- Q: Are Nature Conservancy preserves open to visitors?
A: Most Conservancy preserves in Wisconsin are open to visitors for hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, bird watching, and photography. A few preserves are generally closed to the public, either due to access or liability problems or because even limited use would destroy the natural features we seek to protect.
You can find descriptions and directions to many of these preserves in the Places We Protect section of this web site.
- Q: Can I hunt on Nature Conservancy preserves?
A: The Conservancy provides hunting opportunities for deer, turkey and other game species at most Wisconsin preserves. Follow this link for more information about our Hunting Program.
- Q: How can I find out about jobs at The Nature Conservancy?
A: You can select the “Careers” link at the bottom of this page.
- Q: Who should I talk to if I need to let you know that my address has changed or that I’m receiving duplicate mailings?
A: You can e-mail our office directly at Gail Van Sluys.
- Q: Who should I talk to if I own a piece of property or know of a piece of property that should be conserved in some way?
A: Please contact Marya Johnston-McIntosh at 608-316-6413.
- Q: How can I learn more about the Conservancy’s work?
A: When you become a member you will receive a newsletter two times each year that talks about the Conservancy’s work in Wisconsin. It also includes information about field trips, volunteer work parties, and other special events. You will also receive our Nature Conservancy magazine six times per year, which tells you about the Conservancy’s work nationally and internationally.
- Q: How can I become a member of The Nature Conservancy?
A: Please follow this link to our Online Membership Form. And thank you for your interest in becoming a member.
- Q: Where does The Nature Conservancy’s money come from and how is it used?
A: A significant portion of the Conservancy’s funding comes from individual donors — people who make contributions of $25, $100, $1,000 or more. Other sources of income include bequests and other planned gifts, corporate and foundation gifts, gifts of land and conservation easements, interest income from our endowments and other invested funds, and money from government grant programs like the state Stewardship Fund. Copies of our national annual reports are available to any interested individuals.
About 89% of our spending in fiscal year 2013 went directly to program activities in areas such as land acquisition, protection and stewardship. The combined categories of fund raising and general & administrative costs accounted for the remainder of our spending.