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 most knowledgeable scientists, ecologists, and naturalists in Wisconsin who generously share their favorite places and knowledge of Wisconsin’s outdoors.

When you sign up for any Wayfarers event with a trip fee, you’ll receive a free membership to the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin! NRF works to protect Wisconsin’s natural heritage by:

  • Supporting critical conservation work through our grant programs.
  • Offering opportunities for people of all ages to experience Wisconsin’s outdoors through Field Trips.
  • Providing a means for people to help protect Wisconsin’s lands, waters, and wildlife that they cherish most, through our diverse ways to give.

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 2020 Wayfarers Events

Finding Fall Colors 

Thursday, October 15, 2020
4:30-6:00 p.m.
Cost: Free!

Dive into the science behind why leaves change color with scientists from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and learn about some of the top places to go “leaf peeping” and hike, bike, and paddle during the fall in Wisconsin. Click here to see the presentation!


Happy Hour: Wisconsin’s Wild Game

November 18, 2020
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Madison, WI
Cost: Free!

Curious about hunting or fishing? Want to give it a try, but don’t know where to start? Join our friends from Pheasants Forever, National Wild Turkey Federation, Color in the Outdoors, and Outdoor UW to learn how you can hunt for food in Wisconsin, and the important role that hunting and fishing plays in funding conservation work.

Attendees will get a chance to win some awesome prizes, and the first 50 registrants will get a learn-to-hunt goodie bag in the mail before the event! 

Click here to register.

Solstice Swag Making Workshop

December 2020
Date/Time TBD

Stay tuned for more details and to register!

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.

Thank you to our 2020 supporters and partners!

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Caitlin Williamson

Caitlin Williamson

Director of Conservation Programs

(608) 409-3109

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.