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 while supporting existing 501c3 organizations. Our goal continues to assist in bolstering effective programs and encourage new opportunities while growing as an organization.

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

Now in 2019, 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 Wisconsin’s FIRST EVER retreat facility, expanding our service to this community of heroes.  

Our founders and advisors continue to operate Wisconsin Hero Outdoors as a 100% volunteer team accepting donations to support our core values of “Honor, Courage and Conservation.”. The members of Wisconsin Hero Outdoors are Veterans and First Responders representing America’s United States Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard, along with Federal and Local Law Enforcement agencies, including Fire/Rescue and Dispatch. Along with personally utilizing services at the Veterans Administration, our founders and advisors continue to be involved in a variety of non-profit organizations throughout Wisconsin as leaders, participants, volunteers and financial supporters. From personal experiences our members have found that there is a gap between the professional medical and mental establishments and the Alternative Therapies that many non-profit and private organizations provide. At Wisconsin Hero Outdoors, we see great successes when partnering these programs with the professional Doctors and Therapists prescribed methods of rehabilitation. Outdoor alternative therapies that we have found successful are Kayak Fishing, Ice and Open Water Fishing, Hunting, Archery, Equestrian Therapy, Therapeutic Farming, Biking, Golf and Service Dogs along with others. 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.



Fishing Tournament and Fundraiser
Benefiting
WISCONSIN HERO OUTDOORS

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!

When:

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

Where:
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


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.

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.