Our Projects

Lighthouse and kayakers, Apostle Islands - Lake SuperiorOur mission is to promote an appreciation for and preservation of the natural environment and cultural heritage of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

The Friends mission statement guides the Board of Directors as they determine what projects within the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore will be supported each year.

Some projects, printing of the Park newsletter for example, simply require money. Thanks to the generous support of Friends, those projects continue to be on-going.

Other projects require volunteer time, and the opportunity to join other supporters of these Islands out on the Islands "doing something meaningful."

Projects Completed

-2013-

Fund Island School Student Transportation to the Park
Print Park Newspaper
Fund brush cutter for use in the Park
Fund the Gaylord Nelson Memorial Garden at the Park Headquarters in Bayfield
Fund the swing at Raspberry Island

-2012-

Complete Fundraising for Raspberry Island Boathouse Restoration Project (begins in 2013)
Fund Island School Student Transportation to the Park
Print Park Newspaper
Matching Grant for the Real Time Wave Observation System at the Mainland Sea Caves
Fund Sea Caves Watch postcard printing (50%)
Fund Informational Signage

-2011-

On-going Fundraising for Raspberry Island Boathouse Restoration Project
Print Park Newspaper
Fund “Around the Archipelago” Lecture Series
2 Wayside Exhibit Bases, Sand Island
Wayside Exhibit Base, Mainland Trail at Mainland Sea Caves
Bench, Mainland Trail at Mainland Sea Caves
2 Aluminum Picnic Tables
Match Directed Gifts for Bear Boxes
Plants and Mulch, Gaylord Nelson Memorial Garden
Volunteer Work Project, Hadland Fish Camp Cabin
Materials for Benson Cabin, Rocky Island

-2010-

Fundraising for Raspberry Island Boathouse Restoration Project begins - 3-Year Major Project Fundraiser
Print Park Newspaper
Fund “Around the Archipelago” Lecture Series
Match Directed Gifts for Bear Boxes
Fund Park Lecture Series
Fund Visitor Services, Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center
Volunteer Work Project, Hadland Fish Camp Cabin
Fund Gaylord Nelson Memorial Garden
Conservation Community Project, Signage

-2009-

Publish National Lakeshore Newsletter
Fund "Around the Archipelago" Lecture Series
Match funding the development of a "real-time wave climate observation system" for the Mainland Sea Caves
Match directed gifts for bear boxes

-2008-

Fund reopening of the Manitou Island Fish Camp
Publish National Lakeshore Newsletter
Fund "Around the Archipelago" Lecture Series
Purchase two benches to be placed near the Presque Isle Dock
Match funding the development of a "real-time wave climate observation system" for the Mainland Sea Caves
Match directed gifts for bear boxes

-2007-

Furnishings & Exhibits for Raspberry Island Light
Park Ranger at Meyers Beach
"Around the Archipelago" Lecture Series
Park Newspaper Printing
Gaylord Nelson Memorial Garden
Vertical rub rails for Rocky Island dock Extended hours at Bayfield Visitor Center
Brochures priority natural resource issues
Pathfinders environmental project
Volunteer work projects on Stockton Island, Little Sand Bay, and Raspberry Island

- 2006 -

Re-roof Hadland Fish Camp
Replace/install Wayside Exhibits On Islands and Mainland
Around the Archipelago Lecture Series
Meyers Beach Ranger & SCA Intern
Park Newspaper Printing
Lake Superior Pathfinders

- 2005 -

Around the Archipelago Lecture Series
Meyers Beach Ranger
Park Newspaper Printing
Hadland Fish Camp Painting
Sponsor of Gaylord Nelson Wilderness Celebration
Lake Superior Pathfinders

- 2004 -

Historical study of Rocky Island Fishing Community