Winter at Voyageurs Event Series

Embrace the Cold. Play and Learn. Find Your Park.

From snowshoeing and painting, to special programs! The National Park Service is hosting activities offering everyone a chance to experience Voyageurs National Park in the winter. Check out additional winter information on the park’s website:

Voyageurs Ice and Trails Conditions Report                     Winter Activities

The painting workshop is fee-based. All other events are free and registration is not required. For more information, please call the Rainy Lake Visitor Center (218) 286-5258.

Voyageurs National Park Association is proud to partner with the National Park Service on this series. VNPA is a community-funded nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, promoting, and enhancing Voyageurs National Park.

Night Light Snowshoe Hike
Friday, January 19, 2018
6:00-7:30 PM
Rainy Lake Visitor Center
All are invited to bring a headlamp and join park staff on a night snowshoe hike through the park’s boreal forest and along the icy shorelines of Rainy Lake. Afterwards, warm up by a campfire. Bring your own or use the park’s snowshoes. Recommended ages 4 and up. Free.
Painting in the Park ($50 fee; registration is required)
Sunday, January 28, 2018
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Rainy Lake Visitor Center
Would you paint if you knew how? Here is your chance to learn that painting can be fun and for everyone. Join local artist, Cherie Serrano, as she walks you through the steps to get the results you want. This is a 3-hour class where you will walk away with your very own painting.  Registration required. Class size limited to the first 15 participants. $50 fee.
Winter Fun with Our Feathered Friends
Sunday, February 11, 2018
2:00-4:00 PM
Rainy Lake Visitor Center
Join local Naturalist and Environmental Educator, Noelle Grunwald, for a family friendly program about birds. Participants will learn how to identify winter birds common to Voyageurs National Park, discuss how to become a citizen scientist for the upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count February 16-19 (, and make a bird seed treat to take home. Recommended ages 3 and up. Free
Tracking by Snowshoe
Sunday, February 18, 2018
2:00-4:00 PM
Rainy Lake Visitor Center
Winter seems like a quiet time in Voyageurs National Park, but animal tracks in the snow tell a different story. Join Park Ranger, Lisa Maass, as she helps you unlock the mystery of who is running, walking, and hopping around the park in the winter. Visitors will learn hands-on tracking skills indoors, then embark on a snowshoe hike. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Free.
Sledding Sunday
Sunday, February 25, 2018
2:00-4:00 PM
Lake Kabetogama
Join park staff and other families at Voyageurs National Park’s Kabetogama Lake Sledding Hill for an afternoon of sledding. Participants should bring their own sleds. Afterwards, warm up by a campfire. Recommended ages 2 and up. Free.
What Can We Learn From the Early Morning Bird Choir?
Sunday, March 4, 2018
2:00-4:00 PM
Rainy Lake Visitor Center

Between 1997 and 2013, the populations of eight songbirds nesting in Voyageurs National Park declined at rates of 1% to 6% per year. Only one species increased during that time. What’s going on with birds at Voyageurs? Biologist Ted Gostomski shares some insights from one of the park’s longest-rinning natural resource monitoring programs. Recommended ages 16 and up. Free.

Let’s Go Camping!
Sunday, March 11, 2018
2:00-4:00 PM
Rainy Lake Visitor Center
What is it like to camp in Voyageurs National Park? Join Park Ranger, Lisa Maass, as she guides you through planning, packing, and experiencing a camp-out in the park. Visitors may participate in camping activities, stories, and s’mores by the fire! Recommended ages 5 and up. Free.
Winter Storytelling
Sunday, March 18, 2018
2:00-4:00 PM
Rainy Lake Visitor Center
There is something timeless about our shared human stories and the way they link us to the land. Join Park Ranger, Miranda Challeen, in sharing stories of Voyageurs National Park. Recommended ages 6 and up. Free.
  Remarkable Rodents
Sunday, March 25, 2018
2:00 PM
Rainy Lake Visitor CenterPark Ranger, Eric Grunwald will host a discussion about beavers — their history, behavior, and the important role beavers play in the ecosystem of Voyageurs National Park. Hands-on activities for all ages.  Recommended ages 8 and up. Free.