MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages those interested in our natural environment to attend the upcoming Wisconsin Summit for Natural Resources Volunteers October 6-8.
The theme of the Summit is Nature and People: Feeding Each Other. The three-day event will feature a pick-and-choose adventure format at multiple venues in Waukesha, focusing on small-group outdoor workshops, field explorations and presentations. The event is open to adults 18 and older. Master naturalist certification is not required.
“As we see the positive impacts that natural resource volunteers have on our natural world, we are still learning to appreciate the benefits that time spent in nature has for our physical and mental well-being,” said Becky Sapper, director of the Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program. , UW-Madison Extension Division.
The Wisconsin Summit for Natural Resources Volunteers is an opportunity for people who love being in nature and caring for nature to:
- Learn in small group workshops, hikes and field events.
- Serve with volunteer opportunities for the Ice Age Trail Alliance and Waukesha County Parks.
- Relate with volunteers, citizen scientists, natural resource professionals, educators, and land and water stewards.
The Summit’s keynote address will be delivered by Emily Ford, a winter adventurer and avid hiker. Emily hiked the Waukesha area on her winter hike on the 1,200 mile Ice Age Trail with her Alaskan Husky, Diggins. With an understanding and a desire to show that everyone can go on an adventure and that everyone deserves to experience the outdoors, regardless of race, gender identity or upbringing, she continues to seek the adventure and representing underrepresented people in outdoor spaces.
Attendees will also be able to learn from DNR experts, including:
- Jennifer Redell – Bats
- Elizabeth Braatz – Bumblebee Brigade
- Andrew Badjie – Wisconsin Amphibian and Reptile Citizen Science Projects
- Christine Anholt-Depies – Wisconsin Snapshot
- Lisie Kitchell – Mussel monitoring
The DNR is always looking for volunteers to help care for state parks and public lands. Volunteers are integral to providing excellent customer service to visitors, expanding opportunities for recreation and education. Whether you volunteer for a few hours or a few weeks, your service makes all the difference.
To make volunteering easier than ever, use the DNR Volunteer Impact System online portal. The portal helps people find and register for volunteer opportunities in a variety of Wisconsin parks, trails, recreation areas, and forests. You can view, share, and apply for a variety of volunteer positions across the state.
To learn more about the Summit and to register before September 19, visit the Wisconsin Master Naturalist website.