“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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Change begins here: Friends represented at the Leadership Institute
The Institute 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. 
The Apostle Islands School: A rite of passage for Chequamegon Bay youth
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…
Badges of honor: celebrating Junior Rangers
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).
Volunteers gather for Earth Day 2022 Great Lake Clean Up event
Volunteers including National Park Service staff, Friends members and community volunteers gathered at Washington Avenue beach within sight of the Apostle Islands and set off to do their part this Earth Day.
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.
Celebrate Earth Day 2022 by taking our quiz
Test your knowledge of the Apostle Islands by taking our Earth Day quiz.
Celebrate National Park Week through April 24th
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.
Tongues in trees: celebrating National Poetry Month
The summer wind strumming the waves, the slow repeating verse of the surf, birdsong in the bogs at sunrise. There is a beauty in these islands that speaks to the poet’s soul, and through them, to all of us. app can be used to pay fees in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore this summer
There's no need to carry cash, checks or credit cards to pay for parking at Meyers Beach or to pay docking fees at one of the islands, if you have the mobile app on your phone. This free app, offered in partnership by the National Park Service and other …
Oldest National Park Service Ranger retires at 100
Fittingly, Soskin, who turned 100 in September of 2021, marked her final day of work at the park by presenting an interpretive program.
Volunteers wanted for Friends Earth Day cleanup
From 9 a.m. to noon on Earth Day, Friends of the Apostle Islands is sponsoring an Earth Day clean up in and around Bayfield, the gateway to the Apostle Islands.
We’re live at Canoecopia this weekend!
It's show time! We hope you'll join us this weekend at Canoecopia – the world's largest paddlesport show, in Madison, Wisconsin.
Cross country skiing to Oak Island
Ski tracks, wolf tracks, deep snow and thick ice made for a perfect adventure in the Apostle Islands.
Sign up for the 2022 Friends of the Apostle Islands cruise
We hope you can join Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore for our 2022 Annual Cruise to Stockton Island in August.
By the numbers: Lakeshore visitation sets a record in 2021
Did you visit the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore during 2021? If so, you were part of a record-setting year.
2022 Information Gathering Survey
We are gathering information about how Friends of the Apostle Islands can best serve you and the Park we all love!  Please take a moment and help us out
A time capsule letter to the future stewards of the Apostle Islands
What would you say to future stewards of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, as they celebrate 100 years of the park?
Erica Peterson’s legacy will live on in many forms as she steps down after nearly eight years of guiding the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Erica saw her role with the Friends as “an opportunity to give back to the Park for all its beach walks, bog smells, wild storms, eagle sightings, and night skies,” she says, and in turn, “help steward its vital future.”
Of sun dogs and sunlit winter mornings in the Apostle Islands
There is a place for scientific explanations, but on mornings like this with the bright sun shimmering over the sea smoke rising over Lake Superior, it is not science that I think of.
The trail ahead: Friends charts the course for 2022 and beyond
The sun will soon set, ending a tumultuous year of challenges, changes, and setting the stage for tomorrow’s sunrise to begin the new year ahead. Seems like a good time to reflect, and to catch my breath.

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