Gathering of families and community with pop up tent and picnic tables


Heckrodt Wetland Reserve provides programs for the greater community!

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve community programs are available on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to audiences of all ages; programs are held onsite and in the community. Our hands-on programs are developed by trained naturalists and designed to foster an ethic of environmental appreciation. Some programs are free of charge, while others will charge a nominal fee to ensure future program opportunities.  Thank you for your continued support!

Special thanks to Community First Credit Union for being our Community Partner in Education.  Their support allows the Reserve to continue offering affordable environmental education based programming.

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Upcoming Public Programs Listed Below:

Mayhem in the Mud

April 22, 2023

$6 per Child (adults are not charged)

Session #1: 12:00-1:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                    Session #2 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Join us for an early spring day in the wetland.  We’ll be Mud Builders, Artists, and Biologists all in one day.  Learn why mud is so important for plants, animals, and people.  By the time we’re done with this medley of mud, you’ll be covered from head to toe!  Dress for the weather and plan on having fun and getting muddy.

Mayhem in the Mud

Online Registratioin (Session #1 12:00-1:00 p.m.)

Online Registration (Session #2 2:00-3:00 p.m.)


Community First Free Fishing Day

EVENT IS NOW FULL! Thanks to all who registered!

Saturday June 3rd, 2023
8:00-11:30 am

Come down to the lakeside at Jefferson Park in Menasha to kick off Wisconsin’s free fishing weekend.
Heckrodt will provide the equipment, assistance, & bait.  Prizes for youth participants & free lunch for everyone.
Fun for the whole family!

(Please arrive at Jefferson Park between 8-9 am to check-in to guarantee your spot)

This event is a collaboration with Heckrodt Wetland Reserve and Menasha Parks and Recreation Department.


Special Thanks to Community First Credit Union for being the Presenting Sponsor.


Plastic Recycle Drive

Learn about the Reserve’s plastic recycling program and how you can escape the overwhelming amount of plastic in your life!