Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Group of people touring a river © Mark Shuler

Banding birds is one of the more than 150 field trips offered this year.
© Mark Shuler

April 2015

Get up close to wildlife and experience the wild life on a field trip

The Natural Resources Foundation has fun for all ages on tap.

Christine Tanzer and Lindsay Renick Mayer

There's no doubt about it: Wisconsin is a special place. From migrating monarchs to saw–whet owls, from lichens in the Northwoods to carnivorous plants in the uplands, Wisconsin has no shortage of unique wildlife and wilderness to nourish your soul. With more than 150 field trips planned throughout the state this year, the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is your guide to getting outdoors to explore the places you most cherish and to interact with the species that call those places home.

Join us on a trip led by an expert to explore the state's natural gems and learn more about the many facets of Wisconsin's lands, waters and wildlife. The adventures run April through November and offer opportunities to hike, bike, become a citizen scientist, paddle a stream, band a bird, tag a butterfly and discover species from bats to mussels to sturgeons.

We have trips for all ages and interests. Visit WisConservation.org for field trip details and online registration.

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    Trips are color–coded to provide information about physical demands, from easy to extreme. Each trip has a registration fee listed; some are fundraisers to support conservation or have an additional fee for rental equipment. Trips fill quickly, so check the Foundation's website (WisConservation.org) for current availability.


    Field trips are only open to members of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and their guests. You can become a member at a discounted rate of just $15 per family as part of your online registration. Or become a member online anytime at WisConservation.org. Your membership fee supports conservation projects across the state.


    Click on the "Register for Field Trips" link. Enter the passcode JoinNRF to receive your discounted membership. You may register for up to four trips and bring up to five guests. The online registration system is quick and secure. You will receive an instant email confirming your trip selection. The Foundation does not accept phone or email registrations.

Approximately two weeks before each of your trips, you will receive an email with details and driving directions. Then it's time to get outdoors and get to know Wisconsin. Trips will fill fast, so sign up in April for best availability.

Discover migrating monarchs. © Sue Last
Discover migrating monarchs.
© Sue Last

Register online: WisConservation.org

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization founded in 1986. It secures private funding for our state's highest conservation priorities.

The Foundation also manages the Wisconsin Conservation Endowment, through which individuals and groups can create permanent funding for the places, species or conservation issues of most concern to them. The Wisconsin Conservation Endowment currently comprises 68 funds with a value of $4.12 million.

The Foundation's newest initiative, in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources, is the Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund, where individuals and businesses can give now so that our state fisheries, parks, wildlife areas and state natural areas can be cared for, forever. Learn more at CherishWisconsin.org.

Offering field trips is central to the Foundation's mission to connect generations to the wonders of Wisconsin's lands, waters and wildlife through conservation, education, engagement and giving. And, of course, the trips are a whole lot of fun!.

Questions? Visit the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin's website at WisConservation.org , call toll–free (866) 264-4096 or email fieldtrips@wisconservation.org

Christine Tanzer is the field trips coordinator.

Lindsay Renick Mayer is the communications director for the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin.