“How do we connect with and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates?”

If the Apostle Islands are to thrive in the face of changing times, we must keep (or make) the park relevant to both current and future generations, and to people of all demographics, including those who have yet to experience why this national park is significant. “Friends” is so charged, and especially with youth. But we also do it through our volunteer program, accessibility initiatives, publications and outreach.

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A Year to Remember: A letter from the Executive Directors and the Friends 2021 Annual Report
Read the 2021 Annual Report from the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
Watch now: Friends receives 2021 Lake Superior Magazine Achievement Award Tuesday in Bayfield
The official presentation took place at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon at the Washington Avenue beach in Bayfield.
Rescuers honored for saving capsized kayakers at mainland sea caves
When five to eight-foot waves swamped kayakers near the mainland sea caves late this summer, life-saving help arrived just in time.
Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore announces new board of directors co-chair
Kelley Linehan will work alongside Erica Peterson, who has been chair since 2014, and will take over the chair position in February 2022.
Volunteers prep Gaylord Nelson Memorial Garden for a long winter’s nap and vibrant spring
Together they put in a combined 20 hours of work and it shows.
Watch: Historic flag raising ceremony at Little Sand Bay
For the first time since the creation of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, the flag of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa was permanently raised over the park on June 23rd, 2021.
Lakeshore Logbook – Neil and Forrest Howk
The National Lakeshore is a family affair for Forrest Howk and his dad Neil. Read their Lakeshore Logbook entry to learn how they blazed some trails and made lots of memories.
Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore honored with 2021 Achievement Award
For "contributing significantly to the well-being of Lake Superior and its peoples," Lake Superior Magazine awarded its 2021 Achievement Award to Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
Replica lighthouse skiff now on display at Raspberry Island Light Station
The Lightkeeper's Tender "Don A" is now on display in the Fog Signal Building at the Raspberry island Light Station. Over many years, volunteers at the Bayfield Maritime Museum poured countless hours of work into building the 16-foot-long wooden boat. The Don A bears the name of former museum president …
Lakeshore Logbook – Susan Larsen and Sophie Howk
Father-daughter day at work takes on special meaning for the family members who wrote this week's Lakeshore Logbook entry.
Celebratory candles, commitment and cupcakes mark finale of 50th Anniversary festivities
On Saturday night, September 25, 2021 Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore held a candlelight ceremony on a Lake Superior beach to celebrate, to honor, and to recommit ourselves to keeping that light burning bright as we step into the next 50 years at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
Wisconsin Governor issues proclamation celebrating Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and its positive impact
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued a proclamation in honor of the park's first half century in existence and its positive impact on the state and its people as it begins its 51st year.
Watch now: Sense of Adventure: Inspire!
In our new installment of our “Sense of Adventure” series, part of our 50th anniversary summer celebration, we will look at the many ways these islands and this lake inspire us – poetry, art, jewelry making, night photography, music, even the inspiration to connect the islands through swimming, a kind …
Lakeshore Logbook – Warren Bielenberg
One of the first park employees shares his memories of the early days of the National Lakeshore. Days filled with accomplishments and opportunities.
Ribbon cutting celebrates Wisconsin Lake Superior Scenic Byway’s national designation
The adventure and beauty of a visit to the Apostle Islands begins even before you set foot in the National Lakeshore.
Lakeshore Logbook – Heidi Van Dunk
Heidi Van Dunk started as a volunteer and wore many hats in the years that followed.
Luminaires on the Lake: Apostle Islands Anniversary Commemoration set for Saturday, September 25th
You're invited to a candlelight commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, to wrap up the year-long celebration.
New research published: Apostle Islands play key role in regional spread of American marten populations
Researchers used DNA from hair samples to estimate how many animals are in the park and where their relatives live. They published the results of that work this summer.
Park visitors praise Stockton Island amphitheater and ongoing accessibility initiatives
With tears in her eyes she expressed her gratitude for the amphitheater…
Kids paint their passion for the Apostle Islands as stewardship flags fly high at Bayfield Art Fair
Artists as young as a-year-and-a-half up to adults painted more than 100 flags showing their love for the Apostle Islands.

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