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

Volunteers needed in October/November!

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

Project #1 - Pamphlet Packer

Volunteers are needed to help distribute the Winter Travel brochure to Boundary Waters entry points. This guide outlines important information and Leave No Trace practices for visitors in the winter, which are different than those in summer. This project will let you see the forest from the comfort of your vehicle!

Project #2 - Hiker's Helper

Are you an avid hiker? Interested in helping improve the hiking trail information available for visitors? We are looking for a volunteer to help fact-check and update the north shore hiking guide. This means you have an excuse to revisit your favorite regional trails and experience a few new ones too!

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.