From snowshoeing and painting in the park, to special speakers! The National Park Service is hosting activities at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center starting in January offering everyone a chance to experience Voyageurs National Park in the winter.
This special winter event series is sponsored by Voyageurs National Park Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, promoting, and enhancing Voyageurs National Park.
The Paint in the Park event is fee-based. Participation is limited and pre-registration is required. The other events are free and registration is not required. For more information, please call the Rainy Lake Visitor Center at (218) 286-5258.
Night Light Snowshoe Hike
Friday, January 19, 2018
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(Registration/Fee required)
Sunday, January 28, 2018
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 wwww.voyageurs.org
Winter Fun with our Feathered Friends
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Please 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 (gbbc.birdcount.org), and make a bird seed treat to take home. Recommended ages 3 and up. Free.
Tracking by Snowshoe
Sunday, February 18, 2018
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.
Sunday, February 25, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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.
Sunday, March 18, 2018
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.
Sunday, March 25, 2018
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.