Mission, Vision and Values

Voyageurs National Park Association is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Our Mission

Voyageurs National Park Association’s mission is to connect people to Voyageurs National Park, enhance the visitor experience, and protect the park for present and future generations.

Our Vision

Voyageurs National Park is a celebrated, ecologically and historically significant park where people can learn, explore, volunteer, and enjoy sustainable recreation, leaving its wild character unimpaired for future generations.

Our Methods

VNPA promotes Voyageurs National Park through outreach activities and educational materials.

VNPA protects the Park by monitoring potential threats, mobilizing constituents, and advocating for protection of the Park’s resources.

VNPA enhances visitor experiences by supporting Park maintenance, events, and publications through hands-on volunteer and financial contributions.

Our Values

The protection and preservation of natural spaces is as important for the welfare of humankind as it is for the flora and fauna that inhabit those spaces.

The enabling legislation creating the Voyageurs National Park provides an appropriate level of protection and usage of the park.

Promotion and expanded use of the park must be compatible with protecting the Park.

To meet our mission and protect the Voyageur National Park ecosystem, we accomplish more by cooperating with our stakeholders than working alone.

Our History

Voyageurs National Park Association (VNPA) was established in 1965 by a group of leading and farsighted citizens working to protect lands in the Rainy, Kabetogama, Namakan, and Sand Point Lakes region of northern Minnesota.

Their goal was to establish a national park that would recognize the important sociocultural history of the region and preserve the unique natural and scenic treasures it contained for the enjoyment by all Americans for generations to come. The founders and early directors of VNPA included former Minnesota Governor Elmer L. Andersen, Judge Ed Chapman, Wayne Judy, Martin Kellogg, Sigurd Olson, Wallace Dayton, and Wheelock Whitney. These individuals and others led the organization in its efforts to lobby local, state, and federal legislators and to inform and educate the public about the importance and reasons for creating the park. As a result of the work of VNPA and many other groups and individuals, Voyageurs National Park was officially created in 1975.

Since then, VNPA has continued as Voyageurs National Park’s leading voice for both protection and promotion of its resources, and as a partner with the National Park Service in providing direct financial support, planning and implementing special projects, and working together to preserve the visitor experience and wild nature of the Park for future generations.