In Memoriam: Walt Pomeroy

Friends, and all who loved the Apostle Islands, lost a guiding light when board member Walt Pomeroy passed away on Tuesday, May 24th surrounded by his family including Lin, his wife of 43 years. Walt’s wisdom, guidance and unending ideas have been critical to the growth of Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and a myriad of other environmental organizations he worked with. The staff, board members, and volunteers of Friends send our most sincere condolences to his family and many friends. He will be missed and remembered.

A ceremony will be held on Saturday, July 16 at Silver Spring Presbyterian Church in Mechanicsburg, PA. The family has asked that notes and condolences be directed through the Caring Bridge website (

Because of Walt’s love of the Apostle Islands, the Pomeroy family has graciously chosen Friends as the recipient of memorial donations in his honor. Click below to make a gift to the memorial fund.

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Please fill out the form, make a note that your donation is for the Walt Pomeroy Memorial and make your check made out to ​Friends of the Apostle Islands. Mail to:​ Friends of the Apostle Islands, PO Box 1574, Bayfield, WI 54814.

Round Up for Friends this June at the Chequamegon Food Co-op

Do you want to eat healthy and support Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore? It’s as easy as saying “Round up for Friends” at the checkout counter any time during the month of  June at Ashland’s Chequamegon Food Co-op.

“Round Up for Partners” is a program that gives shoppers the option to “round up” to the next whole dollar (or more) on purchases made at the co-op. The proceeds from that rounding up are then donated to that month’s featured nonprofit organization to serve our community. 

June is “Round Up for Friends of the Apostle Islands” month.

Since the Round Up for Partners donation program was started in Spring of 2020, the Chequamegon Co-op has raised more than $26,000 for local causes.

Donations made to Friends of the Apostle Islands in June’s Round Up program will go specifically to our Access for All efforts to help support the National Park Service in its continuing efforts to make our park accessible to everyone by providing accessible ramps, campsites, boardwalks, picnic areas, and more. Our parks belong to everyone, including the 1-5 Americans challenged every day with mobility issues. 

Accessible beach ramp at Little Sand Bay
Accessible beach ramp at Little Sand Bay
Accessible Boardwalk
Accessible boardwalk

You can help simply by visiting the Chequamegon Food Co-op at 700 Main Street West in Ashland, WI any time during the month of June and saying “Round Up for Friends” at the checkout.

For more on our efforts to support the accessibility initiatives of the park, click on the accessibility page on our website.

Stronger together: The Lake Superior Summit

As remote and out of the way as some of our national parks can feel at times, the old adage still holds true: we are stronger together.

In that spirit, a wide-ranging group of park superintendents and park partners staff came together for the Lake Superior Summit hosted by the National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation, the Red Cliff Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa, and the National Park Service. The gathering included representatives from Isle Royale National Park, Voyageurs National Park, Pipestone National Monument, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, Grand Portage National Monument, the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Support groups and park partners represented included Friends of the Apostle Islands, National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation, the National Parks Conservation Association, Pipestone Indian Shrine Association, Mississippi Park Connection, the Wild Rivers Conservancy, and others.

“While our parks are spread out over the whole region,” said Jeff Rennicke, Executive Director of Friends of the Apostle Islands, “there are many threads of issues, concerns, and planning needs shared by all the parks and partners – from climate change to the difficulties in providing affordable staff housing. By coming together, we begin to weave those shared threads into lifelines to the future.” 

The three-day gathering, held at the Legendary Waters Resort in Red Cliff, Wisconsin and kicked off with a welcome from Tribal Chairman Chris Boyd, included presentations on subjects such as current funding needs and sources, decarbonizing Lake Superior national parks, the use of silviculture in mitigating the effects of climate shifts, hiring and employee retention issues, Equity and Inclusion in park programming, and more.

In addition, the National Park Service provided a day-long tour of Little Sand Bay, Sand Island and the Raspberry Island Lighthouse aboard the park boat Phoenix. The day was meant tohighlight the cooperative accessibility efforts of Friends of the Apostle Islands and the National Park Service. Under a sky as blue as the lake, the islands gleamed like the gems that they are for the tour highlighting both the progress that has been made and the opportunities ahead in this park and on Lake Superior.

“Each of our parks face many challenges,” Jeff Rennicke says of the conference. “Facing those challenges will require vision, creativity, and cooperation. Alone, so many of these issues can seem overwhelming and daunting. But by working together we can create a bright future for all of Lake Superior’s parks. Thank you to the sponsors, hosts, the park staff, and the representatives of all the parks and park partners for coming together and making us all just a little stronger.”

