Giving Tuesday 2020

Removing barriers for people of all abilities to explore the Apostle Islands is a core mission of the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Achieving that mission takes many forms and your donation can play an important role. We encourage all park lovers to “unleash your generosity” on Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2020.


Through grants and donations, the Friends are actively funding a new, universally accessible amphitheater to be installed next spring on Stockton Island. Materials for the boardwalk and platform build are now staged on the mainland, awaiting transport to Stockton. (The pandemic and logistics issues delayed construction, which had been anticipated to happen this summer.) Your Giving Tuesday investment can help fund the seating for this important project.

Artist's rendering of what the new amphitheater might look like
Artist’s rendering of what the new amphitheater might look like.

The Friends are now beginning to raise awareness and funds for a major accessibility project at Meyers Beach. The goal is to make it easier for people of all abilities to get to the beach and to transport their kayaks with much less effort. Conceptual work is now under way.

The current staircase at Meyers Beach.
Hauling those boats up and down the current wooden staircase is not easy.

Options under consideration include a new, wider staircase and an ADA-compliant gradual path to the beach, which can accommodate both wheelchairs and kayak carts.

Conceptual drawing

The Friends has also supported construction of an accessible viewing platform at Little Sand Bay on the mainland.

A father and son enjoy the raised viewing platform at Little Sand Bay.

The Wilderness Accessibility Funds we raise with your help will help the National Park Service implement projects that would otherwise take decades to accomplish if park funding were the sole source of funding.

We thank you in advance for your investment in accessibility on Giving Tuesday, 2020 and look forward to seeing you in the park we love.


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A digital birthday card to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore from the National Park Service

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is the jewel of Lake Superior in large part due to the hard work and dedication of the National Park Service.

We join the Park Service team members in celebrating the first 50 years of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and we thank them for protecting the park we all love and for providing park visitors with safe, educational and exciting experiences.

Enjoy this digital birthday card filled with wonderful birthday greetings. And for an update on the celebration to come, visit this story. We’re just getting started!

We’ve created lots of ways for you to add your voice and your photos to our digital birthday card. Choose the method that works best for you:

  • Fill in the form below to send us your birthday greeting message. We’ll add it to the growing list at the bottom of the page.
  • If you want to share favorite photos of you, your family and friends enjoying the park, send those to us along with a little bit about the story behind them at our special email address, friendsoftheapostleislandsnl@gmail.com. We’ll be adding slide shows to this page as images come in.
  • You can also post birthday greetings and photos to the Friends facebook page and we’ll add them to the card.

Submit your Happy Birthday greeting below:

A digital birthday card to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore from our partners

We join our Friends of the Apostle Islands partners in celebrating the first 50 years of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and we thank them for supporting the park we all love. Many of these people and their companies also help to make visiting the National Lakeshore an unforgettable experience to be treasured. Enjoy this digital birthday card filled with wonderful birthday greetings.

And for an update on the celebration to come, visit this story. We’re just getting started!

Looking for another way to celebrate the park? Many of the businesses have created commemorative keepsakes and other products to go along with the birthday cake. Shop 50th Anniversary merchandise to share the spirit of our special place on Lake Superior. Some of the items are available online. You can buy others on your next visit to the Bayfield area.

We’ve created lots of ways for you to add your voice and your photos to our digital birthday card. Choose the method that works best for you:

  • Fill in the form below to send us your birthday greeting message. We’ll add it to the growing list at the bottom of the page.
  • If you want to share favorite photos of you, your family and friends enjoying the park, send those to us along with a little bit about the story behind them at our special email address, friendsoftheapostleislandsnl@gmail.com. We’ll be adding slide shows to this page as images come in.
  • You can also post birthday greetings and photos to the Friends facebook page and we’ll add them to the card.

Submit your Happy Birthday greeting below:

Where in the park is Neil? The final answer is “making memories”

As part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, we’re going on a virtual tour with Neil Howk, a man who has spent decades exploring the islands and teaching people about what makes them special. He knows the islands like the back of his hand.

In the past five months we have explored Apostle Islands National Lakeshore with Neil as he visited nearly every island in the park. (Did you notice which one he missed?)

On September 26, we are observing Apostle Islands National Lakeshore’s 50th anniversary.  A wonderful thing about this place is that visitors tend to come here to mark special events in their own lives.

As we bring “Where in the Park is Neil” to a close, we are returning to one of Neil’s favorite spots in the park where he and his wife celebrated their first wedding anniversary. 

In September 1984, Neil and his wife Susan spent their anniversary on Raspberry Island.  These slides are from that trip.

There have been a few changes to the island in the past 36 years, but it is still recognizable.  For a more detailed virtual tour of Raspberry Island, visit the National Park Service website.

