14006 Discovery Lane • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • 715-543-2085

Membership & Support


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The North Lakeland Discovery Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit environmental education center in the Northwoods of Wisconsin dedicated to naturally enriching and inspiring lives through meaningful connections among nature, people and community.

Your membership:

  • provides nature-based education and programming for children and adults
  • maintains 12 miles of skiing/ hiking/ biking trails
  • manages the Nature Nook for drop-in activities and care of live education animals
  • supports citizen-based research projects
  • provides extensive programming to the local community

All membership levels include discounts on programs, free onsite use of watercraft and snowshoes, newsletter and program guides. Benefits add up at each membership level. For example, the Trekker level and up will cover the family / household.

Seeker (Individual) $30.00
Trekker (Family/Household) $50.00
Adventurer  $100.00
Trailblazer $250.00
Explorer $500.00
Voyageur (Annual recognition party each summer, and name is displayed on a plaque on the Lodge wall) $1,000.00
Pathfinder (Gift Certificate for you and 3 guests to enjoy an outing with a naturalist at the Center) $2,500.00
Guide (Customized outing with a naturalist for you and up to 7 guests) $5,000.00

Join Now or renew your membership

Member/Donor Privacy Policy 

The North Lakeland Discovery Center (NLDC) places a high priority on protecting your privacy. This privacy policy was created to demonstrate the NLDC’s strong commitment to the privacy of our member/ donors and website users. This policy is also applicable to offline member/donors. The NLDC will not share or sell a member/donor’s personal information with any other person or organization, nor send member/donor mailings on behalf of other organizations. It will share or sell personal information only if the member/donor has given the NLDC explicit written permission to do so.

Discovery Center Wish List:

In-Kind donations are a generous and easy way to show your support for a non-profit organization.  In return for your donation you will receive a letter of acknowledgment for tax purposes and a great many thanks from the Discovery Center Staff.

Winter 2019:

  • 4X4 or all-wheel drive vehicle capabilities for winter driving
  • 24 Foot "Scissor-Type" Pontoon Trailer
  • 12 Volt Deep Cycle Boat Battery
  • Backpack Leaf Blower
  • Local animal/fish mounts in good condition
  • Natural artifacts (skulls, pelts, etc)
  • Two man cross cut saw
  • Trail Camera
  • Grass Seed
  • Pontoon Boat Motor 60 to 90HP

We greatly appreciate your generosity and donations.  We also have a wish list on Amazon at http://a.co/h0IvFLR.  If you have questions about any of the above items or other donation ideas please give us a call at (715) 543-2085.


Membership Supports

Discovery Center Campus & Trails

  • 63-acre mixed forest, grounds and Statehouse Lake
  • Interpretive trail and bog boardwalks
  • Ski/Hike/Bike/Snowshoe Trails

Guided Hikes and Field Trips

  • Interpretive nature and wildlife hikes
  • Snowshoe, ice cave, waterfall trips
  • Canoe trips and pontoon tours

Kids' Programs

  • Environmental Education programs
  • Youth and mission-based camps
  • Eco-Discoverers (Ages 4-7)
  • Eco-Explorers (Ages 8-10)

Wildlife Research & Education

  • Local and regional bird surveys
  • Crane Counts
  • Bird Banding
  • Wolf Howls
  • Bat Monitoring

Community Events

  • Nibbles N' Knowledge
  • Brown Bag Lunch Presentations
  • Northwoods Birding Festival
  • Family Play Days

Much More

  • Traveling Naturalist
  • Lake level monitoring
  • AIS Monitoring and Education
  • Community Social Gatherings