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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some of your most frequently asked questions about Field Trips:

I just became a member online. How can I see the 2023 Field Trip Schedule?

Field Trip Guidebooks will be mailed out to current members in early March. If you just became a member with an online donation, a paper Guidebook will be mailed to you then. If you become a member after mid-February, please note that can take a week or more to arrive in your mailbox.

Until then, view the entire guidebook online.

I am a member, can I register a guest with me that is not a member?

All parties attending Field Trips need to be members of the Foundation; membership constitutes a $25+ annual donation to the Foundation. Note that your membership covers those people in your immediate family (and grandchildren too), so if you would like to register an adult outside of your immediate family, we ask they be or become a member. This is necessary for our liability coverage, as all adult attendees need to be members.

If you register a friend, please be sure that they understand our COVID-19 safety policies. Please also include all of THEIR contact information (phone, email) during registration in case we need to cancel a trip.

As usual, please do not register a group, club or troop. The spirit of the program is for families to register and attend together.

How many Field Trips can I register for?

There is a limit of 4 trips per person for your initial registration. Starting April 15, you can register for additional trips as space allows.

I donated at the $25 Basic-level. Can I still register my family to attend trips with me?

$40 is the suggested donation for a family or household. A donation of $25 or greater would also qualify you to register yourself and family to attend trips together.

Your membership supports our mission to care for Wisconsin’s lands, waters, and wildlife, and keeps our Field Trip Program running strong!

Can I register a grandchild or other minor to attend a Field Trip with me?

Wisconsin’s future is in the hands of the next generation, and we welcome young people to attend the field trips within the appropriate ages posted. Yes, you may register a child to accompany you on the field trip.

*Note, children must be accompanied by a registered adult on every trip they attend.

Do my wait-listed trips count towards the initial 4-trip limit?

No, wait-listed trips do not count toward your limit of 4 trips per person.

Note, this limit is just for the first two weeks of April. Starting April 15th you may register for as many Field Trips as you wish.

How do I find a Field Trip that matches with my physical abilities?

Trip titles in the Field Trip Guidebook are color coded with a physical demand rating to help you decide whether the activity level matches your abilities. Visit our accessibility page for more information.

Should I bring and wear a face mask on my Field Trip?

Outdoor trips: Face masks are optional, though we ask that you bring one to wear for times when social distancing is not possible.*

Indoor trips: Face masks may be required.*

*Face masks may be required on some Field Trips due to leader preference or local/facility policies, to be determined closer to date of trip.

If safety guidelines change we will adapt accordingly, canceling trips as necessary, or adding spaces on trips should the COVID-19 threat subside. If a trip is canceled due to COVID-19, your registration fees will be refunded upon request. Visit our COVID-19 safety guidelines for the most up to date information.

Are there changes to Field Trips due to COVID-19?

COVID-19 remains a dynamic situation and we will update our safety guidelines throughout the season as needed.

Our current safety guidelines include:

  • Social distancing.
  • Indoor trips: face masks may be required.*
  • Outdoor trips: face masks optional, though we ask that you bring one to wear for times when social distancing is not possible.*
  • See our Current COVID-19 Guidelines webpage for more details.

*Face masks may be required on some Field Trips due to leader preference or local/facility policies, to be determined closer to date of trip.

If safety guidelines change we will adapt accordingly, canceling trips as necessary, or adding spaces on trips as safety allows.

Will I need to sign a Liability Waiver?

You will be asked to sign a liability waiver at the start of your Field Trip.

I added myself to a waiting list for a trip. Now what?

It is always a good idea to put your name on the waiting list! We often have registrants cancel, and will call or email you if space becomes available for you (and your guests) to attend a trip.

How do I cancel my reservation? Are trip fees refundable?

I’m sorry, but trip fees are not refundable if you cancel your reservation.

To cancel a trip- please email or call the Field Trip phone line: 608-409-3123. Leave a message with the # and name of the trip and the names of the people in your party who are canceling.

If a Field Trip is canceled by the Foundation due to COVID, you will have the option to receive a refund or donate your fees to further support our mission.

I saw your Field Trips listed in the Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine. Does my magazine subscription or Conservation Patron's license count as a membership to the Foundation?

I am sorry, your magazine subscription or Conservation Patron’s license does not include a membership to the Foundation. We are a separate non-profit and not a part of the DNR. You will need to become a member of the Foundation to register for Field Trips. Note, your membership today not only supports our mission, but ensures that you will receive via mail the full Field Trip Guidebook when it is published in March.

If trips fill so quickly, why not just add more sessions?

Our Field Trips are often led by people who are volunteering their time amidst a busy professional work schedule, and they only have time to lead just one trip a year. There are instances when we have a very long waiting list, and that a trip leader can add on another session. If so, we will contact people from the waiting list first to attend before opening up to new registrants.

Some trips say they are fundraisers. Are they tax deductible?

Yes, there are a few trips where some of the fees are tax deductible. We will send an email in early December if you have an eligible trip, that you can to use as a receipt for your tax filing.

Note: most Field Trip registration fees are not tax deductible.

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.

Christine Tanzer

Christine Tanzer

Director of Field Trip Program

(608) 409-3123

Christine coordinates the many facets of the Foundation’s vibrant Field Trip Program. Passionate about showcasing Wisconsin’s amazing natural treasures, she has organized well over 2,000 Field Trips since joining NRF in 1997.