By the way, the only island that Neil missed on his virtual tour of the park was Ironwood.  Thanks for sharing this journey and stay tuned for upcoming further adventures around the park.  Happy Anniversary Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. 

To catch up on all of Neil’s adventures, click here to view the entire series.

You can find updates about NPS operations on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. For more information about Apostle Islands National Lakeshore,  call (715) 779-3398 or visit go.nps.gov/ApostleConditions.

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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Kicks Off its 50th Anniversary

BAYFIELD, WISCONSIN (National Park Service) – Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and its partners will celebrate its 50th year with a year-long series of virtual and carefully planned community events beginning on Saturday, September 26, 2020.   

“We are very fortunate to be the caretakers of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and honored to be a part of engaging so many people in celebrating its legacy and future,” said Superintendent Lynne Dominy.

“As Wisconsin’s only national lakeshore, Apostle Islands will spend the entire year celebrating what the lakeshore means to the residents of Wisconsin and the many visitors who travel here each year.” 

Lynne dominy, superintendent

“We originally planned to start the Anniversary events in March 2020, but the arrival of the pandemic shifted our focus to staff and public safety instead. We spent this year working with the Friends of the Apostle Islands to rethink ways to bring the lakeshore into people’s homes so they can stay connected to the park and share their own personal experiences even from their living rooms. We are also still working on ways to ensure our celebration is rooted in the community and involves interested organizations, businesses, and individuals around the lakeshore,” added Dominy.

Lynne Dominy, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Superintendent

“We hope that everyone in the surrounding communities will consider integrating the Apostle Islands into their on-line conversations and existing events or will create anniversary logoed products for their businesses. What makes anniversaries fun and meaningful is when each business and organization creates their own way of showing their passion for our national lakeshore.

The possibilities are endless- from ice creams or entrees named after places in the park; to photo or art exhibits in galleries, schools or museums; from Apostle Island movie showings or music performances; to the sale of logoed mugs, t-shirts, jams, sodas, coffees, hats…the possibilities are endless for creative ideas.” 

“The 50th anniversary is about celebrating the connections between people and this special landscape,” said Friends of Apostle Islands (FAINL) President, Erica Peterson.

“We are creating conversations and ideas for ways for us all to care about this place now and into the future. FAINL is focusing on ways to make this lakeshore more accessible, ways to engage more youth in its stewardship, and in ways to get more people actively involved in caring for our national lakeshore.” 

erica peterson, friends of the apostle islands national lakeshore
Erica Peterson, Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore President

For information about the Apostle Islands 50th Anniversary, visit the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore website atwww.nps.gov/apis.

To join our conversations, become a sponsor, or partner with “Friends” to create an anniversary logoed product, visit the website for Friends of the Apostle Islands at www.friendsoftheapostleislands.org.

“It’s not too late to become an Apostle Islands Anniversary partner,” added Erica Peterson. “Create an anniversary event, activity or product, and we will help promote it for your organization or business while encouraging visitors to help us celebrate.” The anniversary will also include an online dialogue where personal stories, photos, art, and ideas can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and local websites. 

For more information about Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, please visit www.nps.gov/apis or call (715) 779-3398. Join the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ApostleIslandsNationalLakeshore. Send 50th Anniversary inquiries via email to info@apostleislands50th.com.  

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Happy Birthday, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore!

Watch the video join us in singing happy birthday as we share birthday wishes for our Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. The park’s official birthday was September 26, 1970. We’re celebrating 50 great years!

We invite you to enjoy some virtual birthday cake, tell us where you’re from and what you like most about the park we all love. Park visitors, park staff and supporters, you’re all invited to join this virtual celebration.

We’ve created lots of ways for you to add your voice and your photos to our digital birthday card. Choose the method that works best for you:

  • Fill in the form below to send us your birthday greeting message. We’ll add it to the growing list at the bottom of the page.
  • If you want to share favorite photos of you, your family and friends enjoying the park, send those to us along with a little bit about the story behind them at our special email address, friendsoftheapostleislandsnl@gmail.com. We’ll be adding slide shows to this page as images come in.
  • You can also post birthday greetings and photos to the Friends facebook page and we’ll add them to the card.

Submit your Happy Birthday greeting below and read the greetings submitted so far.

Happy Birthday,
Apostle Islands
National Lakeshore!

