What We Propose to Do: 2017 Projects In Brief

Clear wilderness trails affected by the Summer 2016 wind storm Resurrect Historical Day Marker Navigational Aids at Raspberry Island Light Station  Help fund a ranger’s time for the Island School and pay for transportation Provide funding to help finish constructing an early 1900’s Raspberry Island Lightkeeper’s rowing tender; a 16’ skiff that will be housed atContinue reading “What We Propose to Do: 2017 Projects In Brief”

​Consider Our Challenge: Preserving Parks for the Next 100 Years

      We are seeing the effects of climate change – warmer, wetter and more frequent damaging storms. Last summer saw an extreme rainstorm that caused widespread flooding followed by a violent windstorm that took down trees that have stood for more than a century. In the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, 16 miles ofContinue reading “​Consider Our Challenge: Preserving Parks for the Next 100 Years”

2016 FRIENDS Projects & Activities 

Hosted Coffee House Chat with Park Superintendent on Issues Facing the Park Participated in Madeline Island Wilderness Lecture Series – State of the Park Helped sponsor the celebration to add the Ashland Harbor Lighthouse to the National Lakeshore Manned an informational booth at Apple Fest, Canoecopia, Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo, and Book-Across-The-Bay Submitted aContinue reading “2016 FRIENDS Projects & Activities ”

Check It Out! For NPS History Buffs

​Get To Your Park Online: Michigan Island Fresnel Lens Featured in Google Cultural Institute     Google recently partnered with the National Park Service to make their museum collection more available to explore online. Their NPS Museum Collection, Centennial One Object Exhibit, will let you browse over 3,800 historically and culturally significant objects of interest byContinue reading “Check It Out! For NPS History Buffs”

​Taking the Park to Ashland

      On the corner of 9th Ave W and Main, with a view of the Lake, stands a new mural in Ashland’s Mural Walk. Dedicated this past spring, artist Sue Martinsen painted 13 postcard landscapes in celebration of the National Park’ Service’s 100th birthday. Sue said she placed herself in each scene, feltContinue reading “​Taking the Park to Ashland”

​Calling All Paddlers or Would-Be Paddlers

Paddling Book Written by “Friends” Supporter, John Frank      Some would argue that the best way to experience the Islands is with a paddle in your hands and a sea kayak between you and the water. John Frank’s book “Apostle Islands Water Trips” makes it possible with personal and interpretive stories supported by 25Continue reading “​Calling All Paddlers or Would-Be Paddlers”

Giving a Voice to Water: Grant Funds Field Trips for 4th Graders

      Thanks to our partnership with the APIS National Lakeshore, FAINL was one of fourteen awardees (out of 127 applicants) to receive a National Marine Sanctuary Foundation grant for $12,521. The funds will pay for bus and boat transportation for seven coastal community school 4th grade classes in spring and fall 2016, and springContinue reading “Giving a Voice to Water: Grant Funds Field Trips for 4th Graders”

2015 Projects Funded by FRIENDS

Print park newspaper Fund Island School in conjunction with the National Park Service Fund a Kayaking Expedition in the Apostle Islands with students and chaperones from Lake Baikal, Russia Replaced the entrance sign at Meyers Beach Replaced signs as needed throughout the Park Fund the construction and placement of bat boxes Raspberry Island Boathouse engineeringContinue reading “2015 Projects Funded by FRIENDS”