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Paddle, picnic, and play on National Public Lands Day

Posted 9/14/22

VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK— National Public Lands Day is set for Saturday, Sept. 24, and the Voyageurs Conservancy has organized a number of family-friendly outdoor activities to mark the …

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Paddle, picnic, and play on National Public Lands Day

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VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK— National Public Lands Day is set for Saturday, Sept. 24, and the Voyageurs Conservancy has organized a number of family-friendly outdoor activities to mark the occasion. All the events are free and are based near the Rainy Lake Visitors Center.
The Conservancy is the official charitable partner of Voyageurs National Park and it regularly organizes and provides financial support for special events in the park. It’s inviting area residents and visitors to mark the end of a challenging season as well as celebrate the impact that public lands have on the quality of life here in the U.S. The Conservancy and its volunteers will be joined in this event by program partner Wilderness Inquiry and their traveling Canoemobile program.
Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, National Public Lands Day is traditionally the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort.
Among the events scheduled are:
Canoemobile,
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Rainy Lake boat launch.
Explore Rainy Lake with Wilderness Inquiry’s Canoemobile. Enjoy a “floating classroom” experience in a 10-person canoe, launching on the hour at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. It’s a great opportunity for children fourth grade and up. Life jackets will be provided and no prior paddling experience is required.
Native garden tour
10 a.m.- 1 p.m. in the garden outside the visitors center.
Have you ever wondered about wildflowers that pop up in your garden unannounced? Should you let them stay or treat them as party crashers? During this program you will spend a half-hour touring the Voyageurs ethnobotanical garden and learn to identify both native plant species and invasive weeds that are not so nice as they may look, followed by a half-hour of hands-on garden invasive species removal stewardship. Participants may also complete the Garden Junior Ranger booklet to earn a special Garden Ranger badge. Good for all ages.
Solar system on a string, 11 a.m., at the Rainy Lake recreation trailhead near the visitors center.
Come learn about the wonders of the solar system. Participants will journey through the solar system and visit each planet along the way to learn more about these fascinating worlds and appreciate the distance of objects in space.
Wolf Talk, at noon at the picnic area near the Rainy Lake boat launch.
Join young scientist Maeve Tuley as she shares the secret lives of wolves of the greater Voyageurs ecosystem and what it’s like to research and study them. Maeve will share surprising facts about wolves and dispel some of the harmful misconceptions about them.

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