Open Woods Event


2019 Open Woods Event – May 18th

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Please join WWOA in celebrating 40 years of assisting and educating private landowners in

Wisconsin by participating in our 40th Anniversary Open Woods Events on May 18, 2019.

Open Woods is a special day where WWOA members will welcome the public to their woodlands.  The event is a way to educate and encourage other private woodland owners and family forest landowners to manage their woodlands and practice sustainable forestry. Many WWOA members throughout Wisconsin are opening their land to the public to showcase how they have improved their land through management. They each have different activities planned to help complement their property, all of which will be fun and family-friendly! There’s no better way to spend the day than with family, friends, and your neighbors in the great outdoors!

Counties with Open Woods Events:

COMING SOON – Click on the county name in GREEN to view a flyer!

Adams County

Krahn Family, 958 14th Ave., Arkdale, WI 54613

9 am – 1 pm: Walk through the woods with an experienced Forester & identify trees, plants, and animals.

Snacks and coffee provided. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch!

Chippewa County

Steve & Lois Raether, 4530 County Road K, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

9 am – 12 pm: Walk the property with a forester, count rings on tree cookies, and make bark & leaf rubbings.

Coffee and snacks will be provided!

Dunn County

Brian & Mary Blakeley, E5228 920th Ave., Boyceville, WI 54725

9 am – : Tour around the property with WIDNR & private Foresters, identify trees, and much more.

Snacks will be provided! 

Green County

Green County Forestry Education Center, W6037 County Road P, Monroe, WI 53566

9 am – 2 pm: Woodmizer & firewood processor demonstrations, woodland presentations, and one-room school house filled with displays

Snacks, drinks, and desserts provided. Feel free to bring a sack lunch!

Jackson County

Dennis Deitelhoff, N700 Bush Road, Melrose, WI 54642

9 am – : Talk with foresters about invasive species & harvesting mature trees, work with pollinators and make wildflower seed bombs

Juneau County

John & Gayle DeBaun, 4988 Preuss Road, Kendall, WI 54638

9 am – 1pm: Walk with the landowners to discuss trees, plants, and management techniques. 

Coffee, desserts, and water provided. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch!

Marathon County

Andrew & Susan Schmidt, Buffalo Ridge Road or North 73rd Street (under the high power transmission lines), Town of Texas, Wausau, WI

9 am – : 

Marquette County

Byron Hill, 5202 County Road J, Town of Harris, Westfield, WI 53964

9 am – 1pm: Walk through the property with an experienced forester, identify trees, and view a recently harvested area.

Coffee and snacks will be provided!

Monroe County

Curt & Melissa Jacob, 19394 Edgewood, Tomah, WI 54660 

9 am – : Multiple speakers/tour guides for the property from Natural Resource Conservation Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, DNR, and Quality Deer Management Association. Make natural bird feeders, go on a scavenger hunt, and complete a healthy soil coloring book!

Lunch will be provided!

Outagamie County

Steve Ring and Jack Tackman, W7004 Detention Road, Shiocton, WI 54170

9 am – 12 pm: Enjoy the beauty of Wisconsin’s private woodlands, learn about forests and their impact on the environment, ask how to manage your forest, and tons of kids activities including a horse-drawn wagon ride!

Refreshments provided!

Portage County

Chuck Pogorelcnik, 3648 Miller Lane, Town of Eau Plaeine, Junction City, WI 54443

9 am – : Walk through the property and learn about the different management practices to keep the forest healthy!

Shawano County

Debra Schroeder-Fisher & Jerry Fisher and Herman & Christina Kafura, W9953 Butternut Road, Gresham, WI 54128

9 am – 12 pm: Learn about trees and their importance to wildlife, how the area would look with out deer, and view the old hemlock stand present. Lots of kid-friendly activities and items to take home!

Refreshments provided!

Vernon County

David & Diane Hoffman, N3267 Mohawk Valley, Stoddard, WI 54658

9 am – 2 pm: Tour through a property that has been in Managed Forest Law (MFL) for 44 years! Walk through the woods with experienced foresters – better than a walk in the park! Handicap accessible tours available!

Waupaca County

Merlin & Georgie Becker, N3896 North Military Drive, Weyauwega, WI 54973

9 am – 12 pm: Walk through a multi-award winning property with a current AND original forester of the property. View harvest records and mounts of different animals taken from this woodland. 

Snacks and refreshments will be provided!

Waushara County

Gerry & Bonnie Guokas, N5681 7th Ave., Plainfield, WI 54966

9 am – : View all the different things this 400 acre Century Farm property has to offer! Multiple tours with experienced foresters and information from a local beekeeper on display. Handicap accessible tours available!

Snacks and refreshments provided!  

Wood County

Richard & Mary Czaja, 6670 County Road B, Pittville, WI 54466

9 am – : Join a guided tour of this award-winning property including different self-designed logging equipment! There will also be a marked trail to help you identify trees and count rings on tree cookies to estimate age of a tree.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided!


Please contact Sarah, the volunteer coordinator at or 715-346-4798 if you would be interested in being an Open Woods Host or assisting with the planning for an event near you.