplished this without the support of a wonderful community of people who care deeply about Voyageurs National Park.

Your generosity will provide the opportunity for more young people to experience the park through our National Park Teen Ambassador Program. You have made it possible for us to double the number of volunteers who support the park next year. And you are helping us to protect this special place, so that it can be enjoyed by generations of Minnesota families.

I want to recognize and thank each of you who has made a gift, volunteered, mentioned our work to a friend, or shared your photographs of the park with us. We could not do this work without you.

Thank you so much!

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Christina Hausman Executive Director

Teen Ambassadors Return from Paddling Voyageurs

Our national parks are outstanding outdoor classrooms that allow students of all ages to make lasting connections to our natural world. DSCN0013This July, Voyageurs National Park Association worked with the National Park Service and Wilderness Inquiry to send 16 National Park Teen Ambassadors to Voyageurs for a five-day learning expedition.

Most of these young people, who are from the Twin Cities and communities near the park, had never had the opportunity to paddle, camp, or visit the park before.

They had so much fun, gained great confidence, and returned home excited to share their stories and their love of this incredible place. It’s amazing to see how the experience enriched their lives – and it’s our hope that among this group may be the park stewards of the future.

10550185_686425187615_586935509640826770_oVoyageurs is best experienced on the water, and these teens spent many days on or in it. Whether paddling to their campsite or to see a giant floating bog, the large Wilderness Inquiry canoes were their primary mode of transportation, not unlike the park's namesake Voyageur canoes hundreds of years ago.

And while their days were busy meeting park staff and exploring, back at camp, time was always left for a dip in Kabetogama Lake at the end of the day.

As Ranger Melissa Carlson observed, "I 10547870_686425482025_1038371927999178198_oenjoyed hearing about their evenings in camp. They heard loons and owls calling, went swimming, played games, star gazed, and even had a black bear visit camp. Watching this group of strangers come together over the week and see them head home with new friends and great memories was inspiring. The power of nature and being unplugged is undeniable."

Exploring the park was just part of the experience. The teens were able to connect with each other as well. "Some of the people I met, they were pretty extraordinary. And the things we did in camp, like the games and everything," said Angel Anderson.

10628639_686426185615_2640974334899507308_o"It's fun and you get to meet interesting people from all over the state and you get to watch the pretty view and scenery and you get to see animals," said Maly Lee.

To be successful for years to come, we know that it is crucial to engage young people in our National Parks. We want to be sure that young people from Minnesota who have never had the opportunity to paddle, camp, or explore our park have the chance to do so.

This program is made possible by the generosity of our program partners and supporters. You can help, by making a gift to support the Teen Ambassador program.

Thank you!

Click here to see more photos from the 2014 Teen Ambassador trip.

Contact our office to learn more about this program at or calling 612-333-5424 (or sign up for our email newsletter.) We'll let you know when we are recruiting students for next summer's program.