Wisconsin’s public lands make up more than 16 percent of our state, and are here for all of us to enjoy—whether you love hiking and fishing, paddling and hunting, birding and camping, or, like us, find comfort in the beauty and tranquility of wild places.
Wisconsin’s treasures include places like the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Devil’s Lake State Park, the Kettle Moraine State Forest, and the Lower Chippewa River Basin. Wisconsin is home to countless public lands from parks, to waterways, wildlife areas to fisheries, and so much more.
With your support, the Natural Resources Foundation is safeguarding these public lands and waters for future generations to inherit and enjoy.
As the only nonprofit in Wisconsin dedicated primarily to safeguarding our public lands, our mission is to protect Wisconsin’s most imperiled species and public lands, while connecting generations to the wonders of Wisconsin’s lands, waters, and wildlife through conservation, education, engagement, and giving.
We help fund critical conservation needs at Wisconsin’s public lands, working closely with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and other conservation partners to restore native landscapes and wildlife habitat, and improve trails and outdoor recreation opportunities. By funding land management at State Natural Areas such as prescribed burns, invasive species removal, and other restoration activities, we are helping protect Wisconsin’s native landscapes and the plants and wildlife that live here. Learn more about our priority sites here.
Through our Field Trip Program, individuals and families can explore the incredible diversity found in our public lands, via unique, up close encounters led by expert conservation biologists and other natural resource experts. We also support education and outreach in our public lands by providing conservation grants to support interpretive signage, education programs, and more.
By sharing stories of places across Wisconsin, we encourage people to get outside and explore our state’s incredible landscapes found within our public lands—from oak savannas and prairies, to bogs, marshes, waterways, and bluffs. We also help connect people to volunteer opportunities on public lands, support citizen science efforts, and promote the Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program.
We work with individuals and organizations to provide financial support to the public lands they know and love. The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin current holds over 80 endowment funds, many of which were created by dedicated individuals or organizations to ensure the future of the places they love—whether an organization, family, or individual, the Foundation can help you invest in the future you want for Wisconsin. Existing endowment funds support places like the Lower Chippewa River Basin, the Turtle Flambeau Flowage, the Cedarburg Bog, and many other places across Wisconsin.
You can help protect Wisconsin’s public lands and waters.
Consider making a donation to one of our existing funds to support public lands or learn about creating your own endowment fund to provide permanent support to a State Natural Area, park, waterway, or other place close to your heart. The Foundation also supports planned giving and bequests. Click here to learn more.
Learn and explore
The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin offers hundreds of Field Trips each year that take members into protected natural areas to learn about the ecology, significance, and value of our state’s unique ecosystems.
Hunting and Fishing Licenses
When you purchase your hunting or fishing license say “Yes” to donating $2 to the Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund. This endowment held by the foundation is used to protect and manage the areas where you love to fish and hunt. So far only about 1 percent of license holders have made that $2 donation and the fund has already raised more than $200,000! Imagine if everyone who purchased a license made that $2 donation! Spread the word and help us raise millions for Wisconsin’s public lands.