Join the Wayfarers

We are the young professionals (20- and 30-somethings) of the Natural Resources Foundation. Join us as we paddle, hike, climb, bike, and otherwise explore our amazing state. We are lucky to have connections with some of the best scientists, ecologists, and naturalists in Wisconsin who generously volunteer their time to share their favorite places and their knowledge of Wisconsin’s outdoors.

In addition to our scheduled trips, we host happy hours and pop-up adventures. Join our Facebook group to stay informed of the latest events.

Wisconsin Wetlands and Wine
Sunday, June 3rd
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: DNR Service Center, Fitchburg
Cost: $15

Enjoy a 20-mile roundtrip bike ride from Fitchburg to Sugar River State Natural Area led by Alex Wenthe, a conservation biologist, cyclist, and wine connoisseur with DNR’s Natural Heritage Conservation program. Explore and learn about native wetlands along the way and how their unique characteristics can be compared to different wines (bogs, like dry Rieslings, have high acidity). End the trip at Barriques with a well-earned wine tasting.

Happy Hour
Tuesday, June 26th
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Nomad World Pub, Madison
Cost: FREE

Grab a beer and some grub as we hear from a Department of Natural Resources expert who has helped lead the elk reintroduction in Wisconsin. We’ll be in the back room at the Nomad learning and enjoying great happy hour specials. Join us!

Glow Float
Saturday, August 18th
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: Outdoor UW at the Memorial Union
Cost: $30

Enjoy a 6-mile (roundtrip) paddle led by Joseph Webb of Outdoor UW from Memorial Union to Picnic Point and back again. Stop at Picnic Point for a bonfire complete with s’mores, and a special talk on the history and significance of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. On the way back to Memorial Union, light up lanterns and paddle leisurely back to the docks as Terrace onlookers delight in the meandering glow of our flotilla.

Turkey Vultures Up Close
Sunday, September 30th
2:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo
Cost: $15

Join Mike Mossman, a forest community biologist with DNR, and his wife Lisa Hartman as they introduce us to the community of turkey vultures at Devil’s Lake. We’ll meet a charming (seriously!) turkey vulture up close, learn about his rehabilitation and the species’ natural history. Then we’ll hike the bluffs of Devil’s Lake State Park to marvel at up to 300 migrating turkey vultures gathering in their night roosts.

The Other Side of the Dells
Sunday, October 7th
9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: Dells of the Wisconsin River State Natural Area
Cost: $20

Leave behind the crowds, noise, water parks and T-shirt shops of the Wisconsin Dells to learn about the “other” Dells made up of sculpted sandstone formations, mossy glens, and old-growth conifer forests. This area is not usually open to the general public, but thanks to our guides Thomas Meyer and Pam Forster Felt with the DNR’s Natural Heritage Conservation program, we will get exclusive access for the day.

Caitlin Williamson

Caitlin Williamson

Director of Conservation Programs

(608) 266-1430
[email protected]

Cait oversees the Foundation’s grantmaking programs focused on Wisconsin’s public lands and waters, wildlife, and education. Cait’s work encompasses conservation science and planning, partnership development, and capacity building.