Happy Birthday, Apostle Islands! I love kayaking the sea caves and exploring your rugged beauty. Introducing friends and family to the park doubles the fun!
— Jon Okerstrom, Madison, Wisconsin


I love kayaking in the islands.
— Ruth Oppedahl


Happy Golden Anniversary of the establishment of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore 50 years ago! We are so fortunate that these islands will still offer the same ecological, historic, spiritual and recreational resources to future generations yet unborn. Where else can you see deep clear waters, my favorite thing, like we have here?
— Mark Peterson, Bayfield, WI


 Happy 50th to this natural treasure! And my sincere gratitude to those who worked to secure the legacy of these beautiful islands. I have been lucky enough to spend the past 3 summers sailing in the islands and am continually awe struck by by the beauty of the Park’s beaches, sand spits, sea caves, and towering white pines. Hear, hear to many years more!
— John Boyle, Bayfield, WI


Happy 50th Apostle Islands National Lakeshore!

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 It is Always fun to come home to such a Treasure and enjoy the Beautiful Nature that Surrounds.
— Maria Bresette, Hagerstown, MD


Happy 50th. Thank you for allowing us to remain on our beloved Bear Island for the time that was given to us . Please keep her safe and loved.
— Joan Masotas-Hoel, Waukegan, IL


Happy Anniversary Apostle Islands National Park. I cannot imagine a better neighbor. Thank you for the countless hours you give all your visitors. I like most the sense of untrammeled wildness I feel with every visit, so important to my soul, and knowing that it will always be so.
— Erica Peterson, Bayfield, WI


Mino Dibishkaa – Happy Birthday – to one of the most sacred and beautiful areas of the world.
— Michele, Ashland, WI


When I was a kid, my best friend’s family would take me along on week-long summer trips to Stockton Island. We did that for a number of years, and it was really magical to spend time on the beach, explore the floating peat bogs, or hike the island trails. When I was in college my friend and I organized another week-long trip. I have always been impressed that the quiet seemed unchanged from the 1990’s into the 2000’s (I hope it is still that way.) I consider the Apostle Islands to be one of the most underrated park units. I no longer live in Wisconsin, but I hope to get back again some day again with my wife. (Though maybe to Outer Island, instead, or some kind of sea kayaking trip to multiple islands…) Thanks for everything you do to protect a place I consider truly special.
— Davyd Betchkal, Cantwell, AK


Business partners of the Friends of the Apostle Islands are celebrating too. See what they have to say on their digital birthday card to the park.

Want to learn more about the history of the National Lakeshore and the people who worked tirelessly to make it happen? Click here to read the story.

Where in the park is Neil? The week 22 answer is Rocky Island

As part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, we’re going on a virtual tour with Neil Howk, a man who has spent decades exploring the islands and teaching people about what makes them special. He knows the islands like the back of his hand.

An unusual aspect of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is that hunting, trapping, and fishing are permitted in the park according to Federal and State laws.  

Now that Labor Day has passed, hunting seasons are beginning to open.  

Though deer populations on the islands are generally low today, that was not always the case.  In 1954, in order to thin the deer population, the Wisconsin Conservation Commission established an “any deer” season in the islands.  Hunters took 124 deer off this 1,100-acre island in just one year. 

Rocky Island, located at 47.0344° N, 90.6789° W, currently has five individual campsites, a group campsite, a picnic area, and a public dock that is popular with boaters in the summer.  

The island also features an historic district composed of five fish camps that began in the 1930s on the island’s eastern shore.  Many of the cabins and docks associated with these camps survive today and are used seasonally by the families that once commercially fished the waters around Rocky Island.  

  • Deer hunters and their bounty
  • Aerial view of the historic district
  • Fish camps from the water
  • Boaters enjoy evening entertainment dockside
  • Rocky Island campsite

Camping is not currently allowed in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, due to the pandemic. Click here for information about the Rocky Islands campsites, all within a quarter-mile of the National Park Service dock.

Look for another digital adventure next week. To play along, simply like the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Facebook page and check back next Wednesday for the clue to next week’s location. Make a guess in the comments and we’ll post the answer on Thursday. Click here to view the entire series.

You can find updates about NPS operations on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. For more information about Apostle Islands National Lakeshore,  call (715) 779-3398 or visit go.nps.gov/ApostleConditions.

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Friends annouce new Executive Director position – applications now accepted

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT 

Executive Director, Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

BACKGROUND:

Friends of the Apostle Islands (FAINL) are a diverse group of sailors, kayakers, boaters, divers, lighthouse lovers, hikers, campers, fishers, beachcombers, wildlife watchers, and many others, who share a love for the 21 islands and the 12 mile section of mainland that comprise the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore of Wisconsin’s Lake Superior north shore.  Our Mission is to promote an appreciation for, and preservation of, the natural environment and cultural heritage of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.  Our Efforts connect people with the history, beauty, and adventure of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore; support the educational, recreational, and resource protection efforts of the National Park Service; raise funds to support critical park projects and events; and increase community involvement with the Islands.  We work cooperatively with the National Park Service staff, similar to over 200 Friends groups across the country that are associated with other National Park units.

