Safer at Home Order extended, National Lakeshore remains open for day use

Good things will eventually come to those who wait to visit the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, and to those who practice social distancing, in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. For now, we encourage you to experience the park virtually through many online resources.

Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order now extends to Tuesday, May 26th, 2020. The order was set to expire on April 24th until Governor Tony Evers directed Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to extend it. Under the order, public and private K-12 schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

Governor Evers said in a prepared statement, “A few weeks ago, we had a pretty grim outlook for what COVID-19 could mean for our state, but because of the efforts of all of you, Safer at Home is working. That said, we aren’t out of the woods just yet.” 

Secretary-designee Palm said, “Before we lift Safer at Home, the steps of testing and more robust public health measures must be in place. These steps will help us reduce the risk of a second wave of the virus. If we open up too soon, we risk overwhelming our hospitals and requiring more drastic physical distancing measures again.”

As was the case under the previous order, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore remains open for day use. The National Park Service has suspended overnight island use from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. until at least Saturday, June 20, 2020. Camping and overnight docking are prohibited. Under the governor’s order, people are strongly encourage to stay close to home, not travel to second homes or cabins, and not to travel out-of-state if it is not necessary. 

Day use of islands is still permitted. Visitors are asked to practice social distancing and  leave no trace principles and to manage all of their own trash and waste. Due to safety concerns for both visitors and park staff, vault toilets are not available, and campfires are not permitted.

As an alternative to visiting now, Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the National Park Service encourage you to take advantage of the lakeshore website, the Friends website and Facebook pages for both organizations. Teleworking park educators are creating fun learning tools for kids. Parents and teachers can find resources on the website, with more being added every week.

The extension of the Safer at Home order does allow more businesses and activities to open, at least in ways limited to protect the health and safety of employees and customers.

The changes in this order include: 

Public libraries may now provide curb-side pick-up of books and other library materials. 

Golf Courses may open again, with restrictions including scheduling and paying for tee times online or by phone only. Clubhouses and pro shops must remain closed.

Non-essential Businesses will now be able to do more things as Minimum Basic Operations, including deliveries, mailings, and curb-side pick-up. Non-essential businesses must notify workers of whether they are necessary for the Minimum Basic Operations.

Arts and Crafts Stores may offer expanded curb-side pick-up of materials necessary to make face masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE). 

Aesthetic or Optional Exterior Work lawn care or construction is now allowed under the extended order, so long as it can be done by one person.

Safe Business Practices for Essential Businesses and Operations: Essential Businesses and Operations must increase cleaning and disinfection practices, ensure that only necessary workers are present, and adopt policies to prevent workers exposed to COVID-19 or symptomatic workers from coming to work.

Safe Business Practices for Retailers that Essential Businesses and Operations: Retail stores that remain open to the public as Essential Businesses and Operations must limit the number of people in the store at one time, must provide proper spacing for people waiting to enter, and large stores must offer at least two hours per week of dedicated shopping time for vulnerable populations.

Supply Chain: Essential Businesses and Operations that are essential because they supply, manufacture, or distribute goods and services to other Essential Businesses and Operations can only continue operations that are necessary to those businesses they supply. All other operations must continue as Minimum Basic Operations.

Local parks and open space: Local health officials may close public parks and open spaces if it becomes too difficult to ensure social distancing or the areas are being mistreated.

Tribal Nations: Tribal Nations are sovereign over their territory and can impose their own restrictions. Non-tribal members should be respectful of and avoid non-essential travel to Tribal territory. Local government must coordinate, collaborate, and share information with Tribal Nations.

If you have questions, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is available here for your review.

Photo credit: Jon Okerstrom, Michigan Island

Earth Day 2020: Persistence pays in protecting Apostle Islands lakeshore

(Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine) Gaylord Nelson had plenty on his plate following his election to the U.S. Senate in 1962, but nothing seemed more of a personal priority to him than bringing his home state’s Apostle Islands into the National Park System.

“He spent years working to bring national park status to the Apostle Islands,” his daughter Tia Nelson says.

The senator and former Wisconsin governor had always been a proponent of public lands, but being from Wisconsin’s Northwoods made this endeavor particularly meaningful to him. From the start of his time in the Senate – when he led an Apostle Islands tour for President John F. Kennedy in 1963 – Nelson labored for protected status for the stunningly scenic islands of Lake Superior near Bayfield.

