Lake Superior

About Us

Bear Box Apostle Islands

Delivering Bear Proof Boxes Food Storage Lockers
to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

The National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation (NPLSF) is the only official non-profit 501(c) (3) fund raising partner of the National Park Service (NPS) for all five US national park sites on Lake Superior - Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Grand Portage National Monument, Isle Royale National Park, Keweenaw National Historical Park, & Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

The NPLSF mission is to provide financial support for projects and programs that preserve the natural resources and cultural heritage of these five Lake Superior national parks for the enjoyment of current and future generations of visitors. The projects and programs NPLSF supports are beyond the NPS budget and could not be accomplished without financial help from NPLSF. Using funds from grants and private donations, NPLSF collaborates with the NPS to continue the legacy of our Lake Superior national parks, and provide the national park experience visitors expect and deserve.


Your Support Helps NPLSF Fund Special Projects in Your Parks

When you make a tax deductible donation to NPLSF, you support projects & programs that help preserve the parks, educate visitors, and enhance visitors' national park experience. The projects and programs NPLSF funds are beyond the National Park Service budget for park operations, and simply wouldn't happen without our generous donors.

Projects have ranged from big to small - a $1.5M ballastic water research to control invastive species to printing "junior passport" booklets.

Your donation to NPLSF will help ensure your parks can provide the national park experience all visitors expect and deserve. NPLSF is thankful to all of our donors – your generous support makes these park projects & programs possible!

Examples of Special Projects Your NPLSF Funds Support

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

  • Bear-resistant food storage lockers for camping areas
  • Materials for volunteer restoration & repair projects on park trails
  • Climate change interpretive exhibits
  • Solar powered vent fans and lights for vault toilets

Grand Portage National Monument

  • Historic clothing for Grand Portage Ojibwe youth mentorship program
  • Summer Park newsletter
  • Graphic design software, interpretive development & Grand Portage Trail brochures
  • Fund summer internship with the Division of Interpretation Read More...

Isle Royale National Park

  • Wolf Relocation Funding..including 'shutdown' pledge
  • New Junior Ranger program booklets for children & park lighthouse brochures
  • Historic Wendigo Wagon preservation project
  • Trails Helicopter materials drop. See Videos
  • Ballast water treatment projects to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species Read More...

Keweenaw National Historical Park

  • Keweenaw specific passport stamp brochures for all 22 Heritage Sites
  • Historian’s symposiums & archive interns
  • Italian Hall Site interpretive development
  • Heritage Site sign program

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

  • Restoration and refurnishing of the 1874 Au Sable Light Station
  • Tools and materials for Adopt-a-Trail volunteer restoration & repair projects
  • Restore historic landscapes & disease resistant Beech tree propagation
  • New Junior Ranger booklets & school study trips for children

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Board Members

Carol Brady*
Marquette, MI

Ellen Kluz
Minneapolis, MN

Pam McClelland*
Washington, DC

Sona Mehring
Eagan, MN

Dave Miller*
Superior, WI


Roger Peterson
Duluth, MN

Frida Waara
Marquette, MI

Tom Woiwode*
Detroit, MI

*Founding Board Members