Field Trip Physical Demand & Accessibility

Planning your Field Trips Using our Physical Demand Rating

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.

The color of the trip title indicates physical demand. Level 1 (Purple): Accessible to people with walking disabilities. Level 2 (Blue): Easy, short hike on level terrain. Level 3 (Green): Average hike with some hills. Level 4 (Orange): Challenging steeper terrain, long hike, or canoe with rapids. Level 5 (Red): Extreme conditions, off-trail or very steep or long hike.

Questions? Please reach us at or (608) 409-3123 if you have questions about the physical demand levels or accomodations for a specific Field Trip, as each trip is unique in its location and activities.

2022 Field Trips with an Accessible Rating

We are dedicated to expanding our opportunities for people with various physical abilities to join us out in the field. If you, a family member, or a friend have mobility issues, we have options!

These trips in the line-up are accessible to people using standard wheelchairs: (NOTE: Trips in orange have spaces available, click links in titles for trip details and to register)

34. Spring Wildflowers of Baird Creek Greenway Saturday, May 14, 2022 Green Bay Co. –  Brown
83. Forest Bathing & Foraging: Pheasant Branch Saturday, June 4, 2022 Middleton Co. –  Dane
110-A. Through the Eyes of the Coyote Saturday, June 11, 2022 Wauwatosa Co. –  Milwaukee
110-B. Through the Eyes of the Coyote Saturday, October 8, 2022 Wauwatosa Co. –  Milwaukee
142. Become a Purple Martin Landlord Wednesday, July 6, 2022 Belleville Co. –  Dane
151. Tour of UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences Tuesday, July 12, 2022 Milwaukee Co. –  Milwaukee
165-A. Archery: Basics to Advanced Friday, July 22, 2022 Poynette Co. –  Columbia
165-B. Archery: Basics to Advanced Saturday, July 23, 2022 Poynette Co. –  Columbia
166. Behind the Scenes at Wildlife In Need Center Friday, July 22, 2022 Oconomowoc Co. –  Waukesha
193. Lakeshore State Park: Urban Oasis Friday, August 12, 2022 Milwaukee Co. –  Milwaukee
199. Mammals of Wisconsin: UW Zoological Museum Tour & ID Skills Monday, August 15, 2022 Madison Co. –  Dane
213. Hummingbirds: Ecology & Banding Saturday, August 27, 2022 Milton Co. –  Rock
239. Tree Sex and the City: Pawpaws, Pecans, Persimmons, Oh My! Sunday, September 25, 2022 Wauwatosa Co. –  Milwaukee
253. Crane Roosting Tour at Crex Meadows Friday, October 14, 2022 Grantsburg Co. –  Burnett
254. Behind the Scenes at the Wisconsin State Herbarium Saturday, October 15, 2022 Madison Co. –  Dane
255. Saw-whet Owl Banding at Beaver Creek Reserve Saturday, October 15, 2022 Fall Creek Co. –  Eau Claire
256. Wisconsin’s Geologic Past & Future Saturday, October 15, 2022 Mount Horeb Co. –  Dane
260-A. Migration on the Mighty Mississippi Thursday, November 3, 2022 La Crosse Co. –  La Crosse
260-B. Migration on the Mighty Mississippi Saturday, November 5, 2022 La Crosse Co. –  La Crosse

More Resources for Exploring Wisconsin’s Outdoors:

Access Ability Wisconsin

Access Ability Wisconsin (AAW) has all-terrain wheelchairs available to reserve and use free of charge at several locations throughout the state. You can reserve an all-terrain wheelchair through AAW and tow it via trailer (which they provide) to other locations. Use the chair on your own outdoor excursion or on one of our Field Trips (contact us to discuss options).

Find out more and make your reservation: Access Ability Wisconsin

Watch all-terrain wheelchairs in action: AAW video footage


Wisconsin DNR – Open the Outdoors

Open the Outdoors is your resource for all of the available recreation options for individuals with disabilities.

Find out more: Wisconsin DNR – Open the Outdoors

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.