About Us

Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust is a non-profit, member-supported organization. We are northeast Wisconsin's only regional land trust, and work in 12 counties to preserve our region's lands, waters, and wildlife. Since our founding in 1996, we have preserved more than 6,000 acres of natural land, including forests, wetlands, and miles of shoreline.

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Saturday September 10, 2022

Tickets

Adult: $10

Children 12 & under: Free

Program

Check-in: 10:30a - 11a

Hikes & Activities: 11a - 12:30p

Picnic & Program: 12:30 - 2p

Wolf River Bayou Conservancy

E8570 Markman Road

New London, WI 54961

Registration now Open!
4th Annual Land Fest
Wolf River Bayou Conservancy

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About the Wolf River Bayou Conservancy

The 4th Annual Land Fest will celebrate protection of an early Land Trust conservancy along the Wolf River. Adjoining the Mukwa State Wildlife Area, this 97 acres of protected wild lands extends the ecological buffer zone for one of Wisconsin’s public, undeveloped wildlife areas, extending breeding grounds, roaming territory, and habitat for a variety of native wildlife.

 

The conservancy’s protected lands lie along the Wolf River, and include a shoreline that provides spawning habitat for sturgeon and walleye, 20 acres of wetlands, and a unique glacial sand dune believed to be a vestige of glacial Lake Oshkosh. Archaeological artifacts found on the land have included a Jesuit ring, pottery, and spearheads.

The 4th Annual Land Fest at the Wolf River Bayou Conservancy is an opportunity for 150 to 200 enthusiasts to be inspired by the generous impulses that conserved this land to benefit us all. Guests will see the land up close, have fun over an outdoor lunch, and deepen their understanding of nature through expert‐led hikes of the property. The day will also provide opportunities to network with Land Trust members, supporters, and conservation partners.

6 Hikes & Activities to Choose From!

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Hike: Aquatic Ecology of the Wolf River Bayou
 

Description: Participants will explore the ecology of the Wolf River and the bayou on the boundary of the conservancy, and discover why these areas are prime habitat for fish like walleye and sturgeon.

Duration: 1 hour

Difficulty: moderate

About the Leader:  Dr. Bart De Stasio is an aquatic ecologist and watershed expert whose research includes the Fox-Wolf Basin and Green Bay. He brings ecology to life for students and teachers as Singleton Professor of Biological Sciences at Lawrence University and has served on the Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust Board of Directors since 2021

Family Hike: Wolf Watershed and Wetlands
 

Description: Join us to explore the other WWW—the Wolf River Watershed Wetlands! Learn what a watershed is all about and delve into hands-on learning about the fun and function of these wetlands.

Duration: 1 hour

Difficulty: easy to moderate

About the Leader:  Stephanie Vrabec has been engaged in the Fox Valley community for over 25 years as an educator, environmental advocate and community volunteer. She has worked as an environmental consultant in Colorado, Wisconsin and Vermont and taught courses in Environmental Science at the high school and college level. Stephanie is past present of Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust’s Board of Directors and remains involved as a program volunteer

Hike: Changing Plant Ecology of the Wolf River Conservancy
 

Description: A variety of impacts, including invasive species and climate change, are resulting in an unprecedented loss of native plants and trees. This trek through the Bayou Conservancy will identify invasive plants and impacts and look to ways we can work together to help our natural landscapes.

Duration: 1.5 hours

Difficulty: moderate

About the Leader:  Adam Brandt is a naturalist and Park Ranger at the Mosquito Hill Nature Center and a founding member of the Northeast Wisconsin Invasive Species Coalition. He enjoys leading a variety of outdoor programs and is particularly interested in working with others to combat the effects of invasive species and climate change on our native plants and landscapes.  

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Hike: Lost Village of the Meskwaki
 

Description: This trek to the hilltop overlooking the Wolf River Bayou, thought to be a remnant of Glacial Lake Oshkosh, will help us learn about the unique role of the Markman property in Wisconsin Prehistory.

Duration: 1 hour

Difficulty: moderate

About the Leader:  Mark Walker is a volunteer land monitor for Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust, a member of the Wisconsin Archaeological Society, and an active participant on the mobile skills crew of the Ice Age Trail Alliance. Mark monitors the Wolf River Bayou Conservancy Land Fest site annually and has an active interest in its tribal history.

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Hike/Activity: Photographing Nature
 

Description: Bring your cell phone, and we’ll walk a conservancy trail and learn how best to frame, compose, and photograph nature to improve your photos. Popular and useful nature apps will also be introduced.

Duration: 1 hour

Difficulty: easy

About the Leader:  Bruce Danz, a board member at Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust, is a retired physician and accomplished landscape, wildlife, and nature photographer. Although his work has taken him to distant places, Bruce retains an appreciation for the lands and rivers closer to home and enjoys sharing this passion with others. ‘Photography,’ in his words, ‘forces one to see, not merely to look. This leads to appreciation and understanding, and a gratitude for what is around us.’

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Activity: Draw the Flora of the Wolf River Conservancy
 

Description: Join us and learn to draw the flora of the Wolf River Conservancy. Participants will have the opportunity to learn simple pencil drawing techniques to create their own inspired work of art in nature.

Duration: 1 hour

Difficulty: easy; appropriate for individuals with limited mobility

About the Leader:  Sonia Vasquez is an artist from Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee earning her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts – Painting and Drawing. Since then, Vasquez has directed her focus on studying classical realism techniques. She is engaged in contemporary issues, which often make their way into her work. 

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To preserve lands that protect our waters, landscapes, and natural habitats for this, and future, generations.

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Preserve Hunting Rules

NEWLT recognizes hunting as an important wildlife management tool. The excise tax dollars generated from the sale of guns, ammunition, and outdoor equipment has benefited natural habitats for all wildlife species. Hunters play an important role as conservation partners with NEWLT through aiding in controlling the populations of white-tailed deer and turkeys.

Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust Earns National Recognition

In July 2017, Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust joined a network of 389 accredited land trusts nationally that have demonstrated their commitment to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in their work.

Accreditation demonstrates NEWLT’s commitment to permanent land conservation in northeast Wisconsin.

- Accredited land trusts now steward nearly 80% of conservation lands and easements held by all land trusts.

- Accredited land trusts protected five times more land from 2010 to 2015 than land trusts that were not yet accredited.

- Accredited land trusts have stronger internal systems and greater resources to steward their conservation lands forever.

- As a result of these standards, the public’s trust in land conservation has increased--helping to win support for federal, state, and local conservation funding measures.

NEWLT is now Accredited!