Each fall, Voyageurs National Park Association and the National Park Service host the Volunteer Rendezvous, a two-day volunteer blitz in Voyageurs National Park. And you’re invited! People of all ages and skills are welcome to attend – no experience is necessary. National Park Service staff will provide you with the tools and training required to make a positive impact on the park.
The Volunteer Rendezvous isn’t all work and no play! We have several fun activities planned, including a boat tour, appreciation dinner, canoeing, and a “Ghosts of Voyageurs” candlelight hike. Volunteers are welcome to sign up for one or both days. Projects often include restoration, planting, invasive species removal or trail clearing.
If you are unable to attend this year, but would like to support our work that weekend with a donation, you can make a gift online through Razoo and put ‘Volunteer Rendezvous’ as the gift designation.
Previous Volunteer Rendezvous Events
In 2013, the 8th annual Volunteer Rendezvous brought 37 volunteers from all over Minnesota to the park to contribute a combined total of 298 hours of service. They completed two key projects, clearing a hiking trail and improving an overgrown cross-country ski trail. Here are some pictures from the event:
In 2012, the group logged 200 hours working on 3 miles of trails and planting over 600 plants. The group helped complete on-the-ground projects at several locations of the park. Staff, volunteers and partners celebrated their hard work with a celebration dinner at Sha Sha Resort.
Ranger Chris Amidon who led the group of volunteers commented, “Through the dedicated efforts of volunteers, Voyageurs National Park accomplishes many projects that furthers our mission of preservation and enjoyment of our inspirational landscape. The fall Volunteer Rendezvous was a great success. People near and far came together to participate in the park’s operation, upkeep, and appreciation, which fostered a spirit of community stewardship.”
Click here to see photos from the 2012 Volunteer Rendezvous.
In 2011, over 30 volunteers teamed up with National Park Service staff to plant trees, shrubs and wildflowers that have cultural and medicinal significance in Ojibwe tradition and are native to Voyageurs’ ecosystem. These plants are a part of the park’s newest educational destination, an ethnobotanical garden at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center. The group logged over 300 hours on the project.
Thank you, volunteers!