VNPA is dedicated to protecting and promoting everything you love about Voyageurs National Park. Thank you for your support!
Together we can explore, protect and enhance Voyageurs National Park! Please join us.
About our work:
Voyageurs National Park Association (VNPA) was organized in 1965 to establish Minnesota's only 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, with the goals to restore developed acreage to a pristine natural state, improve scenic views, and open the spaces for all park visitors to enjoy. This 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.
Kids to the Park Initiative
National Parks, Children and Stewardship…
A natural combination, but one we need to proactively encourage given current trends: children spending too much time in front of screens and the graying of our park visitors. At VNPA, we are focused on programs to engage youth, from our classroom travel grants to last summer’s National Park Teen Ambassador program.
We advocate on behalf of Voyageurs' resources, because we believe: visitors and wildlife deserve clean air and clean waters in a national park…scenic views should not be marred by blinking cell towers…each new generation has the right to experience large tracts of natural spaces.
Each year, we organize a fall Volunteer Rendezvous in the park. The annual two-day volunteer blitz brings together park stewards and provides tangible project results for Voyageurs. This year, the group logged 200 hours working on 3 miles of trails and planting over 600 plants. Volunteers helped complete on-the-ground projects at several locations of the park.
Science & 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, and sponsors boat tours for 4th-grade field trips to the Kabetogama Peninsula for pond studies. In 2012, VNPA provided funding for the park's first 'Night Explorer' series, an astronomy program for all ages.