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 vision of Heckrodt Wetland Reserve is to help all people enjoy and learn from nature today and always.
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.
Taken By: Lacy Haedt
Heckrodt Wetland Reserve Staff
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 provides strategic and operational leadership for Heckrodt Wetland Reserve. He is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization as well as fundraising, marketing, and community outreach.
Administrative Coordinator / Naturalist
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. Heather became the Administrative Coordinator in April 2023. She is responsible for visitor services, including program scheduling (schools, childcare, senior groups, and HWR summer camps), public program registrations, room rentals, brick and picnic table sponsorships, and volunteering requests. She is also responsible for Boy Scout/Cub Scout programming.
Naturalist/Early Childhood Program Manager
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 development of early childhood and girl scout programming, educating the public through environmental education, and volunteer coordination for events and education.
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.
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.
Maddie joined Heckrodt Wetland Reserve’s staff in May 2023. Maddie is a graduate of UW- Stevens Point with a B.S. in Environmental Education and Interpretation. Maddie served as Heckrodt Wetland Reserve’s Environmental Program Assistant Intern for a year before becoming a full-time employee in May 2023. Maddie is responsible for the development of public programs and educating the public through environmental education.
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 2023 members of the Board of Directors follows.
2024 Board of Director Members
|Jesse Nelson — Chair
Partner, Investment Advisor, Copper Harbor Investment Advisors, LLC
Educator, Menasha Joint School District
| Samantha Uitenbroek– Vice Chair
Customer Experience, Secura Insurance
Director, Strategic Development, JLG Industries
|William Skarie— Secretary
Director of Listening & Learning, Humanistic Leadership LLC
|Jeremy Gritton – Treasurer
Senior Manager, Audit WIPFLI
R&D Sustainability Manager, Amcor
Director Of Support Services, Gundersen Health System
HR Manager, Essity
Director of Storytelling, ThedaCare
VP, Chief Ethics, Compliance and Sustainability Officer, Oshkosh Corporation
Partner, Attorney at Law, Hooper Law Office
Manager Volunteer Services, ThedaCare