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Friends volunteers prepare Gaylord Nelson Memorial Garden for a vibrant summer display

Friends volunteers prepare Gaylord Nelson Memorial Garden for a vibrant summer display

The Gaylord Nelson Memorial Garden outside of National Park Service headquarters in Bayfield is ready to put on a vibrant show this summer, thanks to volunteers with Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.The volunteers gathered on a sunny day in late May to remove weeds, invasive species and debris from the prior growing season, to give the desired plant species the room to grow and bloom.Volunteers tend the Gaylord Nelson Memorial Garden - Bob Jauch photosDuring last fall's garden clean-up, volunteer Erica Peterson said, “We started a nursery in the garden so that next year we...

Badges of honor: Celebrating Junior Rangers

Badges of honor: Celebrating Junior Rangers

Raise your right hand and repeat after the ranger: “I am proud to be a National Park Service Junior Ranger. I promise to appreciate, respect, and protect all national park places. I also promise to continue learning about the landscape, plants, animals, and history of these special places. I will share what I learn with my friends and family.” With that oath, and a completed Junior Ranger booklet, you too can join the millions of people, the young and the young-at-heart, who have become Junior Rangers with the National Park Service (NPS). The NPS Junior Ranger program is an activity-based...

Volunteers prep Gaylord Nelson Memorial Garden for a long winter’s nap and vibrant spring

Volunteers prep Gaylord Nelson Memorial Garden for a long winter’s nap and vibrant spring

Bayfield-area volunteers and native garden advocates met at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Headquarters in Bayfield for their annual fall cleanup in the Gaylord Nelson Memorial Garden. “It’s really a chance to get the garden ready for next Spring,” says Erica Peterson, one of the organizers. The group deadheaded spent flower heads but left the ones with seeds for dispersal. Flower stalks up to 14” were also left for native pollinators who make homes in the hollow stems. The group is always pleased to see the before and after. Together they put in a combined 20 hours of work, and it...

Now showing! You’re invited to a online film festival, featuring the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Now showing! You’re invited to a online film festival, featuring the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

The beauty and history of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and many other national parks will be showcased in an online film festival starting June 12th, thanks to the National Park Service. We hope you'll join the Friends in the virtual audience for this online event as we celebrate 50 years of the park we love. "On the Edge of Gichigami - Voices of the Apostle Islands" will run from June 12 through June 25. This 20-minute film features the voices of those who live, work and play in the islands. You'll enjoy hearing stories of the region, as images of lighthouses, beaches, sandstone...