Q: Are children allowed to volunteer with the Northwoods Volunteer Connection?
A: Children under 18 are allowed to volunteer if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Projects in the Wilderness and all multi-day projects may not be suitable for children under 16, please ask at the time of registration.
Q: Why do I have to pay to volunteer?
A: Not all volunteer projects have a cost associated - see event details for cost information. Trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness have a $50 registration fee. This money is used to help us maintain and replace the equipment we provide to volunteers for these trips (see Packing Lists for details). If you choose not to participate, costs are refundable up to three weeks prior to your trip.
Q: What does a difficulty rating mean?
A: Projects are rated based on their difficulty. "Moderate" or "difficult" ratings require a higher level of physical activity than trips or projects that are rated "easy". For example, trips into the BWCAW require volunteers to travel by canoe, portage gear and equipment and camp at a primitive campsite in addition to the daily work projects. For this reason, all Wilderness trips have a "moderate" or higher difficulty rating.
Q: Will I have time to myself on overnight trips?
A: Yes! As a volunteer you are expected to work an 8 hour day with time for breaks and lunch. After the work is done you are free to explore the area!
Q: Can I sign up for a Wilderness project if I have no canoe experience?
A: Some paddling experience is preferred but it is not required. Wilderness rangers will give you a crash course before heading out on your trip, however, most of the learning will take place on the job.
Q: I have a group that would like to volunteer. Can you accommodate us?
A: We would love to work with your group! We may be able to fit you into one of our scheduled projects or identify a new project that aligns with your interests. Please fill out a Group Interest Form, here.