Jeff Rennicke is Executive Director of the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. He is also an educator, outdoor adventure travel writer and photographer.

Change begins here: Friends represented at the Leadership Institute

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world,” Margaret Mead once famously said. “Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

From April 24th to the 27th, our Executive Director Jeff Rennicke joined a small group of thoughtful, concerned leaders from Friends groups across the country at the first in-person gathering of the 2022-23 Leadership Institute in Portland, Oregon. Representatives from Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountain, Virgin Islands, Acadia, Shenendoah, and Cabrillo National Moment were also in attendance.  

A program of the National Park Foundation, the Leadership Institute is an intensive 15-month course that helps to identify and groom leaders within the national park partner organizations. It combines broad philosophical discussions about the role and meaning of leadership with a detailed, hands-on approach to the work being done by Friends organizations and their parks. 

“Today the relationships between national parks and their Friends groups, as well as the issues they face together, are deeply complicated,” says Friends Executive Director Jeff Rennicke. “It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day details. This program allows us to talk through the details of the daily issues but also encourages us to ‘get on the balcony.’” The “Balcony” is a reference to the work of Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky called Adaptive Leadership  which urges leaders to “get off the dance floor and .. to the balcony” on occasion to take the long view of their actions as well. 

Other topics throughout the three-day session included establishing and maintaining trust between an organization and its park, its board, and its members, the difference between “outcomes” and “process” issues, identifying “core values” in an organization, and the power of strategic storytelling. In addition, a large part of the session was devoted to “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” training, an important issue facing both the national parks and many organizations across the country. Guest speakers included Roey Thorpe (a social justice activist who has served as the Director of Advocacy Programs for the Equality Federation) and Greg Wolley (the principal consultant of Creating Tomorrow’s Workforce, and the co-founder of the African American Outdoor Association). 

Felicia Tripp Folsom, conference facilitator
Greg Wolley at Leadership Institute
Greg Wolley, African American Outdoor Association

The year-long Institute will continue with monthly online meetings, assignments, guest speakers, and will culminate in March 2023 at the annual conference of the Friends Alliance and the National Park Foundation. 

“The Apostle Islands can sometimes seem set apart from the rest of the world,” Rennicke says, “but the Leadership Institute is a reminder that we are all connected, we all face some of the same challenges and opportunities, and that together we can forge solutions that work for all of us.” 

Generous donations from board members and supporters of Friends, as well as a scholarship from the National Park Foundation “Strong Parks, Strong Communities” fund, will cover all the associated costs of the program allowing Friends to take advantage of this important opportunity and continue to support their programs and projects in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

Jeff Rennicke is Executive Director of the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. He is also an educator, outdoor adventure travel writer and photographer.

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 “beyond words” peace of mind and soul. Fifty years ago, the Apostle Islands were recognized as a national treasure and designated a National Lakeshore. Nearby the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute and Northland College have long regarded the Apostle Islands as a valuable resource for research and teaching. 

The Apostles are part of my soul as much as outdoor education. It’s been important to me that my experiences be available to all, and especially to children. Because access is difficult and costly, few children from the region have ever visited the park even though the Apostle Islands have had, and continue to have, a great impact on the Bay Area’s development and economy. 

In 1986, a vision emerged—providing Northland College students an opportunity to use the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore as an outdoor classroom for area sixth graders from the Chequamegon Bay region; the goal to instill in youth a sense of wonder and place. Working together, we birthed the Apostle Islands School, a three-day, two-night immersive backcountry camping experience. 

Thirty-six years and counting, despite challenges, proves its relevance. I see Apostle Islands School as a legacy program, an annual rite of passage for many area school children and an opportunity to jump start a college student’s career. 

As an instructor in the early years, my favorite activity was the treasure hunt. The students were given a scrolled map with clues to natural highlights like the Emerald Pool, Persian Rug, and Pool of Life. The “X marks the spot” destination was two crisscrossing fault lines found on Stockton Island’s Anderson Point. Allowed to explore, socially chatter, discover, think, and absorb, the children, at first intent on the X, quickly became introspective, turned to the wildness surrounding them, and discovered the “treasure.” Their inquisitiveness and quiet concentration assured me that this group was leaving the island changed, that this experience had been epic, and that a spark had been ignited that would repeat itself in their future. 

Erica Peterson leads a group of Islands School students

Environmental writer David Orr suggests that the real value of a program is in its potential to “build a constituency for the future.” On day three we’d form a circle, fixate on a memorable snapshot, and start an imaginary slideshow. When it was our turn, we’d hold up our hands to form a picture frame while describing our “take home” memory. I heard the students describe the lake “talking to me,” looking down the throat of a pitcher plant, waking up in their tent to bird noises, the lightning storm, making the sand sing. 

