Honor. Courage. Conservation.

The spirit of our organization began in 2016 with Veterans and First Responders gathered together using the comradery of outdoor activities to address both the physical and mental health challenges brought on by the stresses of service.

In 2018, our group of Veterans and First Responders formed Wisconsin Hero Outdoors as a component of the Waukesha County Community Foundation 501c(3).www.wiherofund.org

The mission of Wisconsin Hero Outdoors is to help connect Veterans, First Responders and their families to outdoor activities in Wisconsin. We operate in 3 primary ways:

  1. Coordinate with VA Medical Hospitals across Wisconsin to help Veterans involved in VA care gain access to outdoor activities and programs.
  2. Collaborate with other Veteran Service Organizations and Non-Government Organizations to focus time, money and resources to offer outdoor activities to groups and individual Veterans, First Responders and their Families.
  3. Coordinate Small group and individual outings for Veterans, First Responders and their Families.

Our core values are “Honor. Courage. Conservation.” and we operate Wisconsin Hero Outdoors as a 100% volunteer force. No one form of therapy is a perfect fit for everyone and helping make a variety of options available to our Veterans, First Responders and their families is the goal of Wisconsin Hero Outdoors.


As Wisconsin Hero Outdoors moves forward with our mission, a new partnership has formed with the Lakewood WWV Camp, Inc. in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Forged together, these two organizations strive to create an environment allowing Veterans, First Responders and Gold Star Families to reconnect with themselves, their families and the great outdoors at a facility that serves Wisconsin’s community of heroes.  

Click on the picture above to tour the Lakewood WWV Camp, Inc website

Central WI Muskie Fishing W.H.O. & Muskies Matter Inc Nov 1-3

Oct 5th Founders at Heal Team 6 Event

October 5th the Founders of Wisconsin Hero Outdoors were honored to be guests of our partners at Lakewood Golf Club, Dan McLean and Maia Wilson for the Heal Team 6 Fundraising event at The Cuneo Museum & Gardens where we heard the events of 9/11/12 in Benghazi from Army Ranger and CIA Contractor Kris Paronto himself. Spectacular event supporting a variety of Veterans Service Organizers serving our Heroes

Sept 26 Final Pontoon Ride on Lake Geneva

Yet another group of Veterans from the Milwaukee VA cling on to summer one last time as they enjoy a pontoon ride on Lake Geneva courtesy of The Boat House!

Sept 23 Pontoon Ride on Lake Geneva!

Veterans from the Milwaukee VA enjoyed a day out on the pontoon on Lake Geneva, sponsored by the Boat House!

Sept 19 Wisconsin Athletic Club Fundraiser for WHO & WCLC

Sept 19th, 2019 was an incredible evening at the Brookfield Wisconsin Athletic Club with support from individuals and companies from throughout Wisconsin. Notably from left to right, holding large checks, are the top tier donors of Waterstone Bank, Craig Husar’s Fine Diamonds and Jewelry Designs, Wisconsin Athletic Club, Belman Homes, and The Chiropractic Company. Our Heroes thank you for your support! .

Our final 2019 fundraising event with the Wisconsin Athletic Club will be poolside at WAC Brookfield Sept 19 5-7pm. Taste of Brookfield will be set up (pop up restaurants from the city) Silent Auctions and memorable patriotic moments! No RSVP needed, come as you are! If you are unavailable to make the event you can donate at www.waukeshafoundation.org/wac

Sept 15 Milwaukee VA, Marquette & Concordia ROTC at Lakewood

Crivitz Bear Hunt Successful! 9/14/19

So many of our most meaningful moments occur because one individual starts a chain reaction that ends up in a life changing moment. In this case Scott Fitzgerald was that individual. Through the donation of his bear tag to Wisconsin Hero Outdoors, we were able to pair up US Army Veteran Brian Stenz with our Hunting Coordinator Dan Sutilla and WHO President Jason Bartol who spent months preparing this hunt in Crivitz, Wisconsin from lodging & food, to making sure Brian had the best chance possible for success.

There are over 400,000 Veterans in Wisconsin not including our First Responder Heroes. We strive to do our part to help our Heroes heal through the outdoors, but as an all volunteer team, we need your help to continue and EXPAND the mission.

