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.
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
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.