It is that time of the year when Brickyard Creek members or visiting Boreal Forest Citizens can assist the Apostle Island National Lakeshore Rangers in their flurry of spring activities. As a Park Steward, you will join a small group of like-minded volunteers and Park staff on a project that helps protect and preserve the cultural or natural resources of OUR National Park.

NPS provides boat transportation. Please bring work gloves, water, lunch, sunscreen, insect protection, and wear toed shoes, weather appropriate long sleeves, and long pants.

There are added ‘weather dates’ in case the conditions make it impossible to get out to the islands. We know the lake is the boss and last minute changes can occur.

We meet at Roy’s Point Marina (on the Park Service side) at 8:30 a.m. and return no later than 4:30 p.m.

There is always a good measure of learning, and fun and sometimes even treats to share.

1. Sandscape Restoration with Native Plants

When: May 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, or 17th (dependant on weather and when plants arrive)
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.
Meeting Location: Roy’s Pt. Marina
Group Size: 6-7
Please indicate what date(s) you are available

Join Julie Van Stappen, Chief of Planning and Resource Management for a day of planting on an island sand spit or beach. Our efforts subsequently pave the way for other plants to help stabilize high traffic areas and prevent erosion. Your efforts on this project contribute to the protection of a fragile ecosystem. Please remember to dress in layers.

**To reserve your spot or ask any questions please contact me at or 715-781-3958 – thank you!

2. Native Plant Lovers Gaylord Nelson Flower Garden Restoration

When: Saturday, June 1st
Time: 9 a.m.
Meeting Location: Bayfield Park Headquarters at Rice and N 4th Street Group Size: Any
What to bring: water, work gloves, garden tools (shovel, trowel, clippers, loppers)

This garden is a beautiful collection of native plants that need love and care if they are to reach their potential as an example to the community. Join us in learning how to identify them and their habitat needs, and release them from their weedy inhibitors. This activity will be part of Bayfield’s Garden Tour.

**To reserve your spot or ask any questions please contact me at or 715-781-3958 – thank you!

3. Michigan Island Light Station Gardening

When: Monday, June 3rd
Weather Date: Thursday, June 6th 8:30-4:30
Meeting location: Roy’s Pt. Marina Group Size: 6-7

Past years’ volunteer gardeners put in over a dozen historical perennial beds. We are anxious to see how they over-wintered and get them cleaned up and ready for the next season of island visitors. We also will be planting annuals in the raised beds, some annual seeds for lasting color and dividing perennials. Old photos show that Michigan’s 1856 light station had beautiful, well-tended gardens and fruit trees.

Please indicate your availability on either date. To reserve your spot or ask any questions please contact me at or 715-781-3958!


Upcoming National Park Volunteer Opportunities

Stay tuned for additional details on these upcoming National Park volunteer opportunities:

  • Install “Friends” benches at scenic locations throughout the Park
  • Clean-up the John Nelson Cabin just before Little Sand Bay Scrape & Paint Meyers Beach Comfort Station
  • Clean Devil’s Island Fog Signal Building
  • Paint Little Sand Bay Hokenson Twine Shed
  • Haul Brush cleared at Raspberry Island Light Station
Updates will be posted on the Brickyard Creek Community Event Calendar and via email. I hope to hear from you and look forward to sharing a day in the Park with you!