Volunteers working to restore native vegetation in the Waubesa Wetlands at a DNR SNA Workday. Photos taken by Stephanie Herbst.

A friends group is a group of people who have an interest in natural resources and who volunteer their time, services and support in order to enhance natural areas.

Friends groups throughout the state provide thousands of volunteer hours to help support more than 70 Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas. Friends members may adopt a trail, be involved in restoration efforts, or support community education activities, but the opportunities are endless because each member can supply their own creative ideas!

The Friends of Waubesa Wetlands, founded in 2018, care for one of Wisconsin's wetland gems, which has been given special recognition by the Wisconsin Wetland Association. Together, the Friends of Waubesa Wetlands help to protect a uniquely diverse wetland community, ensuring that the habitat and all its benefits are enjoyed for years to come.

Photo taken by tripod, courtesy of Stephanie Herbst Oct., 2018

To become a Friend of Waubesa Wetlands, email friendsofwaubesawetlands@gmail.com  and LIKE and FOLLOW their Facebook page to receive event updates. Friends organize environmental education, recreation, and ecological management opportunities that sustain and celebrate the terrestrial and aquatic natural resources of Waubesa Wetlands and the surrounding watershed. The group meets regularly to discuss new opportunities, and all ideas are welcome!

In addition to organizing educational and recreational opportunities throughout the area, Friends may choose to partner with the Department of Natural Resources State Natural Area Volunteer program at a Waubesa Wetlands Workday.  Encourage native plant and animal communities to thrive by cutting brush, pulling and spraying invasives, collecting seeds, monitoring rare species and preparing fire breaks. Show up for a day or become a steward – any level of participation is encouraged. No experience is necessary to start volunteering.

Photo By: Stephanie Herbst