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Celebrating Friends: 2022 Annual Cruise a Sweet Success

Celebrating Friends: 2022 Annual Cruise a Sweet Success

At Friends, our staff, board members, and volunteers can often be found in deep discussions over issues, planning budgets, setting up meetings, the everyday stuff of any organization. However sometimes you just have to set that all aside and return to the heart of things: the reason for doing all of it. Sometimes, you just have to go to the islands. Recently 58 Friends members, donors, board members, and supporters boarded the Superior Princess at the Bayfield City Dock for our 2022 Annual Cruise, a signature Friends event, this year sponsored by Wickcraft Boardwalks.Superior Princess – Jeff...

Give a gift that lasts all year. Give a gift of the Islands.

Give a gift that lasts all year. Give a gift of the Islands.

The best gifts show that you really care – for the people in your life and the places they love. Whether it is a birthday, graduation, a wedding, or just a “thinking of you” moment, a gift membership from Friends of the Apostle Islands will help your loved ones stay in touch with the latest island news, get the information they need to plan that next big island adventure, and show them you care - about them and the islands. They will be the first to get invitations to volunteering opportunities. They will stay inspired and connected to the Apostle Islands all year long, and it is as simple...

Keep the wind in our sails!

Keep the wind in our sails!

Things are off to a great start in 2021. A successful, inspiring Resource Stewardship Symposium with over 650 participants, the accessible amphitheater going up on Stockton Island, interviews on Wisconsin Public Radio, an Earth Day collaboration with Big Top Chautauqua, an energized and growing membership, and the hiring of our first-ever Executive Directors — the momentum is growing here at Friends of the Apostle Islands. Now, we are asking you to help keep that wind in our sails. You may have received this appeal in the mail and already offered your support. If so, thank you. If not,...

Investing in local beauty and history: “Friends” passes fundraising milestone for Apostle Islands

Investing in local beauty and history: “Friends” passes fundraising milestone for Apostle Islands

It’s been called the best idea we’ve ever had.  Our system of National Parks, begun with Yellowstone nearly a century after our country’s creation, is as treasured today as any of our most valued American institutions.  Yet the long-term preservation of these special places today is proving more challenging than their legislative creation.  That is why a recent milestone reached by the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is so significant and a cause for celebration. This non-profit organization, born and nurtured in the Chequamegon Bay area, recently announced that it had...

Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore names first Executive Director, positions itself for growth

Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore names first Executive Director, positions itself for growth

BAYFIELD, Wis. — Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (FAINL) has selected educator, outdoor adventure travel writer and photographer Jeff Rennicke as its first Executive Director and his wife Jill Rennicke as Co-Director. The Rennickes started in their new roles on February 1.  “Jeff and Jill have been brought on board to steer the organization into its next phase of growth, said Erica Peterson, Chair of the Friends Board of Directors. “We’ve been an all-volunteer organization since 2002. The board is confident that this team can help us to grow our membership and our ability...

Show your support on Giving Tuesday 2020

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 Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Through grants and donations, the Friends are actively funding a new, universally accessible amphitheater to be installed next spring on Stockton Island. Materials for the boardwalk and platform build are now staged on the mainland, awaiting transport to Stockton....

Shoreline stabilization to protect historic Apostle Islands buildings completed

Shoreline stabilization to protect historic Apostle Islands buildings completed

A high-priority shoreline stabilization project completed this month now protects historic buildings on Sand Island in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Extremely high water and wind-driven waves have gradually eroded the fragile clay shoreline in front of the historic West Bay Club. This property, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, has been threatened since 2015. The erosion undermined and damaged the ice house building which was built near the shore in 1913.This photograph, made in May of 2020 shows the eroded shoreline before the repair project began – NPS...

Exciting news! Friends update – Summer 2020

Exciting news! Friends update – Summer 2020

Dear Friend of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore,This was our year to celebrate the Apostle Islands 50th year as a National Lakeshore. So many great events designed to gather together, tell the stories, show off the new projects, and forge the next fifty years – are on hold.  We are rebooting to celebrate “Caring for our place on Gichigami,” with a new kickoff date of the lakeshore’s establishment on September 26th until Apple Festival next year.The virus hasn’t slowed much of the exciting work we’ve undertaken. In the past year, with your help and successful grant funding, we...

Become a “Keeper” of the Apostle Islands

Become a “Keeper” of the Apostle Islands

​Dear “Friends,” I find myself fascinated by the word ‘keeper’ - someone who looks after something that is valuable. We are familiar with the lighthouse keepers in the Apostle Islands. Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine being on an island, keeping the light burning, tending the grounds, managing staff, providing for your family, recording the weather, watching for vessels in stress, polishing brass, and above all, being responsible for the lives of countless mariners you will never meet. Now spring forward some 100 years. The original job of light keeping has given way to automated lights....