Northern Great Lakes

‚ÄčOperated through a unique federal, state and local partnership. Federal, state, and local organizations align their missions to bring specialized services to our visitors and communities. The Center's operating partners are: The US Forest Service, National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Wisconsin Historical Society, University of Wisconsin - Extension, and the Friends of the Center Alliance, Limited.

NGLVC Partners

US Forest Service
The Forest Service personnel are responsible for the overall management, administration, and coordination of Visitor Center operations. Primary duties include operations oversight, budget formulations, execution and tracking, Board of Directors interface, conservation, coordination of special events and celebrations, and balancing partner needs and interests.


National Park Service
The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore staff at the visitor center is responsible for front desk operations. They develop the schedules to coordinate duties for park rangers, interns, and volunteers to run the visitor center and present programs. They also maintain displays in the main exhibit hall and the A-V equipment.


US Fish & Wildlife Service
Staff manages the adjoining Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge. Refuge personnel continue to work on conservation and restoration issues on the Refuge, but also regionally to help landowners interested in improving the management of their land for fish and wildlife by assisting them with forest, wetland, and stream restoration projects. Additionally, Refuge staff assists Center staff with education, outreach, and hosting special events. Together, the Refuge and Center offer an abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities and outdoor activities.



Wisconsin Historical Society
The WHS operates a nothern field office at the NGLVC, the History Center and Archives that provides program leadership for the visitor services and Temporary exhibits programs. HCA staff also assists NGLVC staff in the development of historical and genealogical records for a eight-county northern Wisconsin region. The HCA also coordinates an annual residency program that brings the expertise of WHS staff to the North Country to provide technical and programmatic assistance to local historical societies, units of local government, schools, and other public organizations.



Friends of the Center
The Friends role has changed dramatically since the Center first opened. In 2000, FOCAL began managing the Spirit of the North gift shop. With the proceeds from the profits, FOCAL has been able to award education grants, busing grants, matching snowshoe grant, and sponsor several programs and events at the NGLVC. Click here for a membership form. 


University of Wisconsin Extension
The Center's UWEX office is a unique, non-county, Cooperative Extension Office established in 1998 with the mission of providing environmental and natural resource educational program leadership for the public, visitors, local government officials, management professionals, and student groups. Staff develop and teach environmental and natural resource educational programs through a variety of outreach methods that support the Center's educational programming mission, often in collaboration with other Center patrners. The NGLVC-UWEX programs are dynamic to address emerging issues and opportunities with the Lake Superior Basin and beyond. Current programming is centered on estuary and coastal wetland education, sustainability, supporting partnership development with the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Research Reserve, State Basin Education initiatives, plus working with Center partners on school and youth programming.

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10am-5pm Daily | 715.685.9983 | Free Admission | 29270 County Highway G, Ashland, WI 54806 | info@nglvc.org