Connecting Volunteers
to the Heart of the Continent

Make a difference by volunteering on the 5.5 million acres of public lands in the Heart of the Continent region! Volunteers help preserve public lands and waters and their flora and fauna, maintain wilderness character, maintain recreational sites, implement research & monitoring, and preserve historic & cultural features. This new web connection posts volunteer opportunities on both sides of the Minnesota/Ontario border, from Duluth to Thunder Bay, from the Iron Range to Quetico Provincial Park, and points in between.

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Nature Needs Our Help

The woods and waters along the Minnesota/Ontario border offer some of the best outdoor recreation in the country, and fascinating historical and cultural places. Sometimes nature needs our help to restore ecosystem functions so that they stay healthy long into the future. Likewise, recreational, historical and cultural features deteriorate over time, and need maintenance so that we and future generations may continue to understand and enjoy them.

Volunteer Where You Play

Hundreds of thousands of area residents and visitors come to the Heart of the Continent each year, visiting the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Superior National Forest, Quetico Provincial Park, Voyageurs National Park and other public lands to have fun outdoors. Why not give back to the places that you, your friends and your family love?

Hands-On Outdoor Projects

Most of the volunteer opportunities posted are outdoors, where you’ll be doing meaningful work to maintain recreational or cultural sites or restore natural habitat. Other types of volunteer positions are available, too. Take a look!

Have Fun!

Heart of the Continent volunteer projects give you a chance to spend time with your friends & family, meet new friends, and see remarkable places while surrounded by outstanding scenery. What’s more fun than that?
2016 Volunteer Opportunities
Sept-Oct, 2016 Fall Migration Volunteers Miscellaneous Hawks Ridge Bird Observatory
August 18, 2016 Superior Hiking Trail Trail Work Duluth, MN
August 19, 2016 Superior Hiking Trail Trail Work Duluth, MN
June 30, 2016 Superior Hiking Trail Trail Work Duluth, MN
June 28, 2016 Superior Hiking Trail Trail Work Duluth, MN
June 25-26, 2016 Superior Hiking Trail Trail Work Duluth, MN
June 23, 2016 Superior Hiking Trail Trail Work Duluth, MN
June 23, 2016 Hartley Nature Center Trail Work Hartley Nature Center
June 21, 2016 Superior Hiking Trail Trail Work Duluth, MN
Previous Success Stories
2012 Portage and Trail Clearing Project Trail Maintenance Superior National Forest, Quetico Provincial Park, Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park
2013 Trans-Canada Trail Project Trail Maintenance Superior National Forest, Quetico Provincial Park, LaVerendrye Provincial Park

2016 Volunteer Opportunities in the Heart of the Continent

HawkRidge Fall Migration Volunteers                                                                      Multiple days, dates flexible
from 9/1/16 – 11/1/16
Hawks Ridge Bird Observatory

Duration: 24 hr commitment for season

Difficulty: Easy

Individuals or Groups Volunteers needed for many tasks, including: greet visitors, sell merchandise, point out birds to visitors, rent binoculars, conduct visitor surveys & counts, help with kid’s activity cart, transport birds, etc.

Training provided. No experience necessary. Anyone is welcome who shares a passion for nature, birds, people and the outdoors and has the desire to help, learn & have fun! Must provide your own transportation to the site (no public transit is available).

Info/registration: e-mail: mail@hawkridge.org, or call (218) 428-6209. See www.hawkridge.org for more info.

 

Duluth, MN

No limit on number of volunteers

Min. age 16

 

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Trail Maintenance Project Thursday, August 18 Superior Hiking Trail
Individuals and Small Groups will be moving and resetting puncheon and boardwalk, along with some horizontal brush lopping and signing.
Duration: 5 hours
Difficulty:  Moderate to Difficult
Meet at: the N 24th Ave W Trailhead at 9:00. We should be done with this project by 2:00.
Directions: From I-35, take 21st Ave W./Hwy.53 Exit #255A and go uphill 1.5 miles, turn left at stoplight onto Piedmont Ave., take first left onto N. 24th Ave. W., crossing Skyline Parkway, and take left into parking lot.
What to bring: Plenty of water for the day, lunch, insect repellent, gloves if you have them, I have extra gloves. All tools, training, and safety equipment provided.
For more information, contact Larry Sampson, SHT Maintenance and Construction Supervisor, lbsampson@msn.com, Cell: 218-451-0003

Duluth, MN

20 volunteers needed

Min. age 16

Trail Construction Project                            Friday, August 19 Superior Hiking Trail
Individuals and small groups will be working on the construction project of new trail between Wild Valley Road Trailhead and the MN / WI state line, with some hauling in of material for small structures.
Duration: 6.5 hours
Meet at: the Grand Ave Chalet Parking Lot at Spirit Mountain at 9:00. We will return to the Grand Ave Chalet by 3:30.
Directions:  Coming from the south: On I-35, take the Cody St exit, (Exit 251A). Continue on Cody St for 0.3 miles, turn right on N 63rd Ave W and go 0.6 miles, turn right on Grand Ave
and go 1.8 miles to Spirit Mountain Chalet on right. Coming from the north: Take Grand Ave /Hwy 23 (Exit 251B) and go approximately 2 miles to Spirit Mountain Chalet on right.
WHAT TO BRING: Plenty of water for the day, lunch, insect repellent, gloves if you have them, I have extra gloves. All tools, training, and safety equipment provided.
For more information, contact Larry Sampson, SHT Maintenance and Construction Supervisor, lbsampson@msn.com, Cell: 218-451-0003

Duluth, MN

20 volunteers needed

Min. age 16

 