Gaylord Nelson and President John F. Kennedy arrive in Ashland, Wisconsin for a visit to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

It was no easy task, as Nelson had to work all the political angles of turning the Apostles into a national lakeshore. Numerous diverse groups held vested interest in such a move, from area landowners and businesses to government officials and tribal leaders to visitors and residents.

Specific lands to include or exclude when drawing the national lakeshore boundaries took years of painstaking negotiations, with wildly varying viewpoints to try to appease.

“I would hear the stories,” Tia Nelson says of her father’s labor of love. “How he so wanted to protect that place. How long it took.”

Finally, on Sept. 26, 1970, Gaylord Nelson’s longtime dream became a reality when federal legislation declared the Apostle Islands a place “to conserve and develop for the benefit, inspiration, education, recreational use and enjoyment of the public.” Throughout 2020, the national lakeshore is planning a variety of special events to mark the 50th anniversary.

Perhaps because of the passion her father showed for the Apostle Islands, it remains by far the most special place Tia Nelson can imagine.

“I’ve traveled the world from Argentina to China,” she says. “To me there’s no more magical place in the world than the Apostle Islands.”

So deeply does she love the Apostles that each year on her birthday – the summer solstice, June 21 – she wants only one thing: to spend time with family and friends enjoying its beauty.

“I have a rule,” Nelson says, “no singing, no cakes, no presents. Just get on the boat with me at the sunset.”

The Nelson family also still gathers at the Apostle Islands together every August, she adds.

“It’s the place I return to again and again. It’s a place my grandfather took my father and my father took me.”

In 2004, Gaylord Nelson’s critical role in creating the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore was acknowledged when 35,000 acres on all or part of 18 islands were designated the Gaylord Nelson Wilderness.

Having his name on Wisconsin’s largest wilderness area is a fitting tribute to the man who worked so diligently and cared so deeply to keep the area safe for future generations.

“Persistence is important; not giving up is essential,” Tia Nelson says. “My father embodied that through his career. It looks easy in retrospect but. . .

“What’s vital is finding common ground with different people coming at the issue from different perspectives and different life experiences, working to bring together disparate voices. It was one of my father’s real talents.”

By Andrea Zani, managing editor of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine. Republished here with permission.

INFORMATION

To learn more about the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, including details on this year’s 50th anniversary celebration, check nps.gov/apis. For a detailed look at Gaylord Nelson’s years-long work to create the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, read “Environmental Politics and the Creation of a Dream,” by Harold C. Jordahl Jr. with Annie L. Booth. (“Bud” Jordahl was director of the Department of Resource Development under then-Gov. Nelson and served on the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board in the early 1970s.) The book from UW Press was published in 2011: The University of Wisconsin Press.

Photo credit: Jon Okerstrom, Sand Island

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Suspends Overnight Island Use

Bayfield, Wisconsin – (National Park Service News Release) Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, in response to guidance from Bayfield and Ashland Counties and Wisconsin Department of Health Services, is supporting federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). To encourage visitors to stay at home, overnight island use (8:00 pm to 8:00 am) in the lakeshore is suspended until at least Saturday, June 20, 2020. This includes both camping and overnight docking. Day use of islands is still permitted. Visitors are asked to practice Leave No Trace principles and to manage all of their own trash and waste. Due to safety concerns for both visitors and park staff, vault toilets are not available, and campfires are not permitted.

“The health and safety of our employees, local residents, and visitors to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is our number one priority,” said park superintendent Lynne Dominy. “Overnight use encourages people to travel to Bayfield and to congregate around docks and camping areas which is contrary to what local and state health authorities are recommending. This change is in alignment with recent closures of recreational uses on state and other federal lands in Wisconsin.”

“Following the lifting of Safer-at-Home orders, we will need time to get our staff back at work, launch our boats on the lake, assess all island docks and shorelines for winter damage, and gear-up our emergency response team before permitting overnight use on these remote islands,” said Dominy. “We cannot even consider overnight island uses until we can do these things. Due to the delay in on-boarding summer staff, the visitor centers in Bayfield and Little Sand Bay remain closed. Limited staff are available by email and phone, with ‘virtual visitor centers’ opening closer to Memorial Day. Trip planning information is available on the lakeshore website.” 

“The National Park Service (NPS) is working nationally with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic,” added Dominy. “We will notify the public when we resume camping reservations and will provide updates on our website and social media channels. We will keep evaluating the situation so that we know if and when allowing overnight use is appropriate and possible to do with COVID-19 prevention recommendations.” 

