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Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

April 1999

You'll get close nature when you join wildlife biologists on a NRF field trip. © Natural Resources Foundation 

Affordable adventures

Forty-six inexpensive field trips to explore the Wisconsin outdoors at its peak.

Christine Tanzer


You'll get close to nature when you join wildlife biologists on a NRF field trip.

© Natural Resources Foundation
trip schedule
trip reservation form

When the frog chorus tunes up and the prairie chickens "do the dance," you can reserve a front-row seat for the performance. As naturalists cruise the Apostle Islands, motor down the Mississippi, hit the white water or float the Wisconsin River, you can come along for the ride. When the pros watch migrating warblers, trumpeter swans and turkey vultures, you can look through a scope with them.

The Natural Resources Foundation arranges these tours each year to show you the creatures and outdoor issues most people just talk about. With an experienced DNR staffer as a guide, you'll see natural events as they peak between April and October each year. Here's a chance to hear and see the mating and migration rituals of frogs, fish and birds. If you fancy gardening and natural landscaping, take a spring wildflower hike or visit with professionals who restore native wetlands, prairies and grasslands. Maybe you'd like to paddle your canoe in the company of biologists and historians who tell stories of the plants and people who inhabited the shoreline. Budding scientists can try their hand sampling water quality, seining fish or searching plants for signs of air pollution damage.

It's simple to make a trip reservation:

  1. Review the trip schedule

  2. Fill out the details on the reservation form below. Indicate both the trip number and the number of people in your party for each trip. If a cost is listed with the trip description, assume that is a per-person fee.

  3. Add a registration fee from the table below.

  4. Total your costs, add a donation to the foundation if you like, and mail in your form with a check payable to the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Trip fees and registration fees are nonrefundable. However, if your trip is overbooked, parties that cannot be accommodated will receive refund checks two weeks before the scheduled trip date.

  5. Registration forms and checks should be sent to:
    NRF Field Trips, P.O. Box 129, Madison, WI 53701

Sign up soon. Field trips fill up fast and reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. You will receive a mailed confirmation. Two weeks before the trip date, you will receive the details and directions you will need to find the rendezvous location and time.

Questions about trips or reservations? Wondering if a field trip is too strenuous for young children or adults with physical limitations? Call me at (608) 264-8548.

Christine Tanzer coordinates field trips for the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin in Madison.

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Field Trip Registration Form
(print out and mail in)

Name: .................................................................................
Address: ............................................................................
City/state/zip: ....................................................................
Phone: (daytime) ....................... (evening) ...................

I will attend the following trip(s):

Trip # & & & & &.of people & & & & &.x field trip fee
Trip # & & & & &.of people & & & & &.x field trip fee
Trip # & & & & &.of people & & & & &.x field trip fee

Trip registration fee (from table below): $ ..................

$15, $25, $50, or $100 Natural Resources Foundation Membership or donation: $ ..................

TOTAL ENCLOSED: $...................

Make checks payable to Natural Resources Foundation

Mail completed form to:

NRF Field Trips
P.O. Box 129
Madison, WI 53701

Computing Your Trip Registration Fee

# of trips

Fees for NRF members*

Fees for nonmembers

 

one
person

two or more people

one
person

two or more people

one trip

$3

$5

$5

$10

two trips

$6

$10

$10

$20

three trips

$9

$20

$15

$30

*Annual membership is provided for a tax-deductible contribution of $15 or more to the Natural Resources Foundation.