Support the CFL – Hasler Lab and Trout Lake Station


We don’t need to tell you that freshwater is Earth’s most vital resource. Or that freshwater ecosystems are among the most threatened due to climate change, declining fisheries, invasive species, pollution and more. Or that the Center for Limnology is a global leader in helping document and understand changes to our environment and find solutions to these important problems.

But maybe you didn’t know how important you are in our endeavors.

Your support helps us conduct crucially important science, inspires training for the next generation of freshwater leaders and helps us work with the general public, elected officials, and resource managers to innovate solutions. Gifts from people like you also allows us to advance our mission of embracing the Wisconsin Idea and sharing what we learn to audiences near and far.

Thank you for your support of the CFL’s Hasler and Trout Lake Stations. We truly appreciate it.

Read award recipient letters of appreciation here.

Though the Center for Limnology (CFL) is a public institution, the majority of our work is funded by external grants and gifts from individuals. Individual gifts are vital to advancing our mission. Your gift to the CFL will:

  • Sustain our scientific leadership in the fields of limnology and freshwater sciences
  • Support top-notch graduate and undergraduate student training
  • Expand our outreach and communication programs aimed at non-scientific audiences
  • Help us conduct research on the Madison lakes and at Trout Lake Station

For example, several families work with the CFL to directly fund research fellowships for undergraduates and graduate students each summer and academic year. These fellowships provide the next generation of water scientists, educators and communicators with invaluable hands-on, in-the-field experience. This is just one example of how your support can directly help us in our mission of improving our understanding and management of aquatic ecosystems, and training the next generation of water leaders.

For more information, or to discuss giving opportunities, please contact Jake Vander Zanden, Director, Center for Limnology,, 608-262-3014

Gifts Online

The UW Foundation provides a secure website for making online contributions to the Center for Limnology. The online form has been pre-filled with the CFL fund information, and allows donors to designate their gifts as an honor or memorial for specific individuals.

Gifts by Mail or Electronic Funds Transfers

To make a gift by check, please make the check payable to “University of Wisconsin Foundation-Limnology”, and send it to:

UW Foundation
U.S. Bank Lockbox
PO Box 78807
Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807

Payroll Deduction for UW Employees

If you are a University of Wisconsin employee and would like to make your gift by payroll deduction, please click here for form to print, complete and mail to address on form. UW Employees may also set up a payroll deduction via the Help Center by emailing

Thank you for supporting the Center for Limnology!

E.T. and Jean Juday Award in Limnology

Thank you for your support of my summer position with the Center for Limnology. I am a senior, triple majoring in Conservation Biology, Geography, and Environmental Studies. Upon taking my first limnology course at UW-Madison, I became interested in research and fish management. With your award, being able to conduct research this summer is another step towards learning more about fish management and limnology. I ask the question, “how is my research going to have broader implications to help mitigate current changes undergoing in lakes?” This experience will allow me to formulate new questions and to discover new findings that will contribute to the field and management efforts. It will also build upon my academic and research skills for graduate school.

John and Patricia Lane Award in Limnology

I would like to show my appreciation and thanks for your generous donation for the summer award. Your generosity will help me in my research and education through this summer and into the future. Thanks to your support I will be continuing my work with the McDermott Project through Trout Lake Station and looking more into my research of the Yellow Perch Response to Centrarchid Removal. I am entering my last semester at the University of Wisconsin–Madison as a student of Wildlife Ecology and Biochemistry and have been able to further my interest in aquatic wildlife and management through the Center for Limnology.

Read more award recipient letters of appreciation here.