Outdoor spaces in the mainland areas of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore remain accessible to the public, in addition to parking fees at Meyers Beach being waived for visitors. However, the park is still experiencing winter conditions, including snow covered shorelines, icy trails, and frigid waters with ice in harbors on Lake Superior. See Current Conditions on the park’s website for the status of various areas within the park. 

If contemplating a visit to a national park during this pandemic, the NPS asks visitors to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health authorities to protect visitors and employees. Wisconsin is under a Safer at Home order, until at least April 24, 2020, to slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes staying at home, with limited exceptions and, if using shared or outdoor space, maintaining social distancing of at least six feet. Three cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Bayfield County and the county is asking all seasonal residents to stay in their winter homes due to limited health services and supplies in this area. A high percentage of the local population is over 65 so COVID-19 exposure could have devastating consequences to this at-risk community.

The NPS encourages people to take advantage of the many digital tools already available to explore Apostle Islands National Lakeshore from home, including the lakeshore website and Facebook page. Teleworking park educators are creating fun learning tools for kids. Parents and teachers can find resources on the website, with more being added every week.

Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Please check with individual parks for specific details about park operations. For more information about Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, visit www.nps.gov/apisemail, or call (715) 779-3398. Virtual visitor centers will open closer to Memorial Day, with hours and services to be announced on the park website and Facebook

Photo credit: Jon Okerstrom

Update: Apostle Islands 50th Anniversary Resource Stewardship Symposium postponed until November 16-17, 2020 due to Coronavirus

Updated April 2, 2020: Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Apostle Islands 50th Anniversary Resource Stewardship Symposium has been postponed until fall 2020. Refunds for individuals who already registered for the conference will be issued in the next month.

Organizers have set new dates of November 16-17 and hope to reopen registration early in the fall. Please monitor this site for further information. Questions may be directed to the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute or SOEI.

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The Apostle Islands are an important place of sustenance for people, plants, wildlife, and more. Throughout the years and continuing today, people experience the dynamic landscape and ask questions to understand what makes this a special place.

Join us as presenters share the rich story of the Apostle Islands—from water quality, fisheries, and underwater landscapes; to wetlands, plants, birds, and mammals; to the cultural heritage, Ojibwe culture and fire, and traditional ecological knowledge.

Presenters Include
Julie Van Stappen, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Dave Cooper, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Dawn Bringelson, Midwest Archeological Center
Brad Ray, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Chad Abel, Red Cliff Tribe
Brenda Lafrancois, National Park Service
Jay Glase, National Park Service
Matt Cooper, Northland College
Dylan Jennings, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
Bob Mackreth, Retired National Park Service, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Ted Gostomski, NPS Great Lakes Inventory and Monitoring Network
Sumner Matteson, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Bill Route, Retired National Park Service
Tim Vandeelen, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Morgan Farmer, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Erik Olson, Northland College
Matt Smith, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Steve Handler, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
Peggy Burkman, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Damon Panek, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Lane Johnson, Cloquet Forestry Center
Sarah Johnson, Northland College
Steve Ballou, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Toben Lafrancois, Northland College and Northwest Passage Ltd.
Ian Karl, Northwest Passage Ltd.

Registration
Full symposium: $25
One day: $15 

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Supports Efforts to Slow Spread of COVID-19

Bayfield, Wisconsin (National Park Service) – Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, in response to guidance from Bayfield and Ashland Counties and Wisconsin Department of Health Services, is supporting federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Most park staff are currently teleworking from home. Seasonal employees and volunteers are being delayed and asked to stay at home rather than travel from across the country to work in the park. 

“The health and safety of our employees, local residents, volunteers, and visitors to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is our number one priority,” said park superintendent Lynne Dominy. “The National Park Service (NPS) is working nationally with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. We will notify the public when we resume normal park operations and provide updates on our website http://www.nps.gov/apis and social media channels.” 

“Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is still in winter operations,” added Dominy. “Most visitor services are not scheduled to begin opening until mid-May when temperatures are warmer and ice has opened in local harbors. To comply with state, local and CDC health guidance, re-opening services and island facilities may need to be delayed.” 

Outdoor spaces in the mainland areas of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore remain accessible to the public. However, the park is still experiencing winter conditions, including snow covered shorelines, icy trails, and frigid waters with ice-bound harbors in Lake Superior. See Current Conditions on the park’s website (go.nps.gov/ApostleConditions) for the status of various areas within the park. Currently camping reservations cannot be made online. Person’s interested in future camping can call the park for more information (715-779-3398, ext. 2). 

