Superior Wilderness Volunteer Connection

A program volunteer helps dig a new latrine in the BWCAW.

Since 2006, the Friends has worked with the U.S. Forest Service to run the Superior Volunteer Connection program.

This program puts volunteers in the bow of Forest Service canoes, with Forest Service staff in the stern. Volunteers — most of them working the entire permit season from May to September — paddle and portage with the staff. Sometimes there are bigger projects that need volunteers for longer, multi-week trips. They help with campsite and portage maintenance, as well as with monitoring and education efforts that help maintain the BWCAW’s wilderness character despite the heavy pressure the Wilderness receives.

To find out more or to express your interest in volunteering, email us.

In addition, the Heart of the Continent Partnership maintains a directory of wilderness and park volunteer opportunities on both sides of the border. Next time you visit, consider adding a volunteer experience to your wilderness trip.