Frequently Asked Questions

2020 Field Trip Season Registration Opens July 15 at NOON

We appreciate your patience as we developed a thoughtful plan for opening our season! An updated version of our Field Trip Guidebook is now available in a web and printable format. To learn more about the Foundation's Event/Field Trip Guidelines and Safety Protocol, please see the link below.

Christine Tanzer has been coordinating the Foundation’s Field Trip Program since 1997. Since then the program has expanded from 30 trips a year to well over 200 trips a year! Christine poured through her emails from Field Trip participants like you to create this resource answering some of your most frequently asked questions.
I just became a member online. When will I receive my Field Trip Guidebook?

Field Trip Guidebooks were mailed to our current members around March 9th. If you just became a member with an online donation, a Guidebook will be mailed to you—though it can take a week or more to show up in your mailbox.

Until then, view the entire guidebook online.

Please note, a REVISED 2020 Guidebook will be posted July 1. 


I am a member, can I register a guest with me that is not a member?
Foundation members can register their family and a friend as guests—but not a group, club or troop.  The spirit of the program is for families to attend (with our understanding that a close friend is like family). If your friend/guest enjoys their experience, please encourage them to support our mission with a membership of their own.
Do my wait-listed trips count towards the 2-trip limit?

No, wait-listed trips do not count toward your limit of 2 trips per person.

I donated at the $25 Basic-level. Can I still register my family to attend trips with me?
A donation of $25 or greater enables you to register yourself, family, and a friend to attend trips together.
Can I register a grandchild or other minor to attend a Field Trip with me?
Yes! We love multi-generations on trips together.

*The online registration site will prompt you with the question “Are you the parent?” and just click “yes” regardless if it is true. (Really, it’s fine!)

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

Can I attend more than 2 trips a year?

There is an initial limit of 2 trips per person. After August 1 you may add additional trips to your registration.

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.

Please note – Refunds will be available upon request for Field Trips canceled by the Foundation due to COVID-19 precautions. You can also decline your refund and allow your trip fee to continue supporting the Field Trip program.

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.
Where can I find the Liability Waiver?
You can view, download, and print the liability waiver here.
Christine Tanzer

Christine Tanzer

Field Trip Director

(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.