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Wisconsin Land Trust Days

Wisconsin Land Trust Days is an annual celebration of land trusts with events in July, August, and September!

Land trusts host a range of fun outdoor events during Land Trust Days.

Here is just a snapshot of what you can do this summer:

  • Hike Wisconsin’s prairies, forests, and bluffs
  • Cycle through beautiful countryside
  • Help build part of the historic Ice Age National Scenic Trail
  • Learn about cave and bat ecology
  • Search for plants and pollinators
  • Capture nature with your camera or sketchbook
  • Forage for mushrooms
  • Soothe your soul with forest bathing and outdoor yoga
  • Collect native prairie seeds
  • Hop on a boat cruise for conservation, and more

 

Find a full list of events below.

We’re working on adding all the 2024 events to the website. Check back soon for the full list, and see what we have to share so far!

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Cover of 2024 Land Trust Days calendar with a orange monarch butterfly on yellow flowers.

Get a printed copy of the Land Trust Days event calendar

Get an overview of the 45 events that are part of 2024 Land Trust Days. 

We hope you get a chance to visit this year’s Land Trust Days Featured Destination: The Driftless Trail. This ongoing project of Driftless Area Land Conservancy aims to connect three state parks in Iowa County through a 50-mile hiking loop. Find more details, maps, and guides here.

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Before you explore, get your Wisconsin Nature Guide

The nature guide will help you identify many common plants, animals, and other wildlife as you explore Wisconsin’s natural places. We’ll send you a copy of the guide in the mail at no cost when you complete this form

Gathering Waters creates tools like this to help you enjoy natural places. As a nonprofit environmental organization, we help people like you learn more about how to protect and enjoy Wisconsin’s land, water, and wildlife.

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YETI Prize Drawing

Every year, Gathering Waters gives out YETI prizes through a random drawing for people who participate in Wisconsin Land Trust Days by either attending an event or visiting a protected property.

We give away five prizes total – one YETI cooler and four YETI tumblers. The drawing took place in early October. Drawing winners were notified by email. 

Watch Discover Wisconsin's Land Trust Days episode

Explore on your own with a list of independent adventures

Learn how nature works for us and the value of land conservation

Special thanks to these 2024 Wisconsin Land Trust Days sponsors!

If you or your organization would like to partner with Gathering Waters to promote Wisconsin Land Trust Days or join our advocacy efforts, please reach out to Creal Zearing, Director of Philanthropy, at (608) 251-9131 ext. 18 or creal@gatheringwaters.org.

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Bat Ecology Cave Tours

Kickapoo Caverns Nature Preserve 54850 Rhein Hollow Rd, Wauzeka, WI, United States

Learn about the beneficial role of bats and the importance of protecting their native habitats on a guided cave tour at Kickapoo Cavern with Mississippi Valley Conservancy.

Summer Insect Celebration

Price Park Conservancy N6418 Hodunk Rd, Elkhorn, WI, United States

Discover and learn about local insects with Kettle Moraine Land Trust.

CLCF Nature Series: Raptors in Conservation

West Bend Town Hall 6355 County Rd Z, West Bend, WI, United States

Attend this Nature Series event for an interactive presentation featuring a bald eagle, hawk, owl, and falcon.

Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony & Celebration

Schmeeckle Reserve Pankowski: Amphitheater 2419 North Point Dr, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States

Celebrate 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Dr. Bob Freckmann with Gathering Waters and North Central Conservancy Trust.

Butterfly Discovery Event

Beaver Creek Reserve S1 County Road K, Fall Creek, WI, United States

Explore the beautiful world of butterflies with Landmark Conservancy guided by Beaver Creek Reserve naturalists Jim Schwiebert and Megan Giefer!

Cocktails for Conservation Cruise

Port Washington Harbor Dock 106 Lake St, Port Washington, WI, United States

Join the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust and the River Revitalization Foundation for a cruise on Lake Michigan.

Photography Day

Helen Rohner Children’s Fishing Park 159 Elkhorn Road, Williams Bay, WI, United States

Hone your photography skills with a free nature photography class offered by Geneva Lake Conservancy.

Buck Moon Celebration

Peterson Island Woods Preserve Oak Park Rd, Elkhorn, Wisconsin, United States

Experience the full moon rise with Kettle Moraine Land Trust around a campfire with story selections from the Matheson Memorial Library.

Summer Celebration

Yerkes Observatory 373 W Geneva St, Williams Bay, Wisconsin, United States

Hear from author and special guest speaker Doug Tallamy at Geneva Lake Conservancy's Summer Celebration.

Family Education Day

White River County Park 6503 Sheridan Springs Road, Lake Geneva, WI, United States

Enjoy a raptor presentation with Geneva Lake Conservancy at this family-friendly event.

Goose Pond Prairies

Goose Pond Sanctuary W7503 Kampen Road, Arlington, WI, United States

Join Southern Wisconsin Bird Alliance for this mostly sitting tour of Goose Pond Sanctuary's restored mesic prairies.