Established in 2002, the FAINL Board and dedicated volunteers have worked to build the organization with only a part-time administrative assistant.  Now, celebrating the 50th year of the National Lakeshore, and with a strong Board of Directors and a growing base of financial support and programmatic outreach, FAINL is poised for considerable growth and impact. Secure funding, a substantial and growing endowment, and tremendous growth opportunities makes it possible for FAINL to seek its first Executive Director.  

LOCATION: Proximity to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore headquartered in Bayfield, WI. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

FUND-RAISING. Strategically lead the development and growth of FAINL’s philanthropic capacity to protect park resources, values and the visitor experience through fostering donor relationships, grant-writing, and fundraising activities.  Manage budgets effectively.

BUILD RELATIONSHIPS. Cultivate strong productive working relationships with FAINL board, supporters, volunteers, local elected officials, partners, businesses, as well as the park superintendent and staff of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

COMMUNICATIONS. Develop effective communications and messaging to ensure they are effective and consistent with the organization’s objectives. Write for social media, website, newsletters, e-blasts and annual reports to communicate with supporters and build our network.

PROGRAMMING. Provide leadership in the direction, management and evaluation of FAINL’s four programmatic pillars: resource stewardship, visitor accessibility, visitor services, and outreach education. Develop and organize special public events to highlight the park and/or the organization.

VOLUNTEERS. Work to build a volunteer network for assisting the park staff with projects as well as FAINL directed projects.

SUPERVISION. Supervise one part-time Administrative Assistant and other staff as hired.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Self-motivated and able to work independently with direction from the Board President
  • Must have a commitment to, and passion for, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
  • An undergraduate degree with relevant work experience
  • Possess proven excellent written and verbal communication skills including interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively. Comfortable presenting before groups.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to build effective relationships and partnerships, design strategic plans, and achieve programmatic goals
  • Demonstrated excellence in project management, record-keeping, budget and data management. Well-organized with attention to detail and follow-through to meet deadlines
  • Ability to develop, organize, promote and manage public events
  • Ability to organize and lead volunteers and partners
  • Ability to work productively with the National Park Service
  • Proficiency with PC computer systems, Microsoft Office, ability to learn Little Green Light donor database software
  • Ability to work some weekends and evenings
  • Demonstrated experience with fundraising, grant writing, and donor relations a plus
  • Experience with social media a plus

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

This is a full-time position working from your home. The annual salary is $60,000. Benefits include contribution towards health insurance, paid vacation, and flexible work hours.

TO APPLY:

Please place your application materials in one PDF document that includes a cover letter summarizing your interest in and qualifications for the position, and your resume. Indicate your last name -first name in the file name and email it as an attachment with “Executive Director Search” as the subject line to: friendsofapostleislandsnl@gmail.com.  Professional references will only be required of final candidates.  

The position will remain open until filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply by October 15, 2020.

Where in the park is Neil? The week 21 answer is Otter Island

As part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, we’re going on a virtual tour with Neil Howk, a man who has spent decades exploring the islands and teaching people about what makes them special. He knows the islands like the back of his hand.

Today, Neil is traveling back in time 60 years to participate in what was probably the largest campout in the history of the Apostle Islands. 

Where in the park is Neil? 

In 1960, the Boy Scouts celebrated their golden jubilee with a four-day camporee on Otter Island, located at 46.9929° N, 90.7008° W. 1,500 Scouts, leaders, and personnel were transported to Otter Island three hundred at a time on the landing craft tank Outer Island.  

Work parties from Bayfield equipped with shovels, axes, and chain saws began work two months in advance, preparing campsites and assembly areas, clearing out logging roads, and building a boat landing. The Boy Scout motto is “be prepared!” and they were.

Camping at Otter Island today is a much different experience.  Evidence from the camporee is hard to find.  There is a single campsite near the dock at the same landing used by the scouts.  Storm damage to the dock was recently repaired and the dock is once again open to the public.  A two mile trail leads from the dock and campsite to an overlook at the north end of the island. 

  • Scouts land at Otter Island
  • Scouts land at Otter Island

Look for another digital adventure next week. To play along, simply like the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Facebook page and check back next Wednesday for the clue to next week’s location. Make a guess in the comments and we’ll post the answer on Thursday. Click here to view the entire series.

You can find updates about NPS operations on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. For more information about Apostle Islands National Lakeshore,  call (715) 779-3398 or visit go.nps.gov/ApostleConditions.

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