Join the Wayfarers
We are the young professionals (20- and 30-somethings) of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Join us as we paddle, hike, climb, bike, and explore our amazing state. Our trips and events are led by 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.
Glow Float 3.0
Saturday, August 17th, 2019
6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Outdoor UW, Memorial Union, Madison, WI
Leaders: Joe Webb (Outdoor UW)
Join us for our popular Glow Float! Enjoy a 6-mile paddle from Memorial Union to Lakeshore Nature Preserve’s Picnic Point, and back again. Stop at Picnic Point for a special talk on the history and significance of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. On the way back to Memorial Union, light up lanterns, adorn some glow, and paddle leisurely back to the docks as Terrace onlookers delight in the floating glow of our flotilla.
#OutWIGo – Governor Dodge State Park
Saturday, August 17th, 2019
10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (camping option available)
Location: Governor Dodge State Park, Dodgeville, WI
Leaders: Kathryn Gehrke and Jane Simkins (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)
Join us for a full day of hiking, paddling, and exploring Governor Dodge State Park! We’ll hike, bird, paddle, campfire cook, and more during this fun get-together. Campsites are already reserved for those who want to stay overnight! All equipment, meals, and camping fees included (need assistance renting camping gear? Contact us and we’ll help you out!).
Wild Game Cooking
Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: The Winnebago, Madison, WI
Leaders: John Motoviloff (National Wild Turkey Federation) and Marty Moses (Pheasants Forever)
Join wild game cooking expert John Motoviloff to learn easy techniques for making healthy, delicious meals from some of the finest food around – wild game. Participants will also get to try their hand at game cooking, learn about what sides and beverages to serve, and enjoy a meal of wild game with sides, good crusty bread, and wine. Participants will get their own signed copy of Wild Rice Goose and Other Dishes of the Upper Midwest, and a chance to sign-up for upcoming fall learn to hunt classes.
Thursday, September 12th, 2019
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: Goose Pond Sanctuary, Arlington, WI
Leaders: Brenna Marsicek, Graham Steinhauer, Mark Martin, Sue Foote-Martin (Madison Audubon)
Capture and tag monarch butterflies in the prairies of Madison Audubon’s Goose Pond Sanctuary. Learn about monarchs and their awe-inspiring migration story, and how to create monarch habitat in your own backyard. We’ll celebrate monarchs and our tagging efforts afterwards with a reception in the barn.
Tree Climbing: A View from the Top
Saturday, September 21st, 2019
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Riveredge Nature Center, Saukville, WI
Leaders: Steff Merten (Riveredge Nature Center)
Discover an exciting new outdoor activity: recreational tree climbing! Move up and down a rope system to experience a squirrel’s eye view of the world. Explore the wonders of tree canopy habitats while finding peace, relaxation, and a new perspective.
Bike, Hike and Wine at Trempealeau Mountain
Saturday, September 28th, 2019
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Perrot State Park, Perrot, WI
Leaders: Ryan O’Connor, Kevin Doyle, Justin Nooker (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)
Join us on this behind-the-scenes ramble up a sacred mountain on the Mississippi, featuring archaeology, history, and ecology. We’ll bike 6.5 miles on the Great River Trail, passing through large areas of restored prairie and barrens on the old Mississippi River terrace. Then we’ll climb the steep and rugged Trempealeau Mountain (normally closed to the public) for spectacular views of the Mississippi, Trempealeau River, and Perrot State Park. We’ll enjoy lunch on the summit, while learning about the site’s Native American history and the sacred nature of the mountain. On the return bike ride, we’ll make a short detour to Elmaro Winery to taste local wine and cheese and enjoy more great views.
Parfrey’s Glen Work Day
Sunday, October 13th, 2019
9 a.m – 12 p.m.
Location: Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area, Merrimac, WI
Leaders: Jared Urban, Volunteer Coordinator, State Natural Area Volunteer Program (DNR)
Love Parfrey’s Glen? Help us keep it beautiful and healthy as we remove invasive honeysuckle and brush. This is hard work, but it’s important and makes a huge difference in the health of the local ecosystem. Volunteers will be using loppers and other tools to remove and treat woody invasive plants as well as moving small trees and brush. No skills needed – you will be trained on-site.
Wetlands and Wine
TBD – Stay Tuned!
Location: Fitchburg, WI
Leaders: Alex Wenthe (Quercus Land Stewardship Services)
Back by popular demand! Learn about Wisconsin’s wetlands on a bike tour along the Military Ridge and other state trails, visiting different wetlands and sampling Wisconsin wines along the way. We’ll stop for lunch at the Great Dane Fitchburg at the end (optional). Bring your own bike. Don’t miss this grape event!
In addition to our scheduled trips, we host happy hours and pop-up adventures. Sign up for our email list using the form below, and join our Facebook group to stay informed of the latest events.
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Director of Conservation Programs
Cait oversees the Foundation’s grant programs and initiatives for conservation and environmental education, ensuring that our investments are science-based, strategic, and impactful. Cait’s work encompasses conservation science and planning, partnership development and capacity building.