You can help.

Your gifts of time and money help to protect water, land, and wildlife habitat in our area’s watersheds. Gift memberships also available.



It’s what we practice and share to protect our area’s land and water.

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Youth Activities

Because it’s never too early to create a love of nature.

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Water Quality Research

Measuring the effectiveness of stewardship practices.

Become a citizen scientist

Connecting with nature.

Low-impact recreation supports our region’s economy and health.



Kickapoo Landowners: Conservation Options for Your Land and Programs to fund this work!
March 13th in Gays Mills, WI or March 14th in Viroqua, WI, 6:30 pm

We are all connected and our lands are too. The Kickapoo Boots-on-the-Ground Collaborative, a network of grassroots conservation organizations, focuses on promoting a wide variety of conservation practices that will conserve soil and reduce runoff on your land and in your watershed.  Our staff from Southwest Badger RC&D, the Kickapoo Grazing Initiative and Valley Stewardship Network will evaluate the resources on your land and help you access programs you need to make it happen.   We have information about the new NRCS Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI) funding within the Kickapoo as well as general Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding. Staff from NRCS will be attending both events. Speakers will include:

  • John Delaney, Valley Stewardship Network:  Tallgrass prairie strips for water/nutrient retention and biodiversity
  • Cynthia Olmstead, Kickapoo Grazing Initiative: Managed grazing for conservation—an ecologically and economically viable option for Kickapoo landowners
  • Neil Slifka for Brandon Bleuer, SW Badger RC&D:  You Are the Key to Oak Restoration
  • Neil Slifka, SW Badger RC&D:  Invasive Species Management in the Driftless

There will be two opportunities to attend:

  • Monday, March 13th (6:30-8:00 pm) New Gays Mills Community Center, 16381 Wisconsin Hwy 131, Gays MIlls
  • Tuesday, March 14th (6:30-8:00 pm) Viroqua American Legion, 120 N Rusk Ave, Viroqua

Questions or RSVP to Cynthia Olmstead 608-606-6022 or

Time to Renew Your Membership!

Last year we restructured our annual membership renewal process by putting all memberships on the same timeline. Thanks to your participation and support of this change, we’ve been able to operate with greater efficiency and with a more predictable view of our finances.

Our new membership cycle ends on August 31 of each year. If you haven’t already renewed, we encourage you to do do today. You can use the form we mailed to you or renew online with a credit card.

Thank you!! Your membership goes a long way. 

Congratulations, Water Action Volunteers!

We are happy to share the news that Valley Stewardship Network and our Water Action Volunteers (WAV) have recently been recognized with several awards from The University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. These awards recognize groups and individuals for work leading to increased participation in stream monitoring, collecting valuable stream data, and sharing knowledge of stream monitoring with others. Read the full story in our newsletter, Watershed Visions – Spring 2016.

Custom Mapping Services

Our plans for a Mapping Service Center, utilizing the open source software QGIS, will allow landowners to map everything from soils and hydrology to historic land use, elevations, and vegetative cover. Aerial photos will also be part of the menu of spatial data layers. If you have an interest in this fascinating and powerful tool, See our GIS workshop offerings.

Explore your watershed

Our interactive map lets you explore satellite and map views of the Kickapoo and neighboring watersheds. For maps of specific land parcels, contact us about custom GIS mapping services.