4 Pillars Articles

About Us – Articles about the Four Pillars of the Friends mission: Accessibility, Education, Service and Stewardship.

State Leader Hears from Friends and National Park Service About Accessibility Projects

State Leader Hears from Friends and National Park Service About Accessibility Projects

Coastal management and accessibility projects were on the agenda, as Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore participated in discussions with Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) Secretary-designee Kathy Blumenfeld. The Secretary met on June 29th with representatives from the Ashland, Bayfield and Red Cliff communities in Northwest Wisconsin, as well as six organizations and community groups providing housing, coastal management and conservation services in Ashland and Bayfield counties. In Bayfield, the Secretary met with City of Bayfield staff, former Bayfield mayor and...

What Friends Are For: Watch Our New Video Introduction

What Friends Are For: Watch Our New Video Introduction

What is a Friends group? How do they help our national parks? How many are there? Good questions.  Of the 423 units managed by the National Park Service, over half have supporting partner organizations or “Friends” groups. From Friends of Acadia to Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Friends of Virgin Islands, these groups support their parks in a diverse array of ways – from fundraising for the preservation of historic structures to organizing cadres of volunteers to plant gardens, clear trails, even pick up litter. Each year, the efforts of these combined groups contribute over...

Park visitors praise Stockton Island amphitheater and ongoing accessibility initiatives

Park visitors praise Stockton Island amphitheater and ongoing accessibility initiatives

Timing is everything. On August 13th, the National Park Service and Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore conducted a grand opening of the accessible amphitheater at Presque Isle on the Lakeshore’s Stockton Island.  Pandemic protocols required the ceremony to be small and unannounced to the public but some park visitors who just happened to be on the island at the time took in the program and they’ve provided some heartwarming feedback.The new $55,000 amphitheater, with its gently sloping ramps, wide benches, and accessible entrance, is now available to visitors with mobility...

Kids paint their passion for the Apostle Islands as stewardship flags fly high at Bayfield Art Fair

Kids paint their passion for the Apostle Islands as stewardship flags fly high at Bayfield Art Fair

All the flags were flying at the Bayfield Art Fair this weekend, thanks to some very creative kids of all ages. Artists as young as a-year-and-a-half up to adults painted more than 100 flags showing their love for the Apostle Islands. The Stewards of Tomorrow Kid’s Art Booth was sponsored by the Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute’s Youth Outreach Programs with support from Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. The Stewards of Tomorrow project encourages young people to recognize the importance of nature in their lives, and in particular what the National...

The ribbon is cut: Stockton Island’s accessible amphitheater is now officially open to all

The ribbon is cut: Stockton Island’s accessible amphitheater is now officially open to all

With a snip of an over-sized red scissors and a flourish of breeze off of Lake Superior, Friends Board Chair Erica Peterson and Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Superintendent Lynne Dominy cut a red ribbon on Friday, August 13, 2021 signifying the grand opening of the accessible amphitheater at Presque Isle on the Lakeshore’s Stockton Island.  The $55,000 project represents a big step in one of the core commitments of Friends of the Apostle Islands. “We are excited to see this finally happen,” said Peterson. “The board made accessibility for all a primary pillar of our organization. We...

Little Sand Bay kayak launch site offers increased accessibility

Little Sand Bay kayak launch site offers increased accessibility

Paddling the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is an amazing opportunity for kayakers, including those who face mobility challenges. The National Park Service has now installed an accessibility mat at the Hokenson Fishery Kayak Launch at Little Sand Bay on the mainland. The mat makes it easier for people who might need wheelchairs or other mobility aids to access the sandy launch site, which is to the west of the harbor. The view from the kayak launching area toward the harbor breakwater. Erica Peterson photo. The other official launch site is at Meyers Beach, where paddlers currently need...