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 volunteer work weekends. More information can be found on the BRT website (link below).

Friday, July 20 - Sunday, July 22 - Portage Brook Bridge Moving


Volunteer Rendezvous on the Kab-Ash Trail

With Voyageurs National Park Association

Thursday, June 28, 2018 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM @ Kabetogma Visitor CenteR

Voyageurs National Park Association is teaming up with a Student Conservation Corps team to clear a portion of the Kab-Ash Trail in Voyageurs National Park. This volunteer project will involve installing boardwalk, installing signage, limbing trees and clearing brush and debris from the trail. Up to 1 mile hiking to the work site and 1 mile back possible.

Volunteers should bring a lunch, water bottle, and work gloves and VNPA will provide the rest to help you give back to your National Park!

Volunteers will meet at the Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center at 8:30 am.

Registration and more information can be found at the link below.


Banadad "Paddling In and Camp"

Thursday, September 20 - Sunday, September 23

Join the Banadad Trail Association for a multi-day project in the BWCAW. These efforts will help clear the trail for the winter ski season. The trip schedule is as follows...

Thursday - Volunteers arrive at the Poplar Creek B&B.
Friday morning - Put-in at One Island Lake and portage to Rush Lake and paddle to the Banadad Trail Bridge (SW end of Rush Lake).
Friday and Saturday - Camp on the Banadad Trail, clearing the trail during the day.
Sunday morning - Retrace route back to the put-in.

For more information contact Andy at


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!