- Q: Are Nature Conservancy preserves open to visitors?
A: The majority of the Conservancy’s 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.
Many Wisconsin nature preserves are ADA accessible. Learn more here.
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 hover over the "About Us" tab at the top of the page and select “Careers” from the drop down menu.
- Q: Is geocaching allowed on Nature Conservancy Preserves?
A: Yes, we do allow geocaching and EarthCaching (aka Virtual Caching, in which a container or object is not hidden on the property) on our preserves in Wisconsin. Caches should be placed at parking lots and entry ways or along trails. Objects placed for geocache sites should be no larger than the size of a coin, film canister or a tube of lip balm. See geocaching.com for additional guidelines and recommendations. Please contact the TNC office near you prior to placing a cache.
- 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 Stefanie Moritz at 608-251-8140 extension 153.
- 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 four 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 70% of our spending in fiscal year 2016 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.