Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Photo of boy and trip leader © Christine Tanzer

Learn to net and tag a butterfly.
© Christine Tanzer

April 2011

Explore with the experts

Twenty-nine field trips highlight great outdoor experiences spring through fall throughout Wisconsin.

Maria Sadowski

Where do those in the know go when they want to see plants and animals, and experience Wisconsinís outdoor treasures? Let the Natural Resources Foundation show you!

The Foundation offers an amazing array of field trips so you can explore the state at an affordable rate. With DNR experts and professional naturalists as guides, you can band and release owls, go behind the scenes at a salmon hatchery, take a night hike in search of wolves or frogs, learn to fly-fish or kayak, or explore history, ecology and geology. Help the Foundation celebrate 25 years of conservation by discovering the best of Wisconsin's outdoors.

Join us in the field to learn up-close and hands-on!

To celebrate the Foundation's 25th anniversary in 2011, these special field trips are offered first and exclusively to subscribers of this magazine.

New multi-day, all-inclusive field trips!

Travel by luxury bus, enjoy great meals and excellent accommodations, and discover the hidden secrets of Wisconsin's popular destinations. Trips designed for active explorers!

  • Migrations on the Mississippi River, May 23-25 (3 days/2 nights)
  • Explore Door County, June 21-24 (4 days/3 nights)
  • Scenic Lake Superior, September 14-18 (5 days/4 nights)

Details at Natural Resources Foundation.

These trips are only for people who are NOT already members of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. We hope that the trips inspire you to join. You'll support important conservation efforts and be eligible to participate in many more trips offered each year first to Foundation members.

Select your trip

Trips are color-coded to provide information about physical demands. Details may change, so check the Foundation website for the most up-to-date information and trip availability.

Register now

We do not accept phone or email registrations. Please register online at Natural Resources Foundation and enter the passcode: magazine

The registration system is quick and secure. You will receive an instant email confirming your trip selection. Approximately two weeks before your trip, you will receive an additional email with details and driving directions to the specific site.

Act fast! Trips will be filled on a first-come basis. Because space is extremely limited, each household may sign up for ONLY ONE TRIP; maximum of four people per household per trip. Any unfilled trips will be open to the general public and to Foundation members on May 1, so check the website after that date if you would like to register for additional trips.

The registration fee is $10 per adult per trip, or $5 per child (age 15 and under) per trip. Trips that are suitable for children are identified with this icon. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Note that some trips list an additional per person cost. These additional fees offset equipment rentals or support related conservation work.

Questions? Visit the Natural Resources Foundation, call toll free at (866) 264-4096 or email Maria Sadowski.

Maria Sadowski is the director of communications at the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin.

Protecting Wisconsin for 25 years

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization that works with citizens, businesses, nonprofits and the government to promote protection and enjoyment of state public lands, waters and wildlife.

Each year, the Foundation collaborates with natural resource experts from the Department of Natural Resources and other conservation groups to identify Wisconsin's highest conservation priorities. The Foundation raises and distributes funds to save the state's most imperiled wildlife, conserve its most important natural lands and support environmental and outdoor education. The Foundation also manages the Wisconsin Conservation Endowment, through which individuals and conservation groups can create permanent conservation funds and organize more than 100 naturalist-led trips each year.

Since 1986, the Foundation has provided more than $4 million to on-the-ground conservation needs in Wisconsin. The funds helped save populations of trumpeter swans, whooping cranes and American martens; restore over 14,000 acres of natural lands at more than 100 State Natural Areas; and provide nearly 25,000 children and adults with the opportunity to explore and understand Wisconsin's natural resources.

This year the Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary with events and a member challenge. To learn more, sign up for a field trip or join the Foundation in protecting Wisconsin, visit Natural Resources Foundation or call toll-free (866) 264-4096.