Friends of Voyageurs National Park
Park Stewardship and Cooperative Conservation
The Friends of Voyageurs National Park is an award winning non-profit organization working to advance the natural, historic, and educational activities at Voyageurs National Park. The organization was formed by a group of park supporters in 1995.
Currently, the Friends are promoting stewardship through projects, programs, and education to help meet the growing demand for outdoor recreation and natural resource protection.
By joining the Friends of Voyageurs National Park, you support the cooperative efforts of the organization that help people enjoy the beauty of this magnificent place.
Your membership dues are a great help but we also encourage you to become an active participant in the exciting projects we do. Remember, this is everyone's park.
The Friends are a registered, non-profit organization. Your contributions are tax deductible.
FRIENDS OF VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK PROJECTS
Friends of Voyageurs National Park sponsors the childrens' activity tables at each of the three park visitor centers.
The Friends of VNP schedules Beaver Club Dinners from time to time to honor those early explorers and to celebrate winter.
The Friends of VNP receives most of its funding through membership donations.
New members are always welcome and meetings are open to the public.
Excellence in Interpretation Support Award
In April 2006 the National Association for Interpretation Region V recognized the Friends of Voyageurs National Park with an award for Excellence in Interpretive Support.
Then, Friends President, Jo Kallemeyn, along with her husband Larry, attended the NAI Region V award banquet in Dubuque, Iowa, April 7, to accept the award.
In the nomination for the award, it was noted that the Friends of Voyageurs National Park recognized the importance of the park’s interpretive programs and special events as a means to invite visitors to learn about and explore the park. They also acknowledge the value of providing opportunities for area residents to experience the national park that is in their backyard. In 1996, the Friends raised funds during an Earth Day “March for Parks” event to help build a hiking trail in an area of the park where one did not exist. The impact of this contribution is significant because this trail is accessible by car. Being a water-based park, most of Voyageurs’ facilities are accessible only by boat. The Friends knew the value of providing a land-based trail for visitors who arrive without a boat. The park has used this trail for guided bird hikes. Two successful initiatives of the Friends that contributed to lasting benefits for interpretation were the purchase of snowshoes for park programs in 1998 and cross-country skis in 2000. The park conducts snowshoe programs with area schools and interpreters lead guided snowshoe hikes. The Friends sponsored a “Get the Lead Out” campaign informing visitors about the impacts of using lead fishing tackle on the park’s loon population. During this campaign the Friends provided non-lead alternatives for visitors to exchange for their lead tackle. The Friends have donated funds for the continuation of the following interpretive programs: weekly winter programs, weekly summer special speaker series, National Park week, children’s activity areas, program advertisement and publication of the park’s annual newspaper. The group clearly deserves the honor of the Excellence in Interpretive Support award from NAI Region V. For over ten years the Friends of VNP have repeatedly demonstrated that they recognize the value of interpretation.
Did You Know?
You can see the park just as the voyageurs did over 200 years ago. Each summer the park offers guided trips aboard a 26-foot North Canoe.