Field trips

These trips are your chance to view and enjoy the natural resources we work to protect, manage, and restore. Registration for field trips is included in the conference fee.

Field trip sign up will occur when you arrive and check in for the conference, and field trips will fill on a first-come, first served basis.

**Please note that the field trips will go in almost any weather (with the exception of hazardous conditions). We’ve encountered a wide range of conditions on our February field trips, so please consider this as you decide between indoor and outdoor options, and be prepared to dress warmly if you do register for a field trip.

Connecting People to Nature: Wildlife and Habitat Recovery at a Local Field Station

Mead Wildlife Area

Photo courtesy of UW-Waukesha Field Station

Thursday, February 22, 2018, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm

Field trip leaders:

Alex Schlect, Education Coordinator, Wildlife in Need Center
Marlin Johnson, Associate Professor Emeritus, UW-Waukesha
Teresa Schueller, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, UW-Waukesha

Field Trip Description:

The 98-acre University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Field Station is in western Waukesha County. The former farmland was donated to the University in 1967. Long-term restoration efforts are underway to convert the land to prairie and woodland communities like the UW-Arboretum in Madison.

The diverse ecological habitats available for study include; Scuppernong Creek — a spring-fed creek, Henrietta Lake — a glacial kettle lake with a small bog and shallow marsh on its border, and an ephemeral pond.

The Wildlife In Need Center (WINC), a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation organization, moved to the Field Station in 2011. WINC provides free medical care for around 3,000 native Wisconsin wildlife each year with the goal of release back to the wild. WINC also annually presents 110-150 educational programs utilizing wildlife to pre-school through senior citizens in our local communities.

The tour will include an indoor program emphasizing the wetlands on the Field Station and a live wildlife educational program at WINC. An outdoor tour of the wetland communities will follow, weather permitting.

This is an outdoor field trip.

Mukwonago River Wetland Restoration: An In-Lieu Fee Mitigation

Mukwonago River Wetland Restoration

Photo courtesy Waukesha County Land Conservancy

Thursday, February 22, 2018, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm

Field trip leaders:

Cheryl White & Meghan Wersel from Waukesha County Land Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy

DNR In-Lieu Fee Wetland Mitigation Program

Field Trip Description:

We will begin with a discussion in the conference center about how the Mukwonago River Wetland Restoration project came about for the Waukesha County Land Conservancy, a discussion about team compilation, lessons learned from all partners involved, and the history of the Mukwonago River wetland restoration site.  The team will discuss what made this project attractive, what went into applying for ILF funding, specifics of land protection, and what information was needed to apply for grant funding.  We will also discuss what the ILF process involves, how projects are funded, and what sort of projects the ILF program looks for in a restoration project.  We’ll then head out to the Mukwonago River wetland restoration site to discuss what the restoration specifics will entail before construction occurs in 2018.  In the field, we’ll discuss starting conditions, restoration decisions, and what makes this site restorable.

This is an outdoor field trip.

Wetlands in Winter: Scuppernong River Habitat Area

Thursday, February 22, 2018, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm



More details coming soon!