Together we can protect and promote everything we love about Minnesota's Voyageurs National Park. Thank you for your support.
About our work:
Voyageurs National Park Association (VNPA) was organized in 1965 to establish Minnesota's Voyageurs National Park. Since its creation, we have served as the leading voice for Voyageurs National Park, advocating on behalf of its wild resources and providing support in education, youth engagement, stewardship, promotion and land preservation.
Your contribution supports these priorities for Voyageurs National Park:
We work with willing sellers to complete public ownership of private lands within the boundaries of Voyageurs National Park. Our goal is to ensure these lands are restored to native vegetation, protected for wildlife habitat, and opened to the public for outdoor exploration and enjoyment. Last year we purchased a 61.55-acre property on the Kempton Channel of Rainy Lake on behalf of Voyageurs National Park. The Kempton Channel purchase is the largest yet under VNPA’s Land Preservation Initiative; it will be transferred to the park by early 2014.
Kids to the Park Initiative
How do we develop a lasting connection between our youth and our national parks? Take them there.
National parks are outstanding outdoor classrooms that, through outdoor recreation and hands-on stewardship, can foster a lifelong appreciation of our environment. The National Park Teen Ambassador program is a free environmental stewardship and education program that introduces a young and diverse audience to National Park sites in Minnesota. Working with our partners Wilderness Inquiry and the National Park Service, VNPA has successfully piloted the program for two years with 30 Ambassadors.
We work with partners to advocate on behalf of Voyageurs' natural resources, because we believe visitors and wildlife deserve clean air and clean waters in a national park and each new generation has the right to experience large tracts of natural spaces.
VNPA and partner organizations work to oppose the construction of a hydroelectric dam on Canada’s Namakan River in the heart of the Voyageurs, Quetico and Boundary Waters wilderness area. Hydroelectric development in this sensitive, pristine environment would have a significant impact on the ecosystem of the surrounding public lands and the wildlife therein, particularly on threatened species.
Each year, we organize a fall Volunteer Rendezvous in the park. The two-day volunteer blitz brings together park stewards of all ages and provides tangible project results in the park. This year, 37 volunteers from all over Minnesota logged 300 hours of service clearing a hiking trail and a ski trail.
Research & Education
Voyageurs is a hub for scientific research—current studies are being conducted on moose, wolves, deer ticks, and water quality, just to name a few. VNPA sponsored a ground-breaking conference on moose and climate change. In 2014, VNPA will provide direct philanthropic support for climate-friendly initiatives, wildlife research and visitor education on land preservation and climate change.