Located in Menasha, WI, Heckrodt Wetland Reserve is a 91-acre non-profit urban nature reserve with habitats including forested wetland, cattail marsh, open water, created prairie, open field, and upland forest. Persisting despite the urbanization that continues to grow around it, the Reserve is home to numerous species of reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. Migrating songbirds and waterfowl nest and feed in its protection.
The mission of Heckrodt Wetland Reserve is to enhance, restore, and preserve the Reserve and educate all people on the importance of conserving our natural resources while promoting the Reserve’s many recreational opportunities.
The Nature Center & Trails
The Reserve’s Nature Center features an indoor exhibit with live wetland and aquariums that are home to local fish and turtles — all surrounded by a display of mounted Wisconsin mammals and birds. Three miles of trails, including nearly 4,000 feet of elevated boardwalks, provide access to the wetland habitat for all visitors to explore and enjoy bird watching, walking, photography, and snowshoeing in winter. Learn more about all that Heckrodt Wetland Reserve has to offer its visitors.
Heckrodt Wetland Reserve Staff
Tracey has been with Heckrodt Wetland Reserve since March 1998, first as a volunteer, then as Site Restoration Manager. Tracey became Executive Director in June 1999. She earned a BS in Biology/Geology from Bowling Green State University and an MS in biology/aquatic ecology from the University of Mississippi. Tracey is responsible for all executive operations at the Reserve.
Director of Fund Development
Chris joined the staff at Heckrodt in October 2018. Chris is a graduate of UW-Stevens Point where he earned a B.S. in Natural Resource Management. He has worked in many related positions throughout Wisconsin. Chris is responsible for managing the comprehensive fundraising program for the Reserve, all donor support programs, and implementation of the strategic plan for the organization.
Director of Education
Luke started his career with Heckrodt in March 2008. Luke is a graduate of Iowa State University where he earned a B.S. in Animal Ecology with an Interpretation option. He has been working in the field of environmental education since 2003 in a variety of settings in the U.S. and abroad. Luke is responsible for overseeing the entire education department and its day-to-day functions, including leading the development and implementation of education, goals, and objectives that advance the Heckrodt Wetland Reserve mission.
Heather has been with Heckrodt Wetland Reserve since October 1998, first as a volunteer and then as a part-time educator. She became the full-time Education Coordinator in May 1999. Heather is a graduate of Northland College with a B.S. in Outdoor Education with a natural history emphasis and has worked at several environmental facilities in the Midwest. She is responsible for all curriculum education programs at the Reserve including school and daycare programming and Heckrodt Wetland Reserve summer camps.
Naturalist/Early Childhood Specialist/Volunteer Coordinator
Andrea joined Heckrodt Wetland Reserve’s staff in June 2011. Andrea is a graduate of UW-Stout (B.S. Early Childhood Education) and the University of Minnesota-Duluth (M. Ed. Environmental Education). Andrea has worked in nature education in many settings, including resident nature camps, girl scout camps, and Great Lakes Aquarium. Andrea is responsible for the early childhood and girl scout programming, supporting in-house environmental education, and all volunteer coordination.
Kelsey joined the staff at Heckrodt Wetland Reserve in January 2013. Kelsey has an Associate Degree in Automotive Technology from Fox Valley Technical College. He has experience in construction and maintenance, along with land and property management. Kelsey is responsible for all aspects of property management, including buildings and trails.
Natural Resource Associate
Emma joined Heckrodt Wetland Reserve’s staff in July 2016. She holds an Associate Degree in Natural Resources from Fox Valley Technical College. Emma served as Heckrodt Wetland Reserve’s habitat management intern for two-and-a-half years before becoming a full-time employee in July 2016. Emma is responsible for developing and implementing the Reserve’s habitat management plan.
The Heckrodt Wetland Reserve Board of Directors consists of volunteers who are members of our community with interest in the environment and education. A list of 2021 members of the Board of Directors follows.
2021 Board of Director Members
|Jesse Nelson — Chair
Partner, Investment Advisor, Copper Harbor Investment Advisors, LLC
Audit Partner, Wipfli
|Andrew Lee Konkel — Vice Chair
Senior Resource Development Officer, United Way Fox Cities
Sr. Director, Strategy, & Business Development, Oshkosh Corporation
|Alyssa Dudkowski — Secretary
Associate General Counsel, Kimberly-Clark
Assoc. Dir., Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter School
|Beth Williamsen — Treasurer
Cost Accounting Manager, Paper Converting Machine Co.
HR Manager, R. Sabee Co.
Kindergarten Teacher, Neenah Joint School District
VP, Chief Ethics, Compliance and Sustainability Officer, Oshkosh Corporation
Director, Strategic Sourcing, Wabash National Corporation
Customer Experience, Secura Insurance
Retired VP of Communications, Lawrence University
Commercial Lines Underwriting Supv., Secura Insurance
Educator, Menasha Joint School District