Forest Lodge, WI 2021
Forest Lodge, WI 2021

Forest Lodge, WI 2021

Forest Lodge, WI 2021

Located on the shores of Lake Namakegon in the great north woods, volunteers on this project will continue a great HistoriCorps tradition of restoring and preserving this historic camp, which today is a burgeoning environmental educational center. 

PROJECT PARTNERS: Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Northland College, Great Lakes Conservation Corps, and Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps

DATES:  June 13-18, June 20-25, June 27 – July 2, July 14-20 (yes, this is a six-day session!), and July 25-30

Project Site Description & History

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. Each year for the past seven, HistoriCorps has been invited to be a workforce for saving this place – and ensuring it can continue to serve generations to come. Tireless work by countless individuals has permitted this site to become an unmatched site for environmental education, preservation studies and experiences, and community gatherings. Forest Lodge holds a special place in many HistoriCorps volunteers’ hearts.

Northland College recently became the steward of the Forest Lodge campus. Learn more about Northland College’s educational and other programs at Forest Lodge here.

Project Supervisor Denis Moran, who has led the work at Forest Lodge for the past seven years, has this advice for volunteers: “Things to bring- eagerness to work together, acceptance of mosquitoes, a good appetite, sense of humor and a bathing suit.”

Scope of Work

HistoriCorps is committed to educating and training volunteers in preservation skills, with an overarching mission of inspiring a preservation ethic in all those involved. Learning and working alongside expert HistoriCorps field staff, volunteers will learn the traditional skills necessary to restore the roof of the historic Main Lodge. The roof is not particularly high, and it has a low pitch, making this a great project to practice your wood shingling skills. And of course, the view is always better from up top!
  • Remove deteriorated roofing: 20%
  • Re-roof Main Lodge with traditional cedar shakes: 75%
  • Repair and maintain miscellaneous building elements: 5%

Location & Logistics

PARTNER: Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Service, Job Corps, and Northland College

DATES:  June 13-18, June 20-25, June 27 – July 2, July 14-20 (yes, this is a six-day session!), and July 25-30

CAMPSITE ACCESS:     Tent camping only    showers available* Shower availability may change pending Covid restrictions

This project is accessible for tent campers and those with truck campers. There are very limited locations for those with a larger vehicle; please contact us for help/information.

Can’t imagine a much better view from the “office!”

We’ll practice and grow our shingling skills on this project

This inviting walkway down to the lake was restored by HistoriCorps volunteers in 2018

Sign Up!

We’re so glad this project has inspired you to commit to volunteer! Sign up using the links below. Please email us at with any questions. The two “early” sessions do not have Kitchen Helper positions, but volunteers are welcome to help in the kitchen if the Crew Leader approves.

Volunteer FAQ, Policies, and Advice

We’re so glad you’re interested in joining this project! If you’re new to our community, review the Volunteer FAQ first! Please note the following logistics and policies:

  • HistoriCorps is committed to keeping our volunteers, staff, and project communities safe. All volunteers will be required to affirm that they will be fully vaccinated from the Covid-19 virus by the time their project begins. Read our Covid protocols here (updated October 2021).
  • Volunteering with HistoriCorps is free! We will provide all meals, tools, training, equipment, and a campsite or shared indoor lodging. Dinner is not provided on the first night.
  • Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own gear, sturdy work clothes and boots, and appropriate sleeping equipment. Check the average temperatures before you start packing – the nights and mornings may be colder than you anticipate! Then, read this advice about how to stay warm when tent camping in colder places.
  • Campsite accessibility varies by project. Some projects can accommodate tents only; others can accommodate small RVs. Please review the project site description above for more information, and if you’re still not sure, email for help.
  • If this project does not offer showers, you might want to consider bringing a solar shower or research other methods to clean up after the work day.
  • Volunteer crew sizes generally range from 4-8 volunteers, with two HistoriCorps staff that lead and train volunteers in the work.
  • Safety is one of HistoriCorps’ top priorities, and volunteers can contribute to a safe working environment by ensuring their physical fitness is adequate for the work. See above for this project’s scope of work and difficulty level. Please, call us if you are not quite sure if a project is a good fit for your skills or fitness level. We may be able to suggest a project more suitable and enjoyable for you.
  • Dogs are generally allowed to accompany their humans in project campsites (actually, we love having dogs join us around the campfire!). Dogs are not permitted on the job site for everyone's safety. HOWEVER: HistoriCorps also follows the rules and regulations of our project partner. If the project partner does not permit dogs onsite then HistoriCorps is no exception. Please ask HistoriCorps or the project partner directly if you have any questions about whether Fido is welcome.
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