The novel corona virus is a threat unlike any the world has seen. Fortunately, so is the response. Giving Tuesday NOW helped to mobilize caring people to support the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and countless other non-profits around the globe, as we help those in need to cope with the many impacts of the pandemic.
Park rangers are doing everything they can with limited resources and fewer seasonal staff to keep the park operating and visitors safe this summer. Your Giving Tuesday NOW donations will help buy the supplies and fund public health awareness efforts.
Plans include adding signage encouraging social distancing and cleanliness on all docks, staircases, trail heads, and vault toilets. Your donations will also help pay for cleaning supplies for remote vault toilets, touch-free thermometers, surface disinfectants, particulate respirators, re-useable face masks, sandwich boards, signs and educational materials.
Friends President Erica Peterson added, “Park visitation will be down this season. It cannot be helped. Some might say the smaller crowds will give the natural environment a rest. There will be no rest, however, for the Friends, especially in light of the 50th Anniversary of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore this year.”
“We are busy adding value to the park experience by other means and deepening ties with those interested in helping us help the park,” she said. “Until you can visit the park in person, please visit our ever-evolving website and like our Facebook page. We’re committed to sharing virtual park experiences and growing our ability to provide education, service and stewardship while we’re practicing ‘Safer at Home.'”
We thank you again for your donations during this global day of giving. If you still want to donate, please do by following the link here. And when you do visit the park, we thank you in advance for using social distancing and other CDC guidance to protect yourself and others. We are all in this together.
Photo credits: Jon Okerstrom on Outer, Michigan and Devils Islands.