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Join us for “Song for the Wild” July 26th at Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield!

Join us for “Song for the Wild” July 26th at Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield!

Sigurd Olson heard the music of the wild places. He paddled, camped, hiked, and listened. Then he put what he heard into the words and stories of his lyrical and well-loved books like The Singing Wilderness and Listening Point.Images courtesy Big Top ChautauquaOn July 26th, Friends of the Apostle Islands is proud to join with the Big Top Chautauqua and Wisconsin Greenfire to present "Song for the Wild," a multimedia concert celebrating the legacy of one of the greatest conservationists of the 20th century, Sigurd Olson. The show features the writings of Sigurd Olson set to music by Warren...

Faces of Friends: Ali and Aidan’s quest to be “kayak guides for life”

Faces of Friends: Ali and Aidan’s quest to be “kayak guides for life”

Ali Erickson and Aidan Lee met at Bayfield kayak outfitter Trek & Trail in 2016. They worked as sea kayak guides over several summers, saying they reveled in the opportunity work outside, surrounded by beautiful water. In 2019, their love for adventure brought them to Alaska where they worked and played with the outdoor community there, but they couldn't stop thinking about Lake Superior. Alaska was their playground, but they say the Apostle Islands were home. In 2022, they moved back to Bayfield where they now own and operate Trek & Trail and support Friends of the Apostle Islands...

Wave Watch buoys are live! Watch the deployment video and learn how the buoys can help you stay safe on the water

Wave Watch buoys are live! Watch the deployment video and learn how the buoys can help you stay safe on the water

With light winds, sunshine and mild temperatures, deployment day was nearly perfect. On the morning of May 29th, a team loaded a National Park Service boat with buoys, anchor lines, hardware and high-visibility flags, then set out from Roy's Point for the north end of Long Island - the entrance to Chequamegon Bay. There, they deployed the first solar-powered spotter buoy for the 2024 season, as part of the Wave Watch boater safety project. Watch the video and read on for details.  Click to read video transcript (Adobe Acrobat PDF reader required)The Wave Watch buoy deployed at Long...

Sign up now for the 2024 Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore annual cruise

Sign up now for the 2024 Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore annual cruise

We hope you'll join us for this year's Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore cruise on August 8th. New this year, cruise Artist in Residence Dale Whittaker will join us to talk about his work and capture some Apostle Islands magic. Read more about Dale here. Enjoy some food and drink, a brief program, a stroll along the beach at Julian Bay with some of your Friends and hopefully, a beautiful sunset on the way back to Bayfield  -- weather permitting, of course.

Celebrate the northern lights by giving back to the night sky

Celebrate the northern lights by giving back to the night sky

They were beautiful, one of the greatest aurora displays in decades with the sun sending at least five immense CME’s (coronal mass ejections) streaming towards the earth, creating a G5 Auroral Storm that made the northern lights visible to a wider swath of the world than we have seen in decades.Northern lights over the Apostle Islands - Jeff Rennicke photosThe sky danced. Not just over the Apostle Islands but as far south as Florida and Texas here in the U.S. and around the world. They shone over the battlefield in Ukraine. The sky glowed pink in Tyrol, Austria. Airline passengers looked out...

2024 Island School students depart Bayfield for an adventure of a lifetime

2024 Island School students depart Bayfield for an adventure of a lifetime

A Superior send-off. For more than three decades, Island School has empowered local school kids to learn in and experience the beauty of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. They departed City Dock today on a three-day, two-night immersion experience on Stockton Island, led by Northland College and the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute and funded in part by Friends of the Apostle Islands.More than 5,000 students have attended Island School since it began in 1986... students who might otherwise not get to experience the islands. Former Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore...

Reaching for the stars: 2023 Annual Report now available online

Reaching for the stars: 2023 Annual Report now available online

“When the sun first rose in 2023, we could not have imagined the heights you would help Friends achieve in one year,” says Executive Director Jeff Rennicke, “but the future is shining brightly on the islands we love, thanks to you.” The 2023 Annual Report, recently released by Friends of the Apostle Islands and featuring a beautiful night sky photograph by Mike DeWitt, is a chronicle of accomplishments for our organization and a celebration of a year of great success.A successful $325,000 Access for All campaign which will bring more accessibility projects to the park, nearly 200 first-time...

Know before you go: Get your free Wave Watch QR code cling for the upcoming boating season

Know before you go: Get your free Wave Watch QR code cling for the upcoming boating season

One scan of this new Wave Watch QR Code and you’ll be safer on the water this boating season. Friends of the Apostle Islands has partnered with researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the National Park Service to create Wave Watch, a series of strategically placed weather buoys offering boaters free, real-time wave data for five popular boating locations in the Apostle Islands starting in June of 2024. See the real-time data here. Grab a FREE 4x4 inch sticker or cling for your boat window or water bottle or anywhere on your vessel. Scan the QR Code with your phone and you’ll...

Friends volunteers complete Earth Day Community Clean-Up

Friends volunteers complete Earth Day Community Clean-Up

Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore volunteers gathered outside of National Park Service Headquarters in Bayfield on a brisk, cloudy Saturday morning to help keep trash out of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. They enjoyed hot coffee and fresh scones before heading out to collect trash. They filled more than a dozen bags by the time their work was done.We would like to thank today's volunteers for a job well done. Friends Executive Director Jeff Rennicke said, "I'll spare you the pictures of some of the things we found but when you are out there this...

Celebrate the Apostle Islands during National Park Week, April 20-28

Celebrate the Apostle Islands during National Park Week, April 20-28

Video courtesy National Park ServiceThe Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a national treasure. It's also one of more than 400 national parks being celebrated during this special nine-day event, April 20-28, 2024.The National Park Service has given each day a theme: Saturday, April 20: Discovery What will you discover? A new place, a new interesting fact, a new activity. For parks that have them, entrance fees are waived on this day. (The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore does not charge entrance fees.) Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is doing an Earth Day Community...