I’d hear comrnents like “I cannot believe I got over not using electronics,” and “I learned that I am desperate to learn more.” Change is everywhere and some things become outdated. Other things remain forever relevant, like national parks and Islands School experiences. I see the mainland left behind in the wake of a boat, and all onboard seeking the “treasure” of the Apostle Islands. 

Erica Peterson was the program director of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute when the Apostle Islands Outdoor Education School was started. She now resides in Bayfield, Wisconsin, where she is involved with the non-profit Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. 

Article reprinted from Northland College Magazine with permission.

File photograph: Islands School students gather at the Stockton Island amphitheater.

Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is proud to be a continuing funder of The Apostle Islands School, in partnership with Northland College and area schools. While the pandemic has forced a pause in this program, the hope is that the Islands School will return to normal operation in the years to come. If you would like to support this initiative, we invite you to join us and make a donation. We thank you for your support as your dollars will directly benefit the many area school children who might not otherwise ever experience the national park across their bay.

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 educational program aimed at visitors between the ages of 4 and 12 (although any visitor can participate). Many NPS units have their own booklet and activities tailored specifically to the history and resources of their park — the Apostle Islands booklet for instance includes activities about Ojibwemowin (the Ojibwe Language) and a lighthouse log book activity among other things — most feature hands-on games and investigations in science, history, and art.

Junior Ranger Activity Guide
Junior Ranger Activity Guide

The booklets ask young visitors and their families to “Explore, Learn, and Protect” (as the program’s motto goes) the park that they are enjoying with the goal of observing, learning, looking closely at the park around them, and having fun. Upon successfully completing the booklet, prospective junior rangers show their work to a ranger who may gently guide them towards correcting a few of the answers before “swearing them in” and presenting them with an official Junior Ranger patch, certificate, or badge.

“This is a long-established tradition that connects ‘kids’ of all ages to the park,” says Justin Olson, Deputy Program Manager, Interpretation and Education at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore who himself became a Junior Ranger at six years old. “Growing up in Denver,” says Olson, “my family did trips to various national parks around Colorado and neighboring states. I loved talking to the rangers, going to the evening programs, and especially the Junior Ranger books. Can I trace my career back to that first badge at Rocky Mountain National Park? Not with a straight line, but it certainly influenced my love of the outdoors and national parks, and the Junior Ranger program.”

Most park historians trace the origins of the program back to the Yosemite Junior Nature School begun in 1930 by park naturalist Charles A. Harwell. That program engaged young visitors in nature activities, answering questions, even attending meetings and was so successful that by the 1960’s similar programs had been widely adopted in other parks. By 2005, national standards were established, and the number of participating parks soared.

Today, Junior Ranger programs are offered in 315 of the 423 NPS units across the country, including the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. In most cases they are free (although a minimal fee is charged in some parks). Each year well over a million patches, certificates, and badges are given out across the country at school programs, to park visitors, and now even online for those who cannot visit a park in person through the “WebRangers” program at or by downloading the booklets from individual parks.

Just as many people collect the passport stamps from the various parks they visit, some people have taken on the collection of Junior Ranger badges. Aida Frey, a teenage from Kentucky, is unofficially known as “the most decorated Junior Ranger” with over 300 badges.

Ranger Katie Sloan keeps her collection of 145 Junior Ranger badges including one from the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, on the visors of her car – photos by Katie Sloan

Katie Sloan, herself now a NPS Ranger who has worked in a variety of parks, says “My collection began in Idaho’s Craters of the Moon National Monument. I was visiting and they were offering a junior ranger program designed for kids of course, but they were talking about scat and that fun stuff. I got sworn in and was hooked.” Sloan’s collection of 145 badges and counting, including one from the Apostle Islands, is proudly displayed on the visors of her car.

Erica Peterson, a board member of Friends of the Apostle Islands who has worked in various parks including Everglades, Rocky Mountain, and Apostle Islands, has seen the program work its magic, on kids and rangers alike. “One of my most rewarding job responsibilities as a national park ranger was to encourage young people to become a junior ranger. From my position behind the visitor center’s information desk, I experienced many a child’s excitement upon completing the program booklet’s activities, puzzles, games, and questions. At first it is intimidating, somewhat hard, but then the wonder of discovery takes hold, and the mad dash to find all the answers prevails. Sometimes parents are involved and other times it is brothers, sisters, or friends. As the ranger I fielded many curious questions without giving any answers, just hints. Their final reward is a badge, just like the one I wore on my uniform, and presented with an announcement to interested bystanders. When pinning on their badge I frequently detected a sense of pride, a light kindled, and found myself imagining the good this young person will some time do for the sake of a park. If only we could add ‘Junior Ranger’ to the list of all the things every child should experience.”

