Annual Photography Contest Underway

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve’s annual photo contest is underway!  Anyone age 15 and older may submit up to 5 photographs for consideration. Photos must be taken at Heckrodt Wetland Reserve of landscapes, wildlife, or plants.  Photos with visible copyright notations or photographer signatures/ logos will be disqualified.

Deadline for submittal is August 14, 2020.

All photos must be in color, horizontal orientation and submitted in electronic format. Digital files must be a minimum of 300 dpi or 2400 x 3000 in resolution at an 8 x 10 size.

Contestants are required to sign and deliver to HWR a publicity release granting Heckrodt Wetland Reserve permission to use and reprint photos in various media, including but not limited to, an annual calendar.  All photos submitted in this contest become the property of Heckrodt Wetland Reserve.

Download an entry form here: 2021 Photo Contest Entry Form


Heckrodt Photography Club

Heckrodt Photography Club

Meetings will be held on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM in the nature center building at the Heckrodt Wetland Reserve.

There is no fee to attend meetings.   Club membership is $10/year.  All membership fees are tax deductible and support HWR Photography Club activities.

Plans for the Next Meeting

May 7th Photo hike at Heckrodt. Share tips with each other on how to take better pictures in the woods.



The Heckrodt Nature Center

The Heckrodt Nature Center

The 4,000 square foot Nature Center features a “Living Waters” exhibit with an indoor live wetland, and aquariums that are home to local fishes, crayfish, turtles, and snakes — surrounded by a display of mounted Wisconsin mammals and birds. Outdoor exhibits include a memorial butterfly garden and bird feeding area, as well as a pond, bog and stream complex. The Nature Center facilities feature a workshop/meeting room, a classroom amphitheater/Discovery Den, Solarium, and a resource library.

Three miles of trails, including nearly 4,000 feet of elevated boardwalks, provide access to the wetland habitat to all visitors to explore and enjoy bird watching, walking, photography, and snowshoeing in winter. Wagons and strollers are available for check out to increase visitor enjoyment of the hiking trails. Wheelchairs are available for visitors who may need assistance. Explorers Companions, backpacks equipped with exploration materials for the season, are available for checkout at no cost. Snowshoes are available in winter for a small fee.  Please call to check on availability of rental snowshoes before your visit.

About Heckrodt Wetland Reserve • Menasha Wisconsin

About Heckrodt Wetland Reserve • Menasha Wisconsin

About Us

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve is a 76-acre 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.

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve Trail Map

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve Trail Map

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve, Inc.
1305 Plank Road
Menasha, WI 54952

General admission to the Nature Center and Trails is FREE! We would appreciate your donation – feed the donation frog inside the Nature Center.

Heckrodt Wetland ReserveTrail Map PDF

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve’s trail system is open 365 days/year from 6 AM – 9 PM.

The Nature Center is open:
Tuesday – Friday 8 AM – 4:30 PM
Sat – 11 AM – 4 PM
Sunday and Monday Closed

Trails are open 6 AM – 9 PPM everyday.

The Nature Center is closed all major holidays. The buildijng is open only to program participants the day of our Children’s Christmas Gift Workshop (December). Trails remain open on these days.