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

This June, the Superior Hiking Trail will have three sets of Tuesday & Wednesday work days in the Hovland area to repair the SHT after storms brought significant destruction.
The dates are: 
June 13 & 14
June 20 & 21
June 27 & 28

The projects and locations will vary depending upon need, but you can expect doing projects like:

  • treadwork
  • benching
  • clearing brush
  • Roxy Gonzalez
  • Stay Connected
  • water mitigation

Due to terrain and the remoteness of these trail sections, these work projects are rated as difficult!

The SHTA will provide personal protective equipment,safety training, and supervision. You should bring rubber boots in addition to regular work boots. You should also come prepared with lunch and enough water to last an entire day. Bug repellent, sunblock, and weather-appropriate clothes are also necessary. Rustic camping (no running water) is available on Monday and Tuesday nights for volunteers. To sign up and learn about the meeting place and time, please contact Jo Swanson -


Voyageurs National Park association - 2017 volunteer rendezvous

September 15 - 16

Each September, Voyageurs National Park Association and the National Park Service host the Volunteer Rendezvous, a two-day volunteer blitz in Voyageurs National Park.  This year, volunteers will assist with an important effort to collect native plant seed for part of a multi-year wetland restoration effort aimed at removing invasive cattails throughout the park and restoring biodiversity.

People of all ages and skills are welcome to attend one or both of the volunteer days – no experience is necessary. National Park Service staff will provide you with the tools and training required to make a positive impact on the park.

More information here -


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



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.