Bob Linn Scholarship
The Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association joins with the George Wright Society (georgewright.org) to award a college scholarship in memory of Bob Linn, a founding member of both organizations. Bob was Park Naturalist for Isle Royale National Park for many years before becoming Chief Scientist for the National Park Service. The Bob Linn Scholarship pays tribute to Bob by providing $500 to a high school senior with plans to major in the natural sciences. The scholarship is open to all students in the Copper Country Intermediate School District and children or grandchildren of IRKPA or George Wright Society members. More information and application forms are available here or by emailing Kristine Bradof at . Application deadline is April 15, 2017.
Artists-in-Residence and Teen Artist Exploration on Isle Royale
The National Park Service's Artist-in-Residence program on Isle Royale provides up to four artists working in any visual, aural, or print media a two- or three-week immersion in Isle Royale's wilderness environment to document and interpret the landscapes and history of the park. Since 2016, a Teen Artist Exploration with a separate application will support a youth artist. IRKPA supports the AIR program on Isle Royale by paying expenses, including maintenance and repair of the historic structures that the artists use during their residency. The association has also published an award-winning book reproducing works created by artists on Isle Royale, The Island Within Us, available from the store. Information on applying is on the Artist-in-Residence page. Artist-in-Residence applications have closed for 2017. The Teen Artist Exploration deadline is March 27, 2017.
Isle Royale Historic Preservation Projects
Each summer IRKPA life member John Dunn leads volunteer crews who perform maintenance and repairs on historic structures associated with the Isle Royale Artists-in-Residence program. They also stabilize other historic structures in Tobin Harbor and elsewhere under the guidance of the National Park Service. The volunteers' donations to IRKPA’s Historic Preservation Fund are the primary funding source for necessary materials and supplies. In 2013 seventeen volunteers—many longtime returnees—donated 1,040 hours and $2,100 in support of the projects. The 2014 crew of eleven volunteers donated 684 hours and $3,600 to the projects. Donations to the fund from other park supporters are always welcome! Look for donation boxes at the Isle Royale visitor centers, mail a check to IRKPA, or donate via the "Donate" tab on this website.