Month: December 2023 Articles

Stories that capture the wonder and the possibilities of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore are most-read in 2023

Stories that capture the wonder and the possibilities of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore are most-read in 2023

As we raise a glass to embrace the new year, we look back fondly on the momentus year that was 2023 for Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and for the park we love. Thanks to your support, hard work by a growing team of passionate volunteers and by the Friends leadership team, we have a lot to celebrate. With your support we helped more people discover the islands, learn about them, and work to protect them than ever before. We set a record for membership, did more outreach trips, more programs, and successfully completed the largest initiative in our organization’s history:...

Retiring NPS Division Chief Julie Van Stappen reflects on decades of service to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Retiring NPS Division Chief Julie Van Stappen reflects on decades of service to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

After dedicating more than three decades of work to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Julie Van Stappen retires as Chief of Planning and Resource Management at the end of 2023. Julie grew up in Chicago; she spent vacations and later summers in northern Wisconsin. Her love of - and appreciation for - nature and science grew during her college years, during which she studied geology, earned an advanced degree in aquatic ecology and gained experience in the US Forest Service and at various locations in National Park Service before landing her dream job at the Apostle Islands National...

Treasures of the night: Friends to focus on protecting the night sky over the Apostle Islands in 2024 and beyond

Treasures of the night: Friends to focus on protecting the night sky over the Apostle Islands in 2024 and beyond

It begins with a faint glimmer, just a hint of brightness on the northern horizon, then builds, rising like an aria. Soon, the night sky is glowing green and red, dancing with light, shimmering like diamonds. The aurora is out. The northern lights are gleaming above the Apostle Islands. Aurora over Honeymoon Rock - Jeff Rennicke photo“To watch the white sail of a full moon gliding across the stars or see the brushstroke of the Milky Way or the flicker of northern lights painting the night sky is to witness one of true the wonders of the world, a gift of nature,” says Jeff Rennicke, Executive...

New sign helps visitors interpret the spectacular Apostle Islands view from atop Mount Ashwabay

New sign helps visitors interpret the spectacular Apostle Islands view from atop Mount Ashwabay

Whether they're riding the fatbike trails through the woods or hiking up the hill before a Big Top Chautauqua show in summer or carving turns on fresh powder in winter, Mount Ashwabay visitors now have a new connection to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Wenabozho ominisan). This week, crews installed a new interprative sign near the top of the hill at the recreation area just south of Bayfield. The sign aligns with the spectacular view of the lake and the islands, providing visitors with information about what they're seeing from 700 feet above lake level.Based on a design by Friends...

Support your Apostle Islands before the sun sets on 2023

Support your Apostle Islands before the sun sets on 2023

There is still time to add your support of Friends to your year-end giving. Your support at this time of year is vital to the success of the programs we do and the work you help us accomplish in the islands you love.Milky Way over Sand Isand lighthouseTending the Gaylord Nelson GardenHelp protect the dark skies of the Apostle Islands. Help young people experience their beauty, history, and adventure through your support of Island School. Help continue the on-going accessibility projects of the National Park Service in your islands through our Access for All program. Help our volunteers tend...

A conversation with Ojibwe Education Park Ranger Peyton Martinson

A conversation with Ojibwe Education Park Ranger Peyton Martinson

In August, 2023, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, in partnership with Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, announced Peyton Martinson as the newly appointed park ranger cultural educator for Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. “In her new role, Peyton will work with the park’s visitor service and education team to enhance public and staff understanding of Ojibwe culture and help integrate Ojibwe language, traditional knowledge, and Ojibwe perspectives into park operations,” said Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Superintendent Lynne Dominy. “She will continue to work with Ojibwe...

Shop the Friends December sale for holiday gifts

Shop the Friends December sale for holiday gifts

Shop our December sale! Enjoy the discount and order before December 15th for the best chance of arrival before Christmas. Wear your official Friends hat. Drink a holiday toast to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in a Friends mug. Plan for your next paddling adventure in the islands by reading a signed edition of Apostle Islands Water Trips - An Explorer's Guide. Or sit back and admire Jewels on the Water: Lake Superior's Apostle Islands. We're offering these wonderful gifts at a discount for the month of December. Order early to ensure that your gifts arrive in time for Christmas....