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.

A Roger Leitner photo, taken at Bass Lake in mid-May. Thanks for sharing, Roger! ... See MoreSee Less

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The Visitor Center will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017. However, it will be closed on Sunday, 5/28, as usual. Stop in on the holiday, if you are in the area. We'd love to see you! ... See MoreSee Less

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For those who have purchased leaves for the Friends' "growing tree," you will be happy to hear that the leaves are finally in place on the tree that artist Jay Jocham painted for us in the foyer leading to the rear patio of the visitor center. Your donations will help fund a new, accessible fishing pier on Goose Pool, the Ellen Allen Outdoor Education amphitheater, repairs and upgrades to the Observation Tower, and perhaps a few other refuge projects. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

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Important News & Notices

Great News! The Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge have answered our call to help us fund some worthwhile projects to enhance the visitor experience at the refuge. We have raised over $11,000.00 since the drive began three months ago and have authorized the start of a new outdoor amphitheater that will expand our environmental education efforts to reach young people from the area. The ADA-compliant setting will include two seat walls and accommodate many eager, young learners.

So, one down, two to go. We still are planning to fund the replacement of the viewing platform and rehabilitate the observation tower but we need your help. If you’re interested in helping us, go to the “Get Involved” button on this site and click on Growing the Refuge. Purchase a copper, silver, or golf leaf and be part of the effort. While you’re here, consider joining us as a member.

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.




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“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 theĀ 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.

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