Passionate, outdoorsy conservationists exploring Wisconsin.

Join the young professionals (20- and 30-somethings) of the Natural Resources Foundation as we paddle, hike, climb, bike, and otherwise explore our amazing state.
BTW: We’ll be guided by some of the best scientists, ecologists, and naturalists in Wisconsin.


2017 Wanderings

When you register for one of our Wayfarer Wanderings, you will automatically receive a complimentary membership to the Natural Resources Foundation (RAD!). The cost of your registration helps to support Wisconsin’s lands, waters, and wildlife but supporting the work we do here at the Foundation.

Bonfire with NRF WayfarersGlow Float: Paddle and Campfire

Saturday, July 29th        (Raindate: Sunday, July 30th)
6:00 – 10:00 PM
Lead by Matt Krueger, River Alliance of Wisconsin, and Joe Webb, UW Outdoor
Cost: $30 (a portion of the cost of this trip will be donated to River Alliance)
Location: UW Memorial Union (Madison)

Enjoy a 6-mile round-trip paddle from Memorial Union to Picnic Point, located within the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. Along the way we’ll learn about the waters of Lake Mendota—where they come from and go to, and the challenges they face. Stop at Picnic Point for a bonfire complete with s’mores and a talk on natural and cultural history and legends from historian Daniel Einstein. On the way back to Memorial Union, light up your lanterns (provided), adorn your glow swag, and paddle leisurely back to the docks as Terrace onlookers delight in the floating glow of our flotilla. Necessary canoes, kayaks, and related gear provided by Wenonah canoes, Current Designs kayaks, and UW Outdoor.

Tree climbing with Natural Resources Foundation Tree Climbing: A View from the Top

Saturday, August 12th
1:00 – 3:30 PM
Lead by Steff Merten, Riveredge Nature Center
Cost: $40
Location: Riveredge Nature Center (Saukville)

Discover the exciting new outdoor activity of Recreational Tree Climbing. Move up and down a rope system to experience a squirrel’s-eye view of the world. Explore the wonders of tree canopy habitats while finding peace, relaxation, and a new perspective from the branches of a tree. Not for the faint of heart; participants must be in good physical condition. Fee includes use of safety gear and instruction.

Bike the Baraboo Hills with the Natural Resources FoundationBaraboo Hills Bike Trek

Saturday, August 19th         (Raindate: Sunday, August 20th)
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM   (seriously, it’s long but worth it!)
Lead by Angus and Mike Mossman, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Cost: $15; you’ll also need to purchase a State Park’s pass ($8 for a regular day pass)
Location: Meet at Devil’s Lake State Park North Shore Nature Center

Join us on a 40-mile bike ride through the scenic Baraboo Hills. Not into geology? This trip will change your mind. Led by father and son Mike and Angus Mossman, this is a moderately strenuous, hilly circuit spanning both the north and south ranges of the Baraboo Hills circling through the ridges and hollows. We’ll take breaks to catch our breath and discuss the archeology, geology, and ecology. We’ll also dismount for a few short walks to explore off-road features and stretch our legs. BONUS: When you register for this trip you will receive a 1-year FREE membership to Wisconsin Bike Fed!

Urban Gardening in Eagle Heights (Canceled)Urban Garden Madison WI

Tuesday, August 22nd
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Lead by Tom Bryan, Greenhouse and Garden Manager
Cost: $15
Location: Eagle Heights Community Garden (Madison)

There’s no better way to enjoy a summer evening than elbow-deep in a community garden. Join us as we explore Eagle Heights Community Garden, FH King Student Farm, and Green House Learning Community Garden—all surrounded by the Lakeshore Nature Preserve by Lake Mendota. After the tour, dig in and help in the garden with harvesting, washing, and planting fall vegetable and cover crops. Best of all, we’ll learn the best ways to grow our own plants in an urban setting. We’re dreaming of a pizza garden—peppers, onions, tomatoes, herbs…(cue drool).

Photo from WI DNRStream Ecology and Fly Fishing on the Farm

Saturday, August 26th
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Lead by Mike Miller, WDNR and Tom Dott, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
Cost: $15; you will also need to purchase a fishing license if you want to cast
Location: Winding Brook Farm (Barneveld)

This is a hands-on workshop where you’ll get knee-deep in stream ecology and fly casting. We’ll explore the waters of Gordon Creek, a much-loved trout stream, and learn to test water quality and collect aquatic insects and fish. Once we understand of the stream’s ecology, we will try our hands at the art of fly fishing. Experts will help you with the equipment, demonstrate the basics (or help you refine your technique), teach you how to read the water, and select fly patterns that imitate the live insects. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned angler, this workshop will build on what you know. Loaner fly rods and essential equipment available. Make sure you get your fishing license and trout stamp if you want to cast.

SUP, Madisonstand-up paddleboard in Madison. Photo by Rutabaga Paddlesports

Two dates available: Saturday, August 26th
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Lead by Nancy Saulsbury, Rutabaga Paddlesports
Cost: $25
Location: Rutabaga Paddlesports (Madison)

Explore Madison’s waterways by stand-up paddleboard. We’ll start slow so you can get the hang of standing on the water, then we’ll head out to explore the nearby marshes and wetlands of Upper Mud Lake. This fertile, shallow lake provides excellent habitat for fish, mammals, and birds, and standing up on your board gives you a great view! Necessary paddling equipment provided by Rutabaga Paddlesports. Beginners welcome. Seriously, who doesn’t want to be on the water in August?!

donate to the Natural Resources Foundation of WisconsinAdventure Trek: Forest to Grasslands

Sunday, September 10th
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM          (We know it’s early. Just bribe yourself with a burrito or something.)
Lead by Mike Mossman, WDNR
Cost: $15; you’ll also need to purchase a State Park’s pass ($8 for a regular day pass)
Location: Devil’s Lake State Park South Shore (Baraboo)

Wander with us on this 8-miles hike through one of the most extensive forests and expansive grasslands in the Upper Midwest. We’ll follow a narrow road and winding trails through the forested South Bluff Natural Area and the grass and shrub-land of the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant, ending at Lake Wisconsin. Discover how this ever-evolving land has evolved from vast prairie, to farmsteads, to ammunition plant, and now the Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area—a site for research, recreation, and wildlife. We’ll explore historic homesteads, cemeteries and former production areas and learn about some of the ecological restoration efforts focusing on birds and amphibians.


Fine Print

If you have registered for a Wander, but find you can no longer attend, that’s a bummer but no problem. You can cancel online or by contacting Michelle (see below). However, we do charge a $10 cancellation fee. You will receive a refund for the trip cost less $10.

We will email you details and directions a few days before the date of your Wander.

For updates, indicate your interest in attending on Facebook.

Questions? Talk to the gal in charge:

Michelle Milford
[email protected]