If contemplating a visit to a national park during this pandemic, the NPS asks visitors to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health authorities to protect visitors and employees. Wisconsin is under a Safer at Home order to slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes staying at home, with limited exceptions and, if using shared or outdoor space, maintaining social distancing of at least six feet. The order is currently in effect until April 24, 2020. Two cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Bayfield County and the county is asking all seasonal residents to stay in their winter homes due to limited health services and supplies in this area. A high percentage of the local population is over 65 so COVID-19 exposure could have devastating consequences to this at-risk community. 

The NPS encourages people to take advantage of the many digital tools already available to explore Apostle Islands National Lakeshore from home, including the lakeshore website and Facebook page. 

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Teleworking park educators are creating fun learning tools for kids so parents should keep checking the park website for these resources. 

Updates about NPS operations will be posted on http://www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Please check with individual parks for specific details about park operations. http://www.nps.gov 

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Photo credit: Jon Okerstrom, Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESPONSE DELAYS 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION EVENTS FOR APOSTLE ISLANDS NATIONAL LAKE SHORE

We – all the partners, businesses, volunteers, behind the scenes worker bees and National Park Service staff from Apostle Islands National Lakeshore – are saddened by the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on humanity. 

As it begins to affect us in Wisconsin, we find ourselves refocusing priorities and delaying events planned as part of the celebration of 50 years as a National Lakeshore.

Where possible we will reschedule key events and may even take the 50th celebration into our park’s 51st year. Hopefully 2021, and even the second half of 2020 will be more celebratory.

Friends President Erica Peterson said,“It is at times like this, I appreciate, even more than ever, the wild places preserved in our parks. They remain a place of refuge, free from pandemics.”

We hope you can still get outside, enjoy the  nature around you, and then plan your next national park adventure. The Apostle Islands will be here, ever beautiful and waiting, and unchanged. 

Check our website at https://friendsoftheapostleislands.org for updates on our 50th, changes to the calendar, and news from “Friends.”

Here is a link to the National Park Service public health page.

Please stay healthy, and stay connected as we look for new ways to be a team moving forward. 

Update: Coronavirus situation forces Friends to cancel participation in Canoecopia, “World’s largest paddlesports show” in Madison, March 13-15

Update: With regret, Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore will not be attending Canoecopia this week. In making the decision, one Executive Board member said, “While the number of detected cases in WI is low, there are likely many undiagnosed cases. It is my feeling that elective large group gatherings should be postponed. Much of the onus to mitigate the effects of the disease are falling on the public and people’s willingness to self impose social distancing. We all are susceptible to the disease and perhaps more importantly may be vectors to our own families and communities.”

Hours after the Friends board made its decision, Canoecopia organizers cancelled the entire event and issued the following statement:

“It is with a very heavy heart that we announce that we have cancelled Canoecopia 2020. We have spent a lot of time weighing the choices, and this decision was based on the warnings and strong recommendations that have come out in recent hours regarding COVID-19. We will really miss you all this year, and we hope to see you at Canoecopia next year – March 12-14, 2021. We greatly appreciate the support of our paddling family.”

We join our the organizers in looking forward to sharing our love for the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore at the 2021 Canoecopia event.

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Thousands of paddlers of all abilities flock to the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin every March to kick off the paddling season in style. Canoecopia is part shopping – with a vast show floor, part education – with dozens of amazing presenters, and part inspiration while we wait for the ice to melt.

It’s three days of fun and excitement, whether you’re into kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding or you simply want to give it a try.

Friends of the Apostle Islands and our partners from the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore will share a booth on the concourse outside of the show floor. We’ll be offering our artist series of prints and special 50th Anniversary commemorative merchandise for sale, with proceeds benefiting the park.

You’ll be able to meet the photographers behind the images and learn how you can join the Friends during the special year-long celebration.

Among the presentations: Interpretive Ranger Steve Ballou of the National Park Service presents “Paddling the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore,” Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 in the Superior room. Steve launched a kayak ranger program and will offer tips to start planning your next trip to the islands, as we celebrate 50 years of the the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

Bayfield-area businesses are joining us in celebrating the park’s 50th Anniversary too. Lisa from Silverwaves Jewelry has developed some pieces inspired by the park’s milestone year. You’ll find her booth on the show floor.

Washburn-based Bemused Design & Photography will be offering two amazing 50th Anniversary posters. We’ll have some for sale at our booth as well.

