Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

The Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge help provide visitors with an opportunity to view whooping cranes, sandhill cranes, Karner blue butterflies, whitetail deer, turkeys, red-headed woodpeckers, wolves, swans, migratory wildfowl, songbirds and black bear.

Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

The Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge are dedicated to providing time and funds to support the many activities of the refuge. As volunteers, we give over 10,000 hours each year to refuge projects and every dollar we receive is returned 100% to fund those efforts.

Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

The Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge help provide visitors with an opportunity to view whooping cranes, sandhill cranes, Karner blue butterflies, whitetail deer, turkeys, red-headed woodpeckers, wolves, swans, migratory wildfowl, songbirds and black bear.

Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

The Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge help provide visitors with an opportunity to view whooping cranes, sandhill cranes, Karner blue butterflies, whitetail deer, turkeys, red-headed woodpeckers, wolves, swans, migratory wildfowl, songbirds and black bear.

Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

The Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge help provide visitors with an opportunity to view whooping cranes, sandhill cranes, Karner blue butterflies, whitetail deer, turkeys, red-headed woodpeckers, wolves, swans, migratory wildfowl, songbirds and black bear.

Continuing the Dream

When the new visitor center opened in 2011, the Ellen Allen classroom needed to be razed. Since then, we have envisioned an outdoor amphitheater at the site to give the many children who visit the refuge another opportunity to learn about nature and the environment. The site will include benches and interactive areas to enhance the educational experience. The site is just east of the visitor center and already has a path installed.

In 2018, we began to put the dream in motion by using the proceeds from our Silent Auction program. The program gave refuge visitors the opportunity to bid on framed wildlife artworks provided by Friends Tom and Shirley Horner. The money raised was used to complete phase 1 of the project. We built two seat walls for presentations and a bear claw sand area for fun.

It’s time to move on to the next phase. This will include a trail system and interactive kiosks to educate and entertain our young guests, To fund this effort, we have decided to use our very successful “Giving Tree” promotion. If you’ve visited the refuge lately, I’m sure you have seen the beautiful tree painted on the wall leading to the patio. That “Giving Tree” was painted by Jay Jocham, a nationally recognized artist and proud Friends member to symbolize the gateway to the refuge and its many adventures.  We plan to give the tree life by placing “leaves” on it that you donated. There are three levels of leaves: Gold – $500; Silver – $250.00 and Copper – $100.00. Each leaf can be personalized with your name and the year of your donation. There is a convenient form below for you to use.

All donations to the Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge are tax deductible and your employer may be willing to match your contribution under their charitable plan.

We want to thank you in advance for your contribution and your continuing support of our efforts. These projects are all important and we know you will support them by volunteering and/or sending your check today. For now, send your check to Friends of NNWR, N11385 Headquarters Rd, Necedah WI 54646. Our new and improved website has the PayPal option available for you but time is critical so act now.

 

Important News & Notices

The refuge staff and the Town of Cutler are working hard to improve 6th Ave. with new culverts and a “beaver deceiver” to make the road better for all of our visitors. Stay tuned for more information.

 

 

Great News! The Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge have been awarded the 2018 Molly Krival National Wildlife Refuge System Friends Group of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding contributions by a group of dedicated volunteers in Friends organizations who provide essential services to the Refuge System. All of our many Friends around the world share in this prestigious award and we thank you for your generous contributions of time, funds, and encouragement that made this award possible.  

 

Friends Announce Speakers Bureau opportunity.

The Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge have developed an informative and entertaining presentation for service clubs, senior citizen centers, and other community-based organizations interested in what’s happening at the refuge. Our team will come to your meeting and give your group insights into and views of our 44,000 acres of wildlife habitat.

If your group is within a 50-mile circle of the refuge, email us at contact@friendsofnnwr.org to learn more details. Leave a phone number so we call call you about scheduling.





Thank you for visiting Friends of the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge.

“Our vision is connecting people with wildlife and nature today, tomorrow and forever”

The Refuge Needs You!

Founded by a small group of dedicated volunteers in 1999, the Friends have grown to almost three hundred members around the world. We are nationally recognized for our innovations and initiatives in volunteerism. Our mission is simple: We take a leadership role in promoting public use and enjoyment of our refuge by encouraging and facilitating environmental education and community outreach. We give our time, talent, funds and spirit to support the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge’s work and conservation efforts while advocating for the broader mission of the United States Fish & Wildlife Service. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, all contributions as tax-deductible to the full extent of current law.

The Friends of the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Mission Statement:

 

  • Take a leadership role promoting public use and enjoyment of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Encourage and facilitate environmental education and community outreach.
  • Give our time, funds and spirit in support of the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge’s work & conversation efforts.
  • Advocate for the mission of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

New Opportunities

The need for volunteers for a variety of activities at the refuge is greater than ever.. Please go to the GET INVOLVED page for your chance to volunteer this year.

Whooper News

Thanks to the efforts of Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership, the recovery is working great. Check out their website for the latest news. Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership.

For additional information on the whereabouts of other whooping cranes please visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Getting Here . . .

Located in central Wisconsin, Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is 180 miles southeast of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and 150 miles northwest
of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The refuge lies north of Highway 21 and west of Highway 80, with all but a few acres in Juneau County.

To reach the main entrance and office complex, travel 15 miles east on Highway 21 from Interstate 94 at Tomah, Wisconsin; or about three
miles west on Highway 21 from Necedah, Wisconsin. Turn north onto Headquarters Road and travel about two miles to the headquarters.

visitor-center

Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
N11385 Headquarters Rd., Necedah WI 54646
Phone: 608-565-4467
Email: contact@friendsofnnwr.org