Frequently Asked Questions
Our Field Trip Program is open!
We appreciate your patience as we developed a thoughtful plan for opening our season.
Stay local! To prevent the spread of COVID-19 please attend trips near your home.
Many of our trips are full, but there are still some great options still open:
I just became a member online. How can I see the current 2020 Field Trip Schedule?
Field Trip Guidebooks were mailed to most of our current members in early March. 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 was posted July 1.
I see "Reschedule Pending" trips in the updated Guidebook. What does that mean?
The Reschedule Pending with dates TBD trips are not available for registration when it opens July 15. There is a very good possibility those pending trips will run sometime in the future this year, but most are led by DNR professionals who have to wait until the DNR is in their Phase 2 of the COVID recovery plan in order to get permission to lead Field Trips.
We will send out more communication if/when those trips are open for registration.
Should I bring and wear a face mask on my Field Trip?
We strongly request that everyone who attends our Field Trips brings and wears a face mask, especially at check-in at the start of the trip and if/when the group gathers together. Face masks are an important part of stopping the spread of COVID-19, and keeping one another safe.
I am a member, can I register a guest with me that is not a member?
In 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask that you only register guests that are within your family or household. This will ensure safety with contact tracing and the increased COVID-19 liability.
As usual, please do not register a group, club or troop. The spirit of the program is for families to register and attend together.
Are there changes to Field Trips due to COVID-19?
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 and family to attend trips together.
Can I register a grandchild or other minor to attend a Field Trip with me?
In 2020, we ask that you do not register a child of which you are not the parent or guardian of.
*Note, children must be accompanied by a registered adult on every trip they attend.
Can I attend more than 2 trips this year?
There is an initial limit of 2 trips per person. After August 1 you may add additional trips to your registration.
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.
Where can I find the Liability Waiver? Is there a special Liability Waiver for COVID-19?
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 FieldTrips@WisConservation.org 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.
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.
I added myself to a waiting list for a trip. Now what?
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 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?
Note: most Field Trip registration fees are not tax deductible.
What do my registration fees cover?
Field Trip Director
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.