Vegetation Legacies and Change Presentation, February 27, 2020

BAYFIELD, WISCONSIN – Join us for the third and final 50th Anniversary lecture hosted by Northland College.  Sarah Johnson, Northland College Professor, will be presenting on Vegetation Legacies and Change – A Half-Century of Stewardship in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, February 27 at 7:00 pm, at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute in Ashland, Wisconsin.  The event is free and open to the public.

Vegetation in the Apostle Islands has been the subject of several major studies over the past fifty years. This talk will synthesize the findings from many of these studies to provide information and insights about the current status of many vegetation types and a description of how some vegetation has been changing over time. 

Dr. Sarah Johnson is an associate professor of natural resources at Northland College. She is a plant ecologist who studies ecological change in vegetation in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region. Much of her research is applied collaborative work with the National Park Service, which has included several projects in the Apostle Islands over the past seventeen years.“Sarah’s work and those who came before her provide important information needed to protect and conserve plant communities within the park” said lakeshore superintendent, Lynne Dominy.

Mark your calendars for the Apostle Islands 50th Anniversary Resource Stewardship Symposium (March 30-31). 

For information about the Apostle Islands 50th Anniversary, visit our website at go.nps.gov/Apostle50. Send 50th Anniversary inquiries via email to info@apostleislands50th.com.  ​To add an event to the 2020 Anniversary calendar, become a sponsor, or partner with “Friends” to create an anniversary logoed product, visit the website for Friends of the Apostle Islands atwww.friendsoftheapostleislands.org. “It’s not too late to become an Apostle Islands Anniversary partner,” said Friends of Apostle Islands President Erica Peterson. “Create an anniversary event, activity or product and we will help promote it for your organization or business while encouraging visitors to join our events and find anniversary logoed products.”

For more information about Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/apis or call (715) 779-3398.  Join Apostle Island’s on-line conversations on:  Facebook: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

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Oppedahl hired at Friends of the Apostle Islands

The Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is excited to announce that Ruth Oppedahl has been hired as its new administrative assistant. (Photo features Oppedahl on the left and Friends President Erica Peterson on the right.)

Ruth recently returned to the Apostle Islands area after a seven-year stint in Madison serving as Executive Director of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Prior to assuming those responsibilities, Ruth was Executive Director of the Bayfield Regional Conservancy, a land protection non-profit organization based in Bayfield.

“I am thrilled to be back near Lake Superior where my boys were raised, surrounded by all this natural beauty and wonderful community,” Ruth said.

In her new role, Ruth will handle the day-to-day operations of the “Friends.” She was preceded by Mary Grant who provided administrative support for the organization since 2013.  Grant announced her retirement from this position earlier this year.

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The Friends of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a charitable organization dedicated to the support and protection of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the Lakeshore. Many special events are planned to celebrate the Apostle Islands. For more information see: https://friendsoftheapostleislands.org/

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore begins its 50th Anniversary year

BAYFIELD, WISCONSIN – Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and its partners will celebrate 2020 with a year-long series of community events for its 50th Anniversary. 

The Apostle Islands 50th kick-off event, a science lecture hosted by Northland College, will occur on Thursday, January 23, beginning at 7 pm at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute.  Jim Feldman’s presentation, “A Storied Wilderness” will focus on the interplay of Apostle Islands natural and cultural resources. The lecture will be the first in a series of three presentations leading up to the Apostle Islands 50th Anniversary Resource Stewardship Symposium on March 30-31 at Northland College. For more information, visit: go.nps.gov/Apostle50

“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.”

“We have spent a year planning with the Friends of the Apostle Islands to ensure our celebration is rooted in the community and involves interested organizations, businesses, and individuals around the lakeshore,” added Dominy. “We hope that everyone in the surrounding communities will consider integrating the Apostle Islands into their 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 what makes us unique as a destination. Visitors tell us time and time again how much they enjoy the park. ‘Where the Water Meets the Soul’ is our tagline, and for good reason––the park offers a memorable and special experience to all who visit.” said Paige Rautio, Marketing Director for the Bayfield Chamber & Visitor Bureau.

Learn more about the Apostle Islands 50th Anniversary at go.nps.gov/Apostle50, or to see a calendar of 2020 events, become a sponsor, or partner with “Friends” to create an anniversary logoed product, visit the 50th Anniversary website for the Friends of the Apostle Islands. And like Friends on Facebook.

“It’s not too late to become an Apostle Islands Anniversary partner,” said Friends of Apostle Islands President 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 our website at www.nps.gov/apis or call (715) 779-3398. Consider following Apostle Islands on Facebook. Send 50th Anniversary inquiries via email to info@apostleislands50th.com.