Friends volunteers complete Earth Day Community Clean-Up

Friends Earth Day Community Clean-Up volunteers gather at NPS Headquarters

April 20, 2024

Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore volunteers gathered outside of National Park Service Headquarters in Bayfield on a brisk, cloudy Saturday morning to help keep trash out of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. They enjoyed hot coffee and fresh scones before heading out to collect trash. They filled more than a dozen bags by the time their work was done.

Friends 2024 Clean Up volunteers gather outside NPS Headquarters - Bob Jauch photo
Friends clean-up day 20204, yellow "volunteer" vest visible at a beach overlooking the Apostle Islands

We would like to thank today’s volunteers for a job well done.

Friends Executive Director Jeff Rennicke said, “I’ll spare you the pictures of some of the things we found but when you are out there this summer, walking barefoot on a clean beach, take a moment to thank today’s crew for showing up and doing the dirty work.”

Friends clean-up day 20204, Friends flag with cutout of Sen. Gaylord Nelson, father of the national lakeshore and founder of Earth Day

Friends has done a number of Community Clean-Up events to commemorate Earth Day, a global day of environmental activisim founded by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson.

Nelson is also considered the father of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Earth Day and the national lakeshore were both founded in 1970.

We featured Senator Nelson’s contributions as a “History Mystery’ story and created a cardboard cut-out to encourage people to discover the connection. Nelson’s cut-out made an appearance at today’s clean-up event.  You can read that History Mystery story here.

Friends clean-up day 20204, table with coffee and pastries as volunteers get ready for the clean-up
Friends 2024 Clean Up volunteers gather - Bob Jauch photo
Friends 2024 Clean Up two volunteers and dog - Bob Jauch photo
Friends 2024 Clean-Up volunteers prepare to start picking up litter - Bob Jauch photo

Earth Day will be observed two days after our clean-up, on April 22nd, 2024. Organizers say “EARTHDAY.ORG is unwavering in our commitment to end plastics for the sake of human and planetary health, demanding a 60% reduction in the production of ALL plastics by 2040.”
Read more about this year’s Earth Day initiatives and what the National Park Service is doing to reduce our dependence on plastics.

Photos by Jeff Rennicke and Bob Jauch

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