The North American Squirrel Association was founded in 2003 by Tony Christnovich and Mike Derpinghaus. A disabled friend needed help building a handicap accessible hunting stand, so Tony and Mike organized a squirrel hunt with friends as a way to raise money for materials. By the time their goal was realized, and the stand was constructed, the squirrel hunt has become a popular annual event. That's when n.a.s.a. expanded its scopes and took on its current mission of making the outdoors accessible to the physically challenged and the elderly.
The Tomah branch of n.a.s.a. began in December of 2016 with help from n.a.s.a. of LaCrosse. Bertie Dietzman, Dan Boehm, and Dave Stutzman helped organize a fundraising banquet in March of 2017. The Tomah branch held its first event for participants in August of 2018 with a fishing outing on a private pond in Tomah. As the Tomah Branch grows, the group hopes to expand their offerings in outdoor activities and working towards fulfilling the n.a.s.a. mission. Contact us to learn more about Tomah n.a.s.a.
It is the policy of the North American Squirrel Association, in recognition of its responsibility to its volunteers, service, recipients, and the communities served, to provide equal opportunity to all people and to promote the full realization of that policy through a positive, continuing program to be known as the non-discrimination and non-harassment policy.
A big part of our program is our volunteer system, which pairs sports-persons in need with non-disabled companions for outdoor sporting activities. If you are a non-disabled hunter, fisher, or outdoors-person and would like to volunteer, please contact us. There is no cost to become a volunteer, but you are expected to share in the cost of the hunting or fishing trip you participate in. You are also responsible for obtaining all appropriate Wisconsin licenses.
Other Ways to Get Involved:
Volunteering at Our Annual Fundraising Banquet
Serving as a Hunting Mentor for a Disabled Hunter
Helping Out at a Fishing Event
Running a Biking or Kayaking Event (We Have Resources but Need Volunteers!)
Volunteering Your Talents in Fundraising, Photography, Grant Writing, Food Preparation, Record Keeping, Mailings, Marketing, Networking, and More
Becoming a volunteer is easy. Simply follow the steps below.
Tell us the type of hunting, fishing, or other activity in which you would like to participate.
Tell us your name, address, phone number, and email address.
Let us know if there are any special needs you may have for transportation.