To help make that experience a little more possible for everyone, Friends of the Apostle Islands is proud to support the program by providing the funds to purchase the 600-800 Junior Ranger badges given out each year at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. So next time you are at the park, ask for a Junior Ranger booklet, have fun, explore, learn, discover, and then raise your right hand and repeat after the ranger.  

For more on the Junior Ranger program of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore including digital versions of the booklet and a video of a swearing-in ceremony, visit the park website.

Apostle Islands Junior Ranger Activity Guide
How to become a Junior Ranger in the park or at home

Featured image: swearing in ceremony outside the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore headquarters – NPS photo

Jeff Rennicke is Executive Director of the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. He is also an educator, outdoor adventure travel writer and photographer.

Volunteers gather for Earth Day 2022 Great Lake Clean Up event

Volunteers rolled up their sleeves up on Earth Day, 2022 for a beach and street cleanup in Bayfield, gateway to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. This Earth Day project is aimed at keeping trash off our islands by picking it up before it gets in the lake.

 “Every piece of litter on our mainland shores will, if we don’t pick it up now, end up eventually in the lake and on our islands,” Executive Director Jeff Rennicke told the volunteers before the clean up. “Let’s stop the problem before it starts.”

Jeff Rennicke talks to the group
Jeff Rennicke talks to the group

The two dozen volunteers included National Park Service staff, Friends members and community volunteers. They gathered at the Washington Avenue beach within sight of the Apostle Islands and set off to do their part this Earth Day. We want to thank them for their work and thank the Bayfield Chamber of Commerce and City of Bayfield for their support.

Photos by Bob Jauch and Jeff Rennicke

Invest in Our Planet: Earth Day 2022

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore will forever share a very special connection with Earth Day — both began in 1970 and both were championed by Wisconsin’s own Gaylord A. Nelson.

This year, the theme of Earth Day is “Invest in Our Planet.”

Since its inception, Friends of the Apostle Islands has invested in the islands by raising over $500,000 to support the park in our four pillars of Accessibility, Education, Stewardship, and Service. 

This Earth Day, we are asking you to “Invest in Our Planet” with a donation to Friends of the Apostle Islands. 

Your donation will:

  • Help kids learn to sail and kayak safely
  • Support the efforts of the National Park Service in making our islands accessible to all
  • Plant beach grass on our sandscapes and flowers at our historic lighthouses
  • And more.

Help our planet and the islands you love this Earth Day. Invest in your planet by investing in Friends of the Apostle Islands.

If you wish to donate by sending us a check by mail, please download this form and include it with your check.

We welcome business memberships too!

All our supporting contributors will receive our newsletter, E-Blasts, notification of special events, and the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to support the beautiful islands that we all love. 

Thank you in advance for your donation.

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Jeff Rennicke is Executive Director of the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. He is also an educator, outdoor adventure travel writer and photographer.

Celebrate Earth Day 2022 by taking our quiz

How much do you know about the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore? The park has one big thing in common with Earth Day, the global event that started the modern environmental movement. That common thread is Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, a leading advocate for establishing the National Lakeshore and for the environment.

Gaylord Nelson
Senator Gaylord Nelson

Nelson served both as Senator from Wisconsin and Governor of the state. He is often described as “the father of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.”

During eight years filled with proposals, debate and compromise, Nelson faced and overcame obstacles including procedural bottlenecks, local resistance, Native American suspicion, and a National Park Service that often seemed indifferent at best to the idea.

As one close observer noted, the creation of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore “involved the presidential administrations of Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, resulted in twelve bills and bill drafts being written and rewritten… and produced thousands of pages of congressional testimony and hearing records.”

Without Gaylord Nelson’s unmatched political acumen and years of commitment to public service, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore would not exist.  We featured Senator Nelson during our 50th Anniversary History Mystery event. Take the quiz, then read more about him and his role in creating the park.

Earth Day 2022 Apostle Islands Quiz

Both the first Earth Day and the designation of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore occurred in the same year. What year was it?
What is the total acreage of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore?
The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore includes how many light towers?
These islands have worn many names. Which Island, known to the Ojibwe as Gaagaaiwanzhikaag-minis, has also been known as Texas, Hemlock, and Shoe?
True or False: There was once another island in the Apostles situated between Eagle Island and the mainland.
There are several different types of sandstone found within the park. Which type of sandstone is responsible for the famous sea caves on the mainland, Sand Island, and Devils Island?
In 2004, President George W. Bush signed into law the creation of the Gaylord A. Nelson National Wilderness which now protects 80% of the Lakeshore including parts of all the islands except:
The islands are important habitat for many types of wildlife, including birds. How many bird species have been identified in the Apostle Islands?
How many visitors did the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore receive in 2021?
How much has Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore raised in support of the park and park projects over the course of its history?


