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.




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?
2020 Volunteer Opportunities
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
2015 Northwoods Volunteer Connection Volunteering Cultivating Stewardship in Northern Minnesota NWC
2017 Swamp Portage on the Path of the Paddle Portage maintenance New Water Trail Benefits from Collaborative Cross Border Partnership
2017 Northwoods Volunteer Connection Trail Maintenance Northwoods Volunteer Connection Opportunities
2018 Carp Lake to Knife Lake Border Route Portage Maintenance Canada and U.S. collaborate to maintain portages on international border
2019 First Step in Light Pollution Protection Sky Quality Meter reading Measuring Dark Skies in Quetico-Superior
2019 Quetico/Superior National Forest Crews Portage Maintenance Flood Prone Portage Granite River – La Verendrye PP and BWCAW

 Volunteer Opportunities in the Heart of the Continent

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 [email protected] .