Connect in caring for your local nature preserve
With over 3,500 acres of public access nature preserves to maintain, we're always looking for help with habitat restoration. It helps build resilience and protects biodiversity in a time of changing climate conditions.
We know people want to help. We also know how challenging scheduling can be. That's why we created Naturehood Connections – a family-friendly DIY volunteer program that offers tools, training, and activities for those who want to help when it works for them. It also includes kid's activities for those who might want or need to bring young helpers along.
This community conservation project is made possible by funding from La Crosse Community Foundation and Xcel Energy Foundation.
How it works
In 2021, the program is being offered at 3 nature preserves in La Crosse County – La Crosse River Conservancy, New Amsterdam Grasslands, and a newer property that's still in development. We provide a locked box of tools, instructions, and kid's activities at one location for two months before moving it to the next location for two months, and so on. We also offer optional short orientation sessions for grown-ups at each location to help those who might want some tips to get started.
The toolbox is coming to a La Crosse neighborhood near you!
The toolbox is currently installed at the La Crosse River Conservancy kiosk, and it will be there until August 2nd. When you sign up, we'll send you the lock combination and you will have 24/7 access to the toolbox until August 2nd. Beginning on August 4th, it will be installed at a newer protected property near La Crosse Floral. We'll be offering two brief orientation sessions to introduce you to the toolbox and the property. Sign up below to receive details and updates.
Please do your best to keep the box and everything in it clean, organized, and in good shape, and don’t forget to lock the box EVERY time you leave it (that includes while hiking or working at the preserve). All the cleaning supplies you should need are included in the box. In the toolbox, there is a white binder that contains all the information you will need to have a wonderful Naturehood Connections experience, so be sure to look through that before you gather tools and go to work. At the end of your time volunteering, please sign the volunteer logbook in the first section of the binder and share your experience with us on the provided sheets. Please contact Siena Muehlfeld by email or at or call (608) 784-3606, ext 6, if you have any problems with the box or if you see anything concerning.
La Crosse Blufflands Orientation – OPTION 1
Thursday, August 5 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. (sign up below)
La Crosse Blufflands Orientation – OPTION 2
Wednesday, August 11 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. (sign up below)
Tool Box Access
If you can't make either of the training sessions, but want to get started on your own, we'll need you to sign up below so we can get the lock combination to you.
Naturehood Connections Updates
To receive updates about Naturehood Connections as it moves from one nature preserve to the next, sign up below and check the box for Naturehood Connections Program Updates.
What to bring
Sturdy close-toed footwear, weather appropriate field clothes (including long pants and long sleeves), hat/ball cap, bug spray (apply to socks, lower legs, and pant bottoms for tick protection), sunscreen, safety glasses (optional). Bring your own work gloves if you’d prefer to wear your own (there are also some of these in the box).