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Friends launches new website focused on discovery and accessibility

Friends launches new website focused on discovery and accessibility

As part of our mission to inspire more people to fall in love with and help us support and protect the park, Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore launched a new website. The new friendsoftheapostleislands.org offers stunning visuals, a new way to discover the park before your next adventure and new tools designed to make the site more accessible to people of all abilities. "The new website showcases the rugged beauty of the islands in a way that touches your heart," said Executive Director Jeff Rennicke. "From there, our goal is to help everyone learn about this wonderful place...

The Apostle Islands School: A Rite of Passage for Chequamegon Bay Youth

The Apostle Islands School: A Rite of Passage for Chequamegon Bay Youth

By Erica Peterson For me, the history of the Apostle Islands School reads like a logbook—full of sketches, personal reflections, images, challenges, and surprising outcomes. It’s stuffed with lesson plans, menus, Ojibwe words, and most importantly, the life changing comments and stories from over five thousand students who spent three special days in the heart of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.  The Apostle Islands are among the most beautiful places in the world. Lake Superior is a master at carving a landscape, painting a skyscape, adding adventure to any experience, and instilling a...

Badges of honor: Celebrating Junior Rangers

Badges of honor: Celebrating Junior Rangers

Raise your right hand and repeat after the ranger: “I am proud to be a National Park Service Junior Ranger. I promise to appreciate, respect, and protect all national park places. I also promise to continue learning about the landscape, plants, animals, and history of these special places. I will share what I learn with my friends and family.” With that oath, and a completed Junior Ranger booklet, you too can join the millions of people, the young and the young-at-heart, who have become Junior Rangers with the National Park Service (NPS). The NPS Junior Ranger program is an activity-based...

Through a child’s eyes

Through a child’s eyes

The “Most Important Things” book project brings the islands alive through the eyes, and senses, of local fourth graders. When adults gaze out at the Apostle Islands, they may see lighthouses, or a chance for adventure, or the relaxation of miles of sandy beaches to comb. But what does a fourth grader see when she visits the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore? What catches their eyes? What are the most important things in our park to them? A new book, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: Most Important Things, may just hold the answers. Born out of a collaboration between dedicated fourth...

A is for Apostle Islands—virtual book reception and reading on April 26

A is for Apostle Islands—virtual book reception and reading on April 26

Join this celebration of the Apostle Islands 50th and the forthcoming book A is for Apostle Islands, an ABC book for all ages! Bayfield Poet Laureate Lucy Tyrrell will lead this virtual "page turn" journey from Apostle Islands and Anishinaabe to Zigzag Goldenrod. The 26 contributing artists will talk briefly about their ABC art, and the 26 poets will read their poems. The first 100 attendees can use this  Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/92422641307 with Passcode: 036742. Please join by 5:55 p.m. The program begins at 6 p.m. on April 26th.

Watch now: celebrating the science, arts and future of the Apostle Islands

Watch now: celebrating the science, arts and future of the Apostle Islands

Hundreds watched the virtual Apostle Islands 50th Anniversary Resource Stewardship Symposium event live. If you missed it – or want to watch some of your favorite sessions again – now you can, on the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore website. Watch, learn and enjoy hearing from experts in all aspects of the national lakeshore, as we celebrate the first 50 years of the park we love and look to the future. If you’re a recreational user of the park – a paddler, a camper, a hiker, a sailor, a boater, or a lighthouse lover, the Apostle Islands 50th Anniversary Resource Stewardship...

Lakeshore Logbook – Sheree Peterson

Lakeshore Logbook – Sheree Peterson

As part of our 50th Anniversary celebration, we are collecting and sharing the stories of people connected to the islands, whether they are park guests, former residents or former park employees. This is the ninth in our series called “Lakeshore Logbook,” a collection of memories provided by former National Park Service employees. Living and working in the park on a day to day basis, they’ve experienced a lot to be sure. We hope you enjoy their perspectives. Sheree Peterson worked as a seasonal ranger starting in 1978.  "I came to work at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (APIS) in May...

Under the surface and Zaaga’igan Ma’iinganag (lakewolves)

Under the surface and Zaaga’igan Ma’iinganag (lakewolves)

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (APIS) has personally impacted the lives of people across the nation. Lake Superior permeates nearly every aspect of Park visitor experience, forming the bonds between ecological, cultural, and deeply personal dimensions of the Park. Connections between our well-being and the protected waters of the Park are important but not always easy to access, maintain or articulate for all people. Under the Surface and Zaaga’igan Ma’iinganag (Lakewolves) are sister programs that provide literally immersive experiences to teens in the Apostle Islands. Northwest...

Through the eyes of 4th graders

Through the eyes of 4th graders

Through the Eyes of Fourth Graders is a book written and illustrated by students about their experiences in the natural environments of the area. This presentation shares that journey, the experiences, lessons and most importantly, the thoughts expressed by young people through words and images. The objectives of environmental education programs are to develop participant awareness, sensitivity and the understanding of their affective relationship to the natural environment, usually through conceptual knowledge and personal experience. Recent, evidence-based studies suggest that experiences...

Island School in 32nd Year

Island School in 32nd Year

It is hard to determine who benefits most from every year’s Island School experience – 3 days of wilderness camping on Stockton Island in May. The 6-8th graders give up classroom learning and social media for a hands-on, once–in–a lifetime experience with Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands. The Northland College students who participate as educators use this to jump-start their careers. NPS staff that lead the project are rewarded with a sense of purpose outside their normal responsibilities as rangers. And “Friends” is glad to further our mission to promote an appreciation for, and...