Science & Research

The northern lights shine in the night sky
Northern lights are one of the spectacular phenomenons that can occur across the skies at Voyageurs.

Air Quality

What you see is not always the same. What you breathe is not always the same. Different air particles (particulates) reduce the view of the lakes, forests, and wetlands, negatively affect our health, and harm wildlife. Research provides information on particulates like nitrogen, sulfur, and mercury that reduce the park's air quality.
Aerial view of the park
Climate change will affect when the lakes of Voyageurs freeze and thaw each season.

Climate Change Research

Addressing the potential impacts of climate change on lands in the National Park System is one of the highest NPS priorities. Climate change will affect all parks in the western Great Lakes Region, including Voyageurs.

Discover for yourself the climate change adaptation planning being done by these parks.

lake and trees
More than a third of the park is water-based.

Aquatic Research

With over 40% of the park being water-covered, monitoring and maintaining the health of Voyageurs National Park aquatic ecosystems is a top priority.

Purple Loosestrife, an exotic plant in the park
Science helps manage the park health.

Inventory & Monitoring

The Inventory and Monitoring Program is part of the National Park Service's effort to improve park management through greater reliance on scientific knowledge.

  • Contaminants
  • Forest Vegetation
  • Songbirds
  • Landscape Dynamics
  • Water Quality
  • Weather and Climate
prescribed burning
Wildfire research is important for the health of the park.

This United States Geological Survey (USGS) Scientific Investigations Report was prepared in cooperation with the National Park Service, Voyageurs National Park.

Black bear in a tree
A black bear sits in a tree.
Wildlife Research

Park staff conduct ongoing research and monitor wildlife like moose, beaver, eagles, and more. Park staff also partner with many other government agencies and learning institutions in order to conduct the most up-to-date research.

Last updated: August 24, 2016

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Mailing Address:

Voyageurs National Park Headquarters
360 Hwy 11 East

International Falls, MN 56649


(218) 283-6600

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