FAQ & Reg. tips


Christine Tanzer Field Trip Coordinator

Christine Tanzer has been coordinating the Foundation’s Field Trip Program since 1997. Since then the program has expanded from 30 trips to 212 in 2017. Christine pored through her emails from Field Trip participants like you to develop this list of great questions and helpful answers.


Dear Christine: I hear you are changing your online registration system for 2018, and I am concerned about knowing how to navigate the new system efficiently.

Field Trip coordinator holds trumpeter swan

Field Trip Coordinator Christine Tanzer holds a trumpeter swan for banding during a Field Trip.

Yes, we will have a new online registration system in 2018! But do not fret, we will be sending out emails to our members BEFORE registration opens with tutorials on how to navigate the new registration system. We want to be sure you feel prepared and ready for your online registration. If you are not already signed up to receive our e-newsletter, please do so HERE.

Dear Christine: I am a member, when will I receive my 2018 Field Trip Guidebook?

Field Trip Guidebooks will be mailed to our members in early March. Registration opens to our members in late March (we will update with a specific date as the time approaches). If you are not already a member of the Foundation, please consider becoming a member now so you will receive the Field Trip Guidebook in the mail.

Dear Christine: Some trips in the Guidebook each year are indicated as fundraisers. Are they tax deductible?

Yes, there are some select trips where a portion, or majority, of the trip fees are tax deductible. In early December I will send you a letter in the mail, or an email you can print out, to use as a receipt for your tax filing. We appreciate your support of these important projects. Only those indicated as such in the booklet are tax deductible; your regular Field Trip registration fees are not tax deductible.

Dear Christine: What do my registration fees cover?

We do our best to keep our fees to a minimum, while offering a great value for your money. Your fees cover the online registration software, printing and mailing of the Field Trip Guidebook, program staff and other administrative costs. Some trips have higher costs that cover bus or boat rentals, or are fundraisers for important ecological programs, properties, or research.

Dear Christine: I have been going on your Field Trips for years and I’d like to get more involved in the various topics I have learned about.

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Hummingbird seen on Moquah Barrens SNA Field Trip.

We hope our Field Trips inspire you to do more for our natural resources! You can get involved with citizen-based monitoring, where people help our state’s scientists gather information about a wide variety of species and places–from frogs to fireflies and forests to fens. You can also become a Wisconsin Master Naturalist and gain skills in education, stewardship and citizen science.

Dear Christine: I love going on Field Trips. What can I do to support the Field Trip Program?

I am delighted to hear this! If you’d like to make a donation to support the Field Trip Program, you can do so during your online registration for Field Trips. Just indicate the amount of your donation at the bottom of the page where you select your field trips. Or, if you are able, consider joining our Sojourners Society with an annual gift of $500 dedicated to support the Field Trip Program. This Society will provide sustainable funding to ensure that field trips remain accessible and affordable for all members. In appreciation, Society members receive guaranteed Field Trip registration, and first chance at registering for our international excursions. Email [email protected] for more information.

Do you have more questions about Field Trips?

Email Christine at [email protected].