The National Park Teen Ambassadors recently returned from an outdoor learning expedition in Voyageurs National Park.

Staff from partner organizations Wilderness Inquiry, Voyageurs National Park Association, and the National Park Service guided the group on the wilderness excursion. The teens paddled canoes, camped for three nights, spotted a grey wolf in Namakan Narrows, stargazed, swam, and hiked in the park's remote Interior Lakes. The group also toured historical and geological sites in the park, learned about bald eagle and invasive species research, and met with representatives from the International Joint Commission. The trip was designed to give teens from underserved and under-engaged populations a memorable national park experience that they could share with their peers. The group will also be giving presentations to middle school students this fall. Most of the Ambassadors, who were from the Twin Cities and International Falls areas, had never visited the park before.   

"Giving youth the opportunity to spend quality time outdoors has never been more important. We are so pleased that we had the partners who could make this happen and that there were 18 brave teens to try it out." Park Superintendent, Mike Ward.  Read more.    


Volunteers needed Saturday at Volunteer Rendezvous

Volunteer at Your National Park September 7-8!   

There are a still a few openings for volunteers to help with projects at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center Ojibwe ethnobotanical garden on Saturday, September 8.  Click here for more details.   

Contact VNPA at or 612.333.5424 to register. 

Voyageurs National Park to Complete Discussions of Reservations and Fees with Gateway Communities 
Park officials have resumed discussions of a proposed campsite reservation and amenity fee program with various stakeholders and the public. There will also be a series of public meetings at the park headquarters in September. Click for details.
The park has created a phone number (218-283-6708) for the public to call and be able to express their concerns or support for the reservations and costs for campsites. 
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