About Listening Point Foundation

Listening Point (click to enlarge)

The Listening Point Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)3 educational organization, was established in 1998 and is dedicated to preserving Listening Point and furthering Sigurd Olson’s legacy of wilderness education.

The Listening Point Foundation owns and cares for Listening Point, the rugged northern Minnesota lake shore property and his cabin, along with Sig’s home and “writing shack” in Ely.  We  conduct tours for the interested public.  We also publish wilderness education materials, and sponsor wilderness educational programs.

If you would like to visit Listening Point, the cabin, the Sigurd Olson family home and Sig’s “writing shack” in town, please call or email us to arrange a tour.

Foundation Leadership

Board of Directors

  • Douglas Wood, President
  • Charles Wick, Vice President
  • Nancy Jo Tubbs, Secretary
  • Casey Campbell, Treasurer
  • Robert K. Olson, President Emeritus
  • Mark Allsup
  • Alan Brew
  • Cori Mattke
  • Patsy Mogush
  • Sharon Rome
  • JoyGenea Schumer
  • Bryan Stenlund

Executive Director

  • Steffi O’Brien


  • Paul Anderson – Bloomington, MN
  • Dr. David Backes – Milwaukee, WI
  • John “Jeb” Barzen – Spring Green, WI
  • Jim Brandenburg – Ely, MN
  • Larry Dolphin – Austin, MN
  • Karen Friedrich, Ely, MN
  • Jon Helminiak – Mequon, WI
  • Mike Link – Willow River, MN
  • Vance G. Martin – Boulder, CO
  • Walter Pomeroy – Mechanicsburg, PA
  • Kevin Proescholdt – St. Paul, MN
  • Clayton Russell – Ashland, WI
  • Steve Waddell – Bellbrook, OH
  • Bryan Wood – Lindstrom, MN
  • Dave Zentner – Duluth, MN
  • Franco Zunino – Murialdo, Italy