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 spring 2017.         
      Together we will provide a once-in-a-lifetime field trip for 275 4th graders from coastal communities on Lake Superior to discover the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and decide what makes this area so significant that it may be considered for nomination as a National Marine Sanctuary. This is significant since no participating elementary school 4th grade class has ever visited the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Through this field trip and follow-up activities, participants will gain insight into what it means to be good stewards of our national resources.
     Read the article in the Bayfield County Journal and see what the 4th graders had to say about this exceptional experience!

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 engineering study
  • Fund the restoration of the Raspberry Island Boathouse
  • Fund Ice Caves operations
  • Fund Island School Transportation, Supplies & Camping Fee
  • Fund the Gaylord Nelson Memorial Garden at the Park Headquarters in Bayfield
  • Volunteer assistance improving Myers Beach mainland trail