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 Wilderness Ranger Internship

This summer the Northwoods Volunteer Connection is partnering with the Superior National Forest to offer a Wilderness Ranger Internship. Find out more about this new position here!

Volunteers needed This winter

Give us a shout if either of these volunteer projects are perfect for you! You can reach us at 218-663-8608 or

Sign Carpenter 

Are you someone who likes to work with their hands? Do you live near the North Shore and need something to keep you busy this winter? We have a project for you! The Superior National Forest is seeking a volunteer to create new signs which will involve using a router and painting. Work will take place at either the Tofte or Gunflint District offices or the Isabella work station.

Slide Digitizer 

Take a trip back in time with this volunteer project! We are looking for someone to bring the Forest Service's collection of photo slides into the modern age by converting them to digital files. These photos include work that has been done in wildlife, fire, wilderness, and more in the last 50 years. This project can be completed from the comfort of your own home!

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.