August 12 Milwaukee VA at Lakewood with WHO

July 25 Brookfield Chamber of Commerce Event at the WAC

7/25 we shared our mission along side
Waukesha County Land Conservancy with over 100 Businesses from the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce hosted by WAC Brookfield and Waukesha County Community Foundation. Special thanks to the extraordinary financial commitment from:
WaterStone Bank VP David Provancher
Craig Husar Designs Criag Husar
Chiropractic Company • Brookfield Dr. Kent McLeod
These individuals and the companies they represent are at the tip of the spear leading the donors supporting the joint efforts of WHO and WCLC helping connect Veterans, First Responders, their families and our community to the outdoors. 🇺🇸
www.waukeshafoundation.org/wac to donate.

July 20 Clays for a Cause

Wisconsin Hero Outdoors selected for major Community Grant!!




July 14 Milwaukee VA Fishing and Picnic

July 13 Leader Development at Lakewood

July 10 Oconomowoc Lake Club Youth Fishing Clinic with WHO

June 28-30 Eau Galle Kayak & Camping Event

Annual fishing trip for vets and first responders held in SV


June 22 Bowfishing Lac La Belle, WI


June 14 WHO & USSA Joint event with Tomah VA Veterans

June 14 Milwaukee VA Photography Club at Lakewood

June 10 Joint Outing with Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin and Vets on the Fly

Fishing Tournament and Fundraiser

OPEN Fishing Tournament

$10,000 in cash and prizes
Guaranteed $9,000 payout
4 weigh-ins throughout the day
21 chances to win
Grand prize of $2,500 for big bass
More than 100% payout!


Saturday, June 8, 2019
Tournament hours: 6:30am-2:30 pm
Live music and bucket raffle: 2:00-6:00 pm

Gina’s Sports Dock, Pewaukee Lake, WI

Please contact tournament organizer Ryan Chuckel at
414-698-7132 or ryanc@gunpowderinc.com with
questions. For more information visit www.wwotw.org

June 4 ADA Kayak Launch Ribbon Cutting at Frame Park Waukesha, WI

Frame Park, Waukesha Wisconsin



June 2 Milwaukee VA Kayak Fishing

May 20 Joint Outing Vets on the Fly

May 13 1st Lakewood Camp Outing

May 11 Milwaukee VA Vets SCUBA

May 5 Milwaukee VA Kayak Fishing

May 4 Milwaukee River Safety Training

2019 Spring Turkey Hunt

Wisconsin Hero Outdoors teams up with USSA to get veterans on the early Spring Turkey Hunt with Mentors from Almond Rod and Gun club April 7, 2019

Tribute to Heroes Fundraising Event March 16, 2019

Special Thanks to all our supporting companies and organizations for
their contributions to the fundraiser. Thank You.
Our friends at Tabak Law, LLC not only serve Veterans every day at work, but are the first to step up when it comes to helping our Heroes connect to the outdoors. This donation went to the purchase of 24 sets of brand new golf clubs, bags and 100 boxes of balls for use at our private golf course at Lakewood Golf Club to enjoy world class golf in a beautiful stress free environment.

Modern Woodman of America has been one of our most involved sponsors, from helping connect us to Waukesha County Community Foundation to financial and logistical support. We are honored and humbled by their continued support helping connect Wisconsin’s Heroes to the Outdoors

Special thanks to Nathan Grendahl and Kyle Damrow

Thank you Jason Hansen and Northwestern Mutual for the nomination and award of $4,000 on 12/21/2018 for the Days of Giving award to support our Heroes!
Pictured Left to Right: Shelli Marquardt, President Waukesha County Community Foundation, Doug Ruplinger and Eric Falkner of the WHO Executive team and Jason Hansen of Northwestern Mutual



*Wisconsin Hero Outdoors Fund™ is administered by Waukesha County Community Foundation 501c3 & Legal Aide provided by University of Wisconsin-Madison Law and Entrepreneur Clinic
**All donations are tax deductible but ultimately depend on an individual’s personal situation. Donors to the Wisconsin Hero Outdoors Foundation™ will receive receipt with each donation.
**The National Standards program was established to ensure the values of community foundations are demonstrated through their commitment to legal compliance, philanthropic best practices and excellence that benefits communities. It builds capacity to carry out missions and it makes community foundations distinctive from other types of organizations. In 2015, the Waukesha County Community Foundation’s accreditation was reconfirmed through 2020 with Community Foundations National Standards Board.