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Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

During one of last year's trips, participants floated down the Kickapoo River to watch spring migrating birds. © Laura De Golier
During one of last year's trips participants floated down the Kickapoo River to watch spring migrating birds.

© Laura De Golier

April 2004

Have guide, will travel

75 tours take you to the right place at the right time.

Christine Tanzer


As our wild kingdom thaws, the urge to hole-up for winter gives way to wanderlust and the urge to travel. And may we say it's our pleasure to lure you astray from the hustle and bustle to relax, breathe a little, and visit the wilder nooks and crannies of Wisconsin.

Once again the Natural Resources Foundation has set up day trips – guided hikes, tours and leisurely paddles – in the company of DNR staff who will point out the posies and the challenges of managing wild resources. This year more than half the trips focus on forests in celebration of a century of managed forestlands and on visits to state natural areas (SNA).

The 75 trips are listed by month, from April through October. Assume the trips fall on Saturdays unless otherwise noted. The physical demands of each trip are noted by the color tint behind each number: blue – accessible to people with walking disabilities, green – easy, short travel on level terrain, yellow – an average hike with a few hills, or orange – steeper terrain, a longer hike or a canoe trip with a few small rapids.

Naturalist Adrian Wydeven leads a group on Trip #47 – wolf howling. © Vivian Duva
Naturalist Adrian Wydeven leads a group on Trip #47 – wolf howling.

© Vivian Duva

Space is limited and trips fill quickly on a first-come, first-served basis. Trips that can accommodate fewer than 20 people are indicated in the listing. Details and directions will be sent to registrants two weeks before each trip. Fees are nonrefundable if you cancel. Parties remaining on waiting lists will receive refunds.

In filling out registration forms, please only consider one canoe trip per family or group. Fill out the application card listing the trip number, number of people in your party and include an annual $30 trip registration in your check. Also include any per person fees for the few trips that are providing lunch, boat or canoe rentals. Calculate total costs and please mail one check payable to the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin at the address indicated.

Check trip availability at Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Or call toll-free (866) 264-4096 after 5 p.m. to check trip status.

Further Questions? Call me on Wednesdays at (608) 264-8548 or send e-mail to: Christine Tanzer.

Christine Tanzer coordinates field trips for the Natural Resources Foundation.