Celebrate Earth Day 2022 by taking our quiz

Friends Earth Day 2022

How much do you know about the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore? The park has one big thing in common with Earth Day, the global event that started the modern environmental movement. That common thread is Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, a leading advocate for establishing the National Lakeshore and for the environment.

Gaylord Nelson
Senator Gaylord Nelson

Nelson served both as Senator from Wisconsin and Governor of the state. He is often described as “the father of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.”

During eight years filled with proposals, debate and compromise, Nelson faced and overcame obstacles including procedural bottlenecks, local resistance, Native American suspicion, and a National Park Service that often seemed indifferent at best to the idea.

As one close observer noted, the creation of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore “involved the presidential administrations of Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, resulted in twelve bills and bill drafts being written and rewritten… and produced thousands of pages of congressional testimony and hearing records.”

Without Gaylord Nelson’s unmatched political acumen and years of commitment to public service, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore would not exist.  We featured Senator Nelson during our 50th Anniversary History Mystery event. Take the quiz, then read more about him and his role in creating the park.

Earth Day 2022 Apostle Islands Quiz

Both the first Earth Day and the designation of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore occurred in the same year. What year was it?
What is the total acreage of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore?
The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore includes how many light towers?
These islands have worn many names. Which Island, known to the Ojibwe as Gaagaaiwanzhikaag-minis, has also been known as Texas, Hemlock, and Shoe?
True or False: There was once another island in the Apostles situated between Eagle Island and the mainland.
There are several different types of sandstone found within the park. Which type of sandstone is responsible for the famous sea caves on the mainland, Sand Island, and Devils Island?
In 2004, President George W. Bush signed into law the creation of the Gaylord A. Nelson National Wilderness which now protects 80% of the Lakeshore including parts of all the islands except:
The islands are important habitat for many types of wildlife, including birds. How many bird species have been identified in the Apostle Islands?
How many visitors did the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore receive in 2021?
How much has Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore raised in support of the park and park projects over the course of its history?


8-10 correct: Fantastic! You should consider being a park volunteer and sharing your excellent knowledge of the park with others (sign up on our website for ways you can help)

5-7 correct: Great work! These islands can be surprising and are always interesting. Check out our website to learn even more.

0-4 correct: The Apostle Islands hold many mysteries and wonderful opportunities for learning more. Check out our website to continue your exploration of your park.

Now that you’ve tested your knowledge of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, here’s a link to a variety of Earth Day quizzes from earthday.org, the official Earth Day website. You’ll find quizzes on climate and emissions, individual action and conservation and restoration. You can also learn about the history of the Earth Day movement.