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


2019 Summer Volunteer Projects

Volunteer Stewardship Projects range from a few hours to 5 days and focus on improving recreational and natural resources in the Superior National Forest and BWCAW.



Help the Forest Service monitor visitor use in the BWCAW. Volunteers are needed on specific dates and locations May through September.

Adopt-An-Entry POint

Entry points are the gateways to the BWCAW. Individuals or businesses can "adopt" these resources to ensure they remain open for use. 


Special Projects

Campground Photography Project

Looking for an excuse to explore the Superior National Forest? The Forest Service is looking for volunteers to help collect photos of all campsites at their fee campgrounds for the new website (launching in October).  Five to six photos of each campsite need to be taken. These photos will give campers a better idea of what the sites are like when booking online. Contact us for more information.

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.



Kekekabic Trail Volunteer Projects

The Kekekabic Trail Chapter is dedicated to preserving and maintaining backpacking trails of the Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Join this group of dedicated volunteers for a 3 or 5-day project on the Kekekabic Hiking Trail.

April 27-30: Trailhead to Mine Lake crew to clear from the Gunflint Trail trailhead in to Mine Lake; Day hike

May 8- 11: Bingshick Lake crew to clear from Mine Lake to the Chub River; Backpack into Bingshick Lake

May 16-19: Mine Lake relocation project; Canoe/Backpack into Bingshick Lake

May 17-24: Mine Lake relocation project; Day hike

May 16-24: AHS Volunteer Vacation crew to clear from the Chub River to Chip Lake; Canoe into French Lake

May 12-17: Reunion Crew to clear from Gabimichigami Lake to the Agamok Bridge; Canoe into Agamok Lake


MPCA Citizen Water Monitoring

The MPCA’s Citizen Water Monitoring Programs provide a unique opportunity for people across the state to monitor the water quality of their favorite lake or stream with no prior experience needed – just a love of water. Volunteers can even return to the same lake or stream and monitor it year after year, summer after summer.  Citizen water monitors provide a level of consistency in data collection that is unsurpassed, and the depth of knowledge they gain through the program is incredibly valuable to lake and stream management initiatives at the state and local level.

Furthermore, citizens don’t just collect data, they help state and local groups achieve results. Citizen-collected data help identify and restore polluted waters across the state. They also kick start local initiatives like shoreline restoration or stormwater cleanup projects.  In Minnesota, citizen-collected water quality data is both empowering and effective.

With 69,000 miles of rivers and over 12,000 lakes, Minnesota needs more volunteer monitors across the state to help track the health of our waters. No prior experience or training is required, and MPCA provides all the necessary equipment and training free of charge.

Visit the Citizen Water Monitoring Program website for more details and to sign up!