8-10 correct: Fantastic! You should consider being a park volunteer and sharing your excellent knowledge of the park with others (sign up on our website for ways you can help)

5-7 correct: Great work! These islands can be surprising and are always interesting. Check out our website to learn even more.

0-4 correct: The Apostle Islands hold many mysteries and wonderful opportunities for learning more. Check out our website to continue your exploration of your park.

Now that you’ve tested your knowledge of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, here’s a link to a variety of Earth Day quizzes from, the official Earth Day website. You’ll find quizzes on climate and emissions, individual action and conservation and restoration. You can also learn about the history of the Earth Day movement.

Celebrate National Park Week through April 24th

(National Park Service News Release) National Park Week, April 16 through 24, encourages everyone to discover something new about their national parks. With more than 400 national parks hosting a mix of special programs, activities, and digital experiences, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation invite all to explore and enjoy national parks during this annual event. The week begins on April 16 with free entrance to every national park.

“Since Yellowstone National Park was established 150 years ago, over 400 extraordinary places have been added to the National Park System,” said National Park Service Director Chuck Sams. “Throughout the country, these sites are sources of inspiration, recreation, and education—each one preserving and sharing a part of our national story. I hope National Park Week provides a spark to visit a nearby national park and make some memories.”

With at least one in every state, national parks provide close-to-home opportunities to engage the senses and experience something different during each visit. Every park has remarkable features and lesser-known gems so consider adding some new places to your bucket list and explore a path less taken.

The best place to start any national park trip is with a stop at or the official NPS app. You can search for parks by state, activity, or topic and get the latest updates and details about each park. Involve the kids in planning your next park visit by using the new online Junior Ranger Park Explorer program “Ready, Set, Go” where they can complete activities and print a badge.

In partnership with the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation and more than 450 park partner groups help support and raise awareness about the full range of national parks across the country, including those off the beaten path.

“National Park Week is a great time to explore a lesser-known site,” said National Park Foundation President and CEO Will Shafroth. “In 2021, most park visits occurred in just 25 parks. This National Park Week, try something new. There is so much beauty and cultural heritage to experience in your own backyard.”

The overall theme for National Park Week is “sPark Connections.” Throughout the week, individual theme days highlight various ties that can help ensure the enjoyment of national parks for current and future visitors.

Celebrate with us April 16-24

Saturday, April 16: sPark Discovery National Park Week kicks off with a fee-free day to encourage everyone to find something new by visiting a national park, especially one that may be close to home, a park you haven’t considered visiting, or one you never realized is a national park! What new national park will you discover?

Sunday, April 17: sPark Creativity National parks have inspired artistic expression and creativity for generations. Which park features inspire your creativity?

Monday, April 18: sPark Collaboration Partners and friends expand the reach and offerings of national parks. How can you get involved or participate in opportunities?

Tuesday, April 19: sPark Innovation Long needed and significant investments are being made in national park infrastructure. New technology is helping tackle the climate crisis. What’s new in parks and how will the efforts improve the visitor experience?

Wednesday, April 20: sPark Opportunities Learn about the employment opportunities available in national parks through the federal government and a variety of partner organizations. Are you interested in working with us?

Thursday, April 21: sPark Preservation The National Park Service, park partners, and visitors share in the responsibility to preserve historic, cultural, natural and recreational resources. What role do you play in the recreate responsibly movement?

Friday, April 22: sPark Action On Earth Day we look at the health of the environment and how we impact its wellbeing and vice versa. What actions can we all take to help?

Saturday, April 23: sPark Curiosity Hmm, how did…? Through Junior Ranger programs and other activities, find the answers to questions you have about geology, wildlife, history, or dozens of other topics related to national parks.

Sunday, April 24: sPark Memories Generations of visitors have created life-long memories in national parks. Do you have lasting memories or traditions created during visits to national parks?

A Twitter chat preview of National Park Week will take place on April 14 at 1 p.m. EDT. Join the conversation and share favorite memories, tips and stories about national parks using the hashtag #NationalParkWeek and #sParkConnections. For more information about National Park week, please visit and

Photo: Stockton Island beach in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore by Jon Okerstrom