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    Gooseberry Falls Candlelight Ski, Feb 16, Northeastern Minnesota

    Enjoy the winter season as you help with the preparations for Gooseberry Falls State Park’s Annual Candlelight Ski event, Saturday February 16, 2013 near Two Harbors.   This event is very popular and attracts hundreds of visitors to the park, but could not be offered without the assistance of volunteers!    The event includes several miles of ski, snowshoe and hiking trail, plus hot beverages by the fire in the Visitor Center.  A MN Ski pass is required for skiers and can be purchased at the park.  The event will be cancelled in case of poor weather conditions.

    Duties:   Volunteers will break into teams that either set out candles, light them or pick them back up at the end of the evening.  Teams are needed for each of several loops (ski/snowshoe/hiking trail).   Set up time is from about 4 to 6:30 PM and pick up will be from about 8:30 to 10:00 PM.   Depending on snow conditions, trails for classic cross country skiing, snow shoeing and the accessible paved hiking trail to Upper Falls will be dramatically lit by candles.

    Volunteers are also needed to hand out information and refreshments and assist with other activities as early as 2 PM.  Volunteer for the entire evening or just one of the teams/times. Minimum time commitment is 2 hours. Please request you preferred task/time.  Training will be provided.

    Volunteers must be comfortable working in the outdoor environment, i.e. being physically able, and wearing warm winter clothing as needed, etc.   Bring skis or snowshoes (none will be provided) – you don’t need to be an expert, but these are needed to travel on the trails.    Backpacks are also helpful for carrying candle materials.

    There will be a volunteer pot-luck at the Visitor Center after set-up, and there’s also plenty of time to participate in the event in-between volunteer tasks.   If you want to join the potluck, bring something (delicious) to share.  This would be a great group activity asupwards of 40 volunteers are needed for this event.  Older kids are welcome to volunteer with parents – families will work together.

    For more information, contact Shawn Donais, Assistant Park Manager, Gooseberry Falls State Park, 3206 Hwy 61, Two Harbors, MN 55616 at 218-834-3855 or email [email protected] 

    Image courtesy MN Department of Natural Resources

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