16th Annual Ride to the Barns

Camp Quad 6886 County Road Q (Hwy Q & Hwy 83), Hartford, WI, United States

Ride your bike with Tall Pines Conservancy during the 2024 Ride to the Barns, a benefit for farmland conservation in Lake Country.

Summer in the Sanctuary

Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center 8166 State Hwy 57, Baileys Harbor, WI, United States

Explore the Ridges Nature Center and Hidden Brook Boardwalk with nature-themed stations during this family-friendly event.

Pollinator Walk at Willow Creek Preserve

Willow Creek Preserve New Jersey Ave, Sheboygan, WI, United States

Learn about the importance of pollinator diversity and prairie plants through this hike with the Glacial Lakes Conservancy.

Gardens & Gazing Event

Villa St. Joseph W2658 WI-33, La Crosse, WI, United States

Take in the beauty with the Mississippi Valley Conservancy of the La Crosse area blufflands on this ridgetop hike, followed by a garden tour and stargazing.

Cave of the Mounds Tour

Cave of the Mounds 2975 Cave of the Mounds Rd, Blue Mounds, WI, United States

Explore Cave of the Mounds with the Groundswell Conservancy on a free tour. Before touring the cave, learn how conservation plays a role in protecting this special place.

Summer Moon Rise Celebration and Campfire

Price Park Conservancy N6418 Hodunk Rd, Elkhorn, WI, United States

Celebrate the rise of the Sturgeon Moon with a campfire and story selections from the Matheson Memorial Library hosted by the Kettle Moraine Land Trust.

Trailtessa: Be CREATIVE – Bee Pollinator Helper

Milton Public Library & Story Gardens 430 E High St, Milton, United States

Ignite your artistic abilities to support pollinators with the Ice Age Trail Alliance. Create clay decorative stones and paint a large-scale mural celebrating bees.

Small Nature Photo Contest Reception

Green Grocer 24 W. Geneva St., Williams Bay, WI, United States

Celebrate the winners of Geneva Lake Conservancy's photo contest at a reception at Green Grocer. Refreshments provided.

Mane Event

Neubauer Farm 5551 Short Road, Racine, WI, United States

Search for scavenger hunt items on horseback. Ride your horse on marked trails through Caledonia Conservancy's private lands. Take a picture of items you find for raffle tickets.

Mumford Preserve Interpretive Hike

Mumford Preserve 180572 WI-52, Aniwa, WI, United States

Learn with the North Central Conservancy Trust about the glacial and geologic forces that shaped northeastern Marathon County during an interpretive hike at Mumford Preserve.

Autumn Gathering

Colman Woods W4486 N Lake Shore Dr, Williams Bay, WI, United States

Join this autumn gathering hosted by the Geneva Lake Conservancy at Colman Woods to hear from special guest speaker, author Dan Egan.

Mushroom Foray

To Be Determined WI, United States

Explore the fascinating world of fungi with the Mississippi Valley Conservancy, as knowledgeable mycologists guide participants on a hike through a wooded property.

Nature Journaling at Hunner Preserve

Hunner Preserve Denmark, WI, United States

Improve your appreciation of different species through field sketching, the practice of drawing and note-taking in response to nature. Led by Rebecca Jabs and hosted by the Glacial Lakes Conservancy.

Ice Age Trail Crew Trailbuilding: Greenbush Segment, Sheboygan County

Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit Campbellsport, WI, United States

Craft brand-new tread and create a new route for the Ice Age Trail Alliance just south of Hwy 23, moving it from a paved multi-use trail to a beautiful landscape of deep kettles and big trees.

Oak Savanna Restoration Step-by-Step

Wild Oaks Preserve 277 Brunson Rd, Belleville, WI, United States

Hike and learn at an oak savanna restoration in progress at Wild Oaks Preserve, a collaborative project of Driftless Area Land Conservancy and BadgerLand Foundation.

Walk and Talk Field Series: Prairie Tour at Seno Kenosha/Racine Land Trust

Seno K/RLT Conservancy 3606 Dyer Lake Road, Burlington, WI, United States

Stroll through the Seno Woodland Center’s prairie restoration to learn about prairie ecology and efforts to preserve this incredible habitat. A collaboration with the Kettle Moraine Land Trust and the Seno Kenosha/Racine Land Trust.

Moon Rise Celebration – Harvest Moon

Beulah Bluff Preserve N9026 Bakavi Way, East Troy, WI, United States

Celebrate the rise of the Harvest Moon with the Kettle Moraine Land Trust where there will be a campfire and story selections from the Matheson Memorial Library.

Annual Harvest Dinner & Anniversary Celebration

Bukolt Lodge 100 Bukolt Avenue, Stevens Point, WI, United States

Enjoy an evening of celebration of the North Central Conservancy Trust's 30th anniversary and conservation success in Central Wisconsin with live music, local food, silent auction, drinks, and friends.