From State Parks to the Superior National Forest, public lands make up a large portion of Minnesota's northwoods. People travel from near and far to visit the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the waterfalls of north shore of Lake Superior, to hike, paddle, camp, hunt and fish, ski and snowmobile. By getting involved with stewardship activities, either through participating in a volunteer project or making a donation, you can help ensure that these public lands are preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.


Your donation allows us to continue to offer volunteer opportunities that benefit forest health and promote recreation in northeastern Minnesota.


The Northwoods Volunteer Connection partners with the USFS Superior National Forest and other local organizations to offer variety of volunteer opportunities.

Northwoods Volunteer Connection - Volunteer Opportunities

Join the Northwoods Volunteer Connection and help us conserve the unique public lands of northeast Minnesota. This year we are offering three, 5-day wilderness opportunities as well as single day events (more to be announced). Plus there are and two new ways to get involved in public land stewardship with the Visitor Use Monitoring and the Adopt-an-Entry-Point programs. We hope to see you in the woods or on the trail this summer!

Adopt-An-Entry POint

Entry points are the gateways to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Individuals, groups, or businesses can "adopt" these resources and help ensure they remain open for use. These volunteers assist in keeping the entry point areas and access roads clear of vegetation and litter.


Help maintain the integrity of the wilderness experience by monitoring visitor use in the BWCAW. In an effort to better understand the use that occurs in the Wilderness, visitor use monitoring is conducted annually. This activity helps the Forest Service determine the opportunities for solitude or likelihood of encountering people within the BWCAW. Volunteers will be assigned a travel route and date to conduct monitoring.

Do you have a group that is interested in completing a service project in the area? Fill out a Group Interest Form and we will work with you to find a project that aligns with your interests.



SUPERIOR HIKING TRAIL spring tree and brush clearing

After a winter of snow, ice, and high winds the SHTA is planning three trail-clearing work weekends to help get the trail back into hikeable shape. For all work weekends, the trail could be wet and muddy or still have snow in places, so be sure to have good waterproof boots. Bring work gloves if you have them, or they will be provided. Tools and safety glasses will be provided, along with training. Only certified chainsawyers can saw on the trail.

Please e-mail Jo Swanson ( to sign up and provide the following information:

  • Which days you want to volunteer
  • Which nights you want to stay
  • Which meals you would like (and if you are a vegetarian)
  • Whether you are signing up as a chainsawyer or as an assistant.

May 6 - 7 in Schroeder - Join the SHTA Saturday 9-4, Sunday 9-3, or both days.

May 13 - 14 in Finland - Join the SHTA Saturday 9-4, Sunday 9-3, or both days.

May 27 - 29 in Grand Marais - Join the SHTA Saturday 9-4, Sunday 9-4, Monday 9-3, or all days.


Border Route Trail Clearing

The Border Route Trail Association hosts clearing events inside and outside of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. More information and registration links can be foundation on their website - BRT Website.

Friday, April 28 - Monday, May 1   Topper Lake  Type: Backpack in   Cost: $0

Thursday, May 4 - Sunday May 7   Sock Lake  Type: Hike-in   Cost: $60

Thursday, May 11 - Sunday, May 14   Duncan Lake 1 Type: Canoe in   Cost: $60

Thursday, May 18 - Sunday, May 21   Duncan Lake 2 Type: Canoe-in   Cost: $60

Friday, May 26 - Monday, May 29   Duncan Lake 3  Type: Canoe-in   Cost: $60


Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring Volunteers

Volunteers collect samples looking for spiny waterfleas.

Volunteers collect samples looking for spiny waterfleas.

Planning a trip to the Boundary Waters this summer? Interested in volunteering along the way?

Help test for an aquatic invasive species, spiny waterflea, in Minnesota's inland lakes. Volunteers take samples using a zooplankton net and examine them for the aquatic pests. Find out more by contacting Amanda Weberg at or Derrick Passe at