P1010080 Trail Clearing Brushers/Assistants and certified Chainsawyers Sat. 6/25 and/or Sun 6/26/16 Superior Hiking Trail
Trip Duration:  1 or 2 days: Sat. 9am – 4am,  Sun. 8am – 3pm Difficulty:  Moderate to Difficult Individuals or Small Groups Clear the trail, lopping brush, moving trees off the trail.Free camping, supper and breakfast provided.Waterproof boots needed.  Bring work gloves if you have them.  Bring your own lunch. Tools, safety glasses, and training provided. Info/registration: Jo Swanson, SHTA, volunteer@shta.org, 218-834-2700 20 volunteers needed Minimum Age: 16
Trail Construction/Material Hauling                                                        Tues. 6/28/16                                                                          Superior Hiking TrailBrewer Park area,Duluth, MNDuration:  9 am – 3 pm                                                                                                                                                                                      Difficulty:  Moderate to Difficult Individuals or Small Groups - 20 volunteers needed - Min age 16 Construct boardwalk and puncheon; haul in material Meet at the Haines Road parking lot. Directions: On I-35, take 40th Ave (Haines Road) Exit #253B, go north (uphill) 1.7 miles to SHT parking lot on right. Bring: lunch, water for the day, insect repellent, sturdy shoes or boots, dress for the weather, and gloves if you have them.  All tools, training, and safety equipment provided. Info/registration:  Larry Sampson, SHT Maintenance and Construction Supervisor, lbsampson@msn.com Cell: 218-451-0003     Trail Clearing                                                                                                                        Thurs. 6/30/16                                    Superior Hiking Trail Duration:  9 am – 3 pm                                                                                                                                                                        Western Duluth, MN Difficulty:  Moderate to Difficult                                                                                                                                                              8 volunteers needed Individuals or Small Groups                                                                                                                                                                   Min. Age:  16 Operate weed whips, or lop branches & carry fuel Meet at Grand Ave Chalet of Spirit Mountain. Directions: Coming from the south: On 1-35, take the Cody St exit, (Exit 251A). Continue on Cody St for 0.3 miles, turn right on N 63rd Ave W and go 0.6 miles, turn right on Grand Ave and go 1.8 miles to Spirit Mountain Chalet on right. Coming from the north: Take Grand Ave /Hwy 23 (Exit 251B) and go approximately 2 miles to Spirit Mountain Chalet on right. Bring: lunch, water for the day, insect repellent, sturdy shoes or boots, dress for the weather, and gloves if you have them.  All tools, training, and safety equipment provided. Info/registration:  Larry Sampson, SHT Maintenance and Construction Supervisor, lbsampson@msn.com Cell: 218-451-0003
SHTA pic Brewer Loop Trail Construction        Tues. 6/21/16       Superior Hiking Trail
Duration:  9 am – 3 pmDifficulty:moderate to difficultIndividuals or small groups  - help construct a hiking trailMeet at the Haines Road parking lot.Directions: On I-35, take 40th Ave (Haines Road) Exit #253B, go north (uphill) 1.7 miles to SHT parking lot on right.Bring: lunch, water for the day, insect repellent, sturdy shoes or boots, dress for the weather, and gloves if you have them.All tools, training, and safety equipment provided. Duluth MN20 volunteers neededMin. age 16
Info/registration:  Larry Sampson, SHT Maintenance and Construction Supervisor, lbsampson@msn.com Cell: 218-451-0003

 

SHTA Grand Marais pic Trail Clearing Thursday June 23 2016 Superior Hiking Trail
Duration:  9 am – 3 pmDifficulty:  Moderate to DifficultIndividuals or Small Groups Operate weed whips, or lop branches and carry fuel Meet at Trailhead at Skyline Parkway & Highland St.Directions:1) From the south, take I-35 Boundary Ave. Exit #249. Turn left, cross bridge, then take right onto Skyline Parkway.  Drive 2.4 miles to trailhead at intersection of Skyline Parkway and Highland Street. Turn right on Skyline Parkway and then turn right into parking lot. 2) From the north, take I-35 Central Ave Exit #252.  Turn right and go 0.8 miles uphill on Central Ave.  Turn left on Highland St. and go 1.1 miles to intersection of Skyline Parkway. Turn right on Skyline Parkway and turn right into parking lot. Bring: lunch, water for the day, insect repellent, sturdy shoes or boots, dress for the weather, and gloves if you have them. All tools, training, and safety equipment provided. Brewers Park Duluth8 volunteers neededMin age 16
Info/registration:  Larry Sampson, SHT Maintenance and Construction Supervisor, lbsampson@msn.com Cell: 218-451-0003
 P1060015  Trail ConstructionThurs.evening June 23 2016 Duration:  5:30 pm – 9:00 pm Difficulty:  Moderate to Difficult Individuals or Small groups Help construct a detour on a hiking trail. Meet at the end of Fairmont Street.Directions: From I-35, take 21st Ave East Exit #258. Turn left on 21st Ave E and go 0.7 miles up hill. Turn right on Woodland Ave and go 2.0 miles. Turn left on Fairmont Street and drive to parking area at end of street. Bring: lunch, water for the day, insect repellent, sturdy shoes or boots, dress for the weather, and gloves if you have them.  All tools, training, and safety equipment provided. Info/registration:  Larry Sampson, SHT Maintenance and Construction Supervisor, lbsampson@msn.com Cell: 218-451-0003 HartleyNature Center20 volunteers neededmin age 16

To register for volunteer opportunities, contact the organization listed for that opportunity. To submit a new volunteer opportunity, download and return the Volunteer Project Form. For more information about the Connecting Volunteers Program, contact hocp@heartofthecontinent.org .