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


2018 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.


Border route Trail - Spring Clearing weekends

Join the Border Route Trail Association for their annual spring clearing weekends. More information can be found on the BRT website (link below).

Friday, May 4 - Sunday, May 7 - Topper Lake Backpacking Trip

Thursday, May 17 - Sunday, May 20 - Gogebic Lake Backpacking Trip

Friday, May 18 - Sunday, May 20Portage Brook Bridge Moving Project

Friday, May 25 - Monday, May 28 - Pine Lake Canoe Trip

Thursday, May 31 - Sunday, May 28 - Pine Lake Canoe Trip


Kekekabic Hiking Trail - Spring Clearing

Thursday, May 17- Wednesday, May 23

Join the Kek Trail Club to help clear the eastern portion of the trail. Crew leaders will be leading day trips on the Kekekabic Trail from the Gunflint Trail trailhead. Sign up to help for a day or more by contacting Terry at


Friends of BWCA Trails

Join a passionate group of volunteers dedicated to working on the Powwow Trail in the BWCAW. Trainings begin in April and volunteer crews hit the trail throughout May. Find out more on the Meetup Group site.