Projects

Protect and Conserve the Park’s Natural and Historic Resources
Connect People to the Park
Enhance the Visitor Experience

 

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Our current initiatives include:

Minmnpl-cover-imagenesota’s National Park Legacy – From the scenic waterways of the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers, to the historic sites steeped in American Indian history at Grand Portage and Pipestone, to the vast waters of Voyageurs, Minnesota has an incredible National Park legacy. We provide resources for teachers and others who are interested in sharing this heritage.

10636457_686425941105_8954305546545620132_oNational Park Teen Ambassador Program – We provide young adults with the opportunity to learn about National Park Service careers and gain new outdoor skills on a multi-day trip to Voyageurs National Park.

Land Preservation Initiative – From time to time, private lands that are within the park boundary come up for sale. We work to purchase these properties so that they can become part of the park and be protected for future generations of Americans to enjoy.

Volunteer Programs – Whether you’d like to get involved at the park or in the Twin Cities, we have a number of exciting volunteer opportunities. You are invited to come to a weekend event or serve on an ongoing basis.

Cruiser Lake Trail – In 2016 Voyageurs National Park Association funded efforts to revitalize the 9.5 mile Cruiser Lake Trail System.

Back Bay Ski Trail – During the 2015 Volunteer Rendezvous VNPA staff and members completed the final stretch of the ski trail enabling its use for the first time in nearly a decade.

Rainy lake Recreation Trail – In 2014 & 2015 VNPA volunteers have planted more than 650 native species along the Rainy Lake Recreation Trail.

Ojibwe Ethnobotanical Garden – In 2015 VNPA volunteers removed invasive species and assisted park staff in establishing a native plants garden highlighting the herbal and medicinal uses of local plants in traditional Ojibwe life.