Outdoor Heritage Education Center

Connecting youth and adults to our natural resources.

Annual Events: 

OHEC supports or hosts events such as...

The Envirothon

National Archery in the Schools Programs

Family fishing & student aquatic education trips,

Learn to Hunts, 

School programs, and 

the Midwest Outdoor Heritage Education Expo (MOHEE).

Spring Event:  

OHEC present's the 

Midwest Outdoor Heritage Education Expo!

Thank you to all Students, Teachers, Volunteers, and Sponsors!   2022 post-Covid MOHEE was a Success!

Save the Date:  May 17-18, 2023

Time: 9:00am-3:00pm


WDNR MacKenzie Center

W7303 County Hwy CS & Q

Poynette, Wisconsin 53955


Transportation grants available. Unique field trip where students can be face-to-face with live wolves, lynx, badger, otter, bison and eagles, and participate in archery, airgun, fisheries, forestry, wildlife and so many other fun activities, all in one location. Many activities correlate with multi-discipline state and national education standards.

Students receive information about on-going mentored programs so they can develop their outdoor skills and enjoy lifelong outdoor activities. Educators, trained safety instructors and other volunteer mentors provide an enriching participatory experience for students, connecting youth to Wisconsin's natural resources, outdoor heritage and lifelong skills. 

To volunteer, donate or attend; contact [email protected] or ph. 608-358-1708.


The Midwest Outdoor Heritage Education Expo


Returns to the MacKenzie Center

in Poynette, WI


You and your students are invited…

Wednesday May 17 or Thursday May 18, 2023

The Midwest Outdoor Heritage Education Expo (pronounced MO'-hee) presented by The Outdoor Heritage Education Center (OHEC)(OH'-heck), non-profit conservation organization is planning ahead for 2023! A perfect opportunity to extend learning outdoors before the school year comes to an end. Please consider joining us for the 2023 youth expo.

Date: May 17th or 18th, 2023 (pick the day that works best) at the MacKenzie Center in Poynette, WI.

Students can explore mentored programs so they can develop outdoor skills and enjoy lifelong outdoor activities. Connect with educators, trained safety instructors and other volunteer mentors who provide an enriching and engaging experience connecting students to Wisconsin's natural resources, outdoor heritage and lifelong skills.

Event is Free

Transportation funding available, based on true need.

Ideal for the 4th - 7th grade audience, with many activities correlated to state academic standards. 

Third grade option available.

At the expo, educators, conservation volunteers, and DNR professionals will help keep students engaged while increasing their understanding, appreciation and sense of stewardship for natural resources, Wisconsin’s outdoor heritage and related activities.

New activities added every year with a series of more than 30 stations that emphasize hands-on learning experiences where students can participate free in any or all of these outdoor skills activities:



Wildlife ID (plus Wolves, Bison & other live animals)

Tracking & Game Calling

Fisheries, Fly-tying, Spincasting & Angler Education

Air guns (BB guns)

Hounds & Bird Dog Demos

Historic Fur Trade & Trapping

Parks, Trails & Camping

Pond Study

Bird Ecology


Outdoor Safety (including snowmobile & ATV/UTV)

“Sensory Safari” Touch of the Wild

MOHEE is also a great place to meet local representatives of conservation groups and DNR programs, discover additional partners and educational resources available to you, and to connect students with ongoing mentored outdoor skills training programs to keep them actively learning throughout the summer and beyond.

In addition, outdoor wheelchairs courtesy of Access Ability Wisconsin (AAW) will be available to accommodate those (students, chaperones, mentors, teachers, etc) with temporary or permanent mobility needs.    Contact us to reserve a chair(s) for your group so we can help meet your needs.   Note: Last minute needs do arise, however, resources are limited, please reserve an OWC as soon as you can. We can accommodate some, but same day reservation(s) are not guaranteed.

Questions? Contact organizer Ruth Ann Lee, OHEC Executive Director or 608-358-1708. 

Pre Registration is required, and will open after Jan 1, 2023.