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April Lunch & Learn: Upper Mississippi River Refuge Centennial

Lunch reservations are now closed.

All are welcome to attend the program,
beginning around noon,
either in person at Refuge Visitor Center
or via Zoom. 
Reservations made up to the day of the event 
will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link .

April L&L

Registration (upper right) will reserve lunch and provide a Zoom link for virtual attendance.  The public is welcome to join us for lunch or at no cost to attend the 12:00 p.m. program only. A recording of the program will be posted on our website the day after the live event.

Lunches must be reserved and paid for by the end of the day Wednesday, 4/3. Pre-paid lunches are nonrefundable. If you have any difficulty with registration, please contact us at

Program Information:
League members will visit the refuge and celebrate 100 years of wildlife preservation on the Mississippi. A century ago, a monumental movement of determined citizens petitioned Congress to create the largest "wild-life preserve" ever in order to save their favorite upper Mississippi River backwaters from being drained and converted to farmland. The Refuge stretches 261 river miles from Wabasha, Minnesota to Rock Island, Illinois, protecting over 240,000 acres of Mississippi River floodplain. The Refuge hosts over 3.7 million annual visits for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, and other recreation.

Join the LWV of the La Crosse Area as we celebrate our joint centennials in 2024. There may even be cake!
Weather permitting, come prepared for an early spring hike after the meeting.

Celebrate the Refuge Centennial 2024:

LWV WI Positions on Natural Resources

LWV US Impact on Issues 
See Impact on Issues pg 93
“League members became concerned about depletion and conservation of natural resources as far back as the 1920s and 1930s…Water resources were the focus of activities in the 1950s, and with the nascent environmental movement in the 1970s, the League built a broad national program focused on protecting and managing the interrelated aspects of air, water, land use, energy, and waste management. Since then, the League has been in the forefront of the environmental protection movement, helping to frame landmark legislation and seeking to preserve and protect life-supporting ecosystems and public health.”

Presenter Information:
Hallie Schulz has worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service for 20 years as a “Refuge Ranger” at various sites and has been with the Upper Miss River Refuge for 8 years. Her passion is all about connecting visitors with the resource and
encouraging recreation on your public lands.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024, 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) (UTC-06:00)
Upper Mississippi River Refuge Visitor Center
N5727 County Rd Z
Onalaska, WI  
Additional Info:
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
No Fee
No Fee