Forest Lodge, WI

Forest Lodge, WI

Veterans, Students, and Volunteers: Join HistoriCorps to continue rehabilitating the grand Forest Lodge!

PROJECT PARTNER: Chaquamegon-Nicolet National Forest

We are offering a special opportunity again this year to veterans and students wishing to explore a career in historic preservation! Veterans and students who join this project for a full four sessions (one month) will receive:

  • A daily stipend
  • Two (2) credit hours from Northland College
  • A Certificate in Heritage Conservation and Construction from the HistoriCorps Institute.

Veterans and students are responsible for their transportation to Forest Lodge, their own camping equipment and personal items. Please email Liz Rice at for more information, or register below to indicate your interest! There are limited spots available for this opportunity.

Volunteers may sign up for one or more sessions. Please plan to arrive between 5pm and 7pm on the the first day of the session; work will begin on the following morning. We will depart in the afternoon of the last day of the session.


We’re going back for a sixth round of work at Forest Lodge! This is a  fantastic opportunity to continue the work HistoriCorps volunteers, veterans, and students have completed over the past five years. Forest Lodge was built in the early 1900s by the Livingston family of St. Paul, MN as a private getaway. The Adirondack-style camp boasts several buildings, many of which are in need of rehabilitation. Join this project to broaden your skills and gain hands-on experience in historic preservation, building restoration, and the construction trades. Learn employable new skills while enjoying the extraordinary outdoor setting of Wisconsin’s pristine North Woods. Veterans, students and youth will share an unforgettable experience, taught by seasoned preservation experts, working with volunteer crews to preserve our nation’s historically significant rustic buildings at Forest Lodge. The Forest Service plans to repurpose Forest Lodge as the “Camp David” of environmental and ecological research.

Forest Lodge's boathouse, one of 16 structures on the site

WHO:  All are welcome, no experience needed. Those between age 14 - 17 must bring a parent or legal guardian in order to participate.

WHAT:  Building on the work of prior years’ projects, volunteers, students, and veterans will:

  • Repair and replace window glass on various buildings
  • Re-roof the tennis and utility buildings
  • Restore and replace doors
  • Rehabilitate the pumphouse chimney
  • Create drainage structures to protect buildings

WHERE:  Forest Lodge, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, WI. Nearest town: Cable, WI


  • HistoriCorps will provide volunteers with camping at onsite. We will likely be at "Cow Palace" again. This site cannot host RVs.
  • First time camping? Visit the National Forest Service's site for tips!
  • The site has been updated with two showers and two restrooms.
  • Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own camping supplies including: tent, sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries.
  • Field staff will train volunteers in the project work. All tools are provided. Please do not bring your own tools – we don’t want them to get lost!
  • Participants are responsible for their transportation to and from the project and campsite.
  • HistoriCorps will provide volunteers with meals including: breakfast, lunch, dinner, water and snacks.
  • The work day will last from 8:00am – 5:00pm with breaks for lunch, snacks and water in between.
  • Volunteers must come prepared with proper attire including: sturdy work shoes, long pants and a work shirt.

If you have any further questions, please contact Liz at or at 720-287-0100 ext. 231. Thank you for your interest in this project!

NOTE: You will know if you have successfully registered if you receive an auto-generated confirmation email, and/or if you receive a greeting from a HistoriCorps staff member. If you do not receive either of these emails, please try once again, and then reach out to Liz at / 720-287-0100 x231.

  • Volunteer Session 1
    June 4, 2017 - June 9, 2017
  • Volunteer Session 2
    June 11, 2017 - June 16, 2017
  • Volunteer Session 3
    June 18, 2017 - June 23, 2017
  • Volunteer Session 4
    June 25, 2017 - June 30, 2017
  • Students and Veterans: Full Project Duration
    June 4, 2017 - June 30, 2017
Price Qty
Volunteer Session 1show details + $0.00 (USD)   Sold Out
Volunteer Session 2show details + $0.00 (USD)   Sold Out
Volunteer Session 3show details + $0.00 (USD)   Sold Out
Volunteer Session 4show details + $0.00 (USD)  
Students and Veterans: Full Project Durationshow details + $0.00 (USD)   Sold Out

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