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.
How it works
In 2021, the program will be 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'll locate 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'll also offer two optional short training sessions for grown-ups at each location for those who might want some tips to get started.
The first location will be La Crosse River Conservancy, where the toolkit will be available on June 24th, We've scheduled two short training sessions at that location, so you can come out and see the tool box and ask questions before coming back to help out on your own. Please sign up below (at least 48 hrs in advance) so we know how much equipment to bring for each session.
La Crosse River Conservancy Training – Option 1
Thursday, June 24 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
La Crosse River Conservancy Training – Option 2
Saturday, June 26 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Tool Box Access
If you can't make either of the training sessions, but want to get started, we'll need you to sign up 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.
What to bring
Sturdy close-toed footwear, weather appropriate field clothes, hat/ball cap, bug spray (apply to socks, lower legs, and pant bottoms for tick protection), sunscreen, safety glasses (optional).