“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.

Registration now open for free online Apostle Islands 50th Anniversary Resource Stewardship Symposium, March 30-31, 2021
Learn about the rich cultural, ecological and natural treasures within the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore receives new capacity building grant from National Park Foundation
Thanks to the grant and matching monies, Friends is initiating an executive director position and plans ten 50th Anniversary events in 2021.
New series: Lakeshore Logbook
This is the first in our series called "A lakeshore logbook," a collection of memories provided by former National Park Service employees.
Happy Holidays
Happy Holidays from the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. With your help, we look forward to ringing in the next 50 years of the park we love.
Friends 2020 Annual Report
Read our annual report for 2020. We are grateful for your support and look forward to an exciting 2021.
Show your support on 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 …
A digital birthday card to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore from the National Park Service
Enjoy these birthday greetings from the people who work hard to make the park the world-class destination that it is.
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.
Where in the park is Neil? The final answer is “making memories”
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.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Kicks Off its 50th Anniversary
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.
Happy Birthday, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore!
Click here to add your birthday wish to our digital birthday card for the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore!
Where in the park is Neil? The week 22 answer is Rocky Island
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.
Friends annouce new Executive Director position – applications now accepted
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 …
Where in the park is Neil? The week 21 answer is Otter Island
Today, Neil is travelling back in time 60 years to participate in what was probably the largest campout in the history of the Apostle Islands.
Bear Activity on Oak Island Causes Restricted Access
All public uses on Oak Island within Apostle Islands National Lakeshore are temporarily restricted to trained park staff due to unusual bear behaviors.
Where in the park is Neil? The week 20 answer is the Lakeshore Trail
Powerful windstorms this summer toppled hundreds of trees throughout the park, including a stand of century old red pines just north of the “Bowl” at the mainland caves.
Shaw Point on Sand Island designated a National Register Historic District
The newly designated historic district holds a unique collection of three neighboring properties at Sand Island’s southeastern edge.
Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center renamed to honor David Obey
Supporters of The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center gathered virtually and in-person on August 28, 2020 to celebrate the center's renaming as the "David R. Obey Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center." The Center opened in 1998 and is a unique partnership involving The US Forest Service, National Park Service, US …
Where in the park is Neil? The week 19 answer is Bear Island
From the sandstone ledge on the shore of this island named for a large furry animal you can see Devils Island across the lake to the north.
Shoreline stabilization to protect historic Apostle Islands buildings completed
Tons of boulders now protect a fragile shoreline and historic structures on Sand Island.

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