Voyageurs National Park Announces “Winter at Voyageurs Event Series” for 2018

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Date: January 16, 2018
Contact: Tawnya Schoewe, 218-283-6670
Contact: Miranda Challeen, 218-286-5258

International Falls, MN: Voyageurs National Park’s staff is proud to announce the 2018 Winter at Voyageurs Event Series. The events will be held January 19 through March 25, 2018. Most programs are held at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center unless otherwise noted.


The 2018 Winter at Voyageurs Event Series offers something for everyone. From painting on canvas to bird watching, sledding to storytelling, most events are designed for all ages and skill levels. Everyone is welcome to come to the park and explore something new—or something already known and loved—this winter. For more information please visit or


“Part of Voyageurs National Park Association’s mission is to connect people to Voyageurs National Park. We’re proud to co-sponsor this series helping people of all ages embrace the winter, play, and learn in their park,” said Christina Hausman, VNPA Executive Director.


Winter at Voyageurs Event Series Line-up:


Night Light Snowshoe Hike

Friday, January 19, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Voyageurs National Park will host a night snowshoe hike near the Rainy Lake Visitor Center as part of International Falls’ Icebox Days. Snowshoe two miles (round trip) with a park ranger and learn about night life in Voyageurs National Park. Snowshoes provided, bring your own headlamp, and meet inside the visitor center. Recommended for all ages. Free.


Painting in the Park
Sunday, January 28, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

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. In this 3-hour class you will walk away with your very own painting of Voyageurs National Park. Registration Required. Class size limited to the first 15 participants, with a minimum class size of six. $50 fee. Register and payment at



Winter Fun with our Feathered Friends
Sunday, February 11, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

lease 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 on February 16th - 19th (, and make a bird seed treat to take home. Recommended ages 3 and up. Free.


Tracking by Snowshoe
Sunday, February 18, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

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, and then embark on a snowshoe hike to search for animal tracks along the Rainy Lake Recreation Trail. Snowshoes provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Free.


Sledding Sunday
Sunday, February 25, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Join park staff and their 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, 2:00 – 4:00 pm 

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. Who are they and what’s going on with birds at Voyageurs? Biologist Ted Gostomski shares some insights from one of the park’s longest running natural resource monitoring programs.


Ted Gostomski is a writer and biologist with the National Park Service’s Inventory and Monitoring Division. He’s been involved with bird monitoring for more than 20 years, and his work currently takes him to nine different national park units in four states. Recommended ages 16 and up. Free.


Let’s Go Camping!
Sunday, March 11, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

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, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

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, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Park Ranger, Eric Grunwald, will give a presentation on America’s largest Rodent, the beaver -- 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.


The “Winter at Voyageurs Event Series” is sponsored in part by Voyageurs National Park Association (VNPA). Voyageurs National Park Association is a 501c3 nonprofit organization serving as the friends group of Voyageurs National Park. VNPA's mission is to connect people to Voyageurs National Park, enhance the visitor experience, and protect the park for present and future generations. Since the park's establishment, VNPA has served as a partner with the National Park Service in empowering park stewards, implementing special projects with financial and volunteer support, and working to preserve the visitor experience and wild nature of the park for future generations. Learn more at


About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 413  national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at


Last updated: January 23, 2018

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