Focus on Friends–Navarino Wildlife Area

Clipboard02The 15,000 acres of land tucked into the southern corner of Shawno county and the northeast section of Waupaca County is home for the volunteer Friends of the Navarino Wildlife area.  The organization was established in April of 1986, by a group of residents who have formed the backbone of the Navario Wildlife Area. Together they oversee the education of people of all ages in the importance of conserving natural resources and wildlife habitat, promote renewable energy, and promote wellness opportunities.
In 1999, an educational facility was built. It is used for programs which include summer camps, 4-H and scout groups, early childhoodClipboard01 and health care. Since 2008 the center broke ground on a “Green” building which uses renewable energy to further the groups mission statement.
Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Assistant naturalist
  • Office support
  • Bird surveys
  • Flower garden care
  • Fundraising
  • General maintenance
  • Trail maintenance
  • Welcome host
A recent project included an accessible 360 foot long boardwalk with a 20 foot observation platform over Glenn’s Pond.  The walkway is eight feet wide. The boardwalk and observation platform will be used